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MTL COOL EATS – Sparrow (Le Moineau)

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By Alyssa De Rosa –mtltimes.ca

                St-Laurent Blvd. is bustling with chic and trendy restaurants, especially when it comes to this city’s favorite meal of the day: brunch. No, not breakfast, cause we like to party until the wee hours of the morning, but brunch, where we can arrive at a spot for 1 p.m. and not feel guilty for ordering pancakes with loads of maple syrup. Having heard many good things about Sparrow before, I decided I’d see what all the fuss is about.

Sparrow, also known as Le Moineau, is a brunch and supper hotspot for anyone looking for a cool, old school looking place to hang and enjoy fresh, unique dishes. Usually there are line-ups, but considering the weather, we didn’t have to wait to be seated, however, we still ended up at the bar because by noon it was full.

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The bar fits about eight chairs and is comfortable enough to eat on – you’re not crowded, nor are the chairs uncomfortable. I actually preferred being seated there as I scanned the brick wall in front of me where rows of old liquor were beautifully placed. It kind of felt like a spot you’d see in the French Quarter in New Orleans with a 1920’s cash register and bourbon bottles glistening.

When I know absolutely nothing about a restaurant and the menu is unique to say the least, I always ask for help from the staff. The bartender recommended I have the buckwheat pancaked with apple butter, caramelized walnuts and maple syrup. For an extra $2.00 I added bacon because what’s a brunch without bacon, right? My guest ordered the Turkish breakfast – a beautiful dish made up of feta slices, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, boiled eggs, flat bread and homemade jams.

The buckwheat pancakes were a great choice. Thank you, Mr. Bartender! They were fluffy yet not too thick making it possible for me to eat the entire dish! The apple butter was a sweet touch and tasted almost like a purée. As for the Turkish breakfast, the flat bread topped with their homemade fig jam was a burst of flavor. The sweet and salty pairing worked well together along with the variety of ingredients in just one dish. It was more than just a breakfast.

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The staff was courteous and the ambiance was fun for a Sunday brunch, however, it does get a little too loud between the music and all the conversations happening around you.

Sparrow also offers a dinner menu starting as of 6:00 p.m. and they are open until 3 a.m. 7 days a week. Brunch is only served on weekends and begins as of 10:00 a.m. So, if you’re looking for your next brunch destination or a place to grab drinks at a cool bar, check out Sparrow. Great location and really good food!

Address:

5322 Boul. St-Laurent

 

 

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