Griffintown Cafe is restaurant located in the neighbourhood of Little Burgundy. I used to live nearby that area before but I’ve never really had the chance to really explore it. After hearing good things about Griffintown Cafe’s food, going there for its brunch sounded like the perfect excuse to head up to the charming Notre Dame Street and enjoy a sunny Saturday morning and check the the antique shops, trendy boutiques and good restaurants around.
The place has an amazing vintage décor with a laid-back atmosphere. I loved the high ceilings and red brick walls. There is a small terrace in the back that was obviously packed because of the good weather. By the way, consider making reservation or arrive early if you want to avoid lines.
Griffintown Cafe offers a one-page brunch menu that it’s basically a mix of classic breakfast dishes and novel ideas with a southern theme.
We ordered a classic Egg Benedict dish with bacon($12) and huevos divorciados ($12) which for an extra $2 can comes with this amazing pulled pork.
I have to say that the poached eggs in my benedictine were a little bit overcooked but the old cheddar’s flavor has definitely compensated that minor flaw. Overall, my meal was really good. The huevos divorciados were simply spectacular. Still not close to the authentic dish we once tried in Mexico but the mix of eggs, black beans, avocado and salsa verde worked perfectly well together.
Griffintown Cafe is famous for the peameal bacon which I regret I haven’t tried. Their potatoes are also pretty unique and tasty. I’ve never had anything similar in Montreal. And although we did not order it, the French Toast looked fantastic. I can’t forget to mention the refreshing iced coffee we had in those cute old jam jars used as mugs.
Service was great. Staff was kind and helpful. The waiter even had a short conversation with us in Spanish. He was impressed by our pronunciation while we were ordering our huevos divorciados. Not that our Spanish is any good.
Griffintown Cafe is a little bit more expensive than the average of brunch places we usually go but it’s totally worth it for the outstanding food and pleasant experience you get.