It’s been while since I heard about Régine Café. It was actually a friend of mine, the blogger behind Food, Moi & 514, who told me about this cute eatery hidden in Rosemont that serves brunch and lunch, all week long. She was very impressed by their food and service and highly recommended the place. Well, after reading lots of positive reviews, I finally had the chance to check it myself.
Régine Café is quite charming. It has nice decor with some baroque touches. The restaurant is very spacious, perfect for specials occasions and big groups. Just keep it in mind that the place gets really busy on weekends and there can be a line-up to get a table. They do not take reservations, so show up early if you want to get seat.
To start, my friend and I were served a free breakfast shooter: a pear and basil smoothie. What a pleasant way to start the morning! I also had a cappuccino that was pretty good.
Decide what to order wasn’t easy though. Since breakfast is my favourite meal, I always have a hard time to pick only one dish. Régine Café’s menu offers a dozen of tempting options, from the classic breakfast, to waffles and grilled cheese. If not too hungry, one can simply try one of their pastries and scones.
After the tough decision of giving up the French Toast, I ordered Le Champi ($18) which consisted of a Scotch egg served on top of a rustic bread toast with mashed potatoes, red pepper compote and an amazing mushrooms sauce. The combination was simply divine! Indeed, it was a bit more expensive than other dishes but, at the end, I was very happy with my choice!
My friend chose the Corn Waffle with trout gravlax and tomato sauce ($16), a fun twist on a classic combination. I had a few bites of his dish and I find it very tasty. The fish was super fresh and the corn waffles were delicious.
At the end, plates were very filling and we were too full to try any of the sweet dishes. But since we had a good time I’m definitely willing to come back and try that French Toast soon!
1840 Rue Beaubien Est (Map)