I travel a lot for work, so I really look forward to my time at home when I can eat food that doesn’t come from a drive-thru window…
In honour of Montreal’s Croissant Festival, I figured I needed to make sure my brunch featured some of my favourite yummy, flaky croissants. This weekend, I headed to Outremont for brunch with a friend at La Croissanterie Figaro. Eating there is like taking a mini vacation, leaving the city for a couple hours. I only wish it would warm up so I can start eating outside! I really can’t take this stupid cold weather anymore. It’s a fucking buzzkill.
Food Porn: What I like most about this place is that you get just the right amount of food. I didn’t have to feel like an asshole food waster today! The menu is very limited, with only a few options for breakfast. I always have Le Bonjour! Croissant topped with scrambled eggs, cheese, ham, spinach and baked in the oven with a side of fresh fruit (seasonal) and a latte in a bowl. This meal comes with tomatoes, but I opted out. My friend tried the crepes, which also came topped with a cheese danish (filled with feta). She smothered her crepes in maple syrup and concentrated on enjoying her meal.
Atmosphere: The music, furniture and ambience evoke memories of Paris. The crowd is mixed. There are people eating alone and reading the paper. Couples out for a morning breakfast. Families with their little kids. And all the staff speak French with Parisian accents. It’s really lovely.
Price: My brunch cost me $23 with tip, but I also ordered an almond cream croissant to go (I will enjoy it later while I read the paper and pretend I am outside). Be prepared to spend around $20 if you want to enjoy a fancy coffee with your food.
Afterglow: Zen. I’m ready for the day and everything it has to offer.
Drinks: Normally, I don’t add anything to my latte, but the coffee here is strong and flavourful, so I treated myself to a little bit of sugar. If you’re going there later in the day to enjoy something other than breakfast, they make a lovely sangria!
- This restaurant isn’t really close to a metro station, but you can get there via the 51 bus.
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, patisserie, croissants, terrasse.