A drive to New York from Montreal only lasts six hours and that's why I've gone there approximately each year since I was six years old. Through the years I've discovered many places, restaurants and shops and so each time I go with my family or my friends I go back there and see what has and hasn't changed. Obviously, I also try new things but when the time is short I stick to the things I know and love. Our stop to New York this year was so short, we had to be really efficient in order to do everything we had in mind, that is: eating at the Nomad hotel, shopping in Soho, visiting the new one world trade center and the oculus mall, walking through central park, stopping at Time Square and having lunch at Habana café. Once again, the trip was refreshing and unforgettable. I hope next time it will last longer so I'll be able to visit and see more!
The first time I went to the Melbourne Café I felt I was entering a real Australian Coffee Shop. The place is filled with Australian souvenir-like objects. Between the virgin Mary on the wall, the polaroids sticked on the mirror and the plastic kangaroo next to the marzocco machine, you get the feeling you're entering someone's own home. The coffee is really good; true to the third wave way of making coffee. I went there today with my family for a nice brunch since it was the last weekend of their pop up brunch. They don't usually serve food except for pastries but they've decided to collaborate with a great young chef called Saad Bahbahni (@ozwaldfelixcreates). I think the notion of having a pop up kitchen is really interesting. Not only is it nice for the chef to be able to cook sporadically without the stress of owning a place, but it also gives another vision of the Café to its customers. The food was delicious and nicely presented. I don't know if the owner plans to make another pop up brunch soon but make sure to go check the place anyway. As for Saad, check out his instagram to see is creations and whereabouts.
*The Café is located on St-Laurent Street between Villeneuve Street and Mont-royal avenue. It is kind of easy to miss because it's under the balcony of a three story high apartment building. I am telling you this in advance, just in case you would want to go.
This restaurant located on Laurier street in the Plateau, is one of my favorite brunch places. When I go there, it always feels like a treat. When I think of the Byblos, I think of a place that's welcoming and peaceful. The owner is a hard working Iranian woman. She is at the restaurant every day, taking the orders of almost every customer. I love this place mainly because it feels like I'm visiting someone else's house; a cozy, eclectic, lively home. The best time to go is at brunch. My favorite course, the number four, a choice of omelet, with a beverage, bread and homemade marmelades.
Make sure to stop if you come to Montreal!