922 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
Montreal, QC H2J 1X2
The epitome of an amazing brunch minus the wait
If you come to Montreal and you're feeling brunch, but don't come to L'Avenue, you're a fool. Restaurant L'Avenue gets a bit of hype so expectations are a bit high, but I thought this place was as good as it gets. The restaurant itself is narrow and actually fits quite a bit of people, but it gets extremely packed and lines can get long (even in the winter because people just don't care). They have a very hip decor and I love all the graffiti and art along the walls, and yes, their bathroom as well.
The big winner dish to try is the Steak and Eggs Benedict. This was the dish that brought out the 5 stars for me as it is easily the best steak and eggs benedict I've had. The steak is cooked a nice medium and nestled atop your english muffin (which, at this point is nothing but mush) and topped off with hollandaise sauce and served with house potatoes. They slice up the steak for you so there isn't much work to be done. The poached eggs are done perfectly and every dish pretty much comes with a skewer of fruit.
If you're not looking for something that greasy/heavy in the morning, you can opt for their regular breakfast (which is still giant), or their pancakes. The pancakes are incredible and come with a tin can filled with maple syrup (and a couple of holes poked into the lid).
You definitely need to arrive early if you expect to be in and out. Service is real attentive and friendly. They have so many servers also, so you're pretty much taken care of. The menu is entirely in French so channel your inner grade-school French class to figure it out.
P.S. Extra marks for that bathroom because it still is the coolest bathroom I've been in. The artwork is great. The lighting works. If I'm in there for a long time, it isn't because of the bowels, it's because I'm staring at the walls.
Ambience: A | Service: A- | Price: B | Food: A-