We have a well kept secret that we’re willing to share with you guys (because we’re so generous and we love you). Your favourite meal (brunch of course) has a new contender in Montreal. Well, it’s not so new, but it will be new to you guys. Au Festin de Babette is a dream in the brunch world, and we’re definitely not ready to wake up.
Stepping into Au Festin de Babette is like stepping into a Parisian breakfast bistro in the heart of France. The space is adorable with knick knacks all over and fun gifts to buy, like postcards, mugs, and posters. They have an authentic French brunch, and we’re not just talking about the décor. The food is delicious and hearty.
They have sandwiches, salads, and quiches, but for morning (or early afternoon) eats, we prefer their viennoiseries, brunch, and the savoury and sweet crêpes sections of the menu. Start your breakfast off with a few croissants (chocolate or regular) and a piping hot café au lait. Then it’s time to dive into the menu.
We tried (and loved) their Drolet brunch plate. It was packed with 2 smoked salmon eggs benedict, bruschetta, cream of veggie soup, gratin dauphinoise, and the verrine du moment (we got chocolate mousse). The eggs benedict were just how a benedict should be, the bruschetta was crunchy, and the gratin dauphinoise was incredible. Forget the typical breakfast potatoes you usually find in breakfast restaurants. At Au Festin de Babette, you get baked scalloped potatoes covered in cream. It’s heavenly.
If you’re not a fan of eggs benedict, the same dish, Le Berri, is offered but with the classic breakfast staples, jambon de Parme and egg, along with that creamy gratin dauphinois and the other fixings.
If you’re in the mood for a crêpe, you won’t be disappointed. They’re filled with emmental cheese and whatever toppings you choose. La Campagnarde, filled with mushrooms and either ham or turkey is a winner. Their crêpes are made using a traditonal Breton recipe and do not disappoint.
Now, for dessert, we suggest you try what they’re famous for: hot chocolate. And this ain’t no ordinary hot chocolate. It’s made in house with velvety chocolate and delicious flavour combinations. You can try one that is dark chocolate or white chocolate based, or if you’re a purist, the Valrhona chocolates. We tried Le Babette, a 55% dark chocolate blend with ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. Another tasty treat is Le Chocolat Orange, with 55% dark chocolate and pressed orange. Both options are pure decadence.
In sum, Le Festin de Babette is everything you could hope for and more in a brunch spot. It’s perfect for a brunch date (brunch dates should be a thing) as well as a night-after-partying friends meet-up spot to make you feel a little classier after last night’s festivities. They’re open every day except Tuesday, from 11am to 6pm on weekdays and from 10am to 6:30pm on weekends.
Photos by Dahlia Merlo (@dahllii) and Au Festin de Babette.