Stepping into Brasserie Bernard is like stepping into a French bistro in Paris. The space is large, with high ceilings and an elegant and beautiful décor. In the summer, they have a beautiful terrace on Bernard, perfect for enjoying the sun and people watching. The waiters sound like they were plucked from France and will make you crave a trip to Europe ASAP. But who needs Europe when we have a taste of it, right here in Montreal?
Brasserie Bernard serves an incredible brunch on the weekends with inspirations from Parisian street food and French classics. For the sweet tooth among you, the pain doré ($13) with caramelized bananas, chocolate-nut ganache, salted butter caramel, and vanilla ice cream is out of this world. The dish isn’t overly sweet and when the ice cream melts into the salted butter caramel, you’ll be treated to a sweet and creamy dipping sauce. The French toast is light and fluffy and soaks in the sauces perfectly.
Brasserie Bernard takes the French classics and one-ups them with creative and delicious spins. Their croque-madame ($14.50) with smoked ham, gruyère, a poached egg, and béchamel sauce is a delicious sandwich you’ll need a fork and knife to dig into. The béchamel sauce takes it to the next level. Break into the poached egg, let the yolk mix in, and enjoy!
If you’re feeling adventurous, try their black pudding and egg on a cheddar and fig toast with tomato confit, caramelized onions, and a potato and leek pie. Black pudding may make you think twice, but please don’t (we promise it’s delicious)! Our motto is: try everything at least once, and then take a second bite, and a third, you know, just to be sure.The sweetness of the fig toast combined with the sharpness of the cheddar blends perfectly with the meaty black pudding, making it a dish worth coming back for.
If you want to try somewhere new for brunch this weekend, don’t hesitate! Save some money on that trip to Paris and give Brasserie Bernard a taste. You won’t regret it!
Photos courtesy of Brasserie Bernard (unless otherwise indicated). Featured image by Jon Naccache (@jon_montreall)
1249 Avenue Bernard, Montréal, QC H2V 1V7