Le Petit Déjeuner
Times visited: 2
Price for 2: $30 for brunch, no alcohol
I have one word for my experience at Le Petit Dejeuner: yum.
Yum yum yum.
I’ve read some complaints about line ups and waits in other blog entries, but if you’d like to go for brunch at around 4:30pm on a weekday, I can tell you that it shouldn’t be too busy.
The ambiance is cool, of course: retro booths, pictures of Paris, antiques and an old-school bar right in the middle. And our server was very friendly and helpful, cheerfully promoting the restaurant and checking up on us every so often.
But the food is definitely what made it a winner.
We had no trouble deciding on eggs benedict with house smoked salmon, but were waffling around (somewhat literally) on our second dish. The waitress recommended the french toast, which was cleverly disguised as “eggy fried bread” (maybe because they would run out if people were just ordering it haphazardly).
Both dishes were fantastic: fresh, delicious, created with the perfect compliment of flavours, and displayed artistically.
The smoked salmon eggs benedict consisted of two perfectly poached eggs, sitting atop generous slices of salty in-house smoked salmon, smothered in a light and creamy hollandaise sauce. The potato rosti (long thing strips of potato clambered together and fried golden brown on the outside) and the apple coleslaw (thinly sliced apples, carrots, and pickles with some kind of creamy, slightly chipotle-esque sauce on top) complimented it perfectly.
The french toast was magical: each of three generous pieces had a crispy, caramelized crust and soft, warm, gooey insides. It was served with a massive dollop of whipped cream, a generous mound of fruit (sliced apples, melon, pineapple, and strawberries) and a side bowl of real maple syrup.
Other items on the menu looked good too, including their selection of coffees, teas, and other drinks. On another occasion we had the waffles and the breakfast crepe, both of which were good but not quite as mind-blowing as what we had on our first visit.
Just a note: take a look at the hours before you go because the menus change at different times. Bon appetit!