m:brgr, a Montreal staple known for being the classiest burger joint in town, has finally jumped on the brunch scene. As most of this city’s food-indulging inhabitants know, downtown isn’t particularly notable when it comes to brunch. Yes, there are places where you can grab the usual eggs, bacon, toast and jam or peanut butter if you prefer; however, what has been missing is a place that boasts a more chic décor and vibe – a place where young professionals can go on a Saturday or Sunday morning after their previous night’s social doings and sit amongst each other in a hip surrounding among all the downtown action.
This is where m:brgr decided to start a movement of a “trendier brunch.” Aside from the overall sharp and smart feeling space, what matters even more is the food. Tum Tum Tum…drumroll please; the verdict is that it’s damn good! Owner, and one of the coolest guys you might ever encounter in the restaurant industry, Jeff Dichter, brought out some of his shining brunch menu stars for us to sample. Let us break it down for you.
The Homemade Veggie Patty. Alas, a meat haven offering a veggie plate! Wow, what a great way to start. A food collage full of mushrooms, lentils, roasted red peppers, sweet potatoes topped with fried eggs, semi-dried tomatoes and a lovely balsamic glaze. A beautiful plate with a beautiful taste that doesn’t “taste” vegetarian.
Being major sweet lovers, we went for the French toast next. An order perhaps a little unordinary for a tasting menu, this smelled and looked too good to let it wait. Topped with the freshest of fruits, powdered sugar and maple syrup, this wasn’t too thick or too sweet. It’s a simple dish made just right.
For the Mexican food lovers in us, Jeff served their famous breakfast tacos. With the incredibly cheesy mozzarella, scrambled eggs, roasted red pepper sauce, which was the main flavour giver, guacamole and shredded lettuce, we understood why this was one of the most talked about items on the new menu. Flavourful, a bit zesty and light, memories of Puerto Vallarta came pouring in.
For the kosher side of things, here came the latkes with two eggs, guacamole and pulled pork. This tasted and looked like something our granny would cook up in the morning. Easy, satisfying and purely delicious. We were big fans of this one and destroyed this plate in a matter of two minutes…literally.
Since Jeff still felt like we needed to be fed, he brought out his legendary spicy baked bean poutine and triple Zak Burger. We made extra room for these since they are some of the dishes that have made m:brgr the go-to it is today. A note to make, their AAA beef here is incredible. Not quite sure where they get it or how they make it, but the taste is soft yet meaty enough to satisfy your burger palette in the most ideal way. A truly remarkable burger (and believe us, we are picky).
So we were told we had to try the Mars Cake and got “forced” to scarf it down. It was a battle to swallow anything else at this point, but we were happy we did. Not much to say except YUM! Make sure you leave room for this guy in the end; the Mars bar topping was made for the finest of sugar connoisseurs.
We were full, we were happy, and we stayed a good three hours. A huge thank you to Jeff Dichter for being such a welcoming and gracious host, it’s no surprise everyone shakes his hand when they come to the establishment.
Their brunch menu started two weeks ago and is available Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 2; check out their website for more information.