Restaurant L’Avenue

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If you’re going to do brunch in Montreal, you should go to L’Avenue located in Plateau Mont-Royal. Now, there will be a line outside, and you’ll have to deal with it…but, you probably won’t wait more than 20 minutes or so. Inside, the wall is covered in fun graffiti and a motorcycle hanging from the ceiling (don’t worry, it won’t fall if you’re sitting under it…hopefully). The music also makes the environment, the playlists are fun, with good energy. 

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If you’re an Eggs Benedict fan, this is the place for you, they have a wide variety of Benedicts to choose from. I figured they knew how to make a great crepe too, so, I went for the Whole Wheat Crepe with cinnamon baked apples and cottage cheese. Each dish is also served with their signature fresh fruit skewers. The crepe was delicious, light and had lots of flavor. The skewers are the perfect accompaniment as well, fresh and perfectly portioned. 

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And of course, real Maple Syrup.

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Oh, and whether you need to use the bathroom or not, you have to go inside (yes, it’s black lit). Best party bathroom. Ever.

The Shorts:
Name: Restaurant L’Avenue 
Location: 922 Mt Royal Ave E, Montreal
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. Good food, good tunes, good ambiance.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Brunch it up! 

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Mezcla

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While I was in Montreal, the best meal I had was, hands down, at Mezcla in The Village. This Nuevo Latino restaurant hit every mark. Upon entering, the restaurant had a warm and inviting ambiance, long, wooden tables and dim lighting. Not to mention, the service was impeccable the entire time.  

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Don’t expect fancy cocktails at this spot. Instead, take a look at the wine list, with plenty of wonderful Spanish wine options. For my meal, I chose two dishes. First, I went with the Ceviche Mixto, which is altered daily depending on the fresh catches of the day. I was served halibut, octopus and salmon. This dish was incredible. The pieces of fish were generous in size, plump, with perfect texture. It was served in a broth, loaded with flavorful hints of lime and a really nice spicy kick. I also loved the fact that the bowl was completely chilled. 

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To accompany the dish, there was a presentation of fried yuca chips, crunchy flash fried corn kernels and crispy sweet potato shreds. The idea is to add to the dish to create texture, but I chose to each the fish first and add all the crisp sides into the broth afterward to eat like a soup. I was pretty pleased with my decision. 

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Next, I had Cazuelita de Pulpo, an octopus dish. This was one of the most unique and delicious variations of octopus I’ve ever had. Served in a skillet, the octopus was generously glazed in a panca and maple sauce. The texture was tender, and took on almost a thick cut bacon or ham like quality (and taste too, actually). Incorporated in the dish were little dollops of, what I would describe as pesto and cashew puree, which were delicious. This was perfect to dip with the garnish of yuca chips on the top of the dish.

The Shorts:
Name: Mezcla
Location: 1251 Rue de Champlain, Montreal
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Without a doubt. In fact, I wish this restaurant existed where I live so I could go back sooner!
Would I recommend it? You shouldn’t even need to ask.