Disclaimer: This meal was comped.
A couple of months ago, we were approached for a comped meal at Old Montreal's Communion, a restaurant we have tried for brunch and drinks in the past. For various reasons, we could not free ourselves until this cool fall weekend, which is a pity as Communion's spacious, attractive terrace had by now closed for the season.
Located on de la Commune street, just past what is considered "tourist" territory, this four-year-old spot boasts a warm, nouveau-rustic interior. The dining room was pretty full around noon; then quieted down as our brunch progressed. We particularly enjoyed the ambient electronic music playing in the background; as we're certain the rest of the young crowd did.
tagged: GROOVY TUNES
As the name suggests, the idea behind the food here is to share. Previously, we recall large brunches for two served on stone slabs. Alas, these have been replaced by a very short list of been-there-done-that single-person plates revolving around pancakes and eggs. Don't let the seemingly excessive prices put you off though; the fare is quite refined and plates come with breads, coffee and fresh OJ (which was upgraded to a mimosa in our case).
"2 fried eggs, smoked bacon, sausage, blood pudding, baked beans, potatoes, roasted tomato". Perfectly-fried sunny side up eggs sat on a bed of potatoes; tender with crispy fried edges. We loved the thick-cut smoky bacon, but the highlight was the sausage with its sweet crispy casing and mild juicy filling.
In conclusion, yes the menu is limited and predictable, but there is a certain level of sophistication and precision at work in the kitchen. That being said, we feel Communion lost its "communal" aspect when those brunches for two went out the window, causing a bit of an identity crisis. Maybe a return visit for dinner will change our perception, but for now we'll grade their brunches a notch above average.
tagged: PLAN B.
Price per person: $18.50
Montreal restaurant and bar reviews brought to you by two regular guys who like to eat and drink. We will go anywhere and we will say it like it is.