It was lucky that Le Cartet was only a brisk walk from our hotel. I’m not sure we could have walked any further after such an amazing evening in Montreal the night before. One thing was certain, we were all very hungry and couldn’t wait to see what was in store at Le Cartet.
We had a big group of 9 and it was busy at Le Cartet when we arrived – all of their tables, including their long family style-tables, were packed. It’s a big restaurant with nice high ceilings and big windows which keeps the restaurant fresh and bright.
Luckily, we were able to get seated within 15 minutes. The menu can be a bit confusing for someone with limited knowledge of french. I decided I would go with their Trois Minutes brunch special and this is the cuteness that came to me:
Perfectly soft boiled eggs (3 minutes!) with slices of cheese, ham and some great grainy bread to go with it. They kept the second egg warm by storing it under the egg holder. It was a lighter meal than I usually have for brunch but it was exactly what I needed!
Others went for a sweeter affair like the Crepes Au Coulis De Fruits: Lighter than air crepes and a sweet red berry sauce. Don’t hold the whipped cream!
If you’re looking for a Stick-to-Your-Ribs kind of brunch then look no further than the Brunch Des Cantons:
Scrambled eggs with country style ham, sausage and bacon. Served with potatoes roasted in… wait for it… duck fat. The perfect hangover cure if I ever saw one. These guys are geniuses.
Overall, an awesome place to take a big group! They’ve got lots of space and if you do have to wait for a table it ain’t so bad. They have coffee, and a selection of bakery items for you to devour while you wait:
Thanks again to Vector Ottawa for indulging me in my brunch obsession!
Can’t wait to visit this beautiful city again, in warmer weather I hope! In the mean time my next Brunch Travels require an airplane.
Enjoy the weekend!