Past and present collide at Communion, the old Montreal restaurant that has recently become one of my new favourites for brunch in the city. Housed on the corner of Place Royale and de la Commune, the old stone interior received an industrial-meets-oriental update with a gorgeous new brass bar, tobacco toned leather seating, and a beautifully illuminated emerald tiled wall, complete with two large-scale Tretchikoff prints depicting his most famous muse, the Chinese girl, who surveys the space.
Although the cool new interior (including communal bathrooms that are not to be missed) is a huge draw, the brunch at this restaurant is what has kept me coming back since its inauguration not long ago. Based on a communal style meal (think Cabane a Sucre), a table of two or more will choose from one of the four brunch options, which then come to share. The Classique ($18 per person) offers a classic, Montreal style brunch, with a heaping portion of maple baked beans and braised ham in a cast iron skillet, alongside perfectly scrambled eggs with chives and potatoes, fresh fruit and pancakes. Other options include the Cosmopolitan ($19), which features an egg-in-the-hole St. Viateur bagel topped with bubbling local cheddar, gravlax, and salad on the side, or the Sante($16) which contains nutbread pudding, buttermilk crepes, and amazing almond milk oatmeal made from homemade granola, peach, and whipped coconut cream. Just last weekend, I devoured the Almost eggs benedict($20) which included poached eggs on a bed of carmelized onion and sides of goat cheese, duck confit, and watercress. All brunches come with a large shot of freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee, and in case you are joined by an indecisive group of friends, small plates can be ordered separately a la carte.
Restaurant Communion | 135 Rue De La Commune Est | Montreal, QC H2Y 2V2 |