I am admittedly a lover of many things British; British gardens, British Vogue and British accents all top my list of truly wonderful things. Such is the reason I was saddened to hear of the closing of Sparrow, one of my favourite (English) brunch places in the city. Happy I was, however, to later find that chef Marc Cohen and owner Ethan Willis simply displaced themselves closer to the St. Laurent/Fairmount intersection with Lawrence, an adorable 40 seat restaurant that opened last December.
Like Sparrow, Lawrence serves brunch Saturday and Sundays to a long line up of locals. I recommend starting with their crumpets with butter ($3) or lemon doughnuts ($5 and sooo good) to share. Follow with Eggs Royale ($15), pain dore with apples and cranberries, or their classic English breakfast ($16) plus some extra Bubble and Squeak on the side ($4).
Although I've only been to Lawrence for their brunch, there seems to be plenty of buzz surrounding their lunch and dinner fare. One notoriously captious food critic at the Gazette remarked in her recent review that "It’s hard to find fault in this fab little restaurant" after having dined there for lunch and dinner. Perhaps round two is in order? Anyone? Yes?!? I'll keep you all posted...
Lawrence | 5201 Blvd St. Laurent (corner Fairmount) | Montreal, QC, H2T 2L9 |