Most of these will be fairly brief, because I got a lot of reviews to get through. Our first foodie-stop in the beautiful Montreal was Le Gros Jambon.It’s a tiny spot, with only abut 8 or so seats at the counter and another 12 or so along the wall. The window tempted us with massive sticky buns and cakes, and the walls were decked out in retro food company posters (ie. Campbells, Coca Cola etc.). This”kitchen” was totally Abbey’s Kitchen style, and one day, when I have my own little cottage, I would dress it up like that.
Service was super friendly and fun, and the smiles made up for their lack of decaf in house.
All of the food was served on the most amazing Pig shaped platters (where-do-I-get-some-of-these?). We decided to go with:
Eggs Benedict (one egg option) with smoked salmon, hash browns and baked beans
Perfectly poached egg and a nice hollandaise. Hash could have used a bit more crispy element, but that’s just my preference, and the beans, while delicious, really just tasted like the ones my mom buys in the can.
Banana Bread French Toast with apple compote, maple syrup and fresh fruit
The banana bread was delicious in itself. It was soft, warm and had lots of fresh banana flavour, but I was missing the french toast- panfried-eggy-crispy-edged aspect of the dish. It really just tasted like warm bread soaked in syrup. Having said that, I thought the apple compote had a perfect amount of cinnamon and sweetness and the fresh pineapple added a nice acidic note to cut the sugar. Perfect portion too!
In total, with tax and tip, the bill came to about $35- much better food, value and atmosphere than our regular local joint (Flo’s) in Toronto. When I get my cottage, I’ll be back to take more thorough notes on decor.. and maybe have a quick bite while I’m at it.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.