106 McGill St. (north of rue Marguerite d’Youville)
Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5
Whenever I have family and friends visit me here in Montréal I take them to Le Cartet. The restaurant is located in The Old Port neighbourhood of Montréal where many of the streets are cobblestone, and horse-drawn carriages provide rides for tourists. The area is dotted with upscale and well loved restaurants, and Le Cartet remains my favourite placed for a more refined brunch.
Le Cartet’s menu is quite extensive for brunch at a non-chain restaurant. During our recent visit, we had the Brunch Toscan and the Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese (Brouillé Fromage de Chèvre); keep in mind that, although the online menu is in French only, the restaurant does hand out English menus as well. The Brunch Toscan comes with poached eggs on top of English muffins with ham, spinach, and Mornay sauce. It is accompanied by a side of roasted potatoes with duck fat and herbs, fresh fruit, and a glass of freshly pressed orange juice. My scrambled eggs comes atop of grilled bread, and also sides of the roasted potatoes and fresh fruit. Coffee is comes free with the Brunch Toscan and is limitless. Le Cartet serves illy coffee for illy coffee fans out there.
Other favourite brunch items are the Coupe Santé, which is similar to the Brunch Santé, with yogurt, granola with honey and fresh fruit. However, the Brunch Santé is a larger plate accompanied by poached eggs on toast with a skewer of goat cheese and figs with pesto sauce. The Brunch Santé also include coffee and a glass of freshly pressed orange juice. You can also order coffee beverages such as a huge bowl of café latte, café mocha or café au lait, with the option of soy milk which is not often found at many brunch restaurants. I also sometimes like to order a side of freshly baked pastries, such as croissants, muffins, and apple turnovers.
I have never made reservations for my visits at Le Cartet though they apparently do take them. However, every time I have visited the restaurant as a walk-in, I never had to wait more than 10 minutes. As the restaurant is a favourite of mine, I have visited it numerous times over the past four years and have only had one instance of medicore service and subpar food which I attribute as an off-day, as all restaurants are prone to having during their business life. Hence, Le Cartet is a sure bet for both Montréalers and visitors to the city.