The Mother’s Day brunch service is the busiest one of the year, in normal circonstances. Restaurants create special menus and strive to get as many people seated as possible. Everyone is out celebrating the mothers in their lives by treating them to the perfect brunch experience. But in these social distancing and self isolating times, we all know that dining out is impossible. However, it is still quite possible to celebrate moms by having the perfect Mother’s Day brunch, lunch or dinner delivered to your door, or to your favourite moms’ doors. Here’s a list of some of the best Montreal restaurant meals available for Mother’s Day this year.
Vin Mon Lapin is one of my favourite restaurant in Montreal. It’s a great neighbourhood bar where the food and the wine are absolutely flawless. They’ve been closed during the pandemic but have done a couple of specials. The Mother’s Day menu is one of their special. It includes house-cured trout gravlax, buckwheat crêpe mix, Mon Lapin crème fraîche, farm eggs, Matane shrimps, homemade yogurt, a few Québec products such as radishes and asparagus, and an upside down purple fruit cake. The menu is for 2 to 4 people and you have to place your order by May 4th. You can also order a bouquet of tulips or some of their outstanding wines, beers, ciders and pet’ nat’. Pick ups and deliveries will be available between Thursday May 7th and Saturday May 9th.
I fell in love with this Joe Beef offspring the minute I stepped foot in the bright and airy industrial loft space overlooking the Lachine Canal. Their weekly menu is a dream with delicious dishes including the famous McKiernan salad and entire themed dinners for 2. For Mother’s Day, the McKiernan team is offering a $75 gift basket filled with freshly baked goods and local treats: Quebec buffalo yogurt, house olive oil granola, the very first strawberries, St. Leon organic maple syrup, Pont Blanc cheese, rhubarb jam, Megan’s oatmeal cookies, Les Isles spritz jellies and Camelia Sinensis tea. For an extra $20, you can get all these goodies delivered to your favourite mom in a McKiernan tote bag! You can also add some pantry items, apparel, books and of course, wines, ciders and beers. Order 24 hours in advance for deliveries Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Hyper-local and sustainable restaurant La Récolte serves one of the best brunches in town. The young and talented team always puts together a creative menu composed of local and seasonal ingredients. Their Mother’s Day brunch to go is no different. An omelette millefeuilles, smoked local trout and ricotta ravioli are on the menu, as well as their delicious brunch donut with rhubarb compote, apple butter, meringue and crumble. Add one of their great, natural wine choices including bubbly and rosés to your order and you’ve got a great way to celebrate mom!
It would’ve been so lovely to be able to take mom out for brunch on Les Fillettes lovely, Outremont terrasse. But alas, that’s not a viable plan this year. However, what is viable, is bringing their brunch to you. The market-forward restaurant has put together a great Mother’s Day menu that features a $55 menu for 3 or a $90 menu for 4. Complete your order with some wine and a few local specialty products. Order before May 6th and pick up or have it delivered Friday through Sunday.
Zoe Ford is one of the best catering companies in Montreal. Since the beginning of the pandemic, founder Jo Notkin has shifted her business to preparing a weekly menu for delivery. The Mother’s Day Brunch Bundle includes an assorted tulip bouquet, Jewelbox brownies, an exclusive “Mother’s-Day-only Scone mix” (chocolate, chocolate chunk with crunchy sugar topping and Zoe Ford’s exclusive not-yet-released “Crispy and Fluffy Pancake Mix” with blueberry sauce and fresh berries. And just a few words on those Jewelbox Brownie kits: Jo offered me one the other day and they are absolutely divine! The box contains 4 of the richest, most decadent brownies, 2 little containers of caramel and a sachet of “jewels” like candied citrus, cocoa nibs, caramelized nuts. They are so fun to decorate and so delicious. It’s no surprise she won a Top Chef Canada challenge with these treats! Place your orders by end of day on Tuesday May 5th to add to your weekly delivery on Saturday May 9th. You can also just order the Mother’s Day Brunch Bundle but you’ll have to pick it up (by appointment) at their Saint Henri kitchen on May 9th or 10th.
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My favourite lunch, brunch counter and fine grocery store converted into a take out and delivery spot for all its loyal fans a few weeks ago. Comptoir Sainte Cécile serves one of the best brunches in the city and I’m lucky enough to live a couple of blocks from it. They are bringing back some of their most delicious brunch dishes for this Mother’s Day weekend. Order by the end of day on Thursday May 7th for delivery (by bike!) on Saturday May 9th. And don’t forget to add one of their great, ready-to-eat meals to your order or a bottle of Quebec wine, beer or cider, since they have one of the most extensive collections of local bottles.
Chic La Chronique is one of my favourite fine dining establishments in Montreal. They have been preparing meals for pick ups for a few weeks now and have created a Mother’s Day menu. The details were not out at the time of publishing this post but check their website and pick up from their Laurier Street restaurant. I am sure that whatever menu they create, it will be outstanding.
If you’ve never been to Su or tasted their cuisine, you can do so these days by picking up some of chef Fisun Ercan’s exquisite Turkish dishes. Su serves one of the best brunches in Montreal and is always a great choice for Mother’s Day. You can still spoil the moms in your life with Su’s exotic flavours. They will be preparing their classic brunch board items such as homemade jam, kaymak, a tahini and chocolate spread, marinated olives, a homemade feta-ricotta cheese and a hashas (poppyseed) brioche. You’ll also get 6 farm-fresh eggs with your order. Order and pay on their website between Saturday and Tuesday and pick up Wednesday to Friday. The brunch is $60 and is enough for 6 people. Add a bottle of Turkish wine to your order and chef Ercan will give you some fresh juice to make mimosas at home!
Grumman78 has been feeding Montreal with take out and deliveries since the pandemic started. They created a special Mother’s Day brunch for this very special occasion. Their $42 menu for 2 includes a small aioli with crudités, salmon coulibiac and a lemon meringue pie. You can also order extras such as a cheese plate, bottles of Polisson cider, bouquets of tulips and more. You’ll need to place your order and pay on their website before noon on May 7th for pick ups starting at noon on May 9th.
This Little Italy restaurant makes some of the best Italian food in Montreal. Chefs and partners Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione have created a cozy neighbourhood restaurant that tastes like Italy. For Mother’s Day, they are preparing 50 meal kits for 4 people on a first come, first serve basis. The kits are $125 each and you can add wine to your order. The menu includes homemade lasagna, braised short ribs, their heavenly homemade tiramisu, the Impasto focaccia and more. You’ll have to call Impasto at 514 508 6508 to reserve your kit starting May 4th at 12pm. Attention: this is a scoop! The news is not out yet about these meal kits so be ready to scoop them up as soon as they come out. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
The beloved Plateau Mont Royal restaurant has been working its magic with deliveries and pick ups. They have created a special Mother’s Day menu that includes bacon scones, crab-stuffed mimosa eggs, Matane shrimps, house-smoked salmon marinated in St Laurent gin, duck confit, a mushroom and asparagus risotto and a lemon-themed dessert. You can add a bouquet of tulips or some bottles or bubbly to your order. You have to place your order before May 6th through their website for pick ups and deliveries from May 8th to May 10th. It’s worth noting that they’ll also deliver to the north shore on May 8th and the south shore on May 9th.
My favourite pastry shop is open again for pick ups and deliveries. They won’t have a special menu for Mother’s Day but will exceptionally be open on Sunday May 11th for cake and dessert pick ups. If you want to spoil your mom (or anyone, including yourself), this is the place to do it. Pastry chef Patrice Demers’s desserts are elegant, exquisite and absolutely exceptional. Order and pay on their online boutique and pick up your dessert at their Little Burgundy shop.
This Petite Patrie restaurant has been around for about a decade. When the lockdown started, they were one of the first establishments to convert to take out and delivery almost immediately. The dynamic team seems tireless and always ready to step up and deliver, no pun intended. For Mother’s Day, their menu includes tatami-style duck magret, Nordic shrimp, lobster feuilleté with fiddleheads (fingers crossed they’ll be in season by then) and dessert. The 4-course menu costs $35 per person and you can order it as of now via their website for pick up or delivery starting Friday May 8th at noon. Their wine list is great so don’t forget to add a bottle or two to your order.
Some last minute additions:
Maison Publique – If you want to treat your mom to some of the best pancakes in town, order the brunch for 2 from Maison Publique.
Le Bloomfield – Order their Mother’s Day basket for 4 that includes the Jerusalem Platter, French toast, Palestinian eggs and brownies and halva.
Lawrence / Boucherie Lawrence / Larrys – Check the Larrys or Lawrence Instagram accounts for menu updates. I love everything that they make so I can almost guarantee that their Mother’s Day brunch will be outstanding.
La Fabrique – Order La Fabrique’s excellent brunch by Friday for picks ups on Saturday or Sunday. Order via the CHK PLZ app or call them.
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