It is no secret anymore that brunch at Lawrence Restaurant in Montreal is one of the best in the city. The long line up in front of this Mile End restaurant is a testament to how popular the British pub is. I’ve never actually been there for dinner – which, I hear, is fantastic – but I’ve been going there for brunch on a regular basis for about two years now.
The restaurant’s decor – with its plaid banquette, its dark wood and vintage accents – is reminiscent of a British pub. The big rectangular red table in the front window is the only splash of colour in a somewhat monochromatic yet sharp space. It is often surrounded by families with kids or a big group of hip hipsters.
I always start my brunches with a latte and the one at Lawrence is particularly delicious so make sure to order one. I also start with an order of their trio of fresh and crispy donuts filled with chocolate, custard or a divine lemon cream. I follow that with an order of crumpets or scones with butter and jam because really, what would an English breakfast be without crumpets and scones? Word of advice, share these brunch appetizers with your dining companions because the main meal portions are very hearty.
The main menu changes but is always rooted in the British culinary tradition. Items like blood pudding, pork chops and bubble and squeak (potatoes and cabbage) are often a staple. For the more traditionalists among you, a few items on the menu will surely satisfy you as well.
I’ve illustrated this article with a few of the brunch meals I’ve enjoyed at Lawrence in the past couple of years. I hope they’ll inspire you to make your way there this weekend and try it for youself.
Lawrence Restaurant doesn’t accept reservations except for groups of 6 or more. Follow Lawrence on Twitter to stay up to date on their weekly brunch and dinner menus.
5201 St Laurent Boulevard
514 503 1070
Wednesday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Wednesday – Friday: 11:30am – 3pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 3pm