Boite Gourmande – A kid friendly brunch spot
Right under the Bikram yoga studio on Laurier is this bustling little place called La Boite Gourmande. This place is similar to it’s hot yoga neighbour in that it’s always full of people, without the 45 degrees of heat. La Boite Gourmade has always perplexed me. I keep passing by it and always wanted to go and check it out. This day, it just happened as we ended up wanting do something on Laurier street and I figured I could finally check this little spot out.
At 1st glance
When you walk into it you would think it was an old bank and if you look at the closed room in the back you would be correct. The layout is very interesting as the setup is much like an order counter where you look at the chalkboard on the walls and walk up to the kitchen and place your order. In theory, the line starts at the extreme right wall but no one follows that traffic flow and I think there might even be a sign but it is not very visible. Once you get your order, you seat yourself at one of the many spots available. This place is very family oriented with lots of families with small kids and toddlers. I saw grandparents with kids, parents with strollers and the sounds of kids crying and running around. Their washrooms even have a write board for kids to draw on. If you are a single person or don’t like kids this is not your scene, but don’t worry it’s a big city. On the other hand, if you are looking for somewhere kid friendly for brunch then this is your spot. I should also note that this place is wheelchair accessible as a nice bonus.
The menu is on the chalkboard and has some daily specials near the cash. The menu has some choice and some specials for early birds (pre 11 am) that come with coffee, fruit and potatoes. You can put together a dish with some of the listed items and it can come out to even under $10. The menu offerings are as follows:
What we ended up ordering was the day’s special and not on the chalkboard so it is likely to change the next time you are in. But, by looking at the menu, the best way to describe it is an urban cafeteria where you take what you want and don’t expect coffee refills, because I did not get any.
My friend ordered the omelette with mushrooms which was nice and light although the taste of egg was overpowered by the mushrooms. There was also the crepe with tomato, Swiss cheese, spinach, ham and béchamel sauce. The dish was refreshing and they allowed my friend to sub the meat with mushrooms. It was a nice touch although, it was not too filling in my books.
We started off with a fruit cup ($3.95) and it was a whole lot of fruit in one of those old style milkshake glasses. Iit was very fresh and tasty and as a bonus, the price was pretty sweet as well. I ended up ordering the French toast ($15.95) which was 5 slices of baguette bread, and although I am not a baguette bread French toast fan, it was very good and the portion was generous. The baguettes make the French toast a little tougher than normal bread.It was topped with nuts and a rich sauce, which really worked well with the dish. It’s a good thing that sauce is there because I could not imagine the dish without that sauce. The plate also came with yogourt topped with honey and a chocolate cake square that was moist and delicious.
Service was limited since it’s a serve yourself concept although, the cooks were nice and chatty and gave suggestions.
Most dishes here are vegetarian friendly and the benefit of being able to build your own plate with the individual items on the chalkboard allows you to make a custom vegetarian dish for a decent price. You can technically piece together a vegan plate as well although, it may only be comprised of some fruit and granola.
Definitely a unique concept with it’s cafeteria ordering style and very kid-friendly ambiance. The set menu dishes were OK and did come with a lot so it made the price a little more acceptable. If you don’t like the set menu items you can go the pick and choose route and they do have lots of choice just not lots of the classic brunch dishes like: pancakes, eggs benedict, waffles. Having a place like this is good for variety and for my needs it’s a nice place to drop in, get a bite use their Wi-Fi and go within 30 minutes. For those with families this may be a gold mine.
| 445 Avenue Laurier Est
Montreal Qc H2S 3B8
Mon 8:00am – 11:00am
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