We were invited to this quaint little brunch spot on St-Denis that has been open almost twenty years – but sadly we had never heard of them! The first thing that you notice is the décor, it looks like a little French bistro right out of France, it also looks like a remodeled little house. The fireplace, large windows and creaking floorboards are perfectly Plateau! Small round tables are everywhere and there are tables in various rooms, it really is a remodeled house, and the layout hasn’t changed much.
Diva #1 and P’tit Soeur fell in love with the hutch with knick knacks and the back counter that had the coffee bar, all very rustic and country. And not just any country, but French country! Our waiter greeted us warmly and we were soon in front of a large menu that varied from viennoiserie, salty or sweet crêpes, traditional brunch dishes such as eggs benedict, quiches, etc. We asked our waiter for help and he helped us choose the most popular and delicious items!
The viennoiserie looked absolutely delicious so we started with a butter croissant and chocolatine, as well as two cappuccinos. P’tit Soeur is lactose intolerant so we’re happy to note that they have almond milk for those so inclined. The croissant and chocolatine were buttery, flaky and perfection – tastier than some bakeries that we’ve been to. We shared two dishes, Le Drolet is their signature eggs benedict dish with smoked salmon and plenty of delicious hollandaise sauce.
The smoked salmon was fresh, the hollandaise rich, and the eggs cooked perfectly. What made this dish stand out from every other salmon eggs benedict was that it came with gratin dauphinois instead of the usual breakfast potatoes. Gratin dauphinoise is a dish of scalloped potatoes with crème fraiche, that is popular in France. The dish was also served with green salad, bruschetta and the soup of the day which was a delicious mushroom soup. The dish even came with a chocolate mousse, and tea or espresso, the verrine du moment, changes often but on our visit it was pure decadence.
We loved the eggs benedict plate, and we would definitely return to try more of their brunch plates that are full of little dishes for a complete experience. We also ordered the campagnarde crêpe that was a savoury buckwheat crêpe that was stuffed with ham or turkey, we chose ham, and mushrooms. All their crêpes are stuffed with emmental cheese, and the portion is more than generous! You could choose to add an egg but our brunch was decadent and filling enough without adding anything to our crêpe.
Quiches, sandwiches and other breakfast dishes filled up Au Festin de Babette’s menu. French pastries, teas, tisanes, coffees and hot chocolates demonstrated that this restaurant is also a café. They have an extensive hot chocolate menu so we couldn’t leave without trying two hot chocolates, one with chocolate and orange, and the other with 65% Trinitario (Madagascar cocoa).
We were too full to finish the decadent hot chocolate but it is definitely something to return for. Au Festin de Babette was absolutely fabulous, it was like walking into a bistro in Paris, from the décor right to the menu!
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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