I was always curious about this brunch place which seemed to pop up in conversations everywhere. Byblos is a Middle Eastern brunch spot. What exactly do they eat for brunch in the Middle East? I just assumed everyone ate toast and jam, until a rude awakening in Asia where I found myself slurping noodles and chewing on chicken. Going in opened eyed, I brought along my little marshmallow and met up with a friend.
The café was much larger and brighter than I am used to. We arrived about 10:45 which was a good thing, as by 11:00 the line was out the door. I made sure before carting along the stroller and babe that the café was baby-friendly and it was. They happily accommodated my stroller (strollers enter by the back – check for the sign) and I even saw a box of toys.
The menu in the end was short, sweet, and not too outlandish. There were only four choices, or you could go a la carte.
I went for the feta omelette ($9.75), and my friend went for the feta, halva, sweat bread, fine herbs and nuts option $8.80 (see pic below).
They had quite a large bread selection as well, which kept my baby content and happy.
Overall, I liked it. It was different and good. Portions were not huge, and if you were going in expecting a full english.. expect to be disappointed. There are plenty of other options in Montreal for your bacon and eggs.
One of the things I like about trying new restaurants is discovering new foods. The halva was great, and a quick stop at my local Iranian supermarket showed an entire shelf of halva options. It seems to be a staple in some areas of the world, and is served throughout the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and some parts of Africa according to Wikipedia. I find it amazing that there are still such staple foods out there to be discovered. The other discovery was this part of Laurier near Papineau which seemed very cute, and I hope to explore one day.
Overall, if you are sick of the usual brunch and are looking for something different, I recommend it. But be prepared for a small menu, slowish service, and smallish portions.
1499 Laurier Est
Decor: Bright and airy
Service: Fairly efficient
Price: Really not that expensive, but portions aren’t exactly massive and really there isn’t that much preparation involved in the dishes themselves.
Food: Good and different
Good For: A different type of brunch.
Baby Friendly: Yes, but I am not sure about change facilities.