Byblos Le Petit Café – Middle Eastern Brunch in the Plateau

January 9, 2013 , In: Brunch, Kid Friendly Restaurant, Plateau , With: One Comment

Byblos Interior


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.

A photograph of the menu at Byblos

The menu in the end was short, sweet, and not too outlandish.  There were only four choices, or you could go a la carte.

the feta omlette

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).

The menu item with halva

They had quite a large bread selection as well, which kept my baby content and happy.


The bread selection at Byblos in Montrea


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.

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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.


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Michelle Little

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Originally from the prairies and now in Montreal, I love exploring new places, eating great food and modern design. I'm mom of two wild things and paper and cake make me happy. Photographing your cutie family would make me very happy.

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