Montreal is home to a lot of amazing restaurants, but Olive et Gourmando just might be my favorite…I cannot go to Montreal without stopping here! Olive et Gourmando is a cute café located in Old Montreal, not too far from the entrance to Bota Bota (the best spa!). It serves breakfast and lunch and is incredibly popular! And for good reason. I asked Dan what I would say about it and he just said: delicious.
Dan and I’s favorite thing is the Le Poached Egg On Your Face breakfast sandwich!! I cannot tell you enough good things about this sandwich. The sandwich is a pressed Panini with spicy poached eggs with herbs and mayonnaise, comté cheese, speck and slow roasted tomatoes. It is plainly amazing. It is also big enough to split between two people. Here are some pictures of that beautiful sandwich:
In addition to the breakfast sandwich, Olive et Gourmando serves excellent coffee, a wide variety of breakfast pastries and lunch! But Dan and I can never bring ourselves to order anything except the breakfast sandwich. Here are some of the pastries, which I have tried and enjoyed! The pain au chocolat is particularly delicious and authentic.
Some important notes on Olive et Gourmando: breakfast is only served until 10 a.m. and there is usually a line. I recommend getting there by 8:30 a.m. if you want to sit and eat. If there is a long line, you can order your sandwich to-go by just walking in (past the people waiting for a table and for their order) and getting in line along the pastry counter (sometimes it goes all the way back to the kitchen area) and then eat along the St. Lawrence River. That’s what we usually do.
In addition to the 10 a.m. cutoff, Olive et Gourmando is closed on Sunday and Monday. If Olive et Gourmando is closed or the line is too long, there is another solid option across the street, Marche de la Vilette.
Steal Our Breakfast
Olive et Gourmando – 351 Saint-Paul W., Montreal, QC H2Y 2A7. T: 514-350-1083
No reservations. Breakfast stops promptly at 10:00 a.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Marche De La Vilette – 324,Rue Saint Paul Ouest, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2A3. T. 514-807-8084. A good alternative if Olive et Gourmando is not feasible.