So I haven’t had one of these in awhile. To be quite honest, I haven’t had one during breakfast in over a year. So yes, readers, I had a foodgasm. And it wasn’t at a restaurant downtown or in familiar Old Port…It was on Beaubien street. Near Papineau. Kind of far, for a South Shore girl eh? But trust me, it was worth the drive, worth taking Jacques Cartier Bridge and worth the long line-up (30 minutes waiting in the rain was a b*tch). Régine Café was an amazing discovery! Read why I’ll be going back there after the break.
The first thing I noticed when we (finally) entered the restaurant was its vintage look: Vintage couches, retro artwork and heck, even the waitresses had a little retro in them whether it came to their style or their haircut. Nice. Then we were not greeted by a waitress asking us if we wanted coffee or water; instead, we were offered chai/pumpkin shot that tasted much more wonderful than it looked. Yum!
Although the menu seemed a tad limited, the choices were quite interesting. The caramelized onions grilled cheese (with the option of adding duck confit #foodgasm), the chic croissant and the steak & eggs looked amazing! But since I am lactose intolerant, I had to think twice about the creamy breakfasts for the sake of my stomach. I finally chose the “Gros Jambon” (Big Ham) which had eggs, cretons, ham, bacon, potatoes, fruits and beans.
About 5 minutes after I order, my meal arrived. Yes you read right: 5 minutes later. Talk about quick service! I loved how my meal was rustically plated in the sense that it was well put together, but perfectly imperfect. Of course, the first thing I tasted was the bacon and I almost fell out of my chair. Let me explain something: I am a bacon lover, everyone knows that. I’ve tried a whole lot of bacon in Montreal and I’ve got to say….this is by far the BEST bacon I’ve had. I don’t know how they made it so tender and perfectly salty, with just a bit of crunch and just enough fat. Oh, wow! The whole plate was perfection! And let’s not forget the ham. You know how you go to a breakfast spot and when you order something with ham, they slap a sad piece of ham (usually under everything or barely cooked) in your plate? Well no. That ham had to be cooked for at least 8 to 12 hours and was just a delight to eat. I was extremely happy with my choice….so happy that I kept a little piece of bacon for the end…if you know what I mean.
Except for my mouth watering meal, the service was excellent and prices reasonable. My waitress even reheated my latté because I totally forgot to drink it during my meal (I was too absorbed by the deliciousness).
Régine Café I will be back. Even if I have to take the bus and wait under a storm, I will do it for you. I have to try the whole menu. Perhaps next time, I will go around noon or very, very early in the morning in order to avoid the long line-up.
I give it a 9/10. It would’ve gotten a 10/10 if they brought warm milk and if it wasn’t for the line.
Régine Café | 1840 Beaubien Est between Papineau and DeLorimier | You can RSVP on weekdays only by calling 514-903-0676, no RSVPs on weekends | Menu available here in French only
P.S. Parking around the area is FREE