I have always been known for my hefty eating in the early morning. Sometimes, I wish I could be one of the girls who could sip on lemon water and eat spoonfuls of grapefruit to start my day right. I mean, I’m fully capable, but there’s just something about a savory breakfast that I can’t resist (and also, without my morning toast and bacon, I’m a big ol’ grumpy fur-monster).
Montreal’s streets are filled with restaurants that promise rare culinary experiences and one-of-a-kind authentic meals. I’m incredibly grateful to live in a city where food offerings are rich in diversity and are always a special (and sometimes, surprising) treat. I can definitely say that my nights-out are never a bore.
Cacao 70 happens to be one of those places where you walk in and experience a meal rather than just eating one. Cacao 70 is (and now, hold your breath and grab your drool bib) one of Montreal’s finest chocolate restaurants. Yes, you heard me: a restaurant dedicated to presenting chocolate at its best, whether it be in melted form, on your waffles, or as a drink… the sky is the limit with Cacao 70.
Whenever I visit (which happens quite often), I indulge in helpings of fondue, hot chocolates, and their oh-so-tasty cinnamon-coated churros.
For my last visit, I opted for their Belgian waffle, topped with ice cream and whipped, and some of my favorite fruit on the side. It was actually the first time I requested for their Belgian waffle, which happens to be incredibly soft and sweet even on its own – each bite melted in my mouth. I can tell you that my sweet tooth was very satisfied that night.
Oh, and I always order a tall glass of milk with my meal.
Joe and I love trying out new restaurants. While other people settle into their favorite dining spots, my husband and I would much rather scour different parts of the city in hopes to discover our next, great meal.
There are, however, exceptions to every rule. Although visiting new places makes for a splendid and adventurous date-night-out, there’s a bakery where we’ve finally marked ourselves as “regulars.” It is the one place where we’ll consistently pop in for a pastry, take the time to have a sit-down Sunday brunch, and of course, the very spot where we ordered our magnificent wedding cake… I present to you, Duc de Lorraine.
Duc de Lorraine is like magic: step through their doors and you’ll instantly be transported to a perfect scene of an authentic Parisian café. You’ll hear dishes softly clinking against one another, calming music, and dine on the most beautiful marble tabletops.
Of course, humans have not yet mastered the art of teleportation, so while the ambiance is very Paris-like, a beautiful view from their large, sunny windows will show you the incredible St-Joseph’s Oratory, reminding you that Montreal is where you still are, and that a little taste of Europe awaits in your upcoming meal.
Truly authentic (and trust me, even Joe says so… and being born and raised in Europe, spending his college years in France, he’s a pretty tough judge to impress), and consistently delicious – last week, we enjoyed our usual Sunday brunch of chocolatines and 3-egg cheese omelettes.
Joe and I may bounce around from resto to resto, but we’ve found home and commitment to the Duc.
Duc de Lorraine – 5002 ch. de la Cote-des-Neiges, Montreal, QC, tel.: (514) 731-4128