Restaurant Review { Déjeuner Cosmopolitain }

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this restaurant yet, since it’s one of my favorite brunch spots in Montreal.

The food is amazing and there are SO many choices (see the size of the menu below…), and it can be overwhelming if you are not as experienced as I am. If my sister is there, we share the Royal Cosmopolitain: chocolate chip pancakes topped with bananas and strawberries, and served with chocolate hazelnut spread. We also share a typical egg plate, which is actually not so typical, because the potatoes are quite outstanding. You can choose from the round potatoes, which are full of flavor, or the mashed potatoes that have just a hint of bacon in them {Hint: if it’s your first time there, ask for half and half so you get to try both!}. If my sister isn’t there, I don’t have to choose to go savory or sweet, I can get both! There’s a plate with eggs, meat, potatoes and two blueberry pancakes (I ask for chocolate chips instead).

Another great thing is that there’s also a lunch menu, so if you fancy lunch while your date wants breakfast after 2 pm, then it works out perfectly.

The downside is that it’s extremely busy on weekends, so make sure to book ahead of time. The service is also not the best, we’ve had a few issues with some of the waitresses, BUT, the food is just that good that I still go back.

What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Montreal? What do you prefer for brunch: sweet or savory? 

[Photo credit | Saba Sabati]


Recipe { Loving Pancakes }

I wanted to call these ‘Loving’ pancakes because your whole body, from your taste buds to your tummy, will love it: it’s delicious but also healthy!

I’ve been playing around with this recipe for a while, and can finally share the perfect combination of ingredients. There are few tweaks that you can make and I will include them in the ingredient list.

I usually make these on a weekday, but are also perfect for a lazy Saturday morning for the person you love (make sure to double the recipe!).

Ingredients {for one person – yields about 5-6 small pancakes}

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cup coconut flour (I’ve also used ground flaxseed but didn’t like the taste as much)
  • A dash of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of almond milk (or any milk that you have on hand)

Optional additions {add to taste}

  • Almond slivers
  • Dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs

Steps {prep time: 5 minutes | total cook time: 15-20 minutes}

  1. In a medium bowl, mash the banana, making sure that you get rid of as many clumps as possible.
  2. Add 2 eggs, vanilla, almond milk & coconut flour, and mix until smooth.
  3. Heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat, and add a bit of oil (just enough to thinly coat the bottom of the pan).
  4. Pour about 2 tbsps of the mixture onto the heated pan [I usually cook 3 pancakes at a time]. The batter is quite thick so I spread the batter with a spoon to create an oval/roundish shape.
  5. Cook for 5-7 minutes, making sure that it’s not over-cooking. [This is the tricky part: if the pancakes don’t cook enough, you won’t be able to flip them and they’ll just fall apart.] Test the consistency of the pancake by slowly lifting one side with a spatula.
  6. Flip over and let the other side cook for about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy! I love hazelnut butter & berries on these pancakes. A real treat that you will love and not feel guilty about!

If you try this recipe, share the picture on social media and use the hashtag #seppyslovepancake so that I can see how they turned out! You can find me on Twitter (@peppy3), Instagram (@seppysmtl), and GooglePlus (@seppysmontreal).