One of five outlets in Montreal, this restaurant takes the lowly egg and creates an entire menu around it. Set in a renovated office building, the ... More
One of five outlets in Montreal, this restaurant takes the lowly egg and creates an entire menu around it. Set in a renovated office building, the decor features a two-storey space with wrought iron, huge windows and exposed brick. Dishes include two eggs any style with bacon, ham or sausage, toast, baked beans and grilled potatoes (CAD5.45), and ham and potato gratin topper (CAD9.95). Service is cheerful and helpful and breakfast for two, excluding tip, comes to between CAD15-30. Other locations include 1313 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West, (+1 514 842 3447) and 198 Laurier Avenue, (+1 514 278 6411).
I have been to Montreal 5 times and always enjoyed Eggspectation - until now. Being from New York City I am accustomed to restaurants that are on occasion less than scrupuously clean - this location (St. Jacques) was beyond filthy looking - napkins were strewn about all over the floor.The resaon I sat down was that I figured they must have just had a lunch rush - prehaps a tour came through - (the place was completely empty at 1pm) and hadn't had time to clean up. Wrong. The flatware also was dirty, the glass they brought water in was also dirty. They were very nice and got me another right away. The menu was chewed looking but I figured - maybe I just got an old one. I have always loved this chain so much that I was really trying to give the m the benefit of the doubt.When my food arrived it looked as if it was left over from last week and had been sitting out for many hours. For a city that takes pride in cleanliness and the fresh quality of ingredients in restaurants this was unacceptable. I thought I might get ill fron eating there and sent the food back. The wait person (who was quite nice) asked if I would like anything else - what? More food that was beyond the expiration date? It was such a disappointment and I am certain with all of the other choices near by they can't be doing that well serving food of that quality.
We arrived hoping to have an enjoyable brunch on a Friday around noon and instead found ourselves with over-cooked eggs, bitter coffee, and a staff who wouldn't utter a word to us. After having been lead up the stairs (with a notable limp) by a rushed hostess and left for a good 20 minutes before a waiter came to us, my boyfriend asked if we could have some bread while we awaited our meal (as many of the tables around us had). We were told bread was not included in our meal, and it turns out, polite service was not either. No one ever came by to ask how the food was or if we needed anything, or to give a coffee refill. The meal was adequate, we got what we asked for but later my boyfriend was hungry and complaining of stomach cramps. If you're looking to spend a little extra for a treat, it might be a good idea to keep looking. I suspect that service may have been better on the first floor of the establishment.
well i ate at this eggspecation a while ago , i just didn't think of writting untill now , the staff is desent ,very well mannered, but there was a few cocoroches on the flore ,plus the manegger seemed more interested in screaming at his staff over some detail or other more then he was about service. he even locked the doors to further scream at his staff , he must of thought no one was listening , but herad him all the way through . some clients tryed to come in and walked away ( clearlly some one that has no people skills and has no reason to own an eggspetation), the waiters were well , but they seemed rather tence, i wonder why? food is good, i hope the other eggseptions aren't like this one, i felt like i was eating in a 3rd world slave factory
Treated poorly before even being seated. We left before ordering our food it was so bad. If you want to be treated like cattle, eat here.
I left and went to frans just nearby, and had an enjoyable meal.
Okay, the decor is neat, and it's so cool to say I'm going to "eggspection" for breakfast. But the good stops there. The place has slow service, skimpy dishes, and crummy tables if you don't snag a booth. Would suggest avoiding.
We were looking for a casual breakfast place that had a good, fresh and healthy selection that would satisfy us. The hotel recommended Eggspectation. We were not disappointed.
We took a short 15 minute walk from our hotel early in the morning. They open at 7am, so make sure to get there before the weekend crowds arrive. Best bet is to get there before 10am.
The orange juice was freshly squeezed and so delicious. The food was cooked fresh to order adorned with seasonal fresh fruits. The table tray had assorted jams, jellies & peanut butter to spread on your toast.
They were out of the brioche for the French toast that I ordered, so the waiter accomodated me and made it to order with my second choice. It was just delicious. The waiter was very polite and accomodating.
You definately wont be disappointed.
They also offered lunch and dinner meals. We would have eaten there all weekend if we weren't in Montreal for such a short time.
I cannot say enough about Eggspectaion. We had a large group of 107 hungry people who had just driven
11 hours. The manager of the downtown Montreal
location on Maisonneuve Quest was superb. He made
sure that we were taken care of and that he had a
wonderful crew lined up to take care of such a large group of people. The food was superb. All 107 people
left the restaurant with a smile on their face and
very satisfied stomachs. It was much more than any
of had anticipated. Kudos to Eggspectation...especially Dennis Mandros and his crew in downton Montreal. Thank you.
On our way for a stroll through Old Montreal we stumbled accross Eggspectation. It looked like a great place for breakfast. Couldn't have been more wrong. The atmosphere was wonderful, but the food did not meet our expectations. Food had very little taste. There are plenty of other breakfast bistros in the neighbour hood. Next time I am in Old Montreal, I will search out a small cafe that serves breakfast.
I loved the decor, the menu was great. The best place for moring coffee and eggsetc. What a great concept and food. I think it was the best place we visited in Montreal. The Hotel St.James came close to 2nd.
A must see/eat when in Montreal.
Thanks for the great service and food.
Julie and I had a romantic long week-end in Montreal and visited twice. The fact that there is so much else to do in the city prevented any further visits.
Great to get the Eggs Benidict so seldom seen in England. Would cerainly recommend this experience to any friends visiting Montreal.
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