Do you ever have those moments where you think, “damn life is good?” Well that’s how I felt this morning, having breakfast at Au petit chavignol. Despite the cold and damp weather, and it’s location in a somewhat dodgy, slowly gentrifying neighbourhood, our visit was truly lovely.
Au petit chavignol is a real sweetheart of a place. I arrived early as I wanted to check out its sister store, Les amis de fromage, where I drooled over the wonderful selection of cheeses and charcuterie. For breakfast, I had the frittata of the day, this one with carmelized onions, pork cheeks and kale. It arrived with perfectly arranged wedges of potato. I have to admit I was surprised at the small portion, but it was more than enough. The frittata was sweet and the potatoes were perfectly cooked just the way I like them – crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. We declined when our lovely waitress asked us if we wanted to see the dessert menu but changed our mind when my cousin, who arrived with a friend, told us to order the chocolate chip cookies. They’re baked to order and arrive to the table fresh out of oven. How could we say no? So I ordered up another Earl Grey tea and we enjoyed a warm bag of fresh baked cookies. Doesn’t get any better than that.
I had the other special of the day, stuffed french toast. I love bread. I REALLY love bread. This was a thickish slice of French bread with a little slit along one side, into which was crammed some lovely cooked apple with just enough cinnamon. The dish came with an apricot marmalade (which they sell next door) and creme fraiche flavoured with I don’t know what, but it was lovely and light. The dish was beautiful but a little sparse. When I go out for brunch I like to have nice, big portions of food, because I look to brunch to be both breakfast and lunch. This didn’t satisfy on volume, but was excellently created. And as Theresa said, the cookies were phenomenal and a perfect cap to the meal. The only other downside to this beautiful spot was the fact they don’t make pots of coffee and refill your cup endlessly. On the upside, the staff were lovely and the bathrooms were beautifully appointed and very clean, which you don’t often see in establishments serving breakfast.
Theresa’s rating: 4 eggs out 5
Viviana’s rating: 3.5 eggs out of 5
Breakfast for two cost us $42.00