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25 Jul

The best thing since sliced bread: The toast scene in Montréal

Food trends are a bizarre and marvelous thing. In recent years we’ve been delighted by treats such as cronuts, ramen burgers, pretzel buns, artisanal pickled goods, and designer cupcakes. The current food trend that’s made its way to the belle ville from its birthplace in San Francisco has been… toast! Cut thick and perfectly browned, there’s a toast out there that’s spread, drizzled, or sprinkled just to your liking.

Here are a few Montréal locations that’ve made this West Coast trend the toast of the town.

Dispatch Coffee
Dispatch Coffee’s toast menu offers a crunchy collection of sweet and savoury. Served up fresh on bread courtesy of Le Plateau bakery Hof Keltsen, toppings include an egg salad boasting homemade mayo and pickled celery, and jams fresh from Montréal’s Preservation Society paired with goat’s cheese. Bite into a lunch that would make your brave little toaster weep.

Dispatch Coffee: 267 Saint Zotique Street West | Food truck: various locations
During the academic year: 3480 University Street, (McConnell Engineering Building, McGill University)

Buck 15 Espresso Bar
They’re the #toastboss on social media for a reason. With perfectly punny names such as Ricotta Try This Toast (ricotta, fruit, toasted hazelnuts, honey, and sea salt) and But You’re A Nut Toast (roasted butternut squash, feta, cucumber, chickpeas, and nigella seeds), Buck 15 has made no bones about wanting to dominate this food trend.

Buck 15: 3027 Notre-Dame Street West

Tea Room
Sit down with tea and toast in the delightfully charming Cardinal Tea Room. Its 1920s-inspired decor and British tea house atmosphere will have you feeling like you’ve fallen into Wes Anderson movie. Served on Cardinal’s homemade bread, choose between an egg salad and watercress, or a toast topped with a creamy avocado mash. While we recommend both, you’ll want to save room for a scone for dessert.

Cardinal Tea Room: 5326 Saint-Laurent Boulevard

é Melbourne
Aussie Café Melbourne on the Main has a homegrown staple on its toast menu: vegemite. The traditional Australian spread—made primarily from leftover brewers’ yeast extract—may be considered an acquired taste, but then so is poutine! If you’re feeling less adventurous, or simply in the mood for something sweet, Melbourne also offers toasts topped with jam, Nutella, and banana with honey.

Café Melbourne: 4615 Saint Laurent Boulevard

é Sfouf
Nearing its one year anniversary in September, Café Sfouf offers a salty and sweet selection of toasts to satisfy every palate. Try Sfouf’s homemade take on the classic Québec spread cretons, or the Lebanese-influenced labneh, zataar, and mint combination. Served on organic and gluten-free bread from a nearby bakery in Marché St-Jacques, there’s something for everyone at this east-downtown café.

Café Sfouf: 1250 Ontario Street East

Turkish Verdun gem Su has an upscale toast on their brunch menu so good that it deserves a medal. The tartine (the French term for an open-faced sandwich) piles on fresh mackerel, coleslaw, and a spicy salsa, which is then sprinkled with pumpkin and sesame seeds, and topped off with a soft boiled egg. The coleslaw, salsa, and chickpea bread it’s served on are all made in-house, with the bread recipe hailing from the chef’s home town in Turkey.

Su: 5145 Wellington Street

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