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Foxy’s Mother’s Day menu includes a snow crab quiche.
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Order a Memorable Mother’s Day Brunch at One of These Montreal Restaurants

Show her you care, one quiche at a time

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Foxy’s Mother’s Day menu includes a snow crab quiche.
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In the past, Mother’s Day often meant enduring the interminable lines at Montreal’s many no-reservations brunch spots in an attempt to show mom or grandma how much you care. This being COVID times, no long queues await, and the delicious meal will have to be sent directly to her home, and then perhaps to yours, and then maybe, if technology cooperates, enjoyed “together” over Zoom.

For this year’s holiday — on May 9, for those yet to mark their calendars — several Montreal restaurants, such as Pastaga and Le Roseline, are offering special menus promoting local, seasonal produce. Some, like Le Flamant, are taking the opportunity to explore new culinary ground, while others still, including Le Pois Penché and Darna Bistroquet, are doubling down on what they do best: French bistro fare and Moroccan-leaning cuisine, respectively. And then, of course, there are the tried-and-true brunch spots, a treat any weekend, but especially this one.

The biggest Mother’s Day menu trends this year? Snow crabs and quiches — in one case, the two fuzed together. Get it, at Foxy, while it lasts.

If you need more ideas this Mother’s Day, there’s always this map of Montreal’s essential brunch restaurants open for takeout and delivery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Darna Bistroquet

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1106 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1T5, Canada
(514) 273-1106
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In addition to delivering to parks, Darna Bistroquet is offering a Mother’s Day takeout or delivery menu for two (or multiples thereof) that includes a two-egg shakshuka with braised chickpeas; maakouda, a Morroccan-style hash brown; a cucumber salad with black radishes, mint, celery and lemon-sumac dressing; homemade rghaief flatbread with cumin; rainbow trout gravlax with fennel salad; homemade briwates, a sweet or savoury puff pastry; and cardamom-spiced carrot cake. Pre-order or cross your fingers that it won’t sell out in advance. All boxes will include a handmade accessory from Boutique Binetna, a female-led contemporary boutique that makes accessories inspired by their North African heritage.

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2. Épicerie Conserva

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6604 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M3, Canada
(514) 274-4777
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The gourmet grocery near Beaubien metro is offering a seasonal ode to Quebec. Its menu ($120 for two people; $210 for four or $300 for six) features house-made salmon gravlax cured with beet and raspberry leaf; a wild mushroom and tarragon quiche; a zucchini tart with honey-glazed mascarpone, herbs, lemon zest, sunflower seeds and citrus vinaigrette; black forest cake; and lots more. Add on a Mother’s Day cocktail kit, too — think sangria, but with Quebec rosé, ginger bitters, sparkling water sweetened with spruce sap and lemon and lime juice. Pickup is Saturday, May 8, with orders having to be in by Thursday evening.

3. Pastaga

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6389 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C3, Canada
(438) 381-6389
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Chef Martin Juneau’s restaurant in Little Italy is offering a $40 brunch menu (or $34.75 if you order before May 1) featuring salmon Rillettes with fiddleheads and hard-boiled quail eggs; lobster rolls with fennel coleslaw; lamb Navarin with smashed Yukon Gold potatoes with parsley; and chocolate cake with cacao nibs and white chocolate frosting.

4. Le Sparrow

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5322 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S1, Canada
(514) 507-1642
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While Sparrow isn’t featuring a special Mother’s Day menu, its $33 tea-for-two would be a respectable treat for a special mother. In partnership with upstairs Cardinal Tea Room, the menu features two half cucumber, cheddar and Branston pickle or curried chicken salad sandwiches, two mini scones with jam, two mini quiches, two mini tomato tarts, slices of glazed lemon loaf or chocolate praline tart and 15 grams of loose leaf tea of your choice.

5. Le Flamant / La Maison Des Pâtes Maison

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4043 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1T3, Canada
(514) 543-4245
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The Hochelaga restaurant turned itself into a pasta house until things shape up pandemic-wise, but for Mother’s Day it’s tilting Spanish with a “Tapas pour les Mamas” menu for two for $110. The meal includes Nordic shrimp with parsley and cumin aioli, house-marinated olives, tomato focaccia with smoked cherry tomatoes, Moorish-style lamb brochettes, fig and grilled pepper salad, lobster empanadas with sweet potato rouille, strawberry-basil charlotte with balsamic vinegar, and a vanilla éclair with grapefruit and sumac. There are two suggested bottles of organic and natural wine to go with it, though you could certainly also request the homemade pineapple ginger beer or old-fashioned root beer instead. Order in advance for pick-up on May 8 or 9.

6. Le Roseline

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5014 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R7, Canada
(514) 544-6869
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Even vegan mums can splash out for Mother’s Day. This St-Laurent café is offering a $70 vegan or $85 non-vegan brunch for two ($130 or $150, respectively, for four). The vegan menu features red curry tofu spread wth croutons; celery root and cucumber remoulade; mushroom and spinach quiche; and grilled asparagus salad with mint and vegan feta. The non-vegan version adds smoked salmon mousse, snow crab salad with cucumber, and a duck and fig quiche. But the $45 half bottle of Champagne pairs well with either version. And while the the cafe/bar’s famous Chartreuse-doused baked Alaska won’t be available, the wild blueberry and raspberry gelée that comes with either Mother’s Day menu is a much easier feat for takeout and delivery.

7. Maison Boulud

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1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada
(514) 842-4224
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The Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s fine dining restaurant used to be one of the most exquisite places to bring a mom on Mother’s Day. This year, a very generous child can recreate that experience at home. For $220 for two people or $425 for four, customers receive three courses made of seven to nine dishes to assemble themselves. The first service includes a duo of green and white asparagus with gribiche sauce; smoked salmon with horseradish cream and lime; foie gras terrine with poached rhubarb, a strawberry-basil condiment, and a pistachio breadsticks; and a cold carrot-ginger soup with coconut milk, Nordic shrimp, and coriander oil. The second service is a choice of gently-cooked Nova Scotia salmon with quinoa salad, herb sour cream, and tarragon oil or chicken supreme from Roses des Vents with braised morels and spring vegetables. Tack on a 30 oz prime rib with bordelaise sauce for $95. The meal ends with a yogurt mousse with hibiscus, rhubarb and granola. Meals are available May 7, 8 and 9 and must be ordered four days in advance.

8. Maggie Oakes

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426 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal
QC H2Y 3B3, Canada
(514) 656-6000
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The restaurant in Hotel William Gray is offering a $95 Mother’s Day brunch takeout and delivery menu that is meant for sharing. It includes charcuterie and cheese, smoked salmon, bagels, a cream cheese and fig spread, fresh fruit and juice, Greek yogurt parfait, and Hof Kelsten croissants. A mimosa kit with bubbly and orange juice costs an extra $35. And if you order before May 6, you can also add a bouquet of flowers for $20.

9. Le Pois Penche

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1230 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3G 1M2, Canada
(514) 667-5050
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The bistro on De Maisonneuve near Concordia is offering two takeout brunch options: one with chicken ballotine stuffed with foie gras and topped with a Porto sauce ($70 for two people or $140 for four) and one with roast beef strip loin ($199 for four people only) — the latter comes with a gift certificate for a free lunch for two once dining rooms reopen. Both come with house-smoked salmon, dill cream and brioche; asparagus vinaigrette with pine nuts and goat cheese; eggs mimosa; fingerling potatoes with garlic confit; and chocolate mousse. Some reheating at home required, but no major work. Order before May 6 at 6 p.m. for pickup on May 8 or 9.

10. Foxy

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1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1M1, Canada
(514) 925-7007
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The Griffintown fire-heavy kitchen is offering a $95 menu for two with scones with jalapeño, homemade whipped butter and fleur de sel; Olive & Guormando’s ricotta with tomatoes, fiddleheads, tarragon and garlic chips; quiche with snow crab, wild garlic and fresh herbs; cucumber salad with radish, dill, and lemon; and clafoutis with haskap berries, honey whipped ganache and pollen. Orders start April 21 and are open until May 6, with pickups on May 8. The meals come with instructions to cook/reheat/assemble dishes at home.

11. Foiegwa

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3001 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1N9, Canada
(438) 387-4252
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Another stellar option any week, Foiegwa’s à la carte takeout brunch menu includes fluffy blueberry-ricotta pancakes; black pepper and cream cheese omelettes; smoked salmon Benedict; chicken and waffles; béchamel fries; a classic eggs and bacon combo with potatoes; and an over-the-top spaghetti with black truffle butter, 64˚C egg yolk and parmesan. Adding a cocktail mix from Milky Way makes it a bit more festive, like a $16 #CAVABIENALLER with five portions of lemon, peach and bitter blood orange mix. Paired with sparkling wine, it’s a bittersweet spin on a mimosa – the perfect combination for a bitter year and a sweet mom.

12. Trattoria Bellamore

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270 Boulevard Samson, Laval
QC H7X 2Y9, Canada
(450) 689-8111
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Trattoria Bellamore in Laval is serving a $55 per person Italian-style lunch with prosciutto and bocconcini with marinated artichoke), a mixed salad, Roman rabbit cavatelli ragu featuring pieces of sausage, meatballs and steak; and cannoli for dessert, with optional baguette for an extra $6. Orders need to be in before May 7 for pickup May 9 between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

1. Darna Bistroquet

1106 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1T5, Canada
Darna Bistroquet/Supplied

In addition to delivering to parks, Darna Bistroquet is offering a Mother’s Day takeout or delivery menu for two (or multiples thereof) that includes a two-egg shakshuka with braised chickpeas; maakouda, a Morroccan-style hash brown; a cucumber salad with black radishes, mint, celery and lemon-sumac dressing; homemade rghaief flatbread with cumin; rainbow trout gravlax with fennel salad; homemade briwates, a sweet or savoury puff pastry; and cardamom-spiced carrot cake. Pre-order or cross your fingers that it won’t sell out in advance. All boxes will include a handmade accessory from Boutique Binetna, a female-led contemporary boutique that makes accessories inspired by their North African heritage.

1106 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1T5, Canada

2. Épicerie Conserva

6604 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2M3, Canada

The gourmet grocery near Beaubien metro is offering a seasonal ode to Quebec. Its menu ($120 for two people; $210 for four or $300 for six) features house-made salmon gravlax cured with beet and raspberry leaf; a wild mushroom and tarragon quiche; a zucchini tart with honey-glazed mascarpone, herbs, lemon zest, sunflower seeds and citrus vinaigrette; black forest cake; and lots more. Add on a Mother’s Day cocktail kit, too — think sangria, but with Quebec rosé, ginger bitters, sparkling water sweetened with spruce sap and lemon and lime juice. Pickup is Saturday, May 8, with orders having to be in by Thursday evening.

6604 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M3, Canada

3. Pastaga

6389 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C3, Canada

Chef Martin Juneau’s restaurant in Little Italy is offering a $40 brunch menu (or $34.75 if you order before May 1) featuring salmon Rillettes with fiddleheads and hard-boiled quail eggs; lobster rolls with fennel coleslaw; lamb Navarin with smashed Yukon Gold potatoes with parsley; and chocolate cake with cacao nibs and white chocolate frosting.

6389 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C3, Canada

4. Le Sparrow

5322 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S1, Canada

While Sparrow isn’t featuring a special Mother’s Day menu, its $33 tea-for-two would be a respectable treat for a special mother. In partnership with upstairs Cardinal Tea Room, the menu features two half cucumber, cheddar and Branston pickle or curried chicken salad sandwiches, two mini scones with jam, two mini quiches, two mini tomato tarts, slices of glazed lemon loaf or chocolate praline tart and 15 grams of loose leaf tea of your choice.

5322 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S1, Canada

5. Le Flamant / La Maison Des Pâtes Maison

4043 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1W 1T3, Canada

The Hochelaga restaurant turned itself into a pasta house until things shape up pandemic-wise, but for Mother’s Day it’s tilting Spanish with a “Tapas pour les Mamas” menu for two for $110. The meal includes Nordic shrimp with parsley and cumin aioli, house-marinated olives, tomato focaccia with smoked cherry tomatoes, Moorish-style lamb brochettes, fig and grilled pepper salad, lobster empanadas with sweet potato rouille, strawberry-basil charlotte with balsamic vinegar, and a vanilla éclair with grapefruit and sumac. There are two suggested bottles of organic and natural wine to go with it, though you could certainly also request the homemade pineapple ginger beer or old-fashioned root beer instead. Order in advance for pick-up on May 8 or 9.

4043 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1T3, Canada

6. Le Roseline

5014 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R7, Canada

Even vegan mums can splash out for Mother’s Day. This St-Laurent café is offering a $70 vegan or $85 non-vegan brunch for two ($130 or $150, respectively, for four). The vegan menu features red curry tofu spread wth croutons; celery root and cucumber remoulade; mushroom and spinach quiche; and grilled asparagus salad with mint and vegan feta. The non-vegan version adds smoked salmon mousse, snow crab salad with cucumber, and a duck and fig quiche. But the $45 half bottle of Champagne pairs well with either version. And while the the cafe/bar’s famous Chartreuse-doused baked Alaska won’t be available, the wild blueberry and raspberry gelée that comes with either Mother’s Day menu is a much easier feat for takeout and delivery.

5014 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R7, Canada

7. Maison Boulud

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1H6, Canada

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s fine dining restaurant used to be one of the most exquisite places to bring a mom on Mother’s Day. This year, a very generous child can recreate that experience at home. For $220 for two people or $425 for four, customers receive three courses made of seven to nine dishes to assemble themselves. The first service includes a duo of green and white asparagus with gribiche sauce; smoked salmon with horseradish cream and lime; foie gras terrine with poached rhubarb, a strawberry-basil condiment, and a pistachio breadsticks; and a cold carrot-ginger soup with coconut milk, Nordic shrimp, and coriander oil. The second service is a choice of gently-cooked Nova Scotia salmon with quinoa salad, herb sour cream, and tarragon oil or chicken supreme from Roses des Vents with braised morels and spring vegetables. Tack on a 30 oz prime rib with bordelaise sauce for $95. The meal ends with a yogurt mousse with hibiscus, rhubarb and granola. Meals are available May 7, 8 and 9 and must be ordered four days in advance.

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada

8. Maggie Oakes

426 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal, QC H2Y 3B3, Canada

The restaurant in Hotel William Gray is offering a $95 Mother’s Day brunch takeout and delivery menu that is meant for sharing. It includes charcuterie and cheese, smoked salmon, bagels, a cream cheese and fig spread, fresh fruit and juice, Greek yogurt parfait, and Hof Kelsten croissants. A mimosa kit with bubbly and orange juice costs an extra $35. And if you order before May 6, you can also add a bouquet of flowers for $20.

426 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal
QC H2Y 3B3, Canada

9. Le Pois Penche

1230 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3G 1M2, Canada

The bistro on De Maisonneuve near Concordia is offering two takeout brunch options: one with chicken ballotine stuffed with foie gras and topped with a Porto sauce ($70 for two people or $140 for four) and one with roast beef strip loin ($199 for four people only) — the latter comes with a gift certificate for a free lunch for two once dining rooms reopen. Both come with house-smoked salmon, dill cream and brioche; asparagus vinaigrette with pine nuts and goat cheese; eggs mimosa; fingerling potatoes with garlic confit; and chocolate mousse. Some reheating at home required, but no major work. Order before May 6 at 6 p.m. for pickup on May 8 or 9.

1230 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3G 1M2, Canada

10. Foxy

1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1M1, Canada

The Griffintown fire-heavy kitchen is offering a $95 menu for two with scones with jalapeño, homemade whipped butter and fleur de sel; Olive & Guormando’s ricotta with tomatoes, fiddleheads, tarragon and garlic chips; quiche with snow crab, wild garlic and fresh herbs; cucumber salad with radish, dill, and lemon; and clafoutis with haskap berries, honey whipped ganache and pollen. Orders start April 21 and are open until May 6, with pickups on May 8. The meals come with instructions to cook/reheat/assemble dishes at home.

1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1M1, Canada

11. Foiegwa

3001 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1N9, Canada

Another stellar option any week, Foiegwa’s à la carte takeout brunch menu includes fluffy blueberry-ricotta pancakes; black pepper and cream cheese omelettes; smoked salmon Benedict; chicken and waffles; béchamel fries; a classic eggs and bacon combo with potatoes; and an over-the-top spaghetti with black truffle butter, 64˚C egg yolk and parmesan. Adding a cocktail mix from Milky Way makes it a bit more festive, like a $16 #CAVABIENALLER with five portions of lemon, peach and bitter blood orange mix. Paired with sparkling wine, it’s a bittersweet spin on a mimosa – the perfect combination for a bitter year and a sweet mom.

3001 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1N9, Canada

12. Trattoria Bellamore

270 Boulevard Samson, Laval, QC H7X 2Y9, Canada

Trattoria Bellamore in Laval is serving a $55 per person Italian-style lunch with prosciutto and bocconcini with marinated artichoke), a mixed salad, Roman rabbit cavatelli ragu featuring pieces of sausage, meatballs and steak; and cannoli for dessert, with optional baguette for an extra $6. Orders need to be in before May 7 for pickup May 9 between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

270 Boulevard Samson, Laval
QC H7X 2Y9, Canada

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