Le Sain Bol is a tiny restaurant with a minimal menu for a casual, fine-dining brunch experience.
An unmarked exterior, snug on a small street off Laurier east, and intimate interior limited to a few shared tables, feels like the chef’s home.
Complimentary Chai and almond milk tea is served while you decide between sweet, savory or a mix of it all with “La Surprise” ($ 14.95). I take the wild mushroom omelet delicately folded with goat cheese and sprinkled with sunflower seeds ($ 14.95) and the French toast with seasonal fruit set in a basin of maple syrup ($ 10.95). If coffee is a must, you can bring it in from Montreal Café next door.
The exceptional preparation and organic produce in these dishes sing. Le Sain Bol is like having a private chef cook for you in his kitchen and while that’s charming enough, Chef Frederick Houtin also puts together a five-course “intuition menu” on Friday nights by reservations only.
Note: Cash only