Take your pick: adrenaline packed or slow and contemplative?
Whether for a brunch or a slow breakfast, mornings spent in a restaurant between friends or with your family are truly very special moments. Here are five delicious gourmet options where you can come together in the Eastern Townships.
By Marie-Claude Masse
In Sutton, a few very busy bees work hard to prepare the most delicious breakfasts every day of the week. Le Cafetier is an eco-responsible micro-roasting coffee shop choosing quality over quantity as much for its creative menu as for its friendly and courteous staff. Locals and visitors alike abound on weekend mornings to savour their delicious, classic morning dishes (eggs benedict, omelettes, pancakes, French toast…), which they enhanced with their homemade veggie pâté, jams and muesli, merguez sausages, locally produced maple syrup and Simon Riel’s honey! Afterwards, explore lively downtown Sutton! If you’re more of a nature lover, we suggest you head to the Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton, Mount Sutton’s network of hiking trails!
Starting on February 17
For an all-you-can-eat brunch formula, Auberge Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley offers what you’re looking for every Sunday. Early birds will be happy to know that their brunch is offered at a special price from 8 to 9 a.m., later, rates are still very reasonable ($22.00/$11.00 for children of 5 to 11 years of age) considering the many great choices offered. Croissants, homemade pickles, the chef’s choice of soup, rösti, pancakes, scrambled eggs, beans, bacon, sausages, pulled lamb shank confit, pecan pie, various cakes and a chocolate fountain (you should see the kids’ eyes light up when they see it!) are but a few of the treats you’ll savour! Once your appetite is satisfied, go for a walk through Katevale Marsh, an exceptionally rich nature heritage site. You’ll surely spot a few turtles!
For a royal treatment and a refined, impeccable brunch, Sundays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the restaurant of the Manoir Hovey in North Hatley is a must. You’ll find all the classics served throughout the week (French toast, waffles, warm oatmeal, pastries…) plus still more delectable options such as their soup of the moment, chocolate mousse and bread pudding. With its terroir inspired cuisine, its renowned know-how, its close association with local farms, its sumptuous decor and warm welcome, the Hatley restaurant will definitely have you experience an unforgettable moment. After your meal, you can take advantage of their magnificent site, nestled on the magnificent shores of Lake Massawippi.
The not-to-be-missed downtown Sherbrooke’s Auguste restaurant offers the most authentic brunches every weekend from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; you know, the type of menu that offers duck rillettes, black blood sausages and trout gravlax as appetizers! Or, you could try their signature dishes, English-style fried halibut, “steak and eggs” and a local beef tartare! You’ll also find more traditional selections such as eggs Florentine, pancakes and brioches. Whatever your preference, you’ll eat like royalty in a relaxed ambiance. Afterwards, why not take advantage of Wellington Street’s many shops such as the Boutique Joséphine or Belle & Rebelle… Or walk down rue Frontenac to admire the amazing murals?
Part of the « Cafés de village » network, Café Aragon offers a terrific choice of imaginative, homemade gourmet breakfasts, served daily, from 9am to 2pm. Some of the choices include egg and potato casserole, Eggs Benedict, savoury pancakes (or waffles), generous-sized omelettes and pizza-style dishes – all imbued with local ingredients. Vegan and gluten-free items are also on the menu. At Café Aragon, not only will you enjoy great food but you’ll appreciate the warm, friendly atmosphere. To work off the calories, take a walk along one of the trails at nearby Mont Bellevue.