Chez José MontrealPosted By Jennifer Ho May 22 2012 · 1 comment · Dining Out
With decor that can be only be described as eclectic and entirely whimsical, Chez José is a favourite local lunch spot with smoothies to die for, bangin’ sandwiches and awesome homemade pastries. Looking around the small shop, brightly contrasting animal prints (red and yellow leopard print, purple and black zebra stripes), funny bits and pieces of memorabilia (“sex scene – do not cross” tape, Ken barbie doll, disco ball) and high res photographs of nameless individuals catch your eye and make you smile. It’s the kind of place you just want to go back to every weekend so that you can call it your own.
We sat down on Saturday morning, ready for a delicious brunch. The Monkey Tales smoothie packed a sweet punch with freshly squeezed orange juice, banana and coconut milk. This one was thicker than the Yuniko, which was composed of the same freshly squeezed orange juice along with mango, strawberry, pineapple. These smoothies were amazing. I was ready to order another, but since brunch wasn’t on me… I had to restrain myself. I’ve made a promise to myself – I will eventually try all the smoothies on that list. Mark my words!
Our mains came quicker than we thought which suited us just fine. We dug in without hesitation. The chouriço, feta and spinach omelette was a salty treat – filled with bits of mushrooms and leaves of spinach with a salad and a piece of warm, house made bread on the side, it was finished before we knew it. It was also more filling that it looked – we weren’t hungry for the next eight hours or so! Is that weird?
I had the churrasco – a sandwich that I’ve been hearing about for ages. Even Food Guy MTL tweeted at us to suggest we order it. With that in mind, there really was no question as to which I was ordering. The chicken was well spiced, giving it a mildly hot kick. Its tender texture was well accompanied by the more crunchy cucumber, soft avocado and melted cheese. What really sent us over the edge was the bread, if you can believe it. The freshness of it was obvious and it made all the difference. Warm and soft, it held the contents of the sandwich together like no other. So yes, if you haven’t ordered this baby yet, I think it’s time.
Not ready to leave just yet, we had to try one of the pastries lined up at the front of the restaurant. After peering at the fruity array, we chose the one topped with mixed berry and custard. It tastes exactly as it looks, if you know what I mean. If I lived around the area, I would totally drop by and get a couple for breakfast every week.
With its laid back, super chill vibe, unique decor and stellar eats, Chez José has definitely made an impression on me and has taken one of the top spots on my Montreal brunch/lunch list.
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