It’s four in the afternoon and Olive and Gourmando is full of people. When walking into one of Montreal’s hippest cafe’s I’m not sure what hits you first: the afternoon light washing through the windows falling on the dark wood furniture, the rich smell of espresso and freshly baked bread, or the excited chatter of the crowd as they wait patiently for the bustling waiters to bring them their newly prepared food. The space itself is beautiful, big wood tables with a family dinning room seating style, smaller cafe tables and a bar with high stools that is perfect for people watching. The menu is scribbled across a dusty black chalkboard, showing that the menu choices change every day. The crowd draws in Montreal’s local people, some coming to work on their computers and some coming to grab lunch with a friend. Between the undying love for quality food and the love the owners, Dy Solomon and Eric Girard, have for each other, the atmosphere of this little cafe in Old Montreal can only be described as enchanting.
What’s Really Good?
Fresh bread baked on the premises. Itay’s Illy coffee. Creative sandwich combinations. Dense chocolate brownies. Quality ingredients. Warm atmosphere. Polite and fast waiters. A history of an adorable love affair. What else could you ask for? Olive and Gourmando is one of Old Montreal’s most popular breakfast and lunch destinations for many reasons. Take out is available, so even if you don’t have time to wait for a table or don’t want to deal with the chaos of a hungry crowd, you still won’t miss on a tasty and healthy lunch. With meat, vegetarian and vegan options, Olive and Gourmando is a good place for everyone to stop by.
You’ll wanna know:
Don’t go with a big group since seating is limited, the menu changes daily so you’ll always have new choices, go early in the day because they only make so much of all of their sandwiches and the type you want might run out early!