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“massively underrated”
Review of Laika

Laika
Ranked #1,086 of 6,712 Restaurants in Montreal
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Cafe, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighborhood: Jewish Quarter
Reviewed September 10, 2017

I've been going to Laika for more than ten years but never review it, perhaps because it's so reliable I forget to make the point. The chic of a decade ago has definitely become more shabby, but not its detriment. In fact it seems to have grown comfortable with itself, and has become part of the landscape of the Main. The thing is, something seriously wonderful is happening in the kitchen at Laika, especially at weekends, and I feel like shouting about it (I also feel like keeping it a secret). Today's brunch special will serve as a case in point about a chef that knows the classics and how to augment them. A large piece of black pudding (boudin noir) topped with poached eggs and sitting atop a parsnip puree might have come straight out of the Fergus Henderson playbook. It's brilliant as is. But sitting either side of this wonder is a peach salsa (peaches right in season) and a blueberry sauce. The whole thing is scattered with crumbled pecans. This is really clever thinking. The dish is perfectly balanced, tastes like the comfort of the earth under one's feet, and would set up even the most indolent waif for a solid day of voyeurism on the Plateau. A steal at $17. The rest of the menu is comprised of quality ingredients and at really bottom-end prices. Coffee is redolent of Rome or Madrid. They privately import wines. One can sit and work, sit and watch the world, or bring one's kids. Why wouldn't you? Bravo, Laika. Right up there at the top of my neighbourhood's casual eating and drinking destinations.

Date of visit: September 2017
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Thank Boddice
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Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

This place is great! We came from NY & found this gem. The brunch was amazing (definitely try the grilled cheese with olive spread & Bloody Mary). Very low key & casual atmosphere & great service.

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

I adore the contrast here between the grungy ambience and the high-concept delicious food. Simply delightful. Our various breakfast choices were all terrific. As we were the only early-morning clients, the waitress turned down the loud music as requested, which we appreciated. Two critical comments: the prices seemed steep. And my coffee cup had old sugar crusts on its side, which I found unappetizing.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

Another visit to a favourite brunch spot. The poutine déjeuner was huge and the coffee excellent. The place is a bit grungy but that's all part of the character of the place. Great service too!

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank dave_b15
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Reviewed January 5, 2017

Not a big restaurant but the choice is fair and tasty. A perfect place for a quick lunch downtown right next to the tiny Montreal Jewish museum.

Date of visit: January 2017
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Thank Jean-Claude A
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