Restaurant Review: Monki Breakfastclub and Bistro

Monki Breakfastclub and Bistro recently opened on the corner of 10th Avenue and 12th Street S.W., right across from Community Natural Foods, and is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. The small space features an open kitchen with a cozy surrounding environment and a sun-filled patio (weather permitting, of course).

A step up from the standard brunch offerings, you can choose from a selection of unique egg Benedicts like chorizo, caramelized onion and goat cheese, or sliced Angus beef with sautéed mushrooms. I decided to try the smoked ham and prawn option with mascarpone cheese ($16). The perfectly poached eggs sat on top a medley of ham, prawns and cheese appropriately topped with hollandaise. A trio of frittatas, as well as a brisket hash, are also on the breakfast menu.

Banana and Frangelico cream cheese-stuffed french toast topped with Nutella and condensed milk. Photo by Jared Sych.

If you’re in a sweet breakfast kind of mood, the morning sundae with coconut granola, fruit, organic yogurt and lavender honey ($12), or the banana and Franjelico cream cheese-stuffed French toast ($15), will leave you pleasantly full.

If you’re in more of a lunching mood, go for a panini filled with capicolo, prosciutto, calabrese salami and provolone ($13) — it came out hot and crisp with a nicely dressed salad on the side. Other panini variations include prosciutto and brie with fig jam and a balsamic reduction ($15) and the “Monki-made” roasted sausage, peperonata and provolone ($14).

Monki stays open until 4 p.m., so the late luncher looking for something a little more substantial should look at the “Monki dishes” — signature items like baby back ribs cooked in a honey-balsamic chipotle glaze, topped with roasted pineapple salsa ($16) and mac and cheese ($16) with crab, butter-poached lobster and bacon (also $16).

Like most good brunch joints in town, the small space fills up quickly, so aim to brunch early, or you’ll probably be waiting in line.

1301 10 Ave. S.W., 587-352-7131, @monkibistro

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