Sunday, August 17, 2014
in restaurant, french, bistro, saint-henri, moderate, <$40
It's no secret anymore that Saint-Henri is the city's hottest neighborhood right now, with everything from cafes, restaurants and bars opening on a weekly basis. One addition from last year is H4C, a contemporary French bistro that quickly drew rave reviews from critics and bloggers alike. We came back today for a third visit in need of a post-wedding-hangover brunch fix.
The greystone that used to house a bank was renovated into a beautiful space featuring leather banquettes, exposed brick walls and an industrial-style ceiling. The dining room was about half-full with mostly locals of all ages; creating an intimate and charming climate, fitting for a first brunch date.
tagged impress on first date
The brunch menu is broken down into three sections consisting of house-baked goods, a couple of egg dishes and finally more elaborate "lunch" options featuring seafood and poultry. We weren't feeling up for the latter at 11AM, so we stuck to familiar brunch classics.
Don't expect the typical potatoes and fruit to accompany your eggs at H4C. Everything from the food to the plates and cutlery exudes an air of refinement and attention to detail. Our dishes, while "simple" by definition, were executed to perfection.
Doughnuts, Orange Puree
Omelet, Leek, Cheddar
Eggs Benedict, Mushrooms, Kale
tagged downright delicious
H4C's combination of consistently-good food and smart setting makes it a true neighborhood gem, adding an element of sophistication to the area's otherwise grungy-turned-hip(ster) character. Saint-Henri is officially "working class" no more.
Price per person: $20.50