MONKI Breakfastclub & Bistro

MONKI see, monki do. Grabbing brunch on a Sunday afternoon, you know you’re in for a wait. Especially when your 10am plans turn into 1pm instead. Oops, blame it on the U & Me late night eats. We put our name on the list and we’re told to expect a 25 to 45 minute wait (just plop your number down and they’ll call you once a spot opens up). We crossed the street to grab some drinks at Community Natural Foods while we waited.

I wonder how much foot traffic they get from the Monki brunchers. I’d wager a ridiculous amount. The place was bumping with people sitting out on the patio and others lingering outside waiting for a spot. Calgarians sure do love their brunch. Reminds me of Montreal so much!

Several chairs and benches are set up for people who decide to wait outside. The patio looked pretty sweet but it was jam packed. We ended up getting a table inside where a warm, cozy albeit tight space awaits you. It can fit about 25 people if you include the high chairs wrapped around the bar.

It wasn’t a big deal but some water started leaking from the roof and dripped right by one of our friend’s shoulder. Gheeeeetto. It also took quite awhile for our food to arrive. We ordered way before a couple sitting beside us did but they ended up getting and finishing their meal before any of our food arrived. Yikes, another reason for me to never jump on the brunch bandwagon.

Mac and cheese ($18.00)
Lobster, crab, bacon, jalapeno and truffle-scented bread crumbs. The mac and cheese was good but I probably should have went with something else. This dish is better shared than consumed by one person. It would have been nice if they gave a side dish of salad or fruit to balance out all heavy carbs you’re eating. Decent but the eggs benny was better.

Brisket hash ($17.00)
Brisket, hash, vegetables (instead of fried eggs). My sister went with the brisket hash and thoroughly enjoyed her dish. The brisket was intensely flavourful and magically tender. No hollandaise sauce or eggs for her but they let her substitute for vegetables (good choice) and a sauce I don’t recall.

Chorizo eggs benedict ($16.00)
Spanish chorizo, caramelized onion and goat cheese. Comes with side of potatoes and bowl of fruit. Our one friend decided to put her faith in the hands of our waitress (aka. she couldn’t decide what to get as she wanted everything off the menu). Lo and behold, the waitress picked the chorizo eggs benedict dish for her. I had a bite and the eggs benny was perfectly fluffy, yolky, whatever brunch descriptors people use to describe a decadently done eggs benedict. They do it well here.

Capicollo eggs benedict ($16.00)
Grilled capicollo, tomato and pesto. Same side of potatoes and bowl of fruit. That prosecco hollandaise sauce just oozing down the biscuit is pure gold.

You randomly get fortune cookies to end your meal. Interesting bit of Asian-ness thrown in for good measure. Overall, if your looking for a place to grab some grub on a lazy Sunday morning/afternoon and don’t mind waiting, MONKI has all the elements of a good brunch place. Outside patio next time…

MONKI Breakfast Club & Bistro
1301 10 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
(587) 352-7131

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