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Allo Mon Coco - Just another breakfast place

On a warm Sunday morning a couple of friends and I decided to go for brunch.  I wanted Beauty's or Le Gros Jambon, they all wanted Allo Mon Coco.  Needless to say I lost the battle and headed over to meet them at the new West Island location.  Set in the Mega-Plex behind Bar B Barn's, Allo Mon Coco's newest location is beautiful, modern and ginormous.  Even with it's size, the line-up was at least a twenty minute wait.  In my mind Beauty's is the only breakfast spot I will wait that long for, or Au Petit Poucet in Val-David.  

After waiting for approximately twenty minutes, we were told our table is ready and that it will be just a few moments as they were clearing it for us .  The few minutes came and went, many others were seated and we kept on waiting - really annoying!  The hostess offered no explanation and then asked us if we would like a booth.  We finally got our table about ten minutes later - yes I waited close to thirty minutes!  

We sat down at our table and began glancing over the menu.  I knew this wasn't going to be a good meal as I had previously visited the Laval location and remembered not enjoying my food as much as others had.  Eggs, waffles, bacon, sausages, the same old breakfast stuff served up the same way other chain breakfast joints do - only difference are their supposed "famous" cheese potatoes.  What makes them famous, I don't know, but if you like  mushy potatoes with a bit of spice drenched in cheese then give Allo Mon Coco's potatoes a try.    Ok I get it cheese makes everything better, but charging $3.00 extra for cheese on the potatoes is a bit insane - especially since the cheese was flavourless.  

We had to wait a long time to place our orders, the restaurant was busy but waiting fifteen minutes for a waitress to show up at our table was a little ridiculous.  We were finally acknowledged and our orders were taken - hallelujah!  We were four at our table and we each ordered a different meal; eggs Benedict,  scrambled eggs and waffles, two over easy eggs and french toast, and 2 over easy eggs with smoked meat and sausages.  We all decided to go half half and order half Swiss cheese and half cheddar melted on our home-fries.  All that was left to do was wait for our food to arrive - and boy oh boy did we wait.

Finally what felt like a year later, our food was served.  Each plate was served with a giant bowl of fruit, to my dismay, mine was filled with bananas - yuck!  By the time I got my plate I was so hungry I would have eaten any garbage food given to me - and I did just that!  As we glanced at our plates we noticed some items missing; an order of bacon, an order of grilled salami and an order of toast.  We informed our waitress of the missing items and she kindly apologized and said she would be right back with everything.  It took until we finished eating our meals to get the lousy 3 pieces of bacon, 5 slices of grilled salami and a piece of burnt brown toast - slightly pathetic!  



I started on my eggs Benedict which basically was two hard boiled eggs and two slices of ham on top of two pieces of soggy English muffin and drenched in a pale bland cream sauce - not béchamel and not hollandaise.  Needless to say the dish is not one I would ever recommend ordering.  The enormous portion of potatoes covered in melted cheese were ok, not the best but acceptable.  They had flavour, but they were completely over cooked and the gooey greasy melted cheese completely took over the entire dish.  I am a cheese lover so I didn't mind that much, but it would have been nice to taste the potatoes through the cheese.




The two eggs and french toast was a decent plate, until my friend took a bite of the french toast - yuck!  The french toast was one slice of white bread, dipped in an egg wash and thrown on the flat top.  Mushy and and flavourless are the only two words I can think of to describe it.  The eggs were ok, a little under cooked but my friend enjoyed them that way.


The eggs, smoked meat and sausage plate was decent - actually it was the best plate at the table.  I actually like the smoked meat grilled on the flat top, a bit greasy but actually not bad at all.  




The eggs and waffles were decent too, not the greatest waffle but acceptable for a chain breakfast joint. The waffle was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.  



For a chain breakfast place Allo Mon Coco beats the competition (Chez Cora, Eggspectations, Dejeuner ...), but in my opinion it's not worth my time or money.   I mean it's not too difficult to put a great breakfast together, I never understood why chain breakfast places don't put more pride and attention into their food.  




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  1. My wife's plate came with a dead fly on her sliced tomatoes. She lost her appetite and was unable to eat the second "replacement" plate that the waitress brought her. They still charged the full amount of her plate on our bill! The owner didn't even come out to discuss the situation or offer her plate for free. We will never go back to such a disrespectful, careless establishment!

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