It has now been exactly five years since Serre Picasso Restaurant on St. Jacques Street West in NDG closed its doors and there has truly been no appropriate successor. The building remains intact, the old restaurant locale empty as can be and Les Amazones gentleman's club clearly still attracting customers. Noted businessman Peter Sergakis owns the facility and when it shut down he assured me it would be brought back to life. That never happened of course.
Picasso had a vast menu and it was open 24 hours a day. What people appreciated most was the fact you could order a breakfast whenever you wanted - and a pretty good one at that. I among those people who actually likes to have some eggs over easy, toast and a few sides on a weekend evening. We have a countless number of breakfast spots across the island, from Cora and Ben and Florentine to Allô Mon Coco. But they all close in the afternoon.
So where do you go for an all-day breakfast? The closest Denny's is at the Flying J Plaza in Lancaster, just past the Quebec-Ontario border. That is not such a distance for people on the West Island.
I wish to thank owner Rob Callard and his team at the legendary Restaurant Chez Nick on Greene Avenue in Westmount. They do serve breakfast until they close each evening. On Saturdays, for instance, if you are headed downtown and can get there before the kitchen closes at 6:45 p.m. they will make you some eggs, pancakes, French toast, hash browns and whatever else you want. I have come to appreciate this experience before heading to the Cineplex Forum theatres for a movie or anywhere else in the downtown area. We also grabbed breakfast there just over a month ago on our way to a performance at the Place des Arts.
The Famous Delly Boy's in Côte Saint-Luc will also serve you breakfast every night until closing. I thought Tiffany's on Decarie would be a natural for this, but such is not the case. The same for Dunn's Famous, Nickels Deli and St. Viateur Bagel Café.
How about a Denny's in the old Picasso? So what if they'd have to call it Denis!