Place: Albert’s Montclair
Neighborhood: Montclair, N.J., 32 Church Street
The scoop: The last time I brunched in Montclair, I noticed Church Street had a couple of restaurants with lots of outdoor seating. I didn’t have a brunch place in mind, so I figured it would be a good idea to come back to this street and randomly select a restaurant. We decided to give Albert’s Montclair (aka Cafe Amici) a chance based on the outdoor area and their Sunday brunch menu, which contained many various options — from eggs to pasta.
Since it was nice outside, we wanted to dine in the outdoor area at the front of the restaurant. There were a couple umbrellas providing a decent amount of shade so you won’t melt in the sun. Also, they provided live entertainment with a man singing right outside of the restaurant.
The decor inside was very cute. On the walls there are faux windows with flowers serving as decorations. It seems like it would be comfortable to eat, but not many people were inside since it was so nice out.
Our waiter was extremely friendly, and we were very pleased with his service. Anything we asked for, he was quick to provide and he constantly updated us on our food that was coming out of the kitchen. The food didn’t take long, but it was nice to have someone checking in to make sure we were satisfied.
Albert’s is a very accommodating BYOB. The table next to us had their bottle of champagne chilling in a silver bucket. They offer a wide variety of drinks, but unfortunately for the bloody Mary fans, they don’t have tomato juice.
This drink was very refreshing and a good thirst quencher on a hot day. We both enjoyed our drink, and it was an ample amount to last us throughout our brunch.
Chew on this:
Pesto pizza $12 / Mozzarella, fresh pesto, pecorino cheese
Before Matt ordered his pizza, he asked the waiter if it would be satisfying for brunch and the waiter said it is huge and enough for me to have some as well. Although he did warn us that it was big, I was still surprised by the size. The pizza was delicious, and the dough and cheese were fresh. I ate a couple of pieces from Matt’s pizza and there was still some left over.
Turkey & brie sandwich $10 / Roasted turkey, melted brie, lettuce, mango chutney, baguette, house-made chips
I wanted something on the “lunch” side of brunch so I ordered a turkey brie sandwich. There was a good amount of turkey slices with a little bit of melted cheese. The mango dressing was subtly sweet, providing good flavor. The sandwich comes with homemade chips, but I substituted it for a side salad. The salad was very fresh and contained all the basics including cherry tomatoes, cucumber and carrots.
The final bite: I love when I randomly come across a restaurant and leave satisfied. Good food, great service and a nice atmosphere make this spot worthy of a visit for brunch.
Reviewed by: Victoria