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Montreal’s food scene is a melting pot of diversity that caters to all palates and diets. Whether you don’t eat animal products or you just want to try something new, our city offers a lot of options to satisfy your appetite and curiosity.
Here’s a roundup of a few of my vegetarian and vegan eateries:
Now occupying three locations across the city, The Green Panther is an excellent veg-only spot to check out for lunch or for a quick and healthy snack. Their menu includes a selection of fresh and tasty sandwiches (try their famous Falafel sandwich), soups and salads, as well as a dish of the day such as a tempeh stew or a Thai yellow curry.
Homemade smoothies and juices are also available. All of their products are organic and local as per the season. And best of all, they deliver — by bike!
Downtown: 2153 Mackay St., 514-903-4744
Plateau: 145 Mount-Royal Ave. E., 514-503-4800
Mile End: 160 St-Viateur St. E., 514-508-5564
This vegan restaurant has been around for over a decade and is famous for its Dragon Bowl and coconut BLT sandwich–made with coconut “bacon”. The bowls are served with organic brown rice and incorporate a variety of vegetables and either grilled tofu or tempeh for that protein kick.
The menu is mainly organic and inspired by the international flavours that we all know and love. Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade desserts such as the “uncheesecake” or check-out the weekend brunch (you won’t miss the eggs and bacon).
4631 Saint-Laurent Blvd., 514-842-3479, auxvivres.com
Unlike its counterparts, Crudessence’s menu consists solely of raw foods, meaning that nothing is cooked above 110 degrees in order to preserve nutrient density. With three locations in the city core and four health counters, Crudessence’s reach is expanding.
The restaurant menus include innovative and nutritious twists on classic dishes such as a pesto lasagna made with zucchini layers and a macadamia nut filing, the “pizzazz”– a veggie pizza on a sun-dried tomato crust as well as enchiladas and tacos. The tacos make for a hefty meal with flavours that pair together delightfully.
Downtown: 2157 Mackay St., 514-664-5188
Plateau: 105 Rachel St. W., 514-510-9299
Mile End: 66 Saint-Viateur St. W., 514-295-0113
Nestled on Sherbrooke St. W. in NDG, Vegan Rapide features a Mediterranean-inspired menu filled with comfort food dishes such as pizzas, veggie burgers, sandwiches, desserts and baked goods. Topped with grated steamed tofu in lieu of cheese, the Pizza des Sables is a crowd favourite.
Served with homemade fries and coleslaw, the Deluxe burger is like the vegan equivalent of a Big Mac–complete with Daiya vegan cheddar and an addictive secret sauce. Cakes, pies and baked goods such as muffins and cookies are made fresh daily. Grab a bite on the spot or get your meal delivered.
6206 Sherbrooke St. W., 514-489-9259, veganrapide.com
Last but not least, this veg-friendly institution has been catering to vegetarians and vegans alike for over a decade. The menu is mostly vegetarian but the restaurant can accommodate vegan diets effortlessly. Served with chickpea fries, the hemp burger is mouth-watering and so is the sizable plate of nachos, which is topped with mozzarella, salsa, guacamole, black beans, corn, tomatoes, green onions and sour cream.
And I can’t say enough about their sweet potato poutine, which is smothered in dark mushroom gravy. I’ve dreamt about it.
4581 Parc Ave. 514-843-5652, lola-rosa.ca