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Commensal vegetarian no! any recommendations

maj54us Jul 10, 2008 01:28 PM

I tried le commensal on st-denis and I wasn't impressed. Anyone knows a good place that is not commercial but good old home cooking?

  1. kpzoo Jul 10, 2008 02:07 PM

    Lola Rosa in the McGill ghetto is homey and the food is good. I've heard good things about Aux Vivres (vegan that even CH founder and meat-eater Jim Leff loved) but have still not been myself.

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    1. re: kpzoo
      grillit Jul 10, 2008 07:00 PM

      Aux Vivres is an excellent vegetarian choice. I find their dishes are generously portioned, packed full of flavour and are reasonably priced to boot. The home made corn bread and veggie butter makes for an interesting entrée and they serve some lovely sandwiches on chapati (sp?) flatbread. Don't go if you're in a hurry as service can be somewhat slow.

      Edit: You may also wish to try Chuch on St-Denis (search this board for reviews) and Santropol (Marie-Anne/St-Urbain) also serves casual vegetarian fare and they have a nice garden terrasse in back.

      1. re: kpzoo
        emerilcantcook Jul 10, 2008 09:53 PM

        I too had some good experience at Lola Rosa. I like their lasagna (comes with a decent side salad), lovely atmosphere, and friendly staff. Some of their offerings are odd, (a brie sandwich with alfalfa sprouts was a bad pairing imho), but in general they serve good comforting food for fair prices. Nothing mind blowing but having lunch there makes me happy. Majority of offerings are ovo lacto vegetarian, but there are also vegan offerings.

        1. re: kpzoo
          Moosemeat Jul 11, 2008 08:37 AM

          I think Lola Rosa ahes either relocated or opened up a second branch in Westmount, on the North side of Sherbrook. Can anyone confirm this?

          1. re: Moosemeat
            MeV Jul 11, 2008 02:49 PM

            They're opening a second restaurant on Sherbrooke, but as of last week it hadn't opened yet. Their nachos are excellent and I love the cozy atmosphere. I look forward to checking out the new location.

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          jarschef Jul 11, 2008 08:15 AM

          I've been to Aux Vivres and its very good. I've also been to this place called Bonny's on Notre Dame and its also great. Here's the link to the site:


          1. lorie Jul 11, 2008 04:55 PM

            I passed by the new Lola Rosa in NDG - there was definitely activity going on (renovations) and the sign "à bientot" was placed on an easel outside. I hope it opens soon!

            I second the vote for Bonnys and Aux Vivres, both great places. There is a site that lists a lot (but not all) the veg restos in Montreal: http://www.vegemontreal.org/

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            1. re: lorie
              kpzoo Jul 11, 2008 05:40 PM

              > I passed by the new Lola Rosa in NDG

              Cool, someone said it's on Sherbrooke, can anyone tell me the nearest cross-street?

              1. re: kpzoo
                lorie Jul 13, 2008 10:19 AM

                I think the corner is Marlowe. The new Lola Rosa will be on the north side of the street, taking over the very short-lived FF (Fresh & Fabulous) Pizza location.

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                  kpzoo Jul 13, 2008 10:42 AM

                  Thanks! Interesting that F&F didn't last, I never got a chance to try it.

                  1. re: kpzoo
                    grillit Jul 14, 2008 07:35 AM

                    You didn't miss much. The F&F in mile end (it may still be there) was quite forgettable. I think F&F stands for "Frais et Fableux"; it was neither.

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              ediblesunshine Aug 16, 2008 02:23 PM

              try Fuchsia Epicerie Fleur on the corner of Duluth and Coloniale, just two blocks east of St Laurent. Great vegetarian food, great price and atmosphere. www.epiceriefleur.com

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