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Nov 30, 2009 07:26 AM

Vegan and gluten-free in Montreal

We just got back from a quick trip to Montreal. My husband and I are both vegan and I'm also gluten-free.

Crudessence was busy, had good service, delicious food, and reasonable portions. I had the quinoa with veggies, my husband had the falafel.

Fuchsia Epicerie Fleur was also busy. The vegan/GF version of Saturday brunch included hot apple cider, roasted potatoes, salad, and a lentil, zucchini, tomato, mushroom stew followed by chocolate/rose petal cookies fresh from the oven. Food was delicious and portions reasonable. Live music and the resident white wolf added to the atmosphere. Not for anyone in a hurry. Hours of operation tend to vary according to a frequent diner with whom we shared a table.

Lola Rosa was also busy. Food was excellent and portions reasonable. I had curry and my husband had Tunisian ragout.

Le Commensal was also busy but had lots of seating. We'd eaten at one of their locations in another city. Lots of variety with all items labelled. Quite tasty.

We got groceries for breakfasts as we usually do when traveling (juice, tortilla chips, bananas, dates, and figs). We walked and traveled by Metro.

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  1. Thanks for the report. Did you get to Aux vivres? I went to this vegan resto for the first time last week - twice! It was really, really good - and I'm not even a vegetarian. Their vegan BLT with coconut "bacon" was outstanding, and the chickpea curry roti was hearty and delicious. Definitely recommend you give it a try on your next trip if you didn't get a chance this time. I'm looking forward to trying their weekend brunch.

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    1. re: kpzoo

      Didn't make it there this time. Arrived Fri evening and left mid-day Sun. Maybe next time.

      1. re: lgss

        les aux vivres is the best and a must

    2. Just went to Papas Tapas on St. Laurent (corner Prince-Arthur). The head waiter that day seemed to be very well aware of common allergies and said only their soups and potatoes might of gluten. There are tons of other stuff on the menu to try if you are GF but not for vegans. The food is also pretty decent.

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      1. re: tangotrip

        Another: Soup-Soup, on Wellington in Old Montreal, caters to the vegen diet and is wonderful for both their soups and their sandwiches. Superb! Not open for Supper-time.

        1. re: KSC02

          Bonny's in Griffintown is vegetarian and has a wide selection of vegan and gluten-free items on the menu.

          Bonny's 1748 Notre Dame O.