Just moved to Montreal...
....and would love to learn of all the foodie pleasures which await!
Let me subtitle this post "thinking outside the vegetarian box".
My husband is a vegetarian who doesn't eat eggs or drink milk. Cheese, ice-cream, butter and yougurt are no problem. He'll happily consume milk and eggs in baking (cheesecake is a fav), but he draws the line at french toast. Yeah,....don't ask me. Anyway, his idea of an amazing meal is Aux Vivres or Chuchai and, though I enjoy these places as well, I'd LOVE suggestions for a restaurant where we can both order something completely to our liking, in my case the more steak tartare and beluga caviar the better.
In Edmonton, where we're from, we've really enjoyed Culina (http://culinafamily.ca/mill-creek/) and I guess I'm looking for something in the same category: mid-range (or not, I love cheap/expensive food!), meat-tastic, but sensitive to the egg-free vegetarian. Can anyone suggest something like this?
And how about brunch? Where can I get eggs smothered in bacon and caviar (just an idea) and he can get something other than sweet crepes? Our food relationship always inspires me to open the "perfect" omnivorous restaurant some day.
I'm so excited to be here and can't wait to learn more and more and more......!
4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA
You must try Le Petit Alep, a Syrian bistro which is the more casual counterpart to the more traditional Restaurant Alep, on Jean-Talon just opposite Jean-Talon market. There is a lovely vegetarian plate and many vegetarian small dishes (mmm, muhammra) - not so much steak or tartare as lamb and chicken in the meat department, though I think there are a couple of beef dishes.
It is VERY popular and there can be an absurdly long wait on weekends, so try to go there during the week.
199 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S8, CA
Do you like indian cuisine? A large part of India is purely vegetarian, so all indian restaurants have a decent amount of veggie only dish which will have protein in lentils or chickpeas.
For cheap but good, try Pushap, a vegetarian only chain in Montreal famous for it's samosas.
1661 Av Dollard, Lasalle, QC H8N1T7, CA
My wife is vegeterian too and finding a restaurant to her liking and my love for french food is always a challenge... but over the 13 years together we have found a few places that cater to both our needs. Try le Bleu Raison (5237 Rue Saint-Denis Montréal, QC - (514) 271-2333). The menu appears non-vegerarian friendly but the chef is a great fan of request vegetarian requests where she works her magic to create incredibly tasty dishes. Plus.... its a BYOW.
As for brunch: Try l'Avenue Restaurant (922 Avenue du Mont Royal Est Montréal, QC H2J 1X2). They make fantabulous Eggs Beni, they also have awesome salads and crazy burgers... try the filet mignon burger... the beef is so tender is litterally crumbles as you eat it... (I suggest using a knoife and fork)