Montreal high end good food and ambience restaurant that serves also nice non-meat non-fish main courses for a vegetarian in our group? Please help!!
I would recommend Tuck Shop on Notre Dame in St. Henri. Great food and service. Lovely atmosphere, always a vegetarian main on the menu. Usually pasta, but homemade and well done. Nice, ever-evolving wine list and they know how to make a cocktail. About 50$/person before wine/tip/tax.
As a vegetarian, best for me is Les 400 coups. No boring mushrooms risotto or chèvre chaud for vegetarians there, only good and original food with the same attention to details than their meat and fish courses.
Also, I've never been, but I think Laloux always have something vegetarian too (the site is down right now). Had a look at the menu a few times and it always looked delicious.
I also heard that Européa was planning to offer an all vegetables tasting menu for spring/summer. Maybe you could call them to ask, cause that would be great for everyone. If they're still on their old menu, it's not worth it though... boring mushrooms/pasta thing again.
Some people maybe will tell you that you can ask for something vegetarian at most high-end restaurant. Probably true, but vegetarians will tell you that they HATE to do that.
My recommendations: Au Cinquième Péché in the Plateau. They always have at least one vegetarian main in addition to a vegetarian soup available.
I also like La Salle à Manger, also in the Plateau. They always have vegetarian appetizers and at least one main, though the ambience at Au Cinquième Péché is more cozy and romantic.
I've also heard Da Emma in the Old Port (Italian) is also very romantic. Their menu is very vegetarian friendly.
Osteria Venti is a new Italian place in the Old Port that also has lots of vegetarian items. Haven't been but apparently the crowd is younger and a bit noisy as the night wears on.
Tried Le Cinquième Péché only once and wouldn't try it again... The vegetarian main was probably the most tasteless experience I ever had in a "good" restaurant. And the starter was mushrooms with fromage de chèvre...
La Salle à Manger can be good sometimes. Most of the time they have 2-3 vegetarian mains, which is rare here.