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Visiting Montreal this wkend -- looking for veg/vegan restaurant options

We'll be here from Friday until Monday. Did a search and found a great thread on this topic from earlier in 2011 (thread started in March; last post Aug 21). One thing that thread didn't let me know consistently is which places are sit-down "white tablecloth" restaurants and which are more spartan in decor and service. Agree that it's about the food but other things being equal, we'd rather be in comfortable surroundings with decent service. Specific recs along those lines greatly appreciated. We'll probably be staying in a downtown hotel with the Metro nearby, but we'll have access to a car too.

One other question: Travel lit I've read mentions that a relatively high % of Mtl restos are BYOW. How frequent is this really? If we show up at a resto and find it's BYO, how tough will it be to buy a bottle of wine in the immediate vicinity? Don't want to be caught dry.

Thanks to all.

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  1. From that excellently in-depth thread found at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775201. A lot of them are quick cafes with a relaxed vibe. That doesn't necessarily mean that they are uncomfortable or with poor service, though. More specifically:
    1) Ba Le - quick bite
    2) Bottega - sit down, tablecloth type
    3) Lawrence - sit down, but relaxed
    4) Chu Chai - sit down, with less formal option next door at Chuch
    5) Crudessence - cafe atmosphere
    6) Tasting menu places - fancier, longer meal. Note: Montee is now closed.

    Other places that Looosia mentioned there are mostly casual, quicker joints (except the non-exclusively vegetarian restaurants P'tit Plateau, Gandhi, Atti, Le Nil Bleu, La Salle à Manger, Buvette Chez Simone, Casa Tapas, Philinos, and so forth). There are a lot of options listed there, any specific places that pique your interest?

    Feel free to correct my oversights. I'll let someone else tackle the BYO/wine buying info.

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    Bottega
    65 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montreal, QC H2S1K7, CA

    Chu Chai
    4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M5, CA

    Nil Bleu Restaurant
    3706 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X3L7, CA

    Casa Tapas
    266 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, QC H2W1E6, CA

    Philinos Restaurant Bar
    4806 Av Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V4E6, CA

    1. Another one to try is Su Shian Yuang on Rachel which is Taiwanese vegetarian with tablecloths and a casual buffet at lunchtime. No liquor licence though. Miga, a Korean restaurant next door, will do a vegetarian version of everything on their menu and they are byow. Chuch or Chu Chai, vegetarian Thai) (related restaurants) are also nearby on St-Denis and byow and the SAQ is less than a block away.

      http://www.montrealgazette.com/Casual...

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      Chu Chai
      4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M5, CA

      1. Aux Vivres is one of the best if not the best vegan restaurant in town.

        http://www.auxvivres.com/en/home/

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        Aux Vivres
        4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

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        1. re: kpaxonite

          Yes! with a funky but bright "diner" decor. They serve all meals and snacks and smoothies, it can get busy but it's not a tiny place.

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          Aux Vivres
          4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

          1. re: Daiya

            Oh, I love Aux Vivres! But they are dry (no booze). I say to go to Chuch or Chu Chai, because either way you can have wine with your meal. It was good enough for my 2nd wedding anniversary, by gum.

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            Aux Vivres
            4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

            Chu Chai
            4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M5, CA

            1. re: Daiya

              I think if a person is vegetarian, visiting Montreal aux vivres is definitely worth going to especially on the weekend for brunch.
              I guess one can survive without alcohol once in a while!!!!!!!!
              If you go there on the weekend better arrive as early as 11.30. One time I went there on a Saturday around maybe 1.00 p.m and the waiters would not even come to my table because it was too crazy busy.

          2. Other Question about BYO restaurants: certain strips have many BYO restaurants and usually a nearby wine-heavy SAQ (Quebec government wine and liquor store). They aren't usually open very late, but our dépanneurs (neighborhood convenience stores) sell bottles of "lesser" wines until 11pm and can be found all over. The restaurant will be able to send you in the right direction.

            1. One of the tastiest Veg/Vegan restaurants is Bonny's on Notre Dame.Its a small restaurant with table seating for about 20 people.Not fancy but tasty,No BYO option.