Montreal/Quebec City for Vegetarians
Visiting Montreal this week with my partner and his mother. We are a unique group..(1 veggie, 1 fish eating veggie, and one non-adventurous eater.)
We are staying at the Sofitel downtown and willing to explore neighborhoods. We would like to pay $18-$30 for the entree. Anything fun and delicious you would recommend? We also don't like really noisy places.
In QC, we are staying for two nights and will be in lower town.
Au Commensal (http://www.commensal.com/ there is a few sprinkled around) is your run of the mill, standard vegetarian buffet. Nothing fancy, nothing foody but it is a vegetarian buffet which is commendable in itself. I go there myself pretty regularly but its not a destination restaurant (I'm not a vegetarian myself but enjoy eating veg once in a while).
Lola Rosa (http://lola-rosa.ca/) is a small vegetarian downtown café I absolutely love. Its this small, tucked in restaurant you have to know that has been silently doing good business.
Pushap's (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/pushap-sweets-montreal-2) is really far away from downtown, not on your way and nowhere near anything interesting to visit but its a vegetarian indian place famous for their Thali. They are of the Jain religion I believe so no beef or onions in their curries. The place looks really divey (I'd don't think we'd want to look into their kitchen) but they produce the best vegetarian curries I know. Very cheap too (7$ for a meal).
Aux Vivres (http://www.auxvivres.com/fr/accueil/) is this hipster, trendy vegetarian/vegan café that produces fresh food straight in the Plateau Mont-Royal. Very fresh products, great salads and sandwitches. I secretly love their breakfast option with faux/playfull bacon and tofu scrambled eggs. I always take their Mango Lassi also.
On my list to try, never did: Crudescence ("living food" specialists), Yuan vegetarien.
I second Le Commensal, which has several branches. It has two buffets, one hot and one cold, then they weigh your plate and charge by weight. Their cold buffet is in fact a really, really good salad bar. I make a beeline whenever I'm in Montreal and I'm not even a vegetarian. Le Commensal has a website, for more detail.
Whoa, whoa, hold it on Le Commensal and Losa Rosa!
The province of Quebec is definitely not a vegetarian-friendly destination but we don't need to get desperate now. ;)
I do recommend Aux Vivres, a really great vegetarian restaurant though, and it's nothing fancy and they don't do reservations, but I definitely tells all visiting vegetarians to check it out.
I think the best places for you would be to go to restaurants that are vegetarian-friendly, which is a minority in the city. I'd say for a nice dinner out, go to La Salle a Manger, Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins, and Au Cinquieme Peche.
For brunch, go to Le Cartet for a refined brunch experience, or Olive et Gourmando if you don't mind a bit of a wait and smaller seating spaces (they also make great lunch sandwiches). Mind you, Olive et Gourmando is not open on Sundays.
For lunch, go to Le Paryse for burgers and poutine, Patati Patata for super cheap fast food (warning: super small space), Comptoir 21 for fish and chips, with veg burger options, and Vasco de Gama for Illy coffee and sandwiches.
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In Quebec city, my favorite vegetarian restaurant is a bit far from lower town, but really worth it : Resto Zen, on Rene-Levesque (http://www.restozen.ca/fr/contact).
For something more casual, my vegetarian friends love the vegetarian choices of (high end) burgers at chez Victor, on St-Paul street between the old port market and the train station : http://www.chezvictorburger.com/st-paul. (Their meat burgers are also very delicious).
I think you could also find nice vegetarian meals in most interesting restaurants of basse ville, although options might be limited.