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Decent Greek resto in Montreal with options for a vegan

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Hey all,

I'm an omnivore and my girlfriend is vegan. My girlfriend's non-vegan parents are coming to town, and they love Greek food.

I'm wondering if anyone has any insights into decent Greek restaurants in Montreal that have a couple decent options for a vegan. She's not expecting seitan souvlaki or anything crazy, but a little something beyond bread and potatoes.

I know Greek food generally isn't the most vegan friendly of cuisines. But we're dreaming of a place where her parents and I can enjoy a quality Greek meal and she can eat something not shitty or purely carbs that is vegetable-based and satisfying. We live in Mile End where there are a lot of Greek places, but we'll happily leave the neighbourhood.

Oh yeah, and BYOB is preferred, but not necessary.

Is this an impossible mission? Or does anyone have any encouraging words of wisdom?

Conversely, tell me your fave Greek place and we'll peruse their menus for vegan-tunities.

Thanks!!

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  1. Try Philinos on Du Parc and Villeneuve

    They have quite a few appetizers for a vegan to work with and they also have a pretty decent chicken tomato-pesto linguini dish which of course could be ordered without the chicken. It's not the best place but it is one of the better greek spots. I've actually been there with, well vegetarians.

    http://www.philinos.com/section/menu....

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    1. re: catroast

      Can vegans eat egg based pastas?

      1. re: Evilbanana11

        that is speggulation. but of course, call to find out if there is egg in the pasta.

        1. re: catroast

          I generally don't eggspect pasta at restaurants to contain eggs unless they make their own pasta, or specify egg noodles on the menu. But that's one of the things we generally don't ask a lot of questions about ;)

    2. Namos has seven vegetarian dishes (unfortunately most have cheese) and I'm certain if you were to call around you should be able to find a vegan moussaka.

      Nostos has a vegetarian souvlaki (although I don't know if it is a vegan souvlaki) and several of their appetizers would be suitable.

      Unfortunately Greek cuisine isn't too vegan friendly.

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      1. re: EaterBob

        vegetarian souvlaki usually replaces meat with feta and there is still tzaziki

        dating a vegan may be more difficult than actually being vegan!

        1. re: catroast

          Thanks for these suggestions, guys! These seem like decent options to be sure.

          Keep em coming!

        2. re: EaterBob

          Actually Greek cuisine is very vegan friendly but you are more likely to find this type of food in someone's home than in restaurants.

          1. re: hungryann

            My bad, I should have specified Greek restaurant cuisine in Montreal.

        3. would they be open to something more more towards the middle eastern side of things?

          you might all enjoy Rumi http://restaurantrumi.com/en/menu/din...

          there is also Damas, which would maybe be a tad closer to what you would find in a greek restaurant http://www.restaurant-damas.com/en.html

          it would probably be more interesting for your girlfriend. it's definitely not greek but they are great restaurants. I also would not be surprised in the least if they are experienced in accomodating vegans.

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          1. re: catroast

            We are big fans of Rumi, and haven't been to Damas, but love Kaza Maza, which is also Syrian and I think might be affiliated? We took her Mom to Kaza Maza last time and she enjoyed it.

            In any case, we wanted to try out the Greek thing because her parents aren't huge into heavily spiced stuff (which rules out a lot of our favourite vegan-friendly "ethnic" cuisines) and they have an affinity with Greek. They live in the burbs of Vancouver so our local Chinese and Japanese mainstays aren't too interesting for them, whereas Greek is a real treat. I don't think they're big on pizza and pasta. I think Philinos and Namos both look like good options.

            However, suggestions of good non-Greek, Montrealish, semi-nice, bistro-y places that would satisfy some west-coast suburban parents that aren't completely vegan-prohibitive are also appreciated. It's a tough city for vegans. Nora Grey was surprisingly vegan/veggie friendly. They had a vegan main when we went, which was super surprising to me, and it was quite good (a lentil meatball). It's rare to find a place in Montreal where one party can order stuffed rabbit loin and the other a vegan meatball.

            Anyways, thanks again! It's appreciated.

            1. re: pizzaghetti

              Lallouz is good and the starters would all be vegan, and without the feta the falafel should pass. Gado Gado is not too spicy and would definitely have some vegan options if you just nudge the egg aside in the gado-gado. Su Shian Yuang is a good vegetarian place that meat eaters can enjoy, I find. None are byob though, but Miga is, nice healthy Korean food, and they make vegetarian versions of all their dishes on request.

              1. re: Plateaumaman

                I'm racking my brains thinking which byow Greek places make vegetable dishes, as Greek Lenten food is pretty much vegan, and there are lots of dishes without cheese such as horta (cooked garden and wild greens). There are certainly Greek legume dishes, including braised large lima or broad beans, that involve no cheese.

                1. re: lagatta

                  Is Varka still open and BYO? While not Greek per se, most people would never know if you didn't tell them. It isn't spectacular (or wasn't... Haven't been in a couple of years) but decent.

                  1. re: Mr F

                    I passed by there and noticed the name has changed; I don't know whether it is still a Balkan byow.

                    1. re: Mr F

                      Greeks have taken it over. I guess it will be 100% Greek now.

                      1. re: hungryann

                        Hope it will still be a byow though!

                        Pity that there aren't more of the great Greek vegetable recipes, that are so much of the much-vaunted "Mediterranean Diet" at most Greek restaurants here. It is the same or worse at Mtl Italian restaurants. In Italy you can make a meal of "contorni" (vegetable sides). Not all are vegan or even vegetarian, but many are. I'd love a dish of "Gigandes plaki" at a Greek resto. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigandes... Yum!

                        1. re: lagatta

                          They're $5.95 at Nostos.
                          http://www.nostosgrill.com/menu/menu_...

                          1. re: lagatta

                            For Greeks, eating out is a special occasion and they typically go for meats and fish when they dine outside the home. The vegetarian/vegan dishes are everyday foods that are eaten on a daily or regular basis, hence why they are not featured in retaurants. Plus, they are cheap and relatively easy to make.