Quick, tasy, healthy and cheap lunches near Square Victoria
- hungryann May 3, 2014 05:07 AM
I know I'm asking a lot but is this possible given the area? It doesn't have to be sit-down and by cheap less than 15$. My friend is working in the area, a new transplant to the downtown scene,and he's having a hard time eating for under $20. So far the best and cheapest option has been Le Clafouti but he's getting bored of sandwichesand the nearby food courts are just Ok.
I used to work in the area so I feel your friend's pain. I too ate at Clafouti til I could no longer look at another sandwich.
Does he have enough time at lunch to jaunt quickly down to Chinatown? A quick pho or other inexpensive Vietnamese lunch at Pho Bang New York or a lunch special at Beijing or one of the other places in the area might add some variety.
I like FCO de Fumicino (451 viger o.), great italian style pizza by the slice, with cafeteria style service and a big communal table.
I haven't been to "les gourmets pressés" (st-jacques just east of the TD building) in a while, but I have memories of good sandwiches and brownies. I'm not even sure if they're still around...
Titanic (st-pierre just south of notre-dame) has really good gourmet sandwiches. They're around 10$, quite good, and pretty big - I know many people who have trouble finishing one in a single sitting. Once again, the service is cafeteria-style, but with a pretty pleasant dining room.
Brit and Chips is good (though one can only eat fried fish so often), also Cartet has some decent options too for a more breakfasty type of food. It's generally not a cheap area though, he may want to consider making his own lunches more often :(
To be honest for me it's either Clafouti (sorry) or La Prep inside the Quebecor building (usually short lineups and under 10$ with 2 salads). Otherwise the Grillades du Cèdres under the stock exchange is decent and they've got some nice rotation, even though I tend to stick to their shish taouk.
I'll have to try Cafe Frais as recommended by Stax88 but I think there's also a Korean place serving bibimbap at 615 Belmont just nearby.
When I used to work in that area, i liked Green Cafe on Viger, Daylight factory as well.
A bit further south there's Soupe Soup on Wellington, but then it's not much closer to walk there then to go to Chinatown
I also second Stax88 for Café Frais and add Sésame (on St-Jacques) and Thé mon Café (on Notre-Dame), though the latter does not offer many sitting places.
I work in the area, and these 3 spots have earned by undying love and affection by virtue of their outstanding sandwiches (all around $10) as well as friendly service which is quite important to me.
1) Bello (363 Place Youville)
2) Café Luna d'Oro (469 St-François-Xavier)
3) Café Pavé (243 Notre-Dame Ouest)
I also go sometimes to Marché de la Villette (324 St-Paul Ouest) for a BIG classic ham and cheese sandwich on good baguette, or to Brit n' Chips for a very tasty (if less than wasitline-friendly) box of fish n'chips, or Five Guys when sheer gluttony is in order.
Stash Café, the Polish restaurant on St-Paul and St-François-Xavier, has good specials every day... and pierogies. Sometimes you just want pierogies.
When I want to be more frugal, I get salads and a spring roll at Clafouti. Occasionally I opt for a wrap at Java U and inevitably regret it.
I never, ever go to Olive + Gourmando (I just can't stomach the price of a sandwich, but if they can keep it up, more power to them).
Finally: I heard there is a new spot called Cantinho do Lisboa on St-Paul, and then there's Le Serpent on Ottawa, but that's a little far for the OP. Looking forward to trying those.