Montreal restaurants with vegetarian options, including a special-occasion place?
Heading up I-87 to Montreal with my wife for our anniversary this weekend, commemorating the first trip we ever took together, nine years ago. Obviously, things have changed a little bit in that time, so I'm looking for some new lunch, dinner and dessert recommendations for a four-day trip. However, my wife is a vegetarian - dairy, but no fish - and I'm not.
We really liked Le Petit Alep on our last trip, so we'll probably go there again, but I'm stumped for additional options. I'm not a big fan of strictly vegetarian/vegan places, so I think Aux Vivres and Lola Rosa are out. L'Gros Luxe looks like it might have enough options for the both of us, but what else? Any other recommendations for Mediterranean? Any decent Indian options? We'd like to keep the prices reasonable, though I'd also like to find one place that would be suitable for an anniversary dinner. We'll be staying downtown, near the Bell Centre, but will have a car and have no problem taking the metro anywhere.
As for dessert, we'll definitely hit Kem CoBa for ice cream, but my wife is also a sucker for French pastry, so any pastry shop recommendations would be welcome. Meanwhile, I'm a sucker for pasteis de nata (Portuguese egg custard tarts), what's the best place to get those?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
There are a few good indian spots. I'm partial to shezan on saint-denis between ontario and sherbrooke.
Aux vivres is full on vegetarian/vegan but I think you should keep Lola Rosa as an option. It doesn't feel that vegetarian even if it is. Arepas du plateau and taco and tortas has a vegetarian options. Ruby Burma is a burmese restaurant that has fun traditional vegetarian salad thar counts as a meal (it also has meat). Gado Gado is a indonesian restaurant with a couple of vegetarian option. Cuisine szechuan and kanbai (chinese) use tofu and vegetables in their preparations.
Try kouign-amann for their eponymous pastry and their croissants. Patrice patissier has a good reputation. So is les co-pains d'abord. Best place for natas is patisserie notre-dame du rosaire on rachel.
Unless it has changed, Aux Vivres doesn't serve beer or wine, which annoys me (whether or not I want beer or wine). Lola Rossa definitely does not have that moralistic vibe, and Ruby Burma is a BYOW.
There is a very good vegetarian platter at Petit Alep.
If you want a picnic on Mont-Royal (or elsewhere) Trip de bouffe has some great components.
Oh! I almost forgot. The restaurant Europea offers a regular degustation menu and a vegan/vegetarian degustation menu. Its definitely a "celebration" grade restaurant. One of the two best "degustation/artsy" table in montreal (with Toqué). To be honest, I'm not vegetarian and I'm curious at what it would taste like!
The food at Gros Luxe is okay, and prices are good, but it might not be what you're looking for. Cocktails are mostly terrible (over-sweetened and over-salted, depending on the type), and the crowd is very young. It's a good place to go if you're looking for a bite and some drinks before a serious night out, but it's not really a destination.
If it's not already booked up I'd consider Manitoba - it usually seems to have a few vegetarian options. Prices are good and atmosphere is great.