Last updated April 30, 2013
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4088 Saint-Denis, corner Duluth
between Metro Mont-Royal and Sherbrooke
514-843-4194 (delivery in the area)
Mock chicken, fish, shrimp and beef in traditional Thai styles, also tofu dishes. No dairy, but some dishes have egg. Food tends to be rich and sweet with coconut milk and sugar. Liquor licence, outdoor dining terrace in summertime. Fairly pricey. Next door at 4094 Saint-Denis is Chuch, same owners, offering take-out and a more casual restaurant setting, a little less expensive and allowing you to bring your own wine.
Plateau: 105 Rachel West
downtown: 2157 Mackay
Organic raw vegan caterer, vegetarian lunch service, plus cooking lessons and other features. Some of their products are sold in health food stores.
La Panthère Verte
Plateau: 66 Saint-Viateur West
Downtown: 2153 Mackay
Organic and vegetarian. Lunch delivery in the Plateau and Mile End (call before 10:30 a.m.), dinner on weekdays, closed Sunday. Truly excellent falafel.
Paradis végétarien Chi-Ming
Asian-style vegetarian meals, also a selection of vegetarian products and veggie catering. They claim the widest selection of products and mock meats in eastern Canada.
1661 Dollard Avenue, Lasalle
4777 des Sources, Pierrefonds
Indian vegetarian restaurant and pastry shop. Their thali is one of the best deals in town.
Burritos delivered to your door by bike Friday and Saturday from 6 pm to 10:30 pm in the South-West, with a Plateau/Mile End order leaving once per night at around 8 pm.
438-765-7868, cash only
STUDENT SOUP KITCHENS
The Midnight Kitchen is a food collective at McGill that offers vegan lunches for students at the Shatner building.
MutineRiz is a new Université de Montréal vegan soup kitchen starting March 20.
The People's Potato at Concordia's Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve W., H-733 – vegan meals for students in return for a donation.
Ras-le-Bol is the UQÀM student soup kitchen.
Montreal has many small Lebanese cafés where it's possible to get a falafel plate or mixed salad and meatless mezze plate, falafel sandwiches and sometimes sandwiches rolled up on zaatar bread. Look for Basha, Amir and Monsieur Falafel spots, but independent cafés are often at least as good. Al-Amine at 3549 Lacombe (514-739-1817, Metro Côte-des-Neiges), Al-Taïb at 2125 Guy Street (514-931-1999, Metro Guy-Concordia) and Boulangerie Zaatar (151 de Castelnau E., 514-274-4775) near metro de Castelnau, are good cheap places to eat, and they're only a few examples I know of such places.
Veggie burgers and tofu hot dogs are becoming more common in fast food restaurants. The Lafleur chain offers them as an option, and some reports say their poutine gravy is also vegetarian. I've also heard that Harvey's offers an okay veggie burger. I have my doubts these places keep a separate veggie grill running, though.
The standard Montreal "all dressed" pizza includes pepperoni, green peppers and mushrooms but any pizza place can make a vegetarian pizza that omits the pepperoni or replaces it with onions and olives or some other combination of ingredients - you only have to ask. Even the pizza slice places often have one or two non-meat options available (besides "plain").
There's no Buddhist vegetarian restaurant in Montreal's Chinatown now, but Le Café Cantonais, at 84 La Gauchetière West (514-397-9410) and Restaurant Hong Kong, 1023 Saint-Laurent (514-861-0251) (Metro Place d'Armes) are Cantonese restos with decent vegetarian selections on the menu.
Ethiopian restaurants usually offer good vegetarian options. Le Nil Bleu, at 3706 Saint-Denis, (514-285-4628, Metro Sherbrooke) is well spoken of and offers delivery via À la carte express (514-933-7000).
Most of Montreal's Indian restaurants offer at least one vegetarian set meal and a range of other veggie choices.
5011 boulevard des Sources, Pierrefonds
Southern Indian style food, so good it's worth a trip to the northern West Island. A few meat items on the menu, but most of the choices are vegetarian and very good. Try the fire dosas.
Byblos Le Petit Café
1499 Laurier Street East
Persian food. Tasty dips and rolls, many vegetarian options. Wonderful sherbets for dessert. Brunch on weekends.
Café Les Entretiens
1577 Laurier Street East
Salads, homemade soups and sandwiches.
Casual, friendly place. Open for 30 years. Terrace.
Le Caffè Mariani
4450 Notre-Dame West
Metro Place Saint-Henri
Neighbourhood café known for breakfasts and brunches, pizzas, many vegetarian options.
3990 St-Urbain at Duluth
Big sandwiches festooned with fruit garnishes, fair trade coffee, good soups. Home-blended tisanes. Not everything is vegetarian, but the menu is detailed and specific. Beautiful garden terrace in summertime.
173 Duluth East
Tiny, popular breakfast and lunch joint, a place where veg and non-veg can eat happily together. Sidewalk tables in summertime. Good espresso.
1720 St-Denis (Metro Berri-UQAM)
1204 McGill College at Ste-Catherine (Metro McGill)
50 Ste-Catherine West (Metro Saint-Laurent)
What used to be Quebec's best-known vegetarian buffet announced in 2012 that it would start offering some meat, but it still offers many vegetarian choices: hot food, raw food and salad bar, dessert bar. The Ste-Catherine location also offers breakfasts.
Dépanneur Le Pick Up
7032 Waverly, south of Jean-Talon
Despite the name this is more a café than a dep. Menu includes things like vegetarian pulled pork, spicy eggplant sandwiches, veggie burger and vegan dessert items.
Jean's Trinidad Foods
5914 Sherbrooke West at Royal
Metro Vendôme then bus 105
Quoting reader Marc Cote: "Vegetarian dishes include various rotis, doubles, and fried plantain. Unlike many roti houses, only fresh vegetables are used, and the chick peas are dried, not canned."
La Petite Marche
Affordable fresh honest food in a funky setting.
2251 Marie-Anne East, near Papineau
Vegetarian club sandwiches, croque-monsieurs, burgers, hot dogs.
Les Délices Bio
1327A Mont Royal East
Organic food, counter service. Mostly vegetarian.
4351 de Lorimier, at Marie-Anne
Vegetarian versions of some traditional Québécois dishes.
Downtown delivery service offering a wide range of salads and other vegetarian options.
1923 Ste-Catherine West
Best deal on falafel anywhere.
5095 Fabre near Laurier
Seasonally inspired food, with a well regarded weekend brunch.
3439 Saint-Denis, north of Sherbrooke
Tibetan food, with many vegetarian alternatives offered for traditional dishes. Nice setting in old row house with some couch/lounge seating.
SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
This isn't going to be an exhaustive list of all health food stores in the Montreal area, but I will add interesting addresses and services as I find them.
176 Bernard West
Vegan shoes for men and women.
Composting pickup service.
Conscience verte organic/vegetarian/green coupon book
Cooter Muck composting and other products for greener living
151 Gounod (corner Henri-Julien)
Raw vegan products and supplies. Store is mostly an ice cream counter and closes seasonally.
4627 Wilson at Somerled
Organic food and delivery.
Green roofs, reduction of heat islands and other projects.
Ecological umbrella group, organizes organic farm baskets.
Fait Ici general store
2519 Notre-Dame West at Charlevoix
Food and other supplies with the accent on locally sourced and produced goods. Some ready-to-eat food, not all vegetarian.
Le Frigo Vert
2130 Mackay, near Concordia
Bulk dry goods, sandwiches, green cleaning supplies. Discount if you're a Concordia student, but accessible to all. It's like an old-school health food store before they went glitzy and markety.
Le Jardin des Anges
Organic fruit and vegetable basket delivery
Les Jardins urbains
Organic grocery delivery
Marché 3 Piliers
750 Gilford, corner Resther
Local market emphasizing environmental, social and economic values.
Much More than Dhal
is a vegetarian/vegan food prep and delivery service offering mostly South Indian cooking, delivered to your door.
Terra Bella organic food ordering system
Tiende Santé & Vegetarian
279 Duluth East
Chinese-style vegetarian products made with soya protein, gluten and mushrooms. Lots of teas. Also offers simple meals to eat in or take out.
Café Juicy Lotus
Courses held in NDG
Heaven on Earth Vegetarian Institute
12681 Joron, Pierrefonds
Saveurs de Vivre (also listed below under "Other Dietary Concerns")
7901 Henri-Julien, corner Gounod
Holds occasional weekend gluten-free cooking intensives, some focusing on vegetarian cuisine.
Past events listed for reference, will update as needed:
2nd annual Free Vegan Public BBQ (Facebook link) at Angrignon Park, July 29, 2012, 11 am-7 pm.
Expo manger santé et vivre vert, March 15-17, 2013.
OTHER DIETARY CONCERNS
Deliver gluten-free, dairy-free baked goods, which are also available in some cafés.
Boulangerie Le Marquis
367 de Castelnau East
Bakery with gluten-free versions of many favourites. The owner says the only thing he hasn't been able to replicate is the classic baguette.
Louise's Gluten-Free Table
475 Dumont, #109, Dorval H9S 5W2
Saveurs de Vivre
7901 Henri-Julien, corner Gounod
Food counter offers a changing weekly menu of soups, main dishes and desserts, also frozen meals, all without gluten and mostly organic. Has vegetarian and vegan offerings as well as omnivore food. Also cooking lessons. You can sign onto their menu mailing list by sending an email to email@example.com. Not a restaurant.
Food without gluten, eggs, nuts, peanuts, fish or seafood, milk or soya. Offers both vegetarian and non-veg options. Sit-down restaurant, also has an online boutique that ships allergen-free products across Canada.
There are a lot of vegetarian pages on the web, and some are not updated very often. The following restaurants are still listed in some places but are no longer open: Café Blue Monday, Sauve du Temps, Govinda Jaya Jaya, Elixir, Bimbo, Manbo, Wrapps, Les Chèvres/Le Chou, Spirite Lounge, Le Bouddha d'Cuisine, Faim du Monde, Ghetto Shul Café, O Jus, TribuTerre Bistro.
Le Commensal no longer has branches in Cote-des-Neiges or at 5043 Saint-Denis. Neither Lola Rosa nor Burritoville has an NDG branch any more. Cuisines Tibet Libre closed, the same people reopened as TribuTerre Bistro but it too closed in August 2012.
Ecollegey's Plateau store has also closed, but the NDG location is still open.
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