Must-try vegetarian restaurants in Downtown Montreal
Whether you’ve already switched to a meatless diet or are just looking for a little culinary diversity, we’ve put together a list of some of downtown Montreal’s best vegetarian restaurants for you to try. So good, you won’t miss your meat at all!
Who says fast food can’t be healthy? At Foodchain, the fast food concept has been reinvented and reimagined, with vegetables taking centre-stage! Beets, endives, fennel . . . you have eight simple and delicious plant-based dishes to choose from. A great option for lunch on the go, a business meeting over nibbles, or for when you’re stuck eating in front of your computer. Make sure you order a side of the restaurant’s pain magique, delicious croissant-like bread with caramelized onions and cheese. Foodchain also offers free delivery in under 20 minutes to anywhere in the downtown area. Shout out to the restaurant’s Instagram page for making vegetables sexy again!
1212, avenue McGill College
Lola Rosa, Place des arts’ newest addition, is the go-to destination for repentant carnivores. The restaurant’s mission: to inspire people to eat less meat! From poutine, vegetable tartare, sweet potato quesadillas, to a selection of vegetarian burgers, Lola Rosa has reimagined comfort food for every taste. The yellow curry, Tunisian stew and spicy chilli with chipotle will help chase the winter blues away. Perfect for a pre-show bite to eat, romantic dinner for two or private event, the restaurant lounge bar is laidback and inviting. The cocktail (and mocktail) menu is sure to get the party started!
276, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Planning a birthday bash where many of the guests are vegan, vegetarian or gluten intolerant? Then LOV is the place for you! Featuring streamlined, natural décor, this is botanical cuisine at its best. With her creativity and talent, Chef Stéphanie Audet has definitely set the bar high. Gnocchi Di Casa, dumplings, tacos and risotto—every dish is meticulously thought out and bursting with botanical goodness. You have the option to grab a table or order to go. Weekend brunch is also a very popular option.
1232, rue de la Montagne
Falafel Avenue is the brainchild of three brothers who set out to reinvent the falafel, that popular Middle Eastern chickpea fritter. Their motto: fabulously vegetarian! All their dishes are 100% vegetarian, gluten-free, rich in protein and homemade. On the menu: traditional pitas, falafel salad, croquettes and falafel pizza (for real!). There’s a variety of falafels to choose from. Finally, you can pick from a selection of tahini sauces, ranging from spicy to fruity red to veggie to olives and nuts. For dessert, treat yourself to a vegan rosewater cake—you won’t be disappointed. Tired of those out-dated cold-pizza-and-crustless-sandwich happy hour buffets? Falafel Avenue offers a catering menu that is guaranteed to elevate your next get-together.
2020, boulevard Robert Bourassa
Text: Fadwa Lapierre