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Top five vegetarian restaurants on the Plateau

Raw veggie burger with salad at Crudescence.
Raw veggie burger with salad at Crudescence.
Tara Salman

After indulging in too many Valentine’s Day chocolates and candy, many people (especially us singles!) seek to cleanse their systems and shed a couple of pounds, much like after Christmas-New Year’s. This week our trusted lunch monitor reviews a handful of the best vegetarian, vegan and raw-food restaurants in her neighbourhood of the Plateau Mont-Royal.

What better way to detox than at Crudescence (105 Rachel St. O. 514-510-9299), a vegan organic raw food restaurant that also offers a catering service and cooking classes. Food in its rawest form is the best way to get your daily vitamins and minerals. It is also good for those with food sensitivities.

Open daily, Aux Vivres (4631 St-Laurent, 514-842-3479) is Montreal’s first full-service vegan restaurant. Everything here is made without dairy, including eggs. Besides salads and sandwiches − the latter which are huge and come wrapped in chapatti − Aux Vivres is popular for its bowls including the dragon bowl composed of shredded veggies, lettuce, sprouts, toasted sesame and dulse with its famous dragon sauce. The chapatti with nut butter is also delicious and a nice accompaniment to their soup. They also offer a wide assortment of juices, smoothies and teas. Of their desserts, the carrot cake is probably the best, as it is the moistest and does not feel like it is lacking something, namely an egg!

Faim du Monde (4110 St-Denis, 514-510-4244) is a vegetarian restaurant that was co-founded by Pushap vegetarian Indian restaurant. Faim du Monde offers a more international menu incorporating Asian and Mexican dishes. There is even a menu for kids. Note that the restaurant is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays for lunch for the rest of the winter.

Chu Chai (4088 St-Denis) and Chuch (4094 St-Denis) are actually one and the same but the first is a more an upscale restaurant and the second is its more casual dining space serving takeout. Both offer vegetarian Thai food that can also pass as vegan, except for certain rice and noodle dishes traditionally made with eggs. The mock shrimp, chicken, beef and duck taste so real, you won’t believe it’s not butter! Among their most popular dishes are their red curry duck, panang beef, yellow curry beef, chicken in peanut sauce with crispy spinach, and their tom kha gai (spicy coconut soup with lemongrass) is heavenly!

Located on the corner of Sherbrooke and St-Denis streets, Yuan (400 Sherbrooke E., 514-848-0513) is another Asian vegetarian restaurant serving Taiwanese-inspired dishes for only $7.99 at lunch. Their fake meat and seafood is made from veggie meats and soy protein. www.yuanvegetarian .com


  • Carol Roach, Montreal Mental Health Examiner 5 years ago

    excellent article, thanks so much

    btw I have a second column here now, besides Montreal mental health examiner I am also the Montreal health examiner, please subscribe, thank you

  • Joanna Lynn, Montreal Nutrition Examiner 5 years ago

    Great resources, thanks! I just want to add that it is important to understand that not all vegetarians eat all the right foods all the time. One has to learn how to eat as a vegetarian in order to get all vitamins and minerals. Iron and B12, for example, can become an issue for vegans.

    A vegetarian diet is not necessarily a detox diet, but does generally eliminate many, most, or all animal products. Raw spinach, although high in calcium, contains an acid that blocks its absorption so it is one vegetable that should be eaten cooked, if calcium consumption is the goal.

    As any other, a vegetarian diet can be an extremely healthy one, but if it does not include all the right foods (iron, B12 rich) or includes not so right foods (muffins, white breads, rice, pasta, and too much juice), it may not be any healthier than a non-vegetarian diet.

    I enjoyed reading your article, and as a certified holistic nutritionist, I just had to say...

  • TNS 5 years ago

    Hey Joanna,

    I totally agree with you. I know vegetarians who are obese! Also, raw food diets are not good for those with Crohns, Collitis or other digestive disorders. It's also very important to get your protein from vegan, vegetarian and raw food diets, so either from nuts, chick peas, lentils, tofu, or other soy-based products (which not everyone can eat either because of the estrogen). Eating raw or vegan is good from time to time just to clean up your system. I personally could not eat raw food daily and once a month around that time I crave my meat!

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