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Top 5: Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Montreal

By VANESSA MURI

Burritoville (Photo: ©Roxanne Ross)

Montreal’s vegetarian scene has evolved enormously over the last 10 years—most definitely for the better. The city has no shortage of delicious meat-free meals at non-veg eateries plus a host of gourmet and organic-focused entirely vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

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Hot Dining: Vegetarian Roundup

Greens your go-to? We highlight three restaurants for veg heads.

A pretty dish of raw zucchini pasta from Café My House.

Café My House (featured)
Here, the goal is to make vegan food appealing, approachable, and available to both vegans and non-vegans. A sit-down restaurant that offers creative breakfast, lunch, and dinner options in a casual atmosphere. 1729 Bank St., 613-733-0707. www.cafemyhouse.com (more…)

Hot Dining: Gourmet Vegan at ZenKitchen

Food is an art at ZenKitchen.

Whatever your preconceptions about vegan food, throw ’em out the window. Even meat eaters will have a change of heart when they sit down at ZenKitchen, Ottawa’s gourmet vegan restaurant that has earned rave reviews and numerous accolades (mostly recently, winning silver at the annual Gold Medal Plates competition). Nestled in an unassuming house in Chinatown, this eatery has a relaxed atmosphere that serves as a nice backdrop for the star of the show: the food. Chef Caroline Ishii and sommelier Dave Loan (also the owners) approach vegan cuisine and the accompanying wine list with thought and creativity, and each plate is as scrumptious as it is fun to look at. Popular dishes include the seitan, a wheat-based product with the look and texture of a cutlet, and the lively Mexican sopé. 634 Somerset St. W., 613-233-6404.

Hot Dining: A Gatineau Jewel

Crepes are a specialty at Fleur de Sel.

Got both a vegetarian and a meat lover in your party? Then check out the oh-so-charming Fleur de Sel in Gatineau (about 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa). The menu is predominantly vegetarian, but also features some very tasty seafood and wild game. Be sure to try their house specialty: savoury buckwheat crepes stuffed with a variety of fillings (there are also sweet versions available for dessert). With reasonable prices and a lovely, simple dining room, this intimate restaurant offers a romantic meal that won’t break the bank. Note: the menu is in French, but the serving staff is happy to help translate. 59, rue Laval, Gatineau (Hull), 819-772-8596.

Calgary: A Vegetarian Paradise?

Calgary’s dining scene embraces a new wave of vegetarian restaurants, dishes and diners.

By SALLY MACKINNON

Seven years ago, Dalia Kohen and Tabitha Archer had a simple idea: to open a casual, globally inspired restaurant catering to the city’s vegetarian population. At the time, the only exclusively vegetarian options were Anapurna (a Southern Indian restaurant) and two Chinese eateries that specialized in creating vegan versions of ginger beef, chicken balls and sweet and sour pork. (more…)