This adorable restaurant was recommended to us by a fellow friend who knew we will be visiting Montreal.
It was not that easy to find - just a simple decal on the windows was the only thing communicating to us. All the magic was happening inside an old building of cream colour with plenty of ornamentation. Maybe, considering the historical building status, a clearer signage was hard to get an official approval for?
Light, airy atmosphere with lots of white and greens plus beautiful copper accents coming though all awaited us inside. White painted old brick along the side and ceiling hanging chairs in the back in conjunction with the woven basket chandeliers jointly created a garden feel. Milky green lights at the bar, wallpaper details and banquettes ensured that the overall impression is kept inspired, not cheap and simple. We were both taken aback by the beautiful transition from the bar to main wooden floor where the tile and wood met.
NOSE & PALATE
This little place is perfect for vegans, vegetarians and people with food intolerances.
First we had a Quinoa Croquettes which felt almost meat like. It consisted of a long list of ingredients including pineapple salsa with ginger and cumin mayo. It was a wild concoction yielding this very pleasant dish. A great sharing plate for sure!
Next we had the Muse Dish - cauliflower in tahini, lightly baked in a caresolle with salty lemon confit on top and pomegranate seeds all around. With pine nuts and hints of cinnamon, this diverse combination of ingredients didn't come together as our muse.
Burger Big Lov came on a whole wheat bun with a topping of sprouts, but no side as we were warned. It was a solid dish, which we both enjoyed. The bean based party was just the right texture which we found the vegan cheese had to taste. Pickles and homemade sauce added an extra edge.
For drinks we had their Gutenberg IPA which turned out to be way too intense for our taste buds, but gluten free and made of buckwheat and corn. It was also very reasonably priced.
Avant Garde Mr Browns was more taste friendly. This brown ale had great hints of a stout, yet was much lighter.
With “Je Suis in Herbivore” written on the side of their plain white t-shirts and other messages like “Je Vie En Une Jardine“ we appreciated this easy going, humorous, youthful vibe.
This is definitely a place to visit for the original food and reasonable prices. Be mindful of potential wait times during lunch hour - most of our fellow patrons appeared to be office workers from nearby.
PS: they seriously invested in their washrooms - with unisex stalls and a neat bike holding the sinks. There was a light-hearted and creative feel all around.