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As I said before, I enjoyed my first meal at Panthere Verte in Montreal so much that when I stumbled upon their second location the next day, I couldn’t help but eat their again.

Even worse (ie better); I got the same food again. Bless me, eh. It was even more delicious than the first time, which may have been due to the fact that this time I was well rested instead of absolutely exhausted and starved from a long bus journey (coming from NYC).

Tempehtation Pita, take II. Still doesn’t really compel the taste through the picture.

Beautiful interior

That’s vegan cake behind the glass things! Nom! Also super cute table deco.

Stalking people to get more pictures – slyly done.

I think I preferred this location overall, it was slightly bigger (although that may have been an illusion), the table decoration was much cuter (did you see those flower pots?) and the surrounding area – the Mile-End – is nicer.

in conclusion: if you’re in Montreal, hit up Panthere Verte definitely. If you have the luxury of choosing, go to the location on 66 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest; otherwise hit up the other one.
Both are brilliant.

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I can hardly believe what happened here. In an attempt to get the reviews of good, but not overwhelming places out of the way first – to save the best for last – I ended up finally completely neglecting my review of my favourite place: The Green Panther. It is a 100% vegan restaurant.
From their website:

The Green Panther is a fresh, dynamic project whose main goal is to develop
a more sustainable way of living in today’s urban reality by supporting and creating local alternatives, through the use of organic produce (local when available), recycled materials and by raising awareness.

Sounds like good hippie food, eh?

I managed to visit both of their locations, in spite of only being in Montreal for 2 days. That I call some vegan-food-finding talent. Still, I have absolutely no regrets. On both visits I was not disappointed …

To make things easier, I will report about the first location on 2153 Mackay St in Montreal downtown today, and will follow on with pictures and reports on their other location at 66, St-Viateur Street West next time.

OK I know I know – less talk, more foodz!!1!

Menu

Tempehtation Pita, $6.99

Choc Chip Cookie for good measure

It may not look like much, but the combination of the soft pita, yummy dressing (Hummus & lemon I think?) and the crispy tempeh was divine. The cookie was also delicious…
Overall – the food was so good, I had to go back the next day (review to follow).

Have a good Tuesday, guys!

The day that I came to Montreal was the same day the old bus terminal was shut down. Strange, eh? Everything was deserted, the snack shops empty and the lockers ripped out of the wall.
The next evening, I came back to find my way to the new one. The new building is just across from the old building, and you can still go there from the same Metro stop (then walk through a long hallway).

Why am I telling you all this? Yes, there is a vegan-food connection here.
I had another hour to spare until the departure of my bus, so I went to check out the food and gift shop. Since I hadn’t had dinner yet, I walked straight to the packed food section.

And look what my tired eyes saw:
9 different vegetarian sandwiches and wraps. 3 of them vegan. I almost felt bad for the meat-eaters(not too much though), because there was literally no meat options. It was so strange.
So if you’re stuck in Montreal Bus Terminal, don’t worry and make your way over to the food store!

Smoked Tofu, Grilled Veggie, Falafel, and other sandwhiches

Before I went to Montreal, I made a little list of vegan restaurants I should visit. The veganmontreal website was particularly helpful. On my list were:

.. and I made it to two of them. Not too bad, eh? (I’m so Canadian.)

My goal was to visit this one on the first day. It is located on 4631 Saint-Laurent. After walking around on Saint-Laurent for a little bit and finally realising I was only in the 1500s area, I gave up on it and went to Panther Verte instead (review to follow!).

Then, the next day, I was wandering around the Plateau and found myself back on Saint-Laurent again, only much further north. As I was walking down the street, I look over and – bam! – Aux vivres is right across from me. Unfortunately, I just had a big brunch so I wasn’t really hungry. But I figured that, well, a little something always fits in. Plus I really wanted to see this place!

Aux Vivres is a 100% vegan restaurant that uses a lot of organic and local, seasonal produce. They have all kinds of different entrees, salads, desserts and a juice and express bar.

I went inside, to the quick express counter, and got a Ginger Molasses cookie. It was a good cookie – perfect texture, a bit chewy, nice taste. Nothing too exceptional, except for the fact that it tasted just like its non-vegan equivalent.

There was a bit of a mix-up with my order. I went to the counter to get my cookie, then found a table to sit down since I assumed that the place used a café-like style. Apparently, however, it is more like a proper restaurant. You are assumed to come in, get seated, then place your order and get your cookies brought to you. Oops! So the waiters weren’t too impressed with me. They did, however, stay friendly and smily, so I appreciated that.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you much about the quality of the other items available. I can tell you, though, that what I saw on other people’s plates looked delicious! It wasn’t exactly cheap, but not too pricey either. Either way, this is a fully vegan restaurant (!!!) so they have my respect nonetheless.

Lastly, look at these cakes… These are all vegan, too. And probably wonderful!

Until next time,

Au revoir!

PS: I forgot to mention this, but I might not be obvious: this is Montreal. So, yes, the waiters will approach you in French. They will most likely speak English, too though. Don’t worry! Unless, of course, you want to be adventurous like me and make the poor people understand your horrible attempts at speaking French. (“Ce ..cookie…ça, s’il vous plait?”). Unless your actually French and speak this wonderful language. In that case, enjoy!

Dearest Readers,

I am back in my home base from a wonderful trip to Montreal and NYC!
While I was exploring these two amazing cities, I made sure to take lots of notes and pictures of all the vegan eats I had there. So prepare yourselves for a stream of restaurant and product reviews within the next few days. Good think I have these to write. Since it is finals week, I will live on a solid diet of bagels, peanut butter and hummus so writing about that wouldn’t be too thrilling. Anyway, enjoy!

On the way to NYC, we had a 3hour stop in Montreal. Since it was dinner time and we had a long journey ahead of us, we decided to find our way to a nice meal. We walked up Saint-Denis and quickly found a place that looked like it’d be a good fit: Thai Express.

Thai Express

They have a good variation of different Thai foods – soups, wraps, Pad thai and different rice dishes. I appreciated that they clearly displayed the ingredients on all of the signs. While they had many vegetarian dishes (anything could be ordered with a choice of chicken, prawns or tofu), almost every dish contained egg. So I picked the Rice Stir-Fry.

The dish is plain rice with stir-fried vegetables on top. Not too exciting in itself, but the great thing is they have a choice of 7 different ‘flavours’. The name ‘flavour’ is a bit misleading – I chose ‘cashew’ since I thought that would just mean they sprinkle some cashews on top. Which they did, but even better: with the flavour, you also choose the sauce and specific vegetables that go into your meal. So before choosing a flavour, ask specifically or check the menu to see what your ‘flavour’ entails!

Stir-Fry with Tofu and Cashews

This was very yummy and fillings. The portions are quite large, and for $8 this was truly a good pick. The cashews were a nice extra and the vegetables were crunchy and yummy.
I would definitely recommend this place for a quick meal!

This is a chain with many locations across Canada(and I believe even Europe), the Canadian website is here: http://www.thaiexpress.ca/.

Now back to studying for finals. Have a wonderful day!