Super friendly and tasty. Staff was helpful with translations to English.
Super friendly and tasty. Staff was helpful with translations to English.
I had the daily special and it was delicious, unfortunately the portion was quite big so I couldn't take a dessert... but the cool thing is you can just take ask stuff for take-away. Also the waiter asked if we wanted to take the leftovers instead of just getting rid of it.
I also liked the openness of the waiter, who simply handed us the full ingredient list of a burger when a friend asked for the ingredients to check if there was anything she didn't like.
I live near Montreal, so I had the chance to eat several times at Aux Vivres. When the daily specials are to my liking, I never hesitate to take this dish. Increasingly, these dishes are not available all the time, so this is our chance to taste it. The portions are generous, the food is tasty and mostly organic. After a day in Mont-Royal, there is nothing better than a healthy meal in this vegan restaurant.
This was our first and last meal in Montreal! We went along three times, because we loved it so much. The first time we went for a tempeh bowl with miso sauce and a sandwich, and made the mistake of also ordering a side of greens too - which was way too much food. It was all fantastic though! We went again on a Saturday morning, because we were keen to try their brunch, and shared the one with polenta and the one with tempeh bacon & sweet potato. Both were fantastic. The last time we went, we had the seitan gyro sandwich and one with aubergine & taponade. Again, both were incredibly good! It was amazing to go somewhere with such fresh & tasty food. I've not come across anything quite like this in the UK, but have been trying to recreate some of the food at home since I've been back! Also - we want to say thank you to Alex, who served us each time we were there and was incredibly nice, and gave us some excellent travel advice too!
Great little spot, probably the most popular vegan spot in Montreal from what I hear. There is a pick up/grocery sort of section where you can grab some food products and go and there is also a sit down restaurant. The Buddha bowl was exactly what I wanted. The sauce tasted a lot like nutritional yeast and I love that! Fresh, hearty but light at the same time. Hibiscus lemonade is delicious too! Would go back for sure, lots more that I would love to try like the brunch menu.
Really tasty food all around, though I'd love a little more variety in their options.
Still, they are by far the best vegan option on a la carte express for ordering and their food is very good!
The food is always great, love the BLT and burgers, the only problem is that most of the time that I've been there, I've found the ambiance and the service just a little weird... A little off. Maybe it's just bad luck, but I prefere to order their food online now. And I'm never disappointed!
No complaints here.
The food is great. The prices are fair. The portion sizes are actually a bit ridiculous but that's good because you can have leftovers.
The flavors are great.
The baked goods are delicious.
I especially love the ginger cookies and you MUST try their chapati with the beurre vegé. (it's a nutritional yeast butter, taste amazing!)
One of the best vegan places in Montreal! It has a relaxed diner feel but with healthy and delicious food!!! Have to try the coconut bacon, and the dreamsicle smoothie. The wraps are my favorite.
I love this place and miss it everyday! Used to live in Montreal and would go very often, moved away and still search for that similar concept. Thank you aux vivres for being so awesome!
The uncheesecake and the dragon bowl are amazing.
Prix très raisonnables, superbe concept, service rapide, nourriture excellente, personnel super sympathique. Il y a plusieurs restaurants végératiens ou végétaliens à Montréal, mais celui-ci est mon préféré, mon régulier. Je recommande vivement :)
Exceeded my expectations! I am always here when I'm visiting Montreal. The best vegan food I've ever had. Highly recommended.
I've been coming to Aux Vivres since their first tiny location, well over a decade ago. I'm glad to see they are constantly expanding and doing well! I also travel for work and have tried vegan restaurants all over the world. Aux Vivres is one of my top picks in the world. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat!
Id, love to have more confort food there, like pizza, pasta, hamburgers, the place and the atmosphere is very cool.
My (non-veg) partner & I went for brunch the first Saturday of October. I was very hungry but did not realize how huge the portions were & we could not eat it all. We split crepes & the polenta (so much more than polenta) & could barely touch the side of greens I unwisely ordered. I loved this place & would happily go again (but order less food).
It was a diner atmosphere & we were quickly seated. My partner enjoyed it also
I have been very disappointed with this restaurant as it is recommended by several acquaintances of mine. In fact, I was hoping for a restaurant proposing elaborate meals, something original, surprising and exquisite… but no, I was lost between the redundant menu “Sandwiches/soups/salads” and two hot real meals which seemed to have indian inspiration like always. Nothing did appeal me so I took a bowl (salad) with grilled tempeh (additionally charged). Their force is to serve the salads with a very tasty sauce (peanut sauce by the way). Without this, it would have been absolutely not interesting. So this place is good if you look for an healthy and light meal with lots of greens. Not my case. Apparently they also serve different meals in the evening, but I couldn’t attend, otherwise I could have tasted their home made vegan mafé. Too bad…
J’ai été un peu déçue par ce restaurant qui propose essentiellement des sandwiches/soupes/salades. Plusieurs véganes me l’ayant recommandé je pensais baver devant le menu, et au final je ne savais pas quoi choisir puisque rien ne me donnait envie… par dépit j’ai pris un bol rempli de crudités avec du tempeh grillé (facturé en supp !) qui aurait été totalement inintéressant sans la sauce aux arachides qui allait avec. Idéal, si vous voulez manger sain et diététique. Sinon le soir il semblerait qu’ils font des plats plus élaborés et qui changent tous les jours, mais c’était impossible pour moi, sinon j’aurai pu gouter au mafé végane … vraiment dommage.
Just eating La Complet and Blueberry Pancakes for brunch, back immediately after delish meal last night. I would move to Montreal just to come here me often. Great music playing (to my taste), lots of families, children, students - friendly and diverse crowd.
Will be coming back as often as possible.
Aux Vivres is to me the best vegan restaurant of Montréal. I've ate here several times and were never disappointed. Their dishes are very tasty, at a reasonable price and original. The sandwiches are also so good and generous in size. Try the faux-salmon one! But what is the most amazing are their cakes! So creamy and delicious. I will go back as soon as I can.
This was our first meal in Montreal. I got a special they had featured, which was a dish of Japanese cakes (I don't remember what was inside,except magic) served over brown rice and with a side of seaweed salad. It was one of the tastiest dishes I had in Montreal, maybe ever. My wife had the Buddha bowl, which was a tofu and vegetable dish over rice. We started off with the chapati with vegan butter and hummus, a nice appetizer. There was a line out the door when we arrived but we were seated immediately because of our party size, the staff were very friendly and all spoke English. The prices were fair. Definitely recommended.
This place was awesome! Great service and all of the food was outstanding. We went for dinner and had the chana paratha (incredible), cornbread (incredible) kale caesar salad (one of the best I've ever had, and I've had many), and the tempeh burger, which my husband assures was awesome. Also got a brownie to go that was really tasty. It's a must-stop for vegans visiting Montreal.
I came here on a Monday evening and it was lively and busy, but the waitress quickly found me a table.
I had a bowl with grilled tofu and a peanut sauce. The staff were very attentive and happy to assist with questions and I didn't have to wait very long for my food. It was very good and i felt like ordering another course so i went for the chili fries.
The waitress gave me a knowing look, as if i was making a very good decision, and i wasn't disappointed. It was basically a bowl of chili with potato wedges around the edges and sour cream in the centre. It was pretty amazing and when i come back here someday, it'll be the first thing i order.
Aux Vivres gets it right. Delicious food, friendly staff, and a warm atmosphere. My favourites from the menu include the Dragon bowl, the BLT sandwich, the Mekong sandwich, and the Creamsicle smoothie. As well, their weekend brunch is scrumptious.
My only complaint? The desserts! I find them to be hit-or-miss. While I dream about the uncheesecake and the coconut cashew pie, their cookies and brownies leave something to be desired.
Despite this, Aux Vivres is one of my favourite restaurants -- and has been for years!
This is a place to go when you are really hungry and only a meal of substance will do.
I come here before a hike or a snowshoe trip and the food keeps me going for hours. I can also come here for comfort food or to get food to go out of their convenience counter.
Unfortunately it is always packed and if you need a table of two or plus, be prepared to wait.
Good meals & desserts.
Montreal's first vegan restaurant... and the best ever.
I used to go there all the time, even when I had no money, because the food is inbelievable... and vegan!
You have to try :
-Brunches (especially the salty ones)
And most of the other stuff is great too. I am not a big fan of the burgers though, except for the juicy portobello burger.
They have a space too with lots of ready-made food (sandwiches, dressings, sauces, lasagnas, tzatzikis, etc.).
Je fais court car tout le monde le sait déjà, Aux Vivres est excellent!!! Créativité, originalité, goût, tout est bon! Belles assiettes, on se régale en se faisant du bien!
A quand un 2ème resto? Selon l'heure, il peut y avoir beaucoup de monde...
After all the years that I've been going here, probably now is as good a time as any to write a review. I've seen this place go through a lot of changes over the years, mostly good. Thank goodness when they renovated a few years ago, they also renovated the service and have staff that smile and actually interact with you. The BLT chapati wrap is always spot on, but so is the Mekong. I substitute the tofu with tempeh and it's even better, although they do have a fantastic grilled tofu. The specials of the day are also great, one of my favourites being the beet latkes with their delicious tzaziki. For an entree, the chana paratha is so good, as is the cornbread with guacamole. The poutine, I'm not so crazy about. First, because i don't like potato wedges, and second, I think it's just too expensive($14 or $15) for what it is. Otherwise, I'm never disappointed with what i order. If you have any space left for dessert, the choco-banana pie is something not to miss. I've eaten many other dishes, but these are the ones that stand out for me. I always take anyone visiting Montreal here. Sometimes at peak hours there is a line, but it's worth the wait.
Siii bon! Même les plus carnivores dans mon entourage adorent y aller. Tous les repas au menu sont délicieux et remplis de goût. Il n'y a que les burgers qui sont plus ordinaires. Je vous conseille fortement le Bol Dragon, le BLT, l'assiette Mumbai et leur tarte aux pommes. Le personnel est également toujours très attentionné et d'excellente humeur, peu importe l'heure dans la journée.
Ma seule et unique déception est lorsque j'ai pris une de leur lasagne au comptoir pour emporter et que tous les ingrédients étaient marqués SAUF les champignons auxquels je suis allergiques. Juste faire attention prochaine fois.
Bref, en résumé je recommande vivement!
This was my second time in Montreal and I went back to Aux Vivres for lunch. I had a wrap with roasted vegetables plus lettuce and olive tapinade. It was very tasty and felt healthy.
Yes the service is a bit slow but the waitresses are very friendly and helpful.
I go to this place every time I visit Montreal. The Mekong sandwich is a personal favorite. Service is a bit slow but the food is great so it's well worth the patience.
I had dinner here last night. Gaspacho to start then the dragon bowl for a main. I had 2 drinks, a hot chocolate and a coffee. $25 seemed not a bad deal overall.
The gaspacho was great. The dragon bowl wasn't what I was expecting but I am sure that was my misunderstanding rather than the restaurants.
This place is very popular. It was 7 - 7.30 when I got there on a Weds evening. I was seated immediately but after that there was people coming and going but always a queue of 6 - 8 people.
Service was pleasant and decor is nice enough.
So Aux Vivres has excellent food, it really is comfort food. They make everything themselves, including the ketchup! In the week we were in Montreal, we went there 3 times just because there were so many things we wanted to try.
They have a special on every day and we tried it twice and it was delicious!
The paratha with homemade veggie butter is not to be missed and their juices and smoothies are excellent. They also sell take outs and desserts as well as their own sauces next door.
The only problems are that because the place is very popular, there is a long line up after 7pm, and the tables are quite small and close together so you end up hearing everything that happens around you. On the first night, we had to put up with a loud couple who on top of that were rude to the server so it was off putting.
The restaurant is also quite noisy.
All the desserts we tried were amazing though.
Updated from previous review on Sunday October 28, 2012
Excellente carte. Repas très bon. Service extrêmement rapide (moins de 5 minutes !!) Chai Tea Latte délicieux !! Je le recommande. Restaurant style cafétariat.
Aux Vivres made our trip to Montreal so great! We loved it so much we went three times in five days AND got takeout for the road. The BLT is amazing and shouldn't be missed. The other wraps are great too, as is the vegan poutine. For dessert, my favourite was the cheesecake (and I'm not a huge cheesecake fan). It can get pretty busy, but it's worth it. The service was super friendly and I found the atmosphere to be friendly and cute. I'm honestly considering another trip to Montreal just so that I can go to Aux Vivres! Thanks to everyone there!
This is the first place on my list to eat, when in Montreal!
Everytime I go to Montreal I make a special trip to Aux Vivres. The BLT is to die for!!
I went there on my first day in Canada and had a burger and a brownie. The food was good; not outstanding though. The staff was mostly friendly but inattentive. Maybe I just came on a bad day, I'll try it again.
Great retro-bohemian vegan bistro. I eat here at least once every time I visit Montreal. It is located on the Plateau on St-Laurant-- kind of off the beaten path for visitors who are unfamilar with Montreal.
I always either get their table d'hote (prefix menu) or the vegge pate sandwich on chappati. Words do not do this sandwich justice. Order it and you will be coming back for more.
The menu is creative, the food is excellent and very affordable. Everything is homemade, fresh, and the staff really accomodating and educating.
The soups and breads are also phenominal and they have a cute little jardin for outside seating in the back of the resto.
It become so popular that three years ago they startred accepting credit cards! It is always packed with a wide variety of guests--young, older, children, etc.
Go there---you will love it!!!
They do a great job offering a wide variety of vegan dishes at reasonable prices. Our service was great too. I can't fault them for anything, except perhaps for being located too far from Minneapolis! If you are in the area, do not miss this gem.
This is my pick of a resto when eating out in Montreal. I love their veggie bowls which are filled with veggies and not rice. Sometimes I wonder if they forgot the rice, but it is just at the bottom, masked by the veggies. The rice itself is actually very nice, too. The Thai bowl is my favourite but the Macro and Buddha ones are also very good. Sadly they only make the Dragon bowl over the lunch hour but you can substitute any of the sauces for an extra $1.
I had their sampler spread platter where I marvelled at their vegelox which was fabulous. It does remind me of smoked salmon!
I also really liked their blt wrap with coconut bacon.
Their mumbai plate with the chickpea curry is ok, although nothing I can't make at home. Actually, I feel that way about most of their dishes, but it doesn't detract from how great they taste.
While the place can be really packed, I appreciate their fast service. It is a shame the place is so noisy, though.
Okay, we ate there twice on our recent visit to Montreal. If I'd had my way, it would have been every day. I would have purchased the sauce on my rice bowl in giant vats...sooo good. I kind of regret I didn't have a smoothie. I also had a delicious Indian curry, and some energy balls.
We went here for Sunday brunch and the place was packed. The restaurant is bright and inviting. I had the polenta which was to die for. ($12) The polenta came in two perfectly crisped triangles served with black beans salsa and salad. The guacamole was perfect. My son had the waffles which he loved. The cashew sauce was creamy and amazing. My husband and daughter each had a huge sandwich. They said they were very good but not as good as ours. We had the channa paratha as an appetizer. I wish I had the recipe.
Thats my favorite place in Montreal, try out their non cheese cake :)
This was *the* highlight of our stay in Montreal.
The most memorable items were a BLT where the B was smoked shredded coconut (yes, coconut!) and a cheezecake that we still talk about today as the best ever.
I'm confident that anyone who comes here will be impressed with the taste and the healthy little dab of adventurism. Lot's of healthy options too.
Even though it had a real upbeat feel and seemed full of young uni students our family with 2 young kids felt completely relaxed and at ease.
I like this place!
I'm not one to typically frequent vegan/vegetarian exclusive restaurants, but I must say that of the few I have been to this one definitely stood out.
The restaurant states that is mission is to change the perception of vegan/vegetarian food, that it can be tasty. They certainly accomplished that with me and have further reinforced my choice in being a vegetarian. Any line you may encounter are worth waiting in. I will make sure to stop by again the next time I am in Montreal.
I wanted to write a rave review about Aux Vivres, but it wouldn't be honest. We went at 5pm on a Sunday, hoping to avoid the crowds. There were open tables and were seated immediately. Then we just sat there for 10 minutes with no one coming over. The people at the table next to us suffered the same fate. It wasn't until two other tables were seated in our section that it seemed like a waitress was assigned to our area. Maybe we caught them in the middle of a shift change, who knows. The service from then out was great but we were off to a shaky start.
The good: the appetizer Chana Paratha. It's a spiced Indian flatbread topped with chana, sour cream,
tamarind & mint chutneys. Extraordinary! My partner had the tempeh burger and loved it.
Not so great: everything else. The BLT was blah. It was mostly lettuce. I couldn't wait to try the coconut bacon it's made with but was terribly disappointed. The bacon has the kind of taste that would make it great on an appetizer but I didn't want to eat a whole sandwich of it. The soy chai lacked spices. The mango lassi was good but plain.
All this said, if I lived in the area I can tell this is the kind of place I would come to again and again for the comfort food. But if you are in Montreal for only a few days, this would be the kind of place you'd go to for a quick lunch not a special meal.
Favourites: Dragon Bowl, La vie en rose (smoothie), Chipotle brownies and waffles at brunch!
A bit pricey for the quality level of the food.
I love Aux Vivres!!! Yeah, it can get busy but it's one of the few 100 percent vegan restaurants in Montreal! I found the best time to go if you don't want to feel crowded is around supper time Monday to Thursday.
The meals that contained "bacon" were a tad salty, but all the other meals I tried there were great. I do enjoy the sandwiches the best as far as meals go, and for dessert the cheesecake is to die for
We went there for dinner on a Wednesday night. There was already a small queue outside. Since it was only two of us, we were very lucky to be seated in less than 10 minutes. We had appetizer, corn bread with guacamala. Taste fairly good. For main course, we had lagsange and rice in the bowl. Both taste a bit too sour. With the appetizer before, the portion of the main course was a bit too big for us to finish and not even menioned to have desert. Just too full! So, if you intent to have desert, may be don't order an appetizer. Service was ok, consider how busy they were.
I ate lunch at Aux Vivres while visiting Montreal and really enjoyed my meal. I had the macro bowl, which was brown rice topped with steamed and fresh veggies/wakame, delicious seasoned grilled tempeh,and a miso tahini sauce. It was excellent! To drink I tried the cafe frappe which was tasty as well. The prices were a bit high ($14.50 for the bowl, $4.50 for the drink), but at least the quantities were large (I could barely finish my bowl). There were several other items on the menu that I'm sure I would like (the seitan slouvaki plate, thai bowl, delicious sounding desserts, etc) as well. I would definitely go back if I visit Montreal again.
I know everyone seem to love this place, but I have a hard time knowing why it is *so* popular.
Their food is good and comforting, but since they benefit of a huge popularity, I think they should improve some of their meals :
like the chili which is okay but every vegan can do a chili alike if not better at home, and for cheaper
-their sandwichs are filled with a lot of green salad! For the price you pay for a sandwich, they could improve their recipe
-The salad bowls are good but they don't come with enough sauce, and honestly, that's why you order the bowl, for the sauce ;)
-Their desserts are too filling, too dense, this is definitely not fine patisserie/bakery! And their cookies are limp, lack taste, and smell like baking soda.
Overall, this place is a staple in Montreal, but could improve their menu, with more original food.This is going to sound cliché but I'd like to feel more "soul" in their food - I'd like to see *amazing* food not just comforting home meals! Or at least make meals less expensive.
This was our first time visiting Montreal, and we tried this spot for dinner. The menu was diverse, but it seemed everyone around us was going for their veggie bowls. My boyfriend and I both had sandwiches and the chillie fries. We stuffed ourselves and would definitely go again if we had more time. Go early, the place gets packed!
I live in the neighbourhood, I eat here about once a month with friends, and it is always consistently good vegan food. Most of my friends aren't vegetarian, and they love this place. The menu doesn't change that often, but that's why the food is so good- it's simple, fresh as it can be in Montreal in the winter, and they always have a daily special. Brunch on Sundays is also very good.
The best thing on the menu: their veggie bowls. The Macro is my favourite, but the Dragon and Thai are also very good. All three consist of seasoned warm rice on the bottom with various fresh veggies and/or seaweed, tofu or tempeh on top and yummy sauces. Tres tres bon.
One of my faves in the area!! I live in the Plateau, and this is by far one of the best veg or non-veg places to eat and chill.
Incredible juice from the smoothie bar, and the thai bowl? I've had it, no joke, almost twenty times over the last few years, and I still crave it. So darn good.
The chapati's are INCREDIBLE, and their specials always impress. I find the burgers a little dry, and the vegelox was too rich for me, but everything else is just amazing. Ever tried the chocolate banana pie? Duuuuude. Do it. And the creamsicle smoothie? And the pina colada smoothie? Pure yum.
And let me say, as a student, the prices are rad. A really filling, healthy, scrupmtious meal for 10 to 20$? Wicked.
Had the tofu burger: slab of flavorless tofu in a big bun-Not horrible, but not tasty. The dragon bowl was also relatively flavorless, and lack-luster, IMHO. The humous starter and the chili is really good, though...
I went to Aux Vivres twice during a recent trip to Montreal. The first time I had the "brunch complet" - tofu scramble, tempeh bacon, sweet potato, cornbread and salad, washed down with a cup of chai - and the second time I had the famous BLT chapati and the chocolate banana pie. Both visits were excellent, the staff are friendly and helpful (and all speak English and French), the atmosphere is relaxed and I didn't feel rushed. All in all a great find (thanks HappyCow!) and I definitely recommend it to vegans and non-vegans visiting Montreal, particularly if you're staying in the plateau area.
We have visted a few times and at first thought it was kind of bland and boring. Went tonight again and had a GREAT meal, cornbread ( amazing), Thai Bowl(tasty Daikon) and Montreal Fume ( shaved Seitan sandwich), and Banana/Chocolate pie. Very much enjoyed the meal, outdoor patio and server was friendly and joked with us a little even. A must go if in town. Can't wait to try the brunch!
I try to plan my Montreal trips around weekends so that I can go to brunch on Saturday and/or Sunday at Aux Vivres. I get 'Le Complet'-scrambled tofu, tempeh bacon, homemade corn bread, some fruit, sweet potatoes, a salad and comes with tea or coffee. Last time I was there it was $9, so I'm sure it hasn't gone up in price drastically. It is a really great way to start the day, filling, nutritious, tasty, and a little bit of everything.
The BLT is what most people I know go for. I've tried a little bit and it's not really my thing, but my non-veg boyfriend says it's the best sandwich he's ever had and every time myself or a friend is going to Montreal, BLTs are always mentioned.
I should really experiment more with the menu, other than breakfast I've only had a slice of pizza there which was good.
We just stayed one night in Montreal and went to this restaurant to check it out... we had the Buddha and the Thai dishes and a chocolate & banana pudding and a chocolate and apple cake that were sooo good! If we ever come back to Montreal we'll definitely go back to Aux Vivres.
My husband & I went to Aux Vivres 2 of the 4 days we visited Montreal. We would have gone a 3rd time had time permitted! The food was creative, flavorful, & delicious. We both had the breakfast the 1st day, mine with polenta & my husbands with a tempeh "bacon", both of which were really, really yummy. The 2nd time I had a Pad Thai rice dish that I really liked while my husband had a tasty sandwich of some sort--shaved seitan I think. We were impressed with the pretty presentation of our meals.
Our service was fast & friendly. No problems at all with speaking English either.
I was hesitant to even try this place due to the description "funky commune-type setting". I was picturing it to be small & more of a coffee shop or back of the health food store kind of setup, but the restaurant has great ambiance: bright & cheery & of good size. We sat indoors once which was very nice & out in the back patio area the other time, which was great.
Awesome place. We will go back for sure next time we visit Montreal!
My partner and I sat in the back outdoor area and it was fabulous. The atmosphere alone made this restaurant a favourite (the indoor area was also very nice). It was my first visit to a vegan resataurant and I was not disappointed. The food was great, everything was reasonably fast considering how busy this place was (there was a line-up to be seated but we got in quickly) but we arrived starving so it seemed like forever. Any minor complaints were a matter of personal taste. The price was good for all the food we got.
I went many times to Aux vivres, and i always enjoy it. I prefer going there for lunch : the service is quick and the place is not overcrowded. At dinner time, it can be full and difficult to find a place : good thing is you can order your food to take out and eat on the park!
Their corn bread with vegan butter is my favorite item on the menu. I also love their juices and smoothies ( try the creamsicle ) I like having one of their bowls or one of their GIANT sandwich on chapati bread. You can also order all kinds of sides, like tempeh, tofu, small salads, bread and spreads.
The desserts are not the best i had but they are quite good. I just don't find them to be so original and unforgettable ; but they are not bad! Try the spicy brownie, if they have it ( sometimes they don't ) it might be the best one.
About the service... since i've been there many times, it is hard to tell. Some of the servers are really nice and friendly. Some of them are not. No one has been rude. It never took an hour to get the food. Nobody made huge mistakes in my orders. I never had a bad experience, it's just that sometimes i feel like they are not focused on being nice with the customers. Not a big deal.
Just understand that the experience will be totally different whether you go there on a weekday, for lunch, during winter or on a friday night during summer. Like everywhere else!
I've been going to Aux Vivres for years and I have seen it blossom into something extraordinary!
It used to be half the size, dark and the service was horribly slow, but it was worth it for the meal. Now it is open 7 days a week, accepts credit and debit cards and there are so many waiters and waitresses that the service is excellent!
As for the grub, they use primarily organic, local produce and even grow some ingredients in the back (which is gorgeous terasse during warmer months of the year).
Their deluxe salad is a favorite of mine, the BLT (of course), tofu burger, weekend brunch (open till 4 pm!) and their daily special and soup are never a disappointment.
Desserts are great too, cookies that no one will believe are vegan, chipotle brownie, faux-mage cake, parfaits and tons more!
Can't miss with this place, they even have speedy takeout!
I went to Aux Vivres for the first time a little over a week ago and was blown away by how good it was. I got there early, about fifteen minutes after they opened. I ordered their "green" smoothie, Le Freestyle, which came recommended by the waitress- I wasn't sure about the celery in it, but this thing was SO GOOD. The celery added a fresh bite to it, I want to drink this every morning. I even ended up highly recommending it to someone sitting at the next table. I also ordered the smoked coconut BLT (with guacamole, on chapati), which was gigantic. I could hardly finish half of it and I brought the other half home. The atmosphere was really eclectic: seated on one side of me were a crunchy hippie couple and on my other side were two men in business suits, which says a lot about how Aux Vivres can attract a widely varied clientele. My waitress was super friendly, attentive and she had great recommendations. The food itself seemed a little expensive but the portion was huge, so if I consider that it was like getting two meals in one, then it was a pretty great deal. By the time I finished my food, the place was starting to fill up, so I would recommend getting there early when you can. I will definitely be going back to Aux Vivres as soon as I can- I really want to try their weekend brunch!
I've eaten here many times and have always had a good experience. Montreal is sooo lucky to have an all vegan restaurant!
It's always fun to sit in the back courtyard on a nice day. I highly recommend the sweet potato fries, coconut BLT and all of the smoothies.
The only thing I've ever ordered that I didn't love was the smoked seitan sandwich. It had wayyyy too much seitan on it and the seasoning wasn't that great.
It would simply be a mistake for me not to share my opinion on my favorite vegan restaurant in Montreal.
While, I understand that the vegan lifestyle and boho fashion movement seem to be intrinsically linked, it's kind of nice to go into a place that fits into the vegan lifestyle, but also feels hip and new.
That being said, I credit this place with opening my mind to veganism. The food is sooooo good and doesn't make you feel like you're eating a bunch of apps (a problem that most vegan restos can't seem to get around).
My favorite sanwich is the Mekong on chapatti, I often take a smothie and finish my meal with one of their teas from their great selection.
I have never had any issues with service (I saw a few reviewers mention it) and I keep on comming back over and over. I live in Montreal and love eating here; if you are just visiting, I am sure it will leave a positive lasting impression.
Their BLT with toasted coconut is out of this world, matched only for coconutty goodness by the fried coconut tempeh at Toronto's Fresh restaurant.
Also had a thick and deeply satisfying pizza, not always available.
Decent freshly made smoothies, too.
Very busy. Packed even, and for good reason.
I'd live there if I were a resident of beautiful Mt. Royale.
Food was amazing!, the energy there is awesome. The only thing I didn't like is that not all the ingredients are listed in the menu. I'm allergic to sugar cane and all the dressings and sauces have sugar. Ask before you order if you have any health issues.
I consider myself eternally lucky to have grown up in Montreal and the city should be equally thankful that it is home to such a wonderful vegan restaurant. Though I personally have more local restaurants to discover, especially considering the other HappyCow reviews, this is one of Montreal's finest.
I can't complain at all about the service and the menu has various delicious and inventive dishes on it. The smoothies are well worth trying - the creamsicle flavour is delicious but I haven't yet had any as good as the "green something-or-other" (sorry, forget the name... it's the one that appears most healthy also).
The BLT they make is out of this world - one of the finest vegetarian, let alone vegan, sandwiches that I've had the pleasure of tasting. As for their variety of (salad) bowls, each has their own particular charm. I would recommend either the Tofu (wonderfully cooked) or Macro (pasta style) bowl.
The portions are very large which, for me, justifies the prices; some will consider them a bit high.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Aux Vivres is less than a 10 minute trek from Mont-Royal metro station so while it may be sightly out of the "downtown core," it is easily accessible.
If you're in Montreal, definitely check out Aux Vivres.
I went here while visiting Montreal and it was great! I had the BLT and roasted potatoes and it was great! The bread was so moist and soft and I'd definitely have it again. My date ordered chili fries and chickpea curry and he also enjoyed the food. Our waitress, as well as other staff, was great! Hoping to go again soon!
Everything I tried here was great -- the dragon salad with tofu, the brunch with maple tempeh & tofu scramble, and a couple of smoothies. Good vibe, great food & good value (a complete brunch in Nov 2009 was $9.25). Delicious! Went two days in a row, and would've gon back if I had been staying in Montreal another day!
After all the reviews I had to check this place out and order the BLT. They have a menu posted outside the front door in french and english which was nice. The music they played that day was really upbeat and there was a good vibe in the restaurant. Our waitress wasn't too friendly but that doesn't bother me as long as the service is good. My husband and I both ordered the BLT in a wrap for $8 each and I got a side of guacamole for $2.50. The BLT was really huge! I brought half home with me. I can't wait to go back and try everything else on the menu!
We spent a couple of weeks in Montreal in June and went to Aux Vivres twice, once for lunch and once for weekend brunch.
The wheather was nice and so we enjoyed sitting in the lovely courtyard. The service was fast and very friendly.
For lunch we had burgers, dragon bowls and smoothies which were all great. For brunch we had the brunch specials that you can only get on weekends and they were also great. The coffee was nice and strong.
The absolutely best item on the menue was the Banana Chocolate tart though. It tasted like heaven!!!
I ordered it on our first visit and gave a little taste to my friends and of course they ordered it on our second visit because they were so impressed. I decided to try the "Uncheese cake" on our second visit but unfortunately it wasn't near as nice as the Banana Chocolate tart : (
So whatever you do, don't leave without trying the Banana Chocolate tart : )
Visiting Montreal for the first time, I checked out Happy Cow for some vegan restaurants. This one seemed to have the most positive reviews, and most detailed. It is one of the only all-vegan restaurants in Montreal, and it absolutely did not let me nor my meat-eating friends down. The BLT was awesome. We also got the cornbread with guacamole and butter and it was an amazing starter. Our server was awesome, her name was Jolie? I think? and she was really helpful and friendly.
There was nothing unsanitary about the servers or chefs that I noticed, despite the reviews I've read about poor practices. I also got the Cafe Frappe I think it's called...it's a coffee-chocolate smoothie and it's pretty good too.
I'm coming back for lunch before I leave. I recommend everyone to try this place out. It's on an awesome road (Rue De la Saint-Laurent) full of cool shops with crazy cheap used clothing and junk for anyone with a hankering for "trash-treasures". Check this place out.
Aux Vivres!!! For Life!!
So, I avoided the new renovated, fancy, chic'er Aux Vivre for a long while. I had visited it both in the pre st-laurent days and the pre-renovation days and I had fond memories of the great, extremely cheap, vegan food and I had some sort of weird chip on my shoulder about the new place.
I am glad that I have let go that now, this place has simply amazing vegan food. If the prices are higher and the look yuppier, I can appreciate the fact the servers get paid more and that business is booming at a vegan restaurant in Montreal. That can only be a good thing and this place is always bustling at meal times.
The BLT sandwich on chapati is insanely good (smoked coconut bacon), I order it almost every time and I am not a sandwich person. The ginger cookies and carrot cake: y-u-m. They have wonderful specials everyday and sometimes even great things like vegan poutine! Tomato Gazpatcho is a regular for the soupe de jour and I can't help but order it even if I am not too hungry. Go there for an amazing brunch special on the weekends. Some of the salads are intense - huge and delicious.
What can I say? Yes, it used to be cheaper, yes it used to look less yuppy, yes it used to be a collective, yes it used to be more "punkrock". Times change, get over it. It is a vegan restaurant (a good thing), it has amazing food (a very good thing), and it is affordable, if not cheap (also good).
Check this place out, order a BLT on chapati and I gaurantee you will be happy.
I like this place and the food is good but it is not half as good as the old "Aux Vivres" that it replaced. The old place had loads of character, hippy waiters/waitresses, nice tea garden and cheap and great food. The prices have gone up a lot and the place feels more commercial (like McD). The Chapathi with vegan butter (as a starter) is great. Don't forget to order this. For most of the sandwiches they have a choice of having either bread or chapathi (Indian bread). The chapathi wraps taste much better. The salad bowls are very good too.
I was recently in Montreal for a conference. I went to Aux Vivres 3 times during my stay. The first time I had the famed BLT wrap. DELICIOUS! Although the chapati wraps are quite big and half of a wrap with a salad would have been better, they should add that option to their sandwich menu. The second time I went for brunch (served on Sat. & Sun.) and had le complet which has scrambled tofu, tempeh bacon, salad, fruit, sweet potato, and cornbread - SO GOOD! The scrambled tofu was by far the best I've had. This meal is also a good deal as it was under $10 and came with coffee or chai. The third time I had the famous tofu dragon bowl which was once again amazing. It is crammed with delicious veggies and the dragon sauce is teriffic. The desserts I found to be so-so. The carrot cake is really good, as was the ginger cookie and date square. The uncheesecake had a weird consistency, tasted like plain silken tofu, and had a weird jello-like substance on the top. The chocolate apple cake was a bit dry, but it had a delicious ganache frosting. The restaurant is quite spacious and has a beautiful terrace - I strongly suggest eating outside if you go during decent weather. Oh, and the dinner menu is a bit different from the lunch menu. There are a few more options.
I would certainly go back to Aux Vivres if I ever find myself in Montreal.
Aux Vivres is a GREAT place to eat. The atmosphere is bright, modern and laid-back. The tofu dragon bowl is amazing, and the seitan "smoked meat" sandwich is tasty and satisfying. Prices are very reasonable. I know many meat eaters who visit this place frequently because the food is just that great. Usually hearing the word 'vegan' is enough to send them running in the other direction!
went here while on vacation in montreal, thinking it was only vegetarian. then i got there and saw that everything on the menu was vegan! holy moly - i had like a 5 course meal...couldn't help myself...appetizers, smoothies, main course, dessert, cereal coffee! all of them were delish! highly recommended - bright, cheery, vegan, friendly staff...what the heck else do you need?!
Aux vivre is a very nice Vegan restaurant. The prices are reasonable and the menu is rather original.
the portions are big! they are not kidding around, so you get your bang for your buck. the food is so good and the cornbread is amazing and the butter is very good, has a special taste. but it is a very popular place and can get quite crowded. inside there is a bakery with vegan food and where you can get food to go which is very nice for a busy vegan who might not have time to bake or do dinner that night. the food tastes so great and i absolutely recomend it.
i got the dragon bowl and the tofu in it is amazing. my boyfriend got a brunch plate and their "bacon" is better than most fake meats ive tried. my mom and grandma got wraps and they are HUGE. like really big, id suggest ordering one wrap for two people.
Aux Vivres is the best vegan restaurant I've been to in Montreal. The food is very good and I don't have to worry about if it's vegan or vegetarian, and if you just get a meal it's not too pricey. There's a really nice variety of foods, and I LOVE their corn bread... this is making me want to go eat there now :)
My wife really likes the sea vegetables, and we both enjoy how fresh everything tastes; it just tastes healthy.
Good vegan food. Try the veggie pate sandwich on chapati or one of their salads. The staff is also really nice and helpful. You won't be disappointed.
Real vegan food...delicious. The place is always full and there is no wonder why! Real healthy food that is good. You can't miss.
Very affordable, no fuss real vegan food that's delicious and nutritious. The place is always full and that is a gage to the quality of the food.
The cornbread with guacamole was exceptional and plentiful - definitely the best cornbread I've ever had, and certainly top five guacamole. I had the fake lox (smoked salmon) as a wrap - it wasn't really fishy, but had a unique and pleasant taste that worked well with the capers and fake mayo, I'm glad I tried it. The vanilla smoothie was superb, too. Service was a bit hit-and-miss - I missed out on dessert since my waitress disappeared. Total at $20 was less than half the price ChuChai with vastly better food. This, alongside Bonnys, my joint-favourite in Montreal.
they have never dissappointed me. still and will be one of the best!
Excellent food, terrible service, you choose!!!
My fiance and I (both vegan) visited Aux Vivres in May 2005 while visiting Montreal and fell in love with this lovely restaurant. I can't remember how many times we ate there but it was more than twice. The food was excellent and so was the selection and the service. We will definitely return.
I went to Aux Vivres this week for lunch with my toddler and 2 adults. We all loved our meals and had a great time. It was clean and the dining area looked newly renovated and was very comfortable. My Thai bowl was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, getting the bill so that we could leave took a ridiculous amount of time.
The food was so-so and overpriced. Specials are blah. The restaurant looks grimy.
We loved it here. We had to wait 10 minutes to be seated and we soon discovered why it's so popular. The borscht to start was fab and the pizza and BLT we had for mains were just as good. The desserts were too. Everything was fresh, tasty and served with a smile. They were very busy but we were served promptly and we didn't feel rushed. Top stuff.
I had visited Aux Vivres while on vacation in Montreal in 2005. We enjoyed our meal there so much that I couldn't wait to return. I did just that last week whilst vacationing again in that fair city. They'd expanded and redecorated the place since I'd been there, and the the new decor looks great, very serene.
I started with the soup du jour, a lovely creamy soup made with celery root. Served with a nice chewy bread, it was quite satisfying in its own right. I then had the amazing BLT sandwich, wrapped in a chapati. I know it's been said here before, but I really can't describe in words how good this thing is. It's incredible that coconut could be transformed into such a convincing "bacon". Stuffed full of the faux bacon, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and mayonnaise, this is one tasty -- and enormous -- sandwich. My boyfriend and I split the thing, and we barely had room for dessert. We had dessert anyway though... the faux cheesecake. This was decent, considering that vegan cheesecake is the most difficult thing to pull off. Still, as far as their cakes go, our table sampled three of them -- cheesecake, carrot cake, and chocolate cake -- and they all definitely looked much better than they tasted. The cakes were very dry and not so flavorful. I think I would stick with the ganache-filled tart or the parfait here.
One thing that should be mentioned is that the service here is really slow. I don't know if they were understaffed for an unexpectedly busy Thursday evening, or what... but getting the server's attention for water or to order dessert was quite a production. Never mind waiting for the check. Go off-hours or when you have lots of time to kill. But do go!
We split the cornbread appetizer and the gazpacho. Both were delicious. I had the CLT for my lunch, which was amazing. It is basically a BLT made with incredibly seasoned shredded coconut instead of bacon. My b/f got the polenta brunch special, which was also very tasty. For dessert, we got a decadent dark chocolate truffle. Yum! The waitresses were all very nice, too. I would highly recommend Aux Vivres and am very much looking forward to trying more items on the menu.
The thought of being able to order from a menu without having to ask 1000 questions about animal products fills me with delight; at Aux Vivres, everything is 100% vegan. I look forward to eating there because they have a different and always delicious meal of the day each day. (I look forward to them serving vegan lasagna again!) Their sandwiches are lovely (and huge! Choosing to get a sandwich in a chapati is advised: Bring the second half home.) The entrees are diverse and enjoyable--though expensive--especially the chapati with veggie butter and the corn bread with guacamole. The restaurant is completely packed on weekends; that in itself means that this place is worth trying out.
This is an amazing restaurant. I love it! So tasty!
On a recent trip to Montreal, my boyfriend and I stopped in Aux Vivres to try this 'veggie lox,' and we were not disappointed! Great service - the waitress suggested we split our meals, since they would be quite large, and it worked out perfectly. The rumors are true - the veggie lox is amazing! Also, we were both a bit stuffy with head colds, the waitress noticed, and suggested some teas for us to try. It was a wonderful, romantic, cozy way to end a cold and gloomy day. Great food, great service.
This was my first visit to Montreal and I have just had the most delicious Vegan Lasagne in Aux Vivres.The waitress who had only been there 2 weeks was very helpful,enthusiastic and informed on the food that was served to us.The Restaurant was clean,pleasant staff and A1 all round......Eat well sleep well.
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