Chi-Ming Vegetarian Store

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    ( 11 reviews )

4381 St-Denis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2J 2L2

Wholesaler and retailer of pre-packaged vegetarian and vegan food products in frozen and dry, bulk or individual-bag version. Has goods like cooking sauces, magic vegan bacon grease and mock meats for home cooking. Catering service available. Previously Paradis Vegetarien Chi-Ming, offering deli food and meals. Became a shop only in Jul 2015. Open Tue-Wed 1:30pm-6:30pm, Thu-Sun 12:00pm-6:30pm.

11 Reviews

First Review by Misha

best ever!! - Edit

I literally hit up this spot a least once a week. They carry all kinds of mock meats, perfect for family meals, quick snacks or regular diners! My favs are the general Tao “chicken” and the “duck” log. I also love their teriyaki shiitake sauce, perfect for stir fries! Oh, and most definitely try the mushroom chicken; their most plain base product, perfect for fajitas or tacos! I even make chicken Alfredo pasta with it! love love love this spot.

Also, since they are a supply store, i think you can order big quantities and have them shipped! Perfect to stack up if you’re not in Montreal :)

Ps: 90% of their products are vegan. The vegetarian ones are clearly marked, so no problem figuring it out.

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excellent! - Edit

The products are incredible. They taste so real!

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amazing shiitake chicken - Edit

The shiitake chicken is the obly thing I have tried but i LOVE IT. It makes two years I keep buying it. Service is good too!

Pros: made locally, delicious, versatile, many many options and bulk options

Cons: expensive

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Taiwanese faux-meat food - Edit

I had dinner in this Paradis végétarien. The place is small and has nothing special but the owner is really friendly. This is mainly a shop of veggie taiwanese products. In terms of food, I took a dish of "lamb with oyster sauce" (that was quite strange for a vegan when ordering) but it was good enough and vegan. I'm generally not very fond of this kind of food but I appreciated the place and the dinner.

Pros: taiwanese faux-meat food, vegan options, friendly owner

Cons: small, a shop more than a restaurant

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Too much mock meat - Edit

We found the mock meat a bit too intensed, i really prefer to eat vegetable instead of the soy products in the chicken shape. However, i understand that, this is the style of Taiwanese vegetarian food in general. The sauce was not inspiring and overall, i found the food really so so. My husband called this restaurant "chicken shop", we had been there twice and the last time, we ordered something chicken and it came with in the shape of chopped chicken thigh. Service was really good though. You have to go up through the stair case, so it is not baby pram friendly even though they do have high chair for children. In consider to the other really good reviews here, i think, i would give the place another try. May be we were really just missing out something!

Pros: Location

Cons: Food, Price, Not pram friendly

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Wonderful. - Edit

The restaurant and the owners are vegan, and extremely friendly. Perfect service. He even had some copies of the Earthlings DVD the last time I was there, which made my day.

I've eaten there a number of times now, trying different dishes every time. It's all been great, especially the mushroom chicken. I'm not even someone who usually cares for mock meats, but this was just delicious!!

I'm writing this review because I feel like such a place with delicious food and good portions, and a warm wonderful person running it deserves to get noticed.

I took my mother here when she was visiting. She was impressed and she is not vegan or vegetarian. She wants to go back when she comes to town and tells friends about it.

The frozen section is also great. I'm addicted to the veggie unagi/bbq eel. I had missed that flavor after going vegan and was happy to find the awesome textured veg version!

It's a very casual place, so it's not for a fancy dinner date. Unless your date is also cool with casual places and open to different flavors and textures. For me, I love casual little restaurants and it's clean and warm and just right to enjoy my meal.

Pros: yummy vegan food, amazing staff both in service and intent, frozen and dried food section

Cons: not open enough hours!

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Enjoyed it very much - Edit

I didn't find it expensive for the quality of the food. The restaurant which seems to be entirely vegan is wonderful, no need to worry about what contains what. The decor is not fancy, but it is very clean and bright. I had the "fish" soup, Vietnamese rolls, steamed buns plus a rice dish with vegetables and mock meat. All very good. One thing though: The restaurant is open only from 5 p.m. onwards, it would be a lot more convenient for some of us at least if it was open from noon onwards. The staff is very polite, friendly and helpful. I hope to go back and try other items on menu, but the late opening time for me is a definate drawback.

Pros: Polite friendly staff, Delicious food , Great vegan choice

Cons: Open only from 5 p.m. onwards

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Begonia 10 Jan 2010 - It is important to note that the store is open from noon onwards, the restaurant from 5 p.m onwards.  

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mock forever - Edit

small seating area. food's not too bad

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Take-out - Edit

The small size of the restaurant makes me think it mainly would like to promote the mock meats by offering sample dinners. A little expensive, but worth trying at least once. Friendly owners from Taiwan.

Pros: small

Cons: small

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Kinda lame - Edit

When I first saw the sign to this restaurant, just 1 block from my house, I had renewed hope in a good vegan restaurant in Montreal. They were sadly dashed after my first visit however.

If you are a huge fan of Chu Chai, the fancy vegetarian restaurant two blocks down, you might like this place as a source of variety. However, the fake meats they use here are the standard frozen fake meats you can buy at healthfood stores, not that this is a necessarily a bad thing but they are easily recognizable which detracted from my meal for me. Other than this, Chu Chai and Paradis Vegetarien are very similar, minus the nice ambience at Chu Chai (ie. don't take a date here, take them to Chu Chai).

The main reason for my disappointment, however, was the inflated price. Dishes were around $15 each and were not particularly large portions. They weren't bad but were certainly not very impressive. Two of us spent just over $43, had a mediocre meal, and went to eat more food somewhere else afterward.

I welcome anyone who wants to start a veggie restaurant in this city but Paradis Vegetarien just tries to copy Chu Chai but with no ambience and higher prices.

Pros: mostly vegan

Cons: overpriced, mediocre food, cafeteria ambience

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must-try!!! - Edit

First off, I'm a really picky vegan. The staff here is amazingly friendly. The restaurant is bright, welcoming, and clean. The food is awesome, great flavor and texture balances, and a ginormous vegan menu. You don't have to worry and ask "is there milk in this, or egg in that...". There is also a separate frozen section at the back, with a vide variety of veggie meats. And for non-soyhappy vegans like me, there is non-soy non-gluten non-GMO veggie eel that tastes incredible!!! You can buy it in the package, take it home, add it to whatever you like or eat it on it's own. I've also tried these incredible shitaky mushrooms made jerky-style. I have NEVER tasted anything like that before in my life. The combination of spices on them are INCREDIBLE. Meals are about 10 dollars, but the quality of both food and service far surpasses the price. I look really hard for a good vegan place to eat and so far this is my favorite spot in Montreal. And again, I am VERY picky. Although it might take second place if I find a really good raw restaurant...

p.s. it only let me give it 4 cows but I wanted to rate it 5!!! the site said that the reason is that it's not a vegetarian restaurant. OMG IT'S A VEGAN RESTAURANT!!! if a site mod reads this, please change that...

Pros: quality and variety, staff, location

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Misha 22 Feb 2013 - oops, I know shitake is spelled shitake, not shitaky. I'm sorry if I've offended anyone, lol.  

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