One of the pioneers of vegan restaurants in Montreal is Aux Vivres, circa 1997. This eatery serves up some of the best plant-based brunch, lunch and supper in town, and does so in a cute 50’s diner-style decor. The red-leather booths and metallic accents remind me of a classier Nickel’s.
On the menu, you will find juices, smoothies, burgers, salads, world cuisine (such as Greek and Indian), bowls, sandwiches/wraps and, of course, desserts! 😉 I should mention, they also have organic and local beers and wine.
Staff is friendly, charismatic, funny and helpful. Service is quick and smooth!
Here’s a glimpse at what I happily sank my teeth into last time I paid them a visit:
Popeye juice made with spinach, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon and cayenne.
The Aux Vivres mezze is perfect for calming your munchies. This included veggie pate, veggie lox, tofu cream, hummus, olive tapenade, garnished with pickles and capers, and came with veggie-buttered chapati bread.
I have a hard time ordering anything other than the dragon bowl here. I’ve tried nearly everything on the menu, and the dragon bowl takes the cake! Shredded beet and carrot, red cabbage, daikon, lettuce, sprouts, dulse, toasted sesame seeds, Dragon sauce and grilled tofu served on a bed of organic brown rice. There are no words to describe how divine this sauce is.
Aux Vivres also has some great wraps. My top choice is the Sirocco, containing grilled eggplant, hummus, roasted red peppers, lettuce and olive tapenade. You can’t go wrong with their BLT either though – the “B” standing for (coconut) bacon, obvi! 😉
And of course, no dining experience is complete without a little sweet somethin’ somethin’. My favourite home-made desserts at Aux Vivres include the blueberry “uncheese cake” (which tastes exactly like actual cheesecake, FYI – but made with cashews and coconut instead of cream cheese) and the carrot walnut cake. These pair nicely with a calming and digestion-improving mint tisane. I also really dig their chipotle brownie, which is just the right amount of spice.
My only constructive feedback for Aux Vivres would be to switch up the menu a little more often. Although I’ve come to consider many of the items on the menu “classics” and would love to have these items permanently on the menu, it would be fun to see seasonality integrated into the menu, or add weekly or monthly newbies to the menu.
All in all though, my love affair with Aux Vivres continues to thrive. Keep up the good eats! 😉
The good news? They also deliver! You can order through À la Carte Express.
Have you been to Aux Vivres yet? If so, what are your fave dishes?
Aux Vivres, 4631 rue Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, H2T 1R2