Mandy’s Gluten-Free Review

The habibi salad

The habibi salad

Mandy’s is a good bet for a healthy gluten-free meal on the go Downtown, on Laurier or in Westmount. All their salads can be made gluten-free and all their dressings but the miso are gf. They also have gluten-free snacks and juices. I have eaten at the Westmount and Downtown locations and both were great about gluten-free and were happy to make me a salad using a fresh bowl and utensils and they are happy to accommodate for gluten-free.

This time I went to the Crescent location, which is quite a bit bigger than the Westmount location and took my salad to go. It was the perfect lunch to have at my desk. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a delicious, healthy and gluten-free casual meal. Their salads are super fresh and delicious and most importantly pretty safe for us celiacs.

Mandys

http://mandys.ca/#sectionlocations

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Gluten-Free Dinner at La Prunelle

IMG_8290La Prunelle is around the corner from my apartment and a good bet for a french meal in the Plateau and it’s BYOW. If you are visiting Montreal and looking for a nice BYOW on Duluth that is safer than most for gluten-free dining this is your best bet. I have ordered the salmon a few times and it was great. This time I ordered two appetizers, the salad with chèvre and raspberries and the tartar. Both were delicious and the tartar was served with homemade chips instead of toasts to make it gluten-free. Since it was my birthday I shared some crème brûlée for dessert. Overall it was a great birthday dinner with lots of great food, good wine and no worries about gluten poisoning.

It is on the pricier side but it is better quality than some of the other BYOW restaurants nearby and because it is smaller and a little fancier they take more time to listen to dietary restrictions. It becomes more affordable when you take into account the BYOW factor.

Bonus: In the summer they open up the windows completely and it becomes an open air resto. I can’t wait for it to be terrasse season again!!

La Prunelle

327 Avenue Duluth Est, Montréal, QC H2W 1J1
(514) 849-8403

http://www.restaurantlaprunelle.com/

Accommodates gluten-free: Yes

Price: $$$

Gluten-free menu: No

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Gluten-Free in Montreal: Ottavio’s

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Ottavio’s is one of the best options for an affordable family dinner where celiacs and non-celiacs can be equally satisfied and eat safely. It’s also BYOW, which helps keep the cost down if you are dining as a family. While there are no locations in the city, I go the one in St. Laurent several  times a year with my family (including my brother who is also celiac).

This past weekend my Nana treated my brother and I to a dinner out which is always a challenge with our dietary restrictions. A picky Nana and two grandkids with severe allergies (my brother also has a long list of food intolerances) definitely narrowed the options down to Ottavio’s. The food is pretty good and they take extra care to keep all gluten-free food separate from the rest of the kitchen. They even serve gluten-free rolls at the beginning of the meal and use special gluten-free plates and utensils.

This time I had muscles and fries, my brother had pasta with meat sauce and my Nana had her glutenny pizza. Everyone was happy! I definitely recommend Ottavio’s for a celiac safe group dinner.

http://www.ottavio.ca/

1134 Boulevard Marcel-Laurin
Montréal, QC
(514) 335-7966

6880 Rue Jean-Talon Est
Montréal, QC
(514) 257-7966

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Gluten-Free in Montreal: Le Point Sans G Gluten-Free Food Truck

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This is the second Summer there is a 100% gluten-free food truck in Montreal (and this is only the second year there have been food trucks in the city). I have been once so far this year and it’s definitely worth a trip out of your way if you are celiac and the food is good enough that your gluten-eating friends will enjoy it too. I am always very happy to be able to grab lunch with no worries about poison! Getting to eat outside in the grass after the long winter is also a welcome bonus.

The two options the day we went were chili on sweet potato fries and bruschetta, both for $8. The portions were a good size and the food was delicious. The date cake wasn’t the best, but was okay. Last summer I tried the arancini, which were great (blogged here). I’m not much of a meat eater but a lot of the gluten-free options in Montreal are vegetarian or vegan so it’s great to an option for the meat eaters.

If you are gluten-free, and even if you’re not, I definitely recommend grabbing lunch at Le Point Sans G.

Find out where they are on their Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-point-sans-g/373260342795161

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Gluten-Free in Montreal: Crudessence Restaurant

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With two locations, one in the Plateau and one near Concordia, Crudessence is a great go to for a healthy gluten-free meal or veggie juice. While I am not always in the mood for raw food, Crudessence has a great menu that is 100% gluten-free and all the desserts I have tried have been amazing (actually amazing- vegan or not).

My go to for lunch is the Exceptional wrap with chipotle quinoa wrapped in a nori and a rice sheet with avocado, lettuce, sprouts, red pepper, carrot and onion. To go with my wrap I ordered the Vert-dur juice with kale, parsley, fennel, apple, celery, lemon and ginger.

My other go to is the Lasagna with layers of sliced zucchini, fresh basil, sun dried tomato sauce and macadamia ricotta, served with caesar salad.

This restaurant is not for everyone, but almost everyone. If you don’t like things that taste “too healthy” this might not be the place for you. But if you are open to new things I would definitely try it and make sure to order the brownie with “ice cream” for dessert!

They also sell their own products, offer delivery and host cooking classes.

Crudessense

There are two locations. I always go to the one on Mackay near Sherbrooke.

2157, Mackay St.
Montreal, QC H3G 2J2
514.664.5188

105, Rachel St. West
Montreal, QC H2W 1G4
514.510.9299

http://www.crudessence.com/

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