Gluten-Free in Montreal: Lola Rosa

I usually order the chili served on brown rice and add avocado.

I usually order the chili served on brown rice and add avocado.

A good place for a gluten-free friendly vegetarian/vegan lunch or casual dinner in downtown Montreal is Lola Rosa. It’s right near my work, the food is fresh and the menu items that are gluten-free are clearly marked. They also now have a new location on Parc. They deliver which is great for me as there are not many gluten-free lunch options near my work for those days that I forget to pack a lunch and it’s too cold, rainy or busy to leave my desk.

I usually order the chili with avocado on top, the salad or a half order of the nachos. The other day I tried the vegan nachos and had the choco coco tart, which were delicious and vegan. There are several gluten-free main course options, at least one or two desserts and the soup of the day has been gluten-free whenever I have asked.

Lola Rosa

545, Rue Milton Montreal

4581, Avenue du Parc

http://lola-rosa.ca/site/

Choco Coco Vegan Tart

Choco Coco Vegan Tart

Gluten-Free and Vegan Poutine

Gluten-Free and Vegan Poutine

Gluten-Free in Montreal: Invitation V

Vermicelli rice noodles in a creamy curry & coconut sauce with its julienne vegetable, fresh sprouts & coriander

Vermicelli rice noodles in a creamy curry & coconut sauce with its julienne vegetable, fresh sprouts & coriander

Invitation V in Mile End is a vegan restaurant that features many gluten-free items which are clearly marked on their menu. Like most restaurants in Montreal they cannot guarantee no cross-contamination but they paid great attention to the fact that my meal had to be gluten-free. They noted that I was celiac when I made my reservations and when each dish was served they noted what on the table was gluten-free (for the items my friends ordered). The menu is completely vegan, but I think the menu would please most meat eaters.

The restaurant has a good atmosphere, the service was great and the meal was delicious. The only negative was the dessert, the “cheeseless” cake was inedible, which was a disappointment since my friends and I usually love vegan desserts. My two girlfriends and I were happy trying a new place that catered to my allergy and my vegan best friend.

Compared to most restaurants Invitation V takes a lot more care to provide a gluten-free dining experience. I would definitely go back, minus the cake. The prices are about average, the mains were between $14-$18.

I went for dinner, but they also do lunch and brunch.

Invitation V

254 Rue Bernard Ouest,
Montreal, QC, H2V 1T5
(514) 271-8111

http://www.invitationv.com/

Green Salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Green Salad with balsamic vinaigrette

French fries

French fries

New-Orleans crab less cake served with Cajun rice and basilica sauce

New-Orleans crab less cake served with Cajun rice and basilica sauce