As if dating wasn’t already an ordeal, what with checking your breath doesn’t smell and that they turn out to actually be the person in the photograph, try adding eating healthy to the mix.
Lucky for us, we are spoilt for choice, as Montreal boasts many healthy restaurants, and being a bit of a health guru and foodie myself, I would be more than happy to share with you 12 great places to take that healthy eater in your life. Places that not only serve good-for-you-food, but also create that special date atmosphere that you are looking for.
1. Café Santropol
Now I know what your thinking: how could I suggest sandwiches for a date? On top of providing fresh organic produce in the form of sandwiches, soups and chili, this cute café also serves up raw and gluten-free desserts to die for! As well as an extra special atmosphere under the fairy lights on their hidden terrace out back, I was actually taken here for a date myself and was pleasantly surprised. And I am not talking about my date...
2. Lola Rosa
This vegetarian restaurant, offering vegan and gluten-free alternatives, has stunning dish presentation, as well as a few hidden treasures. Literally at the tables, you will find drawers in which customers can leave messages for the next person to find and enjoy. Therefore if you start feeling that the conversation is running dry, just reach into your drawer and you are sure to find something to talk about.
This award-winning restaurant masters the art of Middle Eastern cuisine, and is located on the border of Mile End and Outremont. It has a terrace as well as organic and authentic cuisine. Especially nice for those of you who like to share dishes and try something new and exotic.
4. Picnic on Mont Royal
Now there is nothing more romantic than a homemade picnic. One way of making an impression and catering to a specific eating requirement is making it yourself, or at least putting it together yourself. Rachelle-Béry health stores are dotted all over Montreal and offer a wide array of healthy prepared foods for you to simply chuck in a basket and sweep your date away.
5. Invitation V
This vegan bistro serves internationally-inspired vegan food, all of which is grown daily on the premises. Invitation V offers an urban atmosphere coupled with dishes to tantalize all different tastes from around the world. Therefore perfect for those that love travel and in keeping with animal rights.
6. Régine Café
Now I'll admit, this place can be as healthy as it can be unhealthy. But it’s all about choices, and it's a perfect compromise for those who aren’t as healthy as their date. The atmosphere is fun and full of imagination and perfect for Sunday Brunch. It offers gluten-free alternatives and an array of organic choices.
7. Le Sain Bol
Le Sain Bol prides themselves in serving local and biological produce, as well as catering for all, including those with specific food intolerances. The menu is also created and renewed on a daily bases, so if you are a returning customer, you’re sure to have a new selection which is always fun. This is perfect for those who value local dishes or even for an outsider seeking a Quebec experience.
This Middle Eastern style restaurant in the heart of the Plateau offers everything from herbivore salads to carnivore plates. I would highly recommend ordering to go and enjoying your unique, fresh dishes as an intimate picnic in one of the nearby parks, such as Parc Saint-Laurent.
Crudessence is a healthy choice offering a raw, vegan and gluten-free menu. Not only is this one of the healthiest options on my list, it is also great for an evening date offering a bar with organic wine in an urban setting.
This is the best choice restaurant on my list for a late night out, with its hip atmosphere, fine cuisine and cocktail list. An Asian vegetarian restaurant with a twist, offering faux duck, chicken and shrimp for those who want the meat taste without the actual meat.
11. La Lumière Du Mile End
A small but cozy café, offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices for brunch. It has a true Montreal atmosphere with local art and vintage posters covering the walls. Perfect for an interesting day date.
12. Résonance Café
Résonance Café sells everything from coffee to cocktails, open till midnight and has live jazz and blues music. Therefore if you are looking for an artistic, vegan and vibrant atmosphere, this is the place for you!