I’m in Montreal all summer, so be prepared for lots of Montreal posts! I have some serious catching up to do on my favorite city in the world (thus far).
This particular post is all about Lola Rosa Café. This little vegetarian bistro is one of my favorite places to eat and fortunately for me, they have started to cater to gf diets!
The Faculty of Music at McGill is right downtown, but somehow it is in kind of a strange ‘restaurant black hole’…it’s not quite on the McGill campus, so the cafeterias aren’t super convenient and the one in the building grossed me out. When I started studying there, the only quick and inexpensive place to run for good food was a natural food market across the street. Over the years a variety of restaurants and food options have appeared; there is now a Tim Hortons, which helped me notice the Basha tucked away below it, a Java U (mmm…french fries), a Thai Express/Cultures and Starbucks all within a block. Fast food is great for students on the go, but when you are at McGill all the time (working and studying), you want access to some real cooking too. Lola Rosa’s is that place.
I still remember my first time: My friend Andrea was acting a wee bit crazy, (she lived across the street from Lola’s) but she convinced me to come to her house after work where she blindfolded me, spun me in circles and walked me across the street for my half birthday lunch; I thought she was taking me to the Dépanneur (french for convenient store), so Lola’s was a very happy surprise. We had Lola’s nachos and I was sold. This is the place for me and it became my go to place for a real meal. They even delivered to my little box office window!
When I was diagnosed with the celiacs, I was worried that my options there would become more limited, but they were kind enough to go through the change with me. ;) Their menu is not 100% gluten free (like me), but GF options are indicated on the menu. Couscous can easily be replaced with rice and I’m trying to convince them to make the change to corn tortilla (that taste so much better than flour).
Hears a taste:
Lola Rosa Café.
What I eat (pretty much every time I am there):
Chickpea Curry with raita
I’ve been eating at Lola’s for several years and I enjoy myself and my food every time. The staff is always happy and the owners are so passionate about their restaurant, it makes it hard to resist. Although this restaurant is completely meat free, I (the born and bred meat eating Alberta girl) never think of this place as strictly “vegetarian” because I always leave with a full stomach and contented taste buds. If you still have room for desert, they have a ginger-basil crème brûlée on the menu that is gf and big enough to share!