Let us start by saying that we do understand (the blog being, after all, called One medium rare) how it may seem contradictory that we are starting our first restaurant rating with a … vegetarian restaurant. But we were short on money, and we figured how expensive can vegetables be?! That is what brought us to Aux vivres on 4631 Boulevard Saint-Laurent.
The weather (for once) was nice down here in Montreal, so we settled for a table on the terrace. We started off with the Chana Paratha (which consisted of spiced indian bread, chick peas and a sour cream, tamarind and mint chutney “sauce”). This indian delice was…well, delicious! Although a bit spicy (the chutney probably), the sour cream and bread balance the whole thing which gave place to an interesting gastronomical experience (or as Timmy likes to say, fire in his mouth).
As main dishes, we had the portobello mushroom burger and the special of the day – some sort of stir fry with vegetables and tempah toped with peanut sauce. The rice was a little dry, which was a bit disappointing and the tempah tasted burnt. As for the burger, the mushroom was good but maybe not enough (considering there was not meat in there).
For a main dish, the price varies between 11 and 16-17 $ and for a starter between 2 and 12$. We also had mango, coconut milk and lime smoothiezzz (4.75$ each).
All in all, the starter was our favorite part of the meal! Would we recommand it to you… sure, the menu offers an original range of savors (we did not try the “bowls”, although they seemed appealing). You will definitely leave with a full stomach. Aux vivres is probably a vegetarian’s heaven and you will want to keep checking it out, as it is known to be a hang out place for Quebecker artists and anyy vege lover.