From the planetarium, we were ready for dinner and traveled on the Metro to the subway stop that was closest to Aux Vivres. I had read so much online ahead of time about Aux Vivres, and learned that it was pretty much the best vegan restaurant in Montreal to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our food there; in fact, so much that we ended up going back there two more times during our stay in Montreal (more to come about that in a bit!).
When we got off the metro and walked outside, it was absolutely pouring rain and we didn’t have an umbrella! We walked really quickly through unfamiliar city streets following the directions that I remembered from Google Maps, and about ten minutes later, we were there – completely soaking wet, of course! But, it was all worth it!
There were so many delicious options available and it was difficult to choose! Primarily, there were a variety of bowls, wraps, sandwiches, salads, and many appetizers. To start, we split an order of Chapati bread that came with their own homemade vegan butter. It was melted all over the flat bread and was full of rich, buttery flavor! Mmmmmm. You can view their whole menu here.
I ordered the Thai bowl that came with grilled tofu, Thai peanut sauce, steamed bok choy, pickled carrot & daikon, peanuts, and cilantro over organic brown rice. All of the flavors perfectly complimented one another.
Justin ordered the Kosmos plate, which came with a variety of Green-influenced food: souvlaki-style seitan, tzatziki, salad, potato wedges, and rice. Justin said that it has been such a long time since he had eaten Greek food like that, and it was such a treat! I tried some of the seitan and had to stop myself from stealing all of it from his plate. The vegan tzatziki was delish, too!
And then there was the dessert menu….of course, we were far too full to eat dessert, but we weren’t about to let that stop us from bringing some back to the hotel with us! We ordered a chocolate brownie and a chocolate banana pie slice.
Back at our hotel, the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, we decided to go for a late night swim before the hotel pool closed! It was an outdoor rooftop pool and it was very peaceful and relaxing to swim around that late at night! The water was a little bit chilly at first, but it was nice once we got used to it.
There was a little tunnel in the pool that led us underneath a wall and back into the hotel, so you could actually swim right indoors again if you wanted to! We were fine with leaving our towels on the deck chairs outside, but it was neat swimming all around the pool including this little tunnel area.
And we couldn’t go swimming in the pool without Justin taking one of his “underwater selfies” that was reminiscent of our Put-in-Bay trip! So far, we are loving the stay at our hotel, and we are falling in love with Montreal! Next up, Day 3 of our trip where we explore Old Montreal and walk all over the city!
Read all about our full Montreal trip:
Aux Vivres Vegan Restaurant
La Panthere Verte Restaurant
Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Old Montreal and Old Port
Walking All Over the City
Cafe Verdure Vegan Restaurant
Outdoor Art in Montreal
Habitat 67 and Montreal Bagels