Where to eat When in... Montreal
Do you know that most people with severe food allergies never eat out? That some children have never eaten an ice cream cone? How do you think they feel when they accompany their friends to a restaurant?
I’d like to dedicate this review of local restaurants to my daughter, who’s allergic to soy, peanuts and other foods, as well as to other children and adults who live with that invisible lifetime handicap. I hope that we’ll soon know about more of these restaurants all over the world!
In Montreal, the Zero8 resto-bar (1735 Saint Denis; tel: 514-658-5552; zero8.com) is a very cosy place where you’ll feel comfortable and confident to share your allergies. The prices are reasonable and the food very good. The chef and owner is gluten intolerant and an active member of the Quebec Food Allergy Association. All of their meals are made without gluten, milk, nuts, peanuts, soy, sesame, eggs, fish and shellfish.
In Sherbrooke, some restaurants won’t even let my family inside when we tell them about our allergies; others are very accommodating and will prepare a meal minus our allergens. Da Leonardo (4664 Boulevard Bourque; tel: 819-564-0666; restaurantdaleonardo.com) is one such resto; it has a large variety of delicious homemade pastas with very tasty homemade sauces.
L’Entr’ Amis (734 13e Avenue Nord; tel: 819-346-5227; fine-cuisine.ca) is another; it’s a fine French resto that serves a variety of fish and meat — and I can tell you that I’ve tried most with great pleasure!
And remember, when in doubt, avoid chain restaurants, go for locally prepared food and call before you go (preferably outside busy hours) to talk with the owner or, even better, the cook, to check for the possibility of cooking without your allergens.
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