Life is all about balance and if you know anything about us, we love to indulge, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t take care of our girlish figures. We have no problem eating healthy, if it’s delicious, we will never sacrifice taste for clean living. And these days, healthy isn’t boring or bland, it tastes great, especially at Mandy’s.
Mandy’s recently opened their fourth location, in the heart of Old Montreal, on St. Nicolas street. This salad bar is revolutionizing the word salad, forget the boring side dish of yesteryears, they’re making salad mouth watering. We were at their media launch and we were lucky enough to taste numerous salads and small bites to accompany the natural wines being served. Yes, you read that correctly, they were serving wine, this Mandy’s has a liquor license which makes this Mandy’s location, the first (and best) of its kind.
We started with a popular breakfast item, the avocado toast, and if you’re trendy you call it avo toast! Avocado toast is usually a slice of bread, with a slice or two of avocado and a poached egg on top – healthy and creamy! At Mandy’s Old Montreal a simple slice of avocado sat on a dollop of hummus on top of the best bread in Montreal, Hof Kelsten bread. How could you go wrong!?
Keep in mind that we were eating the canapé version of their wonderful large and filling salads. We loved their Japanese steak salad, a rare piece of beef was wrapped around various vegetables including bok choy, cucumber, and a cherry tomato. It was topped with black and white sesame seeds and the steak itself had a spicy crust that gave it a nice little kick that we weren’t expecting!
Sisters Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe are the geniuses behind Mandy’s, and it’s only fair that they have a salad named after them. The Wolfe bowl is one of our favourites! Brown rice is mixed with green salad, kale, creamy avocado and toasted walnuts and carrots for crunch. Shaved parmesan added just the right balance of saltiness, much needed with the tamari dressing.
The Habibi is a popular salad at Mandy’s, filled with plenty of Middle Eastern flavours. Packed with lentils, chickpeas, mint for freshness, and the winning combination of cucumber, cherry tomato, red onion and feta, the salad is filling and hearty, without being heavy.
The salmon salad at Mandy’s is quite the treat, with a generous portion of roasted salmon for each salad. Made with several types of lettuce, healthy quinoa, creamy avocado and asparagus; the salad is light and refreshing. The dill in the salad is a great compliment to the fish and ties in nicely with the lemon dill dressing.
Mandy’s also has the classic Caesar salad and they do it well. They added a few unique touches of their own with mozzarella and baked pita chips in place of traditional croutons. There is plenty of shaved parmesan, and bacon to add the customary saltiness that we all love in a Caesar salad. And, of course, they make their own Caesar dressing! Obviously, Mandy’s is wonderful like that 😉
Mandy’s Old Montreal is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and they also do take out. And what makes this fourth location different is that this one serves alcohol, which will definitely help them compete with the other Old Montreal lunch spots. Mandy’s is a great spot for a healthy breakfast, or for a quick lunch that won’t leave you falling asleep at the office.
Our Rating: Splendid
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