Venice Mtl is a California inspired clean eating healthy restaurant in Old Montreal. When we say healthy we don’t just mean kale, hemp and various seeds but delicious fresh dishes that make you forget that you’re eating well. That’s our type of clean eating! Their Californian inspired cuisine is perfect for hot summer days in Montreal when you aren’t in the mood to eat something heavy. They also offer vegan, vegetarian, lactose free and gluten free options – meaning that you can bring any of your Basic girlfriends or hipster friends along!
Their edamame beans were not just steamed but tossed with sour cream, lime, paprika and cayenne for extra flavour. They definitely revamped traditional edamame beans and we loved them! Their guacamole was our favourite of their appetizers so we ordered two portions, a small portion, it was tossed with pico de gallo and served with fresh tortilla chips. The hummus was chunky and it was topped with crunchy chickpeas, it definitely deviated from traditional Middle Eastern hummus.
Their specialty cocktails did not disappoint with plenty of fabulous little additions like strawberry cubes, matcha tea and guava nectar. Our favourite was “Beet Don’t Kill My Vibe,” a vodka cocktail with beet and ginger that was very refreshing and full of flavour. Our only complaint were the artsy, old school ice cream parlour-like cardboard straws that were in our drinks, if you didn’t drink your cocktail fast enough the straw began disintegrating.
Venice Mtl is all about the poke bowls, which are in essence deconstructed sushi bowls that are Hawaiian in origin but are now all the rage in California. With rice as a base, we tried both the tuna and salmon poke bowls that were similar but had their differences. The salmon poke bowl had edamame beans, and wakame, which is an edible seaweed. It was topped with pickled ginger, and tossed in miso and yuzu.
The tuna poke bowl had bite size pieces of tuna that were also tossed with edamame beans and miso, but instead of wakame there was mango, tobiko ginger and a spicy mayo for a little kick. It was our favourite of the two raw poke bowls. They also serve a shrimp poke bowl and a vegetarian poke bowl for those so inclined. Since they’re all about clean living their menu states if their dishes are gluten free (isn’t every Basic girl gluten intolerant these days?), lactose free, vegan or vegetarian. Perfectly geared towards the Basics and the hipsters who roamed out of the Plateau into Old Montreal.
They also serve soups and salads, but their poke bowls are what they’re known for, so don’t miss out! We tried the Malibu salad with arugula, beets, goat cheese, pita chips and sunflower seeds that was tossed in a honey Dijon vinaigrette. It was a great salad, full of flavour, and they now do take out so if you work in Old Montreal, you can grab one of these healthy lunches for the office, or at the end of the day to take home for dinner.
They also serve tacos and we tried both the El Pastor taco with pulled pork and pineapple, and the Camarrones taco with fried shrimp and pickled onions. The El Pastor taco was decent but lacking punch, the Camarrones taco had a nice slaw and chipotle sour cream that added freshness to the fried shrimp. But let’s be honest, Venice Mtl is all about those poke bowls, there are better places for tacos in Montreal.
Venice Mtl we hate to love you because you’re the newest trendy restaurant to slip into the Montreal restaurant scene. But we love it when healthy tastes good and with the upcoming summer months we’re sure that light clean eating is going to be all the rage. The Basics need to be summer bod ready after all 😉
Our Rating: Splendid
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