Unless you had your head under a rock for the past few years, you certainly have noticed that there is a significant movement towards healthy dining. Restaurants such as Lov in Montreal are popping up everywhere around the world. It is with no surprise that Dominic Bujold, a key player in the restaurant business with many successes under his belt such as Sushi shop and M4 Burritos, jumped on this train-wagon in March 2016 when he bought the notorious Crudessence‘s two establishments in Montreal. Armed with this knowledge Bujold knows how to please this new trendy and health-conscious clientèle.
The concept of Lov is just how it is named: charming. How can anyone resist its appeal? From its location in Montreal’s Old Port to the green-on-white flowery tapestry everything about Lov screams healthy. Bujold’s vision is to offer a menu that is fresh, of quality, and within a reasonable price which Lov sure delivers. Add to the mix 5-star vegan chef Stéphanie Audet and voilà! Lov’s light and stylish atmosphere are very inviting and so is its lunch and dinner menus which offer many choices of succulent entrées, salads and main dishes most having the option of being vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. This botanical kitchen which employs as many local resources as possible is not only eco-conscious but by putting vegetables and other superfoods at the forefront is also purifying and energizing.
Chef Stéphanie Audet, a rising star since her debut at Tofino in 2006, creates real magic. With the already favored Roast Beets Salad with cashew cheese in a pastis vinaigrette, the Croquettes de Quinoa which is gently fried and accompanied with a Curcuma mayonnaise, and the Sweet Potato buckwheat gnocchi with a hemp and basilic pesto just to name a few. Lov’s wine selection doesn’t disappoint either by offering an impressive list of organic wines well worth the try.
I so enjoyed dining at Lov I am not surprised that with its huge success I had difficulty booking another table. I suggest calling at least three days in advance if you want to dine at the peak hours. I was thrilled to find out that they will be adding a Menu du Jour and that weekend Brunch will soon be offered. With a take-out counter in the future as well the only problem I believe Lov will have is a traffic jam at their front door!
Lov is situated at 464 Mc Gill Street, Old Montreal and is open Monday to Wednesday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Thursdays to Saturdays 11:30 am to 11 pm and is closed on Sundays.
For more information and to book a table online visit www.lov.com or call 438 387-1326.