My friend Kate is a major foodie. It’s kind of funny because when we were kids, I could count the things she’d eat on two hands. Now, she’s the knows all the best places- from hidden gems in strip malls to cool kid aesthetics. So when she heard about the opening of LOV in Old Montréal, she couldn’t wait to take me!
LOV is easily one of the most Instagramable places I’ve ever been to; full of brass and marble and accented with palm prints and forest green.
They’ve even got a row of hanging cocoon chairs if you feel like unleashing your inner child.
Jumper: Club Monaco | Jeans: ASOS
Which I, of course, very much did!
Once we were done playing around, our waitress seated us and handed us their stylish menus. Those of you that know me also know of my obsession with matcha lattes. To my absolute delight, almost every restaurant and cafe here in Montréal has had it on the menu. So, of course I ordered one each and every time. But guys, LOV’s matcha latte was seriously one of the best I’ve ever had!
It was super rich and earthy, and preserved a lot of the original leafy flavour. I really appreciate that at LOV they’re embracing the bitter rather than dumping sugar in, but if you’re a fan of Starbucks you might want to keep that in mind.
Anyways, back to the main attraction!
LOV’s menu is local, organic, and primarily vegan, but you can make substitutions of quite a few of their dishes. Kate and I both ordered poutine – because if you’re in Montreal and don’t eat poutine, were you ever really there at all?
If you haven’t tried it, poutine is one of the naughtiest, devilishly delicious dishes you’ll ever have. Traditionally, it consists of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Here, they do it with a delicious miso gravy and vegan cheese, and yes I totally substituted for the real deal cheese.
It was amaaaaaazing! The kale, an unusual addition for such an indulgent dish, actually complimented the gravy perfectly.
We also got one of the seasonal specials to share.
A simple but delicious combination of creamy parsnip puree, arugula (or rocket to you Brits), caramelised pears, and topped with a perfect dash of rosemary and walnuts.
To my surprise, everything was also really reasonably priced – amazingly priced even for it’s location and high food quality!
They’re open late, with a bar full of creative and delicious cocktails that we went back later to sample.
I’m already dreaming of coming back here, so if you’re in Montréal, this is the one place you have to promise me you’ll visit!