Some of the city’s best restaurants have opened counter service locations in this 40,000-square foot gourmet food hall, and some are keeping gluten-free diners in mind by indicating right on their menu the dishes that do and don’t contain gluten and other allergens. At Paul Toussaint's stall, the Haitian ceviche, seafood skewers and djon djon jambalaya are all marked gluten free. At Foodchain, all the salads are naturally gluten free (don’t miss the shredded carrot and coconut one with crunchy sprouted buckwheat granola on top). And while your server at the original Old Port location of fine dining Le Club Chasse et Pêche (the brick and mortar restaurant of Montreal culinary royalty Chef Claude Pelletier) will present you with a specially printed leather-bound gluten-free menu if you mention your intolerance or allergy on your reservation, a similar attention to culinary detail is paid at the restaurant’s Time Out stall, where the grilled and marinated octopus and the braised pork jowl risotto with foie gras are a gluten-free foodie’s dream come true.
Can gluten-free foodies eat well in Montreal restaurants? They sure can, and we’re not just talking tartare without the bread or croque without the monsieur. While fine dining chefs at Montreal’s most Michelin-worthy restaurants and beyond can usually adapt to gluten-free diners better than smaller restaurants or fast food spots—especially if an intolerance or allergy is noted in the reservation—there’s a broad range of cuisines and price ranges for gluten-free dining in the city, from the best sushi in Montreal and the best Mexican restaurants to vegan and vegetarian options.
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