Invitation V – Vegan restaurant

Invitation V is a nice vegan restaurant in Outremont area. According to my friends who have been keeping a vegetarian diet for a while, they have some of the best vegetarian dishes. Mostly because it’s a lot tastier than other places that serve up bland vegetables.

Vegan, or in it’s less aggressive form, Vegetarian food is all the rage these days. It’s certainly healthy, and more sustainable. But for me, it’s not so easy to keep a vegetarian diet because it can gets boring really fast… Invitation V did pretty well by using spices and condiments to add flavor to the dishes.

The rolls are just OK. The rice wrap is a bit too chewy…

Invitation V - Vegetable roll

Invitation V – Vegetable roll

The Burmese style soup was very delicious! It’s slightly sour with lots of Asian spice flavors. Definitely recommend it.

Invitation V - Burmese style chickpea soup with onions, lemon grass and black pepper

Invitation V – Burmese style chickpea soup with onions, lemon grass and black pepper

The crabless cake was good too. Even though it’s a bit weird tasting chunks of vegetable in it. The Cajun rice and sauce were very tasty.

Invitation V - New-Orleans crabless cake served with Cajun rice and basilic sauce

Invitation V – New-Orleans crabless cake served with Cajun rice and basilic sauce

Chia is probably the only “super food” I like. When chia seeds absorb the moisture, it tastes like bubble tea pearls, or pudding! In the cake, the chia seeds added a bit crunchy texture to it and was really nice! Even though the rest of the cake just tasted like a normal cake…

There was a kale chocolate cake on the table too and I totally didn’t like the taste of it…

Invitation V - Chia chocolate cake

Invitation V – Chia chocolate cake

Invitation V

254 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC, H2V 1T5

(514) 271-8111

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TK Resto Bar – Kamayan

TK Restobar might have gained their fame with ramen burger. But I went for their Kamayan Thursdays with my friends.

Kamayan means eating using your hands in Filipino culture, and this is exactly what we did! (I seem to have done quite a bit of eating with hands these days.) Β I would say this is a bonding experience for us because we all scooped up the food with our fingers and ate to our hearts’ content without the usual table manners.

In TK restobar, Kamayan is served on Thursdays at 7pm for groups of 4 or more. The food is spread out on banana leaves layer by layer. The menu varies each week depending on what they have available on that specific night.

We had fried chicken, meatballs with tofu, lumpia Shanghai (spring rolls with pork stuffing), spicy beef stew with carrots and potato, pork in coconut sauce, fried fish, fried pig ear, pineapple salsa, tomato salsa and eggplant. Everything is served on a bed of rice.

As you can see, this is a total feast! We were surprised by the sheer amount of food for just $25 per head! Not to mention dessert is also included.

There’s really no trick for eating with hands. You just have to dig in and not be afraid of getting dirty. I think my hands still smelled like food even after a couple hours. Everything was really delicious and well cooked. Well, except for the pig ear because no one can chew it. It was fried way too hard. 😦 My favorite would be the pork in coconut sauce and the meatballs with tofu. I’d totally order them separately when I go back next time.

TK Restobar - Kamayan

TK Restobar – Kamayan

TK Restobar - Kamayan

TK Restobar – Kamayan

TK Restobar - Kamayan Photo credit: Tamara

TK Restobar – Kamayan
Photo credit: Tamara

I don’t think I’ve ever had jack fruit before. It’s actually very good!

TK Restobar - Turon Banana Fritter. Fried banana and jack fruit with roasted walnuts and dulce de leche sauce

TK Restobar – Turon
Banana Fritter. Fried banana and jack fruit with roasted walnuts and dulce de leche sauce

 

Cute interior with all wood decor.

TK Restobar

TK Restobar

TK Restobar

5940 Victoria Avenue Montreal

(514) 731-0638
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