Montreal has a lot of vegetarian restaurants, but there aren’t many upscale ones. Invitation V finally fills that space. This trendy bistro at Bernard Street is a good option for those looking for a nice vegan restaurant for a special occasion.
The place is pleasant and welcoming, beautifully decorated with lots of wood and modern decor touches.
The menu was inspired by the Chef Kelvin Au-Ieong’s trips around the world and it features some unusual and inventive recipes. All dishes I saw looked really appealing. They also have a great selection of vegan wine. For those who would go for healthier drink, their juices and smoothies are fantastic choice too.
To start the night, me and my friends shared some pretty good Smokey dumplings ($16) filled of slivered Asian vegetables and served in a bamboo basket.
As main dish, I ordered the Organic mushroom barley risotto with sautéed kale and zucchini ($18). The risotto was extremely ‘creamy’ and the mushrooms tasted amazing.
I was lucky to taste the organic Hot Pot tray as well. This dish has such an impressive presentation. It’s served with a burner on one side and a board with sticky rice side dish on the other and it comes with a creamy coconut Tamale topped with an exotic peanut sauce, wrapped in a banana leaf! The mix of flavours doesn”t disappoint either. The delicious broth full of veggies went very well with the tamale and the thick and spicy peanut sauce completed the show, giving a very unique taste to the dish. I loved it!
For finishing the night, I had this huge Blackberry Cheeseless Cake ($12). It was simply delightful! This one can easily feed 4 people. I can’t stop wondering how they get that texture. It tasted way better than most regular cheesecake I had eaten lately.
We had a very pleasant night at Invitation V. That’s the kind of place that for sure will please both herbivores and meat eaters! The service was impeccable and the staff was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. I’m definitely coming back soon to try their vegan brunch.