Heartier than your average salad but healthier than the carb and fat-loaded fare Montreal is best known for, “bowls” have been gaining steam around town in all forms, from fishy Hawaiian poke bowls and vegetarian-friendly “Buddha” or grain bowls, to brunch joint staples like açaí and smoothie bowls. Bowls offer a solution for health-conscious folks who can’t stomach another plate of salad leaves (although if salad is your jam, there’s another guide for that over here).
Given the trendy nature of these bowls, the restaurants and cafes that serve them tend to prioritize aesthetics, both in terms of decor and the presentation of the bowls themselves, but never at the expense of flavour. Hawaii-inspired aesthetics are featured heavily in poke-focused spots like Aloha Espresso Bar, Honi Honi, Kamehameha, Le Poke Bar and Koa Lua, which all include fresh fish and colourful veg.
Be warned that some bowls don’t travel especially well, so these dishes may be best enjoyed in-person.Read More