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Frais & Fresh:

The F Trifecta

QUICK BITE SALADS SANDWICHES OLD MONTREAL CASUAL <$20

Disclaimer: This meal was comped.

The Pitch

I find myself repeating the phrase "international flair" a lot in my reviews of late; as more and more eateries incorporate Asian/Mediterranean/Latin touches into "white people" food.  What was once exclusive to inventive fusion restaurants has found its way into the fast casual sector.

Today's lunch invitation to sample Frais & Fresh is a case in point; the prêt-à-manger counter suggests a healthy, "ethnic" twist on staples such as soups, salads and sandwiches.

The Mood

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The ten-month-old locale occupies a prime snug spot along Old Montreal's McGill Street, just above Rue de la Commune.  The sleek, botanically-inspired interior holds just enough space to fit a picnic table without feeling too tight.  We weren't expecting much of a crowd at one in the afternoon, but a steady flow of takeout customers kept things busy.

The Food

Frais & Fresh's menu reads like a who's who of superfoods boosted by intercontinental sprinklings.  Grains, legumes, veggies and fruits – without discounting meat and seafood – are enhanced with the likes of tandoori yogurt, harissa and chipotle.  Colors are bright, flavours bold, portions humongous; and those bowls are just gorgeous!

Beetroot Couscous & Tempeh Salad thumbnail (click to enlarge)

$11.99

$11.99

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Beetroot Couscous & Tempeh Salad

"kale, romaine lettuce, roasted green & red onions, lentils, baked pita chips"

Chicken in Naan Bread Sandwich thumbnail (click to enlarge)

$8.99

$8.99

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Chicken in Naan Bread Sandwich

"muhammara, marinated chicken, spinach, roasted onions, carrot, couscous, basil"

Poke Bowl thumbnail (click to enlarge)

$13.99

$13.99

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Poke Bowl

"marinated salmon, carrots, cabbage, avocado, sesame seeds, sushi rice, watermelon radish, cherry tomatoes, nori, wasabi peas"

tagged:  FEAST FOR THE EYES

The Verdict

In addition to the Old Montreal location, Frais & Fresh can be delivered via all the major channels – Foodora, Uber Eats and Just Eat.  A second location in Place Montreal Trust has also just seen the light of day.

With its triple F threat of fresh, flavorful and filling, the nascent concept is a sober reminder that healthy food need not be animal free and tasteless.

Price per person:  $17.49

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