April 30, 2012 ─ For people with food allergies, eating out can be a royal pain. How much fun is it perusing a menu with the lurking fear that a dish might trigger respiratory problems, or worse? Thankfully, Zéro8, an allergen-free restaurant-bar in the Quartier Latin, has come to the dining experience rescue.
Zéro8’s concept is pretty straightforward: ensuring that the dishes it concocts are free of the eight priority allergens; that is, fish and seafood, peanuts, nuts, sesame seeds, milk, soy, eggs, wheat or any grain containing gluten.
Manoeuvring around this list—and coming up with great tastes—seems a feat in itself, but Zéro8 comes out swimmingly. They’re really committed to what they put on your plate. Proof in point is the staff, who has to go through training with the Québec Food Allergy Association.
World cuisines from Brazil, Thailand and Italy, to name but a few, flavour the menu here. Vegetarian and vegans will love selections which range from ratatouille to vegetarian lasagna and fries to quinoa tabbouleh. There’s plenty to satisfy carnivores too, including pork lean eye with thyme sauce, rack of lamb, duck breast with risotto and roast beef au jus. The wine list features more than 40 international carefully-selected low-risk sulphite vintages.
Reservations can be made for lunch or dinner, a table d’hôte menu is offered as of 4:30 p.m., and there’s a children’s menu. Added bonus: you can order ready-to-go frozen meals from their online boutique—they deliver clear across Canada.