Written by Julia D'Adamo on 15.05.18

We don’t know about you, but at the end of a long day, the last thing we want to do is think about making lunch for the next day. A flavour packed office lunch is something we all crave, but sadly isn’t something that happens on the regular. Thankfully, Pavé Lunch Experts in Old Montreal has made lunching on the go easier and tastier than ever.

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Pavé Lunch Experts opened on rue Notre-Dame in 2011 with one goal in mind: feeding downtown Montreal top-quality sandwiches at amazing prices. Now, they offer a variety of gourmet sandwiches, naanwiches, wraps, pizzas, and more! Each meal also comes with a hearty soup, salad, or chips and a drink for only an extra $2! The prices are really unbeatable, and the flavours are out of this world.

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The menu at Pavé Lunch Experts is so unique compared to what you would find at your usual chain restaurants. The flavours are explosive, and they have plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options to feed everyone’s needs. What really makes the difference is the quality of Pavé’s ingredients, from vegetable grain-fed chicken to antibiotic-free pork. Most importantly, almost everything is sourced from Montreal-based businesses. The majority of their freshest vegetables come right from de la Commune Market, and the ciabatta and gluten-free breads are baked here in Montreal. Even the beer is from here! When you choose Pavé Lunch Experts, you’re supporting local businesses from all over the city.

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One of our favourite things about Pavé is how easy it is to grab lunch on the go, because waiting in a food court line that takes up half your lunch break is the absolute worst. With their online ordering system, you can place your order, pay in advance, and set your pickup time so your delicious food is ready to go. If you’re located in the Downtown or Southwest areas, they even deliver your food right to you! Delivery fees vary from just $3-$5 depending on your location.

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Of course, we had to try as many delicious lunch options as we could. We started off our meal with a rich, flavourful carrot-ginger soup, and then sampled Pavé’s wide array of salads. We tried the Lubnaniyah salad with avocado, hardboiled egg, and bagel chips, the Peru salad with quinoa and goat cheese, and the Quebec salad with apples and walnuts. The flavour combinations were unreal, and the quality of the ingredients made these salads taste luxe. The salads range from around $10-$14, making eating healthy an easy choice.

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We then dove in to Pavé’s award-winning sandwiches. The first one we tried was a Pavé Bogota: a fresh ciabatta bun stuffed with sautéed mushrooms, roasted peppers, zucchini, and sweet jalapeño jelly. We also added some mozzarella to bring some cheesy goodness to a vegan classic. We had to try one of their famous naanwiches. We decided to go for the Coronado: a classic BLT with avocado, chicken breast, and basil pesto all sandwiched into a slice of naan. We took advantage of the customizing options and again added some goat cheese (because who doesn’t love goat cheese). Again, the sandwiches range from around $9-$14.

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Of course, we couldn’t walk out the door without trying a dessert. We went with the chef’s recommendation, which was a flourless chocolate cake. It was everything we needed to satisfy our sweet tooth: decadent, chocolatey, and gooey. We washed it down with a cappuccino.

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So when making your lunch for the next day just isn’t an option, Pavé Lunch Experts have got you more than covered. Visit them Monday to Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Happy lunchin’!

243 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 1T4
(514) 507-5102

Photos courtesy of Pavé Lunch Experts.

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