Sunday, March 22, 2009

Epicerie Mondiana - Vegetarian Friendly Organic Grocery Store

I discovered an organic and fair trade health food store that I hadn't seen listed in any of the major Montreal directories called Mondiana. I was blown away by their selection of fresh organic produce, all much cheaper than most health food stores in the city. They also had a lot of products I had never seen before from Tofurkey, Yves Veggie Cuisine and Amy's.

I even found a treat I had been wanting to try which is the Yves Veggie Corn Dogs...!

They also had a selection of Tofurkey brand sausages:
-Kielbasa
-Italian with sun dried tomatoes
-Beer bratwursts with microbrewery beer

Over all, a great find, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Mondiana - Organic and fair trade health food store
1130, rue Bélanger, (corner Christophe-Colomb)
Montréal, Québec

6 comments:

Brad Hurley said...

Mondiana recently opened a second store on Fleury just a few blocks west of Papineau in Ahuntsic; it's been quite successful so far and they are expanding the store. I'd say I have mixed reviews on the produce (although winter is a hard time for produce in general), but their selection of grains, flours, dried beans, etc. is fantastic. I still do most of my shopping at Panier Santé (also on Fleury, a block west of Christophe-Colomb) because they're great people and I like giving them my business, but Mondiana has a bigger selection.

Anonymous said...

Mondia is great and it is probably the cheapest organic store I've seen so far, but you must check the expiry dates because they often seel expired goods. Don't buy anything that does not have the expiry date on it.

Anonymous said...

The staff at the Mondiana on Bélanger are very friendly. A lot of their products are deeply discounted because they're overstock from other stores and the expiry dates are approaching fast or have passed, but are still perfectly edible/usable. Nice selection of organic soaps/cleaners, and vegetarian/vegan foods. Especially great deals on juices, produce, condiments, cereals and dairy products. Just hoping they expand their premises, though, because corners are pretty tight with a shopping cart.

Arrishannah said...

ÉPICERIE MILE END on Parc avenue, corner Bernard has even more choice and is as cheap as Mondiana. First time I went there, I tought I was dreaming to see so much organic food for so cheap.
SEGAL GOCERY STORE on St-Laurent street is also awsome for organic and health food (but no good veggies or fruits, yuck!) It's close to Duluth and looks like nothing from outside, it does'nt even say Segal on the sign. It just says Épicerie depuis......don't remember what year. You'll be amazed how cheap is Segal!!!!
Tons of people go there!

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Elena from Montreal said...

I like to do my groceries there but be very careful with the price ; they often argue with you over the price you saw on the shelves and their price that register at the cash. And when the product's price is under 10$, they're supposed to give it free to you.

I usually go to the one on Belanger, because they're cheaper than any other organic store in Montreal. But today was a bad experience : I wanted to try the Amano Shiro Miso and the price on the shelf was indicated at 5.19$. When I got to the cash, it scanned to 6.29$. Being aware of the 10$ price labelling policy, I told the cash lady that the price she scanned wasn't right and told her that I was supposed to have the product free. So she went to check the price on the shelf and came back to me, showing me a 6.29$ tag. I was totally in shock. The price tag I saw, at 5.19$ was gone. Someone of the store took it away and I argue with the cash lady saying I clearly saw a 5.19$ tag for my product and that I've checked carefully before buying the Shiro (which has a more subtle taste, when as I like my miso to be strong). We had a mini arguing and after 2 minutes of it, I told her ''Somebody changed the price meanwhile you were checking it and that I stayed at the cash and now, you're acting in all bad faith, as if I was the liar. And this, isn't right.'' She refused to give the product free as the policy says.

I'm still shocked by their bad faith in this. I will be now looking for another store.

Elena from Montreal said...

I like to do my groceries there but be very careful with the price ; they often argue with you over the price you saw on the shelves and their price that register at the cash. And when the product's price is under 10$, they're supposed to give it free to you.

I usually go to the one on Belanger, because they're cheaper than any other organic store in Montreal. But today was a bad experience : I wanted to try the Amano Shiro Miso and the price on the shelf was indicated at 5.19$. When I got to the cash, it scanned to 6.29$. Being aware of the 10$ price labelling policy, I told the cash lady that the price she scanned wasn't right and told her that I was supposed to have the product free. So she went to check the price on the shelf and came back to me, showing me a 6.29$ tag. I was totally in shock. The price tag I saw, at 5.19$ was gone. Someone of the store took it away and I argue with the cash lady saying I clearly saw a 5.19$ tag for my product and that I've checked carefully before buying the Shiro (which has a more subtle taste, when as I like my miso to be strong). We had a mini arguing and after 2 minutes of it, I told her ''Somebody changed the price meanwhile you were checking it and that I stayed at the cash and now, you're acting in all bad faith, as if I was the liar. And this, isn't right.'' She refused to give the product free as the policy says.

I'm still shocked by their bad faith in this. I will be now looking for another store.