Those who work in Gatineau should consider Restaurant Salade Spot as a quicker and cheaper alternative to Gaia. Located at 175 Promenade de Portage, it sells wraps and salads starting at $4.50 and $5.50 respectively. For $7.90, I got a large spinach salad with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, green olives, black beans, hard boiled eggs, blue cheese, and honey mustard dressing – including the $2.00 cost for a re-usable plastic container for it. Those who buy or bring a re-usable container get two free extra ingredients for their salad. Mine was markedly better than an equally filling meal of similar price from Marcello’s or Subway.
Apparently, they also source as many of their ingredients as possible locally. All told, it is definitely a place worth trying for those working in Place de Portage, les Terrasses de la ChaudiÃ¨re, and the vicinity.
[Update: 14 April 2009] It seems Salade Spot went bankrupt. I went there for lunch today and found the windows papered over and a ‘for sale’ sign up. There was no indication that the place had relocated, rather than shut down.