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Top 40 vegetarian dishes in GTA

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  • Food Tourist Feb 27, 2006 08:42 PM
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I'm giving up meat for Lent. Where can I eat happily for the next 40 days? I already love Live. Other options in Mississauga/Etobicoke/downtown/North York?

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  1. Two friends told me Rice Bar is good. I'll also eat fish, if I get a craving for meat...

    1. s
      Super Nintendo Chalmer

      Places I like around the core:

      - Fresh (juice for life)
      - Utopia (lots of great veggie items)
      - Fressen
      - Pulp Kitchen
      - Magic Oven pizza
      - Ethiopian House (lots of veggie items)
      - Annapurna
      - Hey Good Cooking (roti)
      - Cafe 668
      - Urban Herbivore
      - Sneaky Dee's (lots of veggie tex-mex... when you want a lot of food)

      Check out the Vegetarian Directory too (link below)

      Link: http://www.veg.ca/directory/to-maps.html

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      1. re: Super Nintendo Chalmer

        The previous listing had a lot of my favourites. Here's just a couple more

        Downtown:

        1. Momo's on Harbord makes a nice grill veggie plate, and a decent falafel and excellent carrot cake, homemade.
        2. Ghazele beside the Bloor for a collection of different veggie options.
        3. Taco El Savador has veggie options.
        4. Any Indian restaurant. I like alot of them so they are too numermous to name.
        5. Most rest make good veggie sushi options. One of my friends like the yam vegetable roll (A) I think it is at Kyoto sushi (most review on this place weren't good but this roll won her)
        6. Pomengrate on College near Bathurst. Their veggie pate is awesome and their portobella mushroom in some special sauce is excellent.
        7. Boujadi on Eglinton by the Allen, I like their Medina?
        8. Mocha Mocha Cafe on Danforth. I love their brown rice salad. It sounds boring but its really good.
        9. Maroli near Davisville, mentioned many times on this website. If you call 2 days in advance and request REAL Kerala food that's vegetarian he will make it. Lots of coconut and very fresh tasting.
        10. Sunny's at Noahs at Spadina and Bloor. All organic and tasty, open at lunch only I think.
        11. Chinese Bakery on Baldwin makes veggie buns at lunch.

        A drive from downtown:
        1. Listed in the vegatarian association,
        a) chinese - Graceful Vegetarian
        b) Lotus Pond though the last time I was there it wasn't quite as good as I remembered.
        2. I drive to the Dosa Hut just for dosa and their thali platters are awesome too. Islington & ? Rexdale?

        1. re: Janine

          Graceful Vegetarian's worth the 30 min drive from downtown. Their "meat" tastes better than the real thing..

      2. How about United Bakers dairy restaurant at Lawrence Plaza (Bathurst and Lawrence)? They have an excellent split pea soup, nice salads and pasta dishes (the vegetable lasagna is very good and is a very generous portion). There are huge line-ups at lunch time though.

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        1. re: Elad

          United Bakers stinks, to put it briefly.

        2. Vegetarian Haven on Baldwin is excellent.

          1. The Curry Chickpeas (Chana Masala) at Udopi on Gerrard is so tasty. One order (8.95) can easily stretch into two meals. It comes with rice, roti and pappadum, pickles and yogurt.

            1. d
              Dinin' and Dishin'

              Bacchus Roti for their Squash, Spinach and Channa Roti - tasty and very filling.

              Little Tibet for their Vegetarian Momos (fried or steamed) always accompanied by a really fresh salad and a great salsa-like dip. They have other vege options also. You can start with some steamed soybeans and end with a great rice pudding that is full of dried fruits and spices. (not like the English version at all)

              1. How about a bowl of Pho without the meat? I usually like the Pho at Pho Con Bo (sp) behind the burger king at Jane and Wilson.

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                1. re: Moon

                  Not to quibble but pho without meat wouldn't necessarily be vegetarian. The broth is usually made with beef stock.

                  Do any restaurants serve vegetarian pho? It's one of the few things I *really* miss.

                  Sticking to the topic at hand, one of the best veg dishes is the chicken satay kebobs at Graceful Vegetarian in Markham.

                2. I had a pretty bad experience at Graceful Vegetarian so I can't agree. The fake meat was bland and tasteless and far too pricey. My favourite fake meat restaurant is Kee Hong Bar B Q on Spadina just south of Nassau. Not a lot of people know about it, probably because there is bbq duck and other meat hanging in the window (this puzzles me because their menu is fully vegetarian). They have really cheap take out (~$5 for a serving that will last you a couple of days - my favourite is the curry), and their sit down dining selection and prices are the best I've seen. We had a sweet and sour taro fake fish that was brilliant.

                  1. I like King's Cafe in Kensington Market... well priced, large portions, and they have some interesting desserts too!
                    Haven't had a bad dish there yet, and I looove their spicy eggplant.

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                    1. re: jayseeca

                      Since it reopened, King's Café has gone waaaaay downhill. The only good thing on the menu is the pork buns.

                    2. Definitely check out Camros on Hayden, just south of Yonge and Bloor. Amazing organic vegetarian food! Very friendly new family-run restaurant. For lunch, 4 item combo (hot and cold dishes) for $6.95.
                      http://www.camrosorganicfoods.com/

                      1. The sushi place on Kennedy and Ellesmere makes food that tastes really good at a very affordable price. I think a lot of places make bland vegetarian sushi, but I know that the cucumber rolls at that place are good. I think it is called Super Sushi House or something like that.

                        1. How do cucumber rolls be good, and not bland? Isnt it just cucumber, rice (vinegared and all that), and seaweed? Or is it that they a seasoning of some sort on it?

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                          1. re: jennjen18

                            Well, I think that some places make overly bland sushi. There is supposed to be a delicate taste of something there. I think it is because some places just put in too much rice or pack the rice too densely or maybe the seasoning doesn't fit my personal taste. I like the delicate taste of sushi and I know it's not supposed to be highly seasoned because you do dip it in soy sauce. But the cucumber rolls I am talking about fit my personal tastes. Maybe it was also that the cook rolled the lot in a few sesame seeds. It was good.

                          2. I don't recommend Rawlicious in the Junction, and Raw Aura in Port Credit is hit-or-miss depending on the dish.

                            I had a really good "seafood" hot pot at Vegetarian Haven on Baldwin last September.

                            I'm missing burgers already and it's only Day One.

                            1. I wouldn't recommend Fresh but I do think Live is fine, they have cooked options.

                              There is also Calico, a new place on Bloor near Dufferin and Urban Herbivore is better than Fressen I think, much cheaper too.
                              Simon's Wok on Gerrard that is all veggie and Bo Du Nguyen on Spadina. If you like meat subsitutes.

                              1. Paneer Tikka @ Host or Nataraj.

                                1. Cafe 668 is really delicious, fresh and healthy tasting.
                                  And Calico is pretty good as well.