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The BEST Vegetarian in T.O?

starvin Aug 19, 2006 10:56 PM

We just got back from lunch at "PULP KITCHEN" located at 898 Queen St. East, near Logan. We were blown away by the food!

We both tried their "PK Sandwich" which was a battered tofu, tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro lime mayo on flax seed bread. We also split a pitcher of a super healthy Omega enriched fruit smoothie.

I'm wondering if anyone has tried this spot, and what they think. Also, are their any other great "veggie" restaurants in Toronto we should try out?

Just in case you're thinking of trying out "PULP KITCHEN" they DO NOT do dinner. They're open on weekdays from 8-5pm and weekends from 10-4pm.

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    oishi RE: starvin Aug 20, 2006 12:35 AM

    I've heard that "Boom Shiva" 1180 Queen Street West is good.

    I have also heard that "Full Moon Vegetarian" 638 Dundas Street West is also good.

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      j2brady RE: oishi Aug 20, 2006 02:04 PM

      I have also heard it is good..lcan anyone say form experience??

      What is the food like? What are the prices like??


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        furhead RE: j2brady Dec 3, 2007 11:55 AM

        I've been - and it was really good. Unfortunately, it closed down. According to VegGuide.org it's been gone since July.

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      galambo RE: starvin Aug 20, 2006 05:03 AM

      there is the gourmet veg rest. on west beaver creek and highway 7
      cafe 668 on 668 dungas
      lotus garden on dundas near the ago
      graceful veg next to the pacific mall
      lotus pond in scar.
      sam's wok on gerrald east
      at 666 dundas there is a Hong kong veg rest (next to cafe 668)

      the best is cafe 668 that i have tried.

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        Herb RE: galambo Aug 20, 2006 11:24 AM

        Lotus Garden closed a year or so ago.

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          galambo RE: Herb Aug 20, 2006 12:04 PM

          did not realize... thanks

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          Zengarden RE: galambo Aug 20, 2006 12:34 PM

          Definitely agree with Graceful Vegetarian.

          I think that you mean Simon's Wok, Gerrard at Logan.

          And I would throw in Udupi's Palace in Little India.

        3. cord RE: starvin Aug 20, 2006 12:55 PM

          Camros on Hayden, just south of Bloor and Yonge.

          1. mrsleny RE: starvin Aug 20, 2006 03:34 PM

            I love Graceful Veg because they have dim sum. Veg dim sum is almost impossible to find.

            They have a 2nd location in Richmond Hill near The Host (670 Hwy 7 East). It's much easier to find parking at this location.

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              Zengarden RE: mrsleny Aug 20, 2006 05:55 PM

              Do a lot of the dim sum items contain gluten products? I have a friend who is vegetarian but is also gluten intolerant.

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                mrsleny RE: Zengarden Aug 20, 2006 09:22 PM

                I would guess maybe about half the dim sum menu contains gluten. I can't always tell if the mock meat is gluten or soy. You can check the menu on their website:


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                galambo RE: mrsleny Aug 23, 2006 03:38 AM

                the gourmet veg rest also has veg dim sum.

                so does the lotus pond

              3. ltdan RE: starvin Aug 20, 2006 03:59 PM

                Live Organic Food Bar, at Spadina & Dupont.

                1. Olivia RE: starvin Aug 20, 2006 10:40 PM

                  I really like Cafe 668, Simon's Wok, and Juice for Life.

                  The place next to Cafe 668 is called Buddha's. They have the best yuba duck--get some for takeout and snack on it at home!

                  1. Teep RE: starvin Aug 21, 2006 03:58 PM

                    Le Commensal at Bay and Elm - veggie restaurent with a huge selection, from soup to dessert - buffet style that you pay by weight.

                    Camros at Hayden and Yonge - small organic veggie fast food restaurent with a small selection that changes often. What I don't like is they would have 3 rice selections, and all 3 would contain fruit - raisins or prunes. I don't like the sweetness in my rice! but otherwise very good.

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                      n10sity RE: starvin Aug 21, 2006 04:12 PM

                      Get Real at 135 Ossington, at Argyle is really great veg and organic food, although they close at around 7pm on weeknights. Their sweet potato quesadillas and pesto beet salad are to die for... Haven't been there for brunch yet, but they have a wide selection.

                      Kee Hong Bar B Q is my standard for fake meat (as I have said in previous threads) and I happen to think that Graceful Vegetarian is overrated and bland.

                      Has anyone actually tried Boom Shiva? Can anyone comment?

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                        Webdude RE: n10sity Aug 21, 2006 08:27 PM

                        Yup - the WebWife and I went Boom Shiva a couple of months ago. Very good - nice selection of food, great atmosphere and a vegetarian bloody caesar (i.e., no Clamato).

                        Attaway to wash down a Sunday brunch.

                        I'd get there soon, though. We were the only people in there for an admittedly late brunch - about 1:30.

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                          n10sity RE: Webdude Aug 31, 2006 05:14 PM

                          Cool, thanks. Do you remember how they are price wise?

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                        hoagy294 RE: starvin Aug 21, 2006 05:34 PM

                        I like Vegetarian Haven on Baldwin, they have a big selection of dishes, sandwiches, fake meat, tempeh, tofu etc.

                        My sister-in-law used to work at Le Commensal and all their food (or a lot of it) arrived pre-fab from Quebec ready to be boiled in a bag or have hot water added, I've never eaten there since.

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                          pescatarian RE: hoagy294 Aug 21, 2006 06:32 PM

                          I've never enjoyed Le Commensal.
                          Pulp Kitchen is on my list of favourite restaurants. Love it.
                          I also like Vegetarian Haven and Fresh on Bloor (or Queen).
                          It's not vegan, but my favourite vegetarian middle eastern is Tov Li - it's kosher and not open on friday nights and saturdays. Their original location is on Bathurst north of Steeles on the west side and they have a new location on Bathurst, south of wilson on the east side. They have the best middle eastern dips, etc.

                        2. Super Nintendo Chalmers RE: starvin Aug 21, 2006 06:50 PM

                          Utopia at College and Clinton has lots of great belly-filling veg options -- and you can eat there with your meaty friends.

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                            starvin RE: starvin Aug 21, 2006 07:14 PM

                            The prices were reasonable. For both of us, both having the PK sandwich, and a pitcher of smoothie it came to about $32.00 before tip. The service was great as well...

                            1. shana RE: starvin Aug 21, 2006 07:35 PM

                              I used to love fressen but I went there 2 months ago (ready for their portobello 'steak' with lemon basil pesto) and were told they had switched their menu to the small plates, suggest you order 3 or 4 and share them all will come out of the kitchen in no order deal. Like Lee. I appreciated the concept at Lee but was ticked that this meant at fressen my beloved portobello steak was not on the menu anymore.

                              I did have the cornmeal crusted oyster mushrooms and they were fab. Huge portion. I just miss the old set up.

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                                fickle RE: shana Aug 31, 2006 05:35 PM

                                I was at Fressen for dinner last Friday. Their small plates are really medium plates! The portions are huge. We ordered 5 dishes and a dessert between the two of us and it was a lot of food. We had the potato & fennel salad (tasty), avocado & corn salsa spinach blinis (absolutely delicious, we fought over the last piece!), the king and shitake mushrooms on spinach (my favourite dish, great balance of flavours), the tempeh fish & chips (tahini cucumber tartar sauce was decadent), the cornmeal oyster mushrooms (we thought this was the weakiest dish, the batter was too dense and bland for the delicacy of an oyster mushroom, it would have been better suited if it was a light tempura batter) and the belgium chocolate platter (also decadent). Service was great. They allowed us to leisurely enjoy our meal at our own pace. Definitely make reservations if you plan to go. Both the table and bar seating were full throughout the night (we were there for about 3 hours).

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                                SarahBHood RE: starvin Aug 22, 2006 04:55 PM

                                Live on Dupont
                                Udupi Palace and Narula's on Gerrard East
                                Annapurna on Bathurst
                                ...still thinking

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                                  alltummy RE: starvin Aug 31, 2006 10:52 PM

                                  haven't been to Pulp Kitchen- mostly because the hours are inconvenient for us. Went to Boom Shiva about a month ago- it's in an up and coming neighborhood- just by the Drake. The place itself is much smaller then reviews i read of it led me to believe, and the decor is not super. HOWEVER, the food was just excellent- probably some of the best veggie food I have had. I was very impressed with their sauces especially, i had an apple squash appetizer with a spicy caramel sauce that was quite excellent! i think i remember them having only organic wine- but i could be misremembering- what we had was good, from a Niagara winery(Frog Pond). There were only two other tables of people when we went, and it was stifling hot inside- no air conditioning on. Despite that the meal was excellent and I would recommend it.

                                  Fressen's new menu (haven't been in a while, so not sure when it changed) is excellent. I was disappointed to see that it had changed, and that they have moved to small plates... however, i couldn't believe how much better the food was! We ordered 6 dishes, and all but one was spectacular! THe polenta was just okay- not super. But the other dishes were wonderful- a very interesting potato salad stands out, as does the wild mushroom side. THey still have their cocktails (the greyhound with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice remains my fave)
                                  It has changed so dramatically i thought that they must have a new chef, but the waitress said no, the chef just tired of his old menu, and completely changed it. I was very impressed!

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                                    superchick RE: alltummy Sep 12, 2006 05:46 PM

                                    That's good to hear, Fressen is one of my fav restaurants although I haven't been there in quite some time either. I've always liked their red lentil soup.

                                    Wasn't a fan of the tempeh, the polenta or their gluten steak (too salty), but their portabello steak was worth it.

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                                    zoohort2 RE: starvin Sep 1, 2006 02:04 AM

                                    We love the "Live Organic Food Bar" at 264 Dupont, at Spadina, 416-515-2002

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                                      capiscum RE: starvin Sep 1, 2006 04:53 PM

                                      I also thought Boom Shiva was terrific. The "timbale" deservedly makes it into every review - it's thin strips of raw zucchini wrapped around a cannellini-sundried tomato-basil pureer. SO GOOD. All the little plates were yummy and the pasta special - rice penne with mushrooms - was savoury, with really rich flavours. They nicely split a $12 order of that into three bowls and it was still a good tasting size. The beer list is nice and long, too.

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                                        flashy_mcflash RE: capiscum Jan 16, 2007 02:38 PM

                                        Are they still open? I'd heard they closed down, but I just saw that there's a DJ event coming up there on Saturday.

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                                        Little T RE: starvin Sep 11, 2006 04:26 PM

                                        I like Simons Wok (big portions), Fressen (haven't tried new format), Pulp Kitchen (choconana hemp shake yum) , Udupi Palace for their dosas, Licks veggie burgers should get a mention too, and i'm not even vegetarian.

                                        Dislike Le Commensal's format.

                                        Graceful Veg & Kee Hong sounds interesting.

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                                          phoenikia RE: Little T Sep 12, 2006 06:07 PM

                                          Second Udupi Palace for their dosas...tried the masala dosa last week. Can't wait to try some more of their dishes...

                                        2. Webdude RE: starvin Jan 16, 2007 08:22 PM

                                          A couple of good ideas here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/106981

                                          You'll see my pitch for Juice for Life. At the risk of antagonizing the great whatever high atop the thing, I think it has one of the best veggie menus going.

                                          And the influence of students from nearby institutions of higher learning helps to keep it, er, fresh.

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                                            fleisch RE: starvin Jan 16, 2007 08:58 PM

                                            I work up in Richmond Hill and have been going to the Gourmet Vegetarian restaurant at 7/Beaver Creek for lunch every now and then.
                                            Since it is so close by I'd like to try Graceful Vegetarian too but was wondering if any of the Graceful Vegetarian lovers compare the two places?

                                            It looks like the latter is bit pricier for starters.
                                            And the lunch parking certainly can't be any worse than the plaza where Ambassador, Gourmet Veg etc. are...
                                            Gourmet Veg has some really nice $4.99 lunch specials. Does Graceful have anything like that?


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                                              fleisch RE: starvin Jan 17, 2007 03:35 PM

                                              Acutally - now I've heard that the Graceful Veg location in Richmond Hill has closed.
                                              Can anyone confirm/deny?

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                                                galambo RE: fleisch Jan 26, 2007 06:29 AM

                                                Yes it is closed. and in my opinion the gourmet is better anyways

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                                                Mikejor RE: starvin Feb 26, 2007 05:43 PM

                                                King's Vegetarian Cafe on Augusta has great Chinese vegetarian and the best thing is that you can purchase a lot of their soy products on their menu in a small shop in the back. The enoki mushrooms and soy drumsticks are my favourite. Also enjoy Cafe 668 and Fressen.

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                                                  lower_colon RE: starvin Feb 26, 2007 07:43 PM

                                                  I hate to dissent, but I *did not* like Boom Shiva! The atmosphere and service were nice, but other than the timbales, my dining partner and I found that the food lacked flavour. I might go again for drinks, but I would eat elsewhere. There is better food for the money at a number of places in the city - Cafe 668 being at the top of the list, IMHO. Fresh by Juice for Life is great, as is Camros.

                                                  I wholeheartedly agree with the poster above on Utopia. They have something to please everybody, and really great food for a very reasonable price. Tiny though, so go early.

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                                                    Ron M RE: starvin Dec 3, 2007 11:21 AM

                                                    Does anyone know if Graceful Vegetarian is vegan?

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                                                      mrsleny RE: Ron M Dec 3, 2007 08:26 PM

                                                      No they are not. They use egg in some of their dishes. I'm sure the staff can tell you which dishes are vegan.

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                                                      afternoonveggiedelight RE: starvin Mar 22, 2008 03:08 PM

                                                      Camros Eatery on Hayden St. just south of Yonge and Bloor. Their menu is online at http://www.camroseatery.com. It's organic vegan Persian food in a take-out style with a few tables and a dining bar. They close early, 7pm because it's more of a lunch-time crowd place. Definitely worth trying. All the take-out stuff is enviro-friendly. You can choose 2-4 items for a set price. I always get 4 which is 9.99 and worth every penny. The quinoa salad and black bean salads are delicious. They always have a daily rice ball, a lentil item and a vegetable item. I haven't tried all the rice balls but the ones I had were great. I always feel so good physically after eating there. Not only is it tasty, but wholesome, satisfying and makes my digestive system feel strangely peaceful. The portions are very good, unlike Le Commensal where I always feel so ripped off that I've stopped going. Also worth a mention is the vegan "cheese" cake made from almond milk.

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