Vegetarian restaurants in Toronto?
Hi All -
Looking for restaurants in the Toronto area that serve great vegan/vegetarian food...any recommedations?
A good resource is the restaurant directory on the Toronto Vegetarian Association web site: www.veg.ca. There you'll find a comprehensive listings by neighbourhood for exclusively vegetarian/vegan places, as well as lots of veggie-friendly restaurants.
My favourite dedicated veggie places are:
-- Fressen, on Queen West. High-end, vegan restaurant. I've never been disappointed in a meal there.
-- Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market is more casual but just as yummy.
-- Le Commensal, on Elm Street, is cafeteria-style, so fairly casual, but I find the food is pretty decent.
Warning: Juice For Life/Fresh is overrated and overpriced.
Hope this helps.
My favourite is Cafe 668; it used to be on Dundas near Bathurst, but they've relocated further west into a glitzy new building, and the food has gotten better. Buddhist vegetarian, perhaps a bit too much emphasis on fake meat.
Live up on Dupont near Spadina is interesting, it's raw (uncooked) vegetarian.
God help me for saying this, but I think Sneaky Dee's deserves recognition for their efforts at introducing vegan meals to their menu. There's tofu galore on the menu now.
I keep walking by Fressen, and thinking, geez I should drop in there... and I never do. I don't know what it is about that place that doesn't work for me.
I dislike Commensal in concept, ambience, location, and price. The food is alright, but paying restaurant prices for buffet food is nuts.
I disagree regarding Fresh - it's usually OK, but never great, and the price to food quality is about right. I frequent the Queen/Spadina location.
I totally agree about Le Commensal. I think the food is delicious, don't get me wrong, but I went for lunch the other day, and for two plates of food, it was $45. Craziness. I also think Fresh's food is uninspired, and I don't like the attitude I receive when I'm at Fressen. I find they often misrepresent their food on the menu (i.e. list ingredients that aren't actually in the meal). I really like Live, and have had some great meals there, plus I find it's a fun concept. There's always great vegetarian options at Indian restaurants, although I've never been to a fully dedicated vegetarian one like Siddartha.
I second Buddha's Vegetarian for their soups. I love the Hot and Sour and it is loaded with tofu, mushrooms flavor and is so cheap and massive. I also like their spring rolls and Buddhas special house noodles.
Other of my favorites for vegetarian are:
Brars Sweets- Veg indian buffets
Mezetta- for cheap tapas