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Vegetarians - or those (like me) just leaning that way - which restaurants are best??

I love "Fresh" - it ticks all my boxes when I am in a vegetarian mood - and also inspires how I conjure up the same kind of food in my own kitchen.
The vegan place in the basement of the St. Lawrence Market gets a big vote too.
But are there any upscale places where a truly satisfying vegetarian meal (not just some token thing) can be had?

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  1. Woodlot has a separate vegetarian menu that is really really good if you are in the mood for heavier comfort food.

    1. Fressen. That's pretty much as upscale as it gets for a vegetarian restaurant. Other restaurants will do vegetarian dishes (and not always just the typical pasta, risotto or portobello burger).

      Grapefruit Moon is very veg friendly and uses tempeh in their sandwiches and other breakfast items.

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      Fressen
      478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

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      1. re: trane

        Went to Fressen a week ago and have to respectfully disagree. Everything but the Moroccan stew was bland, or oversalted. Incredibly small portions. Moroccan stew was nice enough but I make a comparable version myself.

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        Fressen
        478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

        1. re: Yum2MyTum

          You're disagreeing with what? That it's not upscale?

          I never said it was good, I just said it was upscale, which is what the OP asked for.

          I've only been there a handful of times and while enjoyable, I've never had anything that's made me go back for more (unlike Live or Graceful Vegetarian).

          1. re: trane

            I think "truly satisfying" is in the same vane as good.

            Fressen isn't bad, it's just really underwhelming. I'm desperately seeking a more upscale dining experience in Toronto, but being vegan it just doesn't seem to exist.

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            Fressen
            478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

            1. re: michelleTO

              Hi trane. I was disagreeing with your characterization of Fressen as "truly satisfying", intended or not, as michelleTO pointed out.

              Some good suggestions on this page. I'd second recommendations for Tabule.

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              Tabule
              2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

              Fressen
              478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

      2. 93 Harbord is a good choice.

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        93 Harbord
        93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

        1. Mashu Mashu for mediterranean, Tabule for middle eastern and Jean's Vegetarian for thai. And Nazareth for ethiopian.

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          Tabule
          2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

          Mashu Mashu
          387 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, CA

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          1. re: fickle

            Second Tabule. Also like Jerusalem on Eglinton. Love their fried tomatoes & fried eggplant.

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            Tabule
            2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

            Jerusalem
            955 Eglinton Ave, Toronto, ON M6C2C4, CA

          2. I'm not even close to a veg and I rather enjoy Vegetarian Haven on Baldwin and I would consider it a nicer room that Fresh. The crispy oyster mushrooms are crazy delicious!

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            Vegetarian Haven
            17 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L1, CA

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            1. re: JennaBean

              OOh that sounds delicious - have been wondering about Vegetarian Haven on Baldwin - interested in your view - thanks! My only beef (pardon the pun) about Fresh is the appalingly high decible level - in all three locations - it seems incongrous with their passive food philosophy, I may be old, but I have money, and I won't spend it in places where I can't hear what my dining companion is saying.

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              Vegetarian Haven
              17 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L1, CA

              1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                Vegetarian Haven is a low-lighting quiet little space with really well done veggie food. The cheesecake believe it or not is just as good as the mushrooms!!

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                Vegetarian Haven
                17 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L1, CA