Le Commensal for lunch -- try the soya cake (mousse-like "cheese"cake)
For those who have heard of the restaurant, but want to try it, there's a $10 off two people (one person must never have been there before, each must spend over $12) coupon in last week's (New Year's) Now Magazine. I note that there are also coupons available at the toronto.com web site, which I'll post below.
Taking advantage of this offer, my wife and I went over for lunch. We had two plates of food (not stacked up at all, because everything is sold by weight, on the order of $7.50/lb) and two desserts. We drank tap water. I'm glad we had the coupon, because for this, we paid $17 (i.e. this small amount of food cost us $27).
We stayed with the hot buffet. The food is very well prepared. I had the Portuguese bean stew (which had some deep fried tofu in it), seitan bourguinon (which had meat-like -- soft -- chunks with little pearl onions and mushrooms) and thai seitan (more sweet than sour or spicy). My wife also tried the lasagne, which she said wasn't cheesy enough.
The dessert may have been worth the trip for me: soya cake (like cheesecake but vegan), which is actually more like a mousse, served with a nice berry topping. (Does anyone have a recipe for this? There wasn't a soya taste, maybe just vanilla). My wife had the regular cheesecake (but didn't say anything much about it).
This visit reminds me a lot of the visit to Le Commensal when I was in Montreal (i.e. the original branch on Ste. Catherine) many years ago. I remember the food being good, but thought that the food was on the pricy side for what we got.
Vegan alternatives that I see more frequently are Simon's Wok and Cafe 668. Either of these would have produced a lunch bill that was the same -- but I had a $10 discount at Le Commensal!
At lunchtime, we didn't take advantage of the offer of free parking (after 6 p.m.), but on a Monday afternoon, were able to find a parking space on Elm Street. (Being a cafeteria, I didn't even need the full 60 minutes on the meter! We were out in 40 minutes, and hadn't planned on being in a particular hurry).
We're often in the Yonge and Dundas area, so maybe I'll just have to remember to drop by for the soya cake!