When modern Tandoori cuisine originated 500 years ago, it was only prepared for kings. Now, this aristocratic experience comes to Toronto at Aafrien. The exclusive restaurant specializes in using the traditional clay oven tandoor to provide an authentic Indian dining experience. Aafrien’s extensive menu offers tandoor-cooked kebabs, curries, vegetables and hot naan. The long list
“Nabati” is an Arabic term meaning “made of plants” and represents the type of vegan food served at this Egyptian restaurant. All affordably priced and 100 per cent plant-based, the pitas, bowls, and desserts at Eat Nabati combine the flavours of the Middle East with the harvest of the North. At Eat Nabati, diners have
Moira Nordholt, owner and founder of Feel Good Guru, wants to have the greenest business in Toronto. At her new Queen West store and restaurant, which specializes in a tantalizing tongue-twister of “hyper-local super-awesome organic plant-powered food,” this vegan virtuoso is on a mission to change people’s notions of what it means to eat healthy, one meal at a time.
Starting as a stand-alone juice bar, Toronto’s first hot spot for stand-alone raw and cold pressed juices has become the city’s largest plant-based restaurant chain. Fresh on Eglinton is one of five locations from owners Ruth Tal, Barry Alper and Jennifer Huston. Starting as a juice company making small plant-based treats for an on-the-go crowd,
Gia, a reimagining of much-loved Dundas West restaurant Ufficio, brings to life the version of Ufficio that owner Jenny Coburn had originally envisioned. “When I first started Ufficio with my partner we were going to do it vegetarian,” says Coburn, “but this was five years ago.” At the time, Coburn says they weren’t sure Toronto
Calling all vegans and vegetarians who are into booze and board games! Lipstick & Dynamite is the nostalgia-inducing, red-walled resto-bar loved by residents near Trinity Bellwoods Park. Step inside and marvel at the relics from an old High Park church that have been repurposed as the bar and booths, an archway covered in glitter and
Lov, a much-beloved Montreal spot for elegant vegan eats has landed on King West. The concept is “fast fine dining” that offers local, organic, and vegan dishes. But the company’s driving ethos to make such cuisine accessible to everyone has necessitated some flexibility as they land in Toronto and beyond. “Lov used to stand for
Mad Radish is Yonge and Eglinton’s new one-stop-shop for healthy, but filling food on the go. The bright blue eatery — which originated in Ottawa and has now officially touched down in midtown Toronto — aims to change the way people think about healthy food. While salad hasn’t traditionally enjoyed a reputation of being “comfort food,” a new concept from the co-founder of David’s
Midtown has a new restaurant dishing up “soul food”. No, not the jerk chicken or stewed oxtail variety but “whole food for the soul.” A lawyer and sometime food blogger Sarah Huggins and her partner are behind the new Mary Be, located at Yonge and St. Clair.
For those of less carnivorous leanings, Toronto offers numerous places where one can get their vegetarian on. One Love Vegetarian cafe, as the name might suggest, serves vegetarian Caribbean and Creole cuisine. Conveniently located within sight of Bathurst station, One Love Vegetarian’s menu features curried bean curd, roti and stir fry heavy on the spice
On the southwest coast of India sits the beautiful town of Udupi. Rich in culture, the Temple City has produced millions of food connoisseurs, like the people who brought Udupi Palace to Toronto. This southern Indian vegetarian restaurant is pulling out all the stops to show us that Indian food isn’t limited to just curries
A cheery neighbourhood staple for eight years now, Urban Herbivore is Kensington Market’s go-to place for vegetarian-friendly grub. Taking over a corner space on one of the market’s main thoroughfares, the Herbivore has an extremely loyal following in the community. With plenty of lime green accents and ferns hanging from the ceiling, the space feels as though you’ve stumbled into an eatery straight off a Thai beach.
Only in the 21st century do such things as plant-based butchers exist. Yam Chops is the resident one in Little Italy, and its motto is “grown not raised,” which just about sums up the difference in the food. Stop in and sit down for a meal, do some grocery shopping or take a to-go lunch.