5 vegetarian restaurants in The Six #musttry

By / Food / September 25th, 2019 / 5

Whatever your reason for choosing a plant-based diet, the options for dining out are no longer limited. Some of the more popular vegetarian restaurants have several locations to choose from. There is a large variety in the style of restaurant and in the cuisine itself. From standard menus with sandwiches and wraps to buffets and everything in between. Even carnivores will delight in some plant passionate chef renditions of meat classics.

Here are five options in Toronto.

Planta

Planta Yorkville – 1121 Bay St. Toronto
Planta Burger – 4 Temperance St. Toronto
Planta Queen – 180 Queen St. W Toronto
Planta South Beach – 850 Commerce St. Miami, FL

This is an upscale, sit-down eatery designed by Chef David Lee to demonstrate sustainability can satiate your appetite. Variety is served at Planta. Can’t decide on whether to order pizza or Chinese food? A salad or a small plate? Fulfill a diverse range of taste buds in one sitting from the internationally inspired menu. This vegetarian restaurant is a staple with an extensive menu and array of delivery options.

Side dish: Drinks are served! Including a selection of organic wines, beer and cocktails made with cold-pressed juices.

Rosalinda

133 Richmond St. W. Toronto

In Toronto’s financial district lies a dining oasis. Engaging a healthy and balanced lifestyle inside and out, the interior design is just as nurturing as food. Refreshingly vibrant, Rosalinda Restaurant pulls the flavour and depth of vegetables out without feeling the need to infuse a meat flavouring. The vegetables take centre stage in the Mexican inspired dishes. Even carnivores will be impressed!

Side dish: The bar complements conscientious food choices with a variety of drink choices. Low/no alcohol drinks are available for the perfect lunchtime refresh before heading back to the grind.

Fresh

Fresh on Bloor – 326 Bloor St W. Toronto
Fresh on Spadina – 147 Spadina Ave Toronto
Fresh on Crawford – 894 Queen Street W. Toronto
Fresh on Eglington – 90 Eglington Ave. E. Toronto
Fresh on Front – 47 Front Street E. Toronto

For the fan of first editions, Fresh boasts its history as the “Original” vegetarian restaurant in Toronto. What started as a juice bar with a handful of items, Fresh has evolved into a full service, multi-location vegetarian restaurant. The menu is full of traditional dishes that everyone will recognize. From “Starters + Shareables” to flatbreads, sandwiches, bowls and more. For the weekenders, brunch is served until 3pm.

Side dish: Fresh offers a selection of cookbooks. Choose from four books with international delivery. Cook up your favourites at home for a cozy night in or dinner party.

Away Kitchen + Café

680 College St. Toronto

If you need to grab a breakfast, salad or sandwich, Away Kitchen + Café has a light, quick-serve menu for those on the go. There’s a little something for everyone. It’s light on the system, light on the wallet. A little rest stop for some sustenance and you are back en route!

Side dish: When you look up Away Kitchen, two locations will show up.

Blossom Vegetarian

9425 Leslie St. Toronto

Blossom boasts a vegan and vegetarian buffet-style offering of Asian dishes. Head over for lunch buffet, dinner buffet and catering. The vegan take on dim-sum is a quite popular and the noodle bar will leave lunch to your imagination. A little north of downtown, this buffet is certainly worth the trip.

Side dish: Dessert anyone? Desserts are available and vegans will be happy to know that no gelatin is used in the puddings.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Freelance writer and lifelong learner, Rebecca Hinchcliffe loves the art of storytelling. Swapping stories over meal prep and making new memories by dessert, she enjoys the simple pleasures with good friends. Cooking and creating are her two favourite past times. Sharing experiences via the written word a close third.

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