Friday, June 10, 2011

Top 5 Vegetarian Restaurants

With restaurants like these that now serve mouth watering AND HEALTHY dishes, you'll be craving tofu and baby bok choy over steak in no time! Here's our top 5 picks for vegetarian restaurants in Toronto.

Serving three neighbourhoods (Bloor St West, Spadina and Queen Street West), Fresh offers both a dine-in and take-out gourmet menu. They boasts an array of exotic starters, multi-layered salads, filling wraps, high protein burgers and signature Fresh bowls (my fave is the Energy Bowl). They also have an extensive list of juices and smoothies - I recommend the Liver Flush (grapefruit, beet, ginger, lemon, cayenne and milk thistle) to detox after weekend festivities. ($6-13)

Fressen Restaurant
Named one of the 14 hippest vegetarian eateries in North America by VegNews and cousin to Kensington’s Urban Herbivore, this verging-on-luxurious lounge uses haute chinoiserie to dramatic effect. Foods are made from scratch and prepared to order. Go for the stews when you are craving comfort food. ($6-9)

This place is foodie heaven for the busy office crowd. There are Freshii locations throughout the city and their focus is offering convenient choices for healthy meals and snacks. They have their signature take-outs dishes but pretty much everything is customizable. Try the mandarin apple muesli for breakfast and the spicy lemongrass soup or bangkok chicken burrito for lunch - nutritious and yum! ($7-10)

Kale Eatery
This place doesn't believe in microwaves or deep fryers! Their menu changes daily according to what organic produce is delivered so the meals are always freshly prepared, self-serve and sold by weight. Don't forget to grab something from their dessert bar too (like their puddings or black currant coconut ball) - it's ok really, everything is healthy and some treats are gluten free too. ($10-15)

The Kensington Cornerstone
This restaurant is family-friendly, vegetarian-friendly and celiac-friendly. Plus their entire menu is gluten free and delicious (including their beer)! It's a great place to go for brunch to cure that hangover - indulge in their cinnamon raisin bread with maple butter or poached eggs on Russian black pumpernickle with brie, bacon and hand-made hollandaise. ($9-17)


  1. King's Cafe on Augusta is awesome and my favourite. Check it out!
    I find Fresh has cheapened their ingredients over the years and charge way too much for what you get. Freshii is great and I'm glad Commensal didn't get mentioned. It's gross.

  2. Love Fresh - used to have lunch there often when I worked in the area close to Spadina and Richmond. Always enjoyed the Beach Bowl with soba noodles. Haven't been there for a while, so don't know about the quality of the ingredients.

    There's a new spot in Port Credit called Raw Aura that uses only organic, raw ingredients: I've yet to try it out.

  3. Thanks Ladies for offering other suggestions. Will definitely check those out too!

  4. I'm looking forward to trying the Kale Eatery and The Kensington Cornerstone. Also saw a Vegan bistro recently on Baldwin St. called Vegetarian Haven, that looks worth trying out!