Taking the vegetarian restaurant theme a step further this is a vegan restaurant that doesn’t cook any of its food with two locations in Toronto; the original in the up and coming Junction neighbourhood and a new location in the swanky ‘Yorkville’ area; home to the stars when they are visiting for the film festival. Skeptics (as I once was) approach the restaurant with a certain level of trepidation however turn into converts to this new way of eating. The menu is varied offering lighter lunchtime fare such as salads and wraps through to the more substantial entrees including Pad Thai, Pasta and Pizza all of which are filling and warming even on the coldest Toronto winter’s day in spite of them not being the images of steamy plates of food which such dishes conjure up. The real treat is the end of the meal – a selection of organic teas which are served with ‘traditional’ desserts such as ‘chocolate brownie’ or ‘cheesecake’. Quality food which appears to have been made with thought and care with absolutely no compromise on taste makes this a real hidden gem.
One of the best cities for regional Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, and a host of others. If you have a friend with a car, check out Scarborough and Mississauga for them, also Richmond Hill and Markham for Chinese. Almost every strip mall has cheap and amazing, authentic food, much more authentic and diverse than the better known areas downtown.
Spicy, vegetarian and non-vegetarian south Indian:
Anjappar Chettinnad, 3090 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough; tel: 416 265 2695
Fang's Restaurant (Hong Kong food)
3225 Hwy 7, Markham; tel: 905 947-9969
Dragon Dynasty (banquet food and dim sum)
2301 Brimley Road, Scarborough; tel: 416 321 9000
Vegetarian south Indian:
Saravana Bhavan 4559 Hurontario St (at Eglinton) Miss.; tel: 905 290 0769
also 1571 Sandhurst Circle (Finch & McCowan); tel: 416 293 7755
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