Top Plant-Based Eats in Toronto/GTA

Vegetarian/Vegan Resto Reviews
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TOP PLANT-BASED EATS IN TORONTO AND GTA

I love my plant-based food!

"Foodie" might as well be my middle name – as I LOVE to eat and try new food. With that in mind, I'm also a picky eater. I've been vegan for about 2.5 years and I'm constantly scouring the city for the most delicious plant-based food. My favourite restaurants are shown here in no particular order. Note: not all of the restaurants are 100% plant-based, but offer vegan options. With so much variety, I can pretty much guarantee that you won't miss eating meat.

I'm sure that there are many restaurants worthy of being included in this post, but give me a chance to go try them! Feel free to recommend some places to me 🙂 I'll admit that some of my photos are not the greatest, but conditions don't always allow for more artistic shots. More importantly, check out these salivation spots!

The COVID pandemic has affected businesses big time. Unfortunately one of my favourite plant-based hotpot restaurants has closed their door forever.

Please support our local restaurants by ordering online/by phone/by email (whatever method they use) for contactless pick up.

Business hours may be different during COVID times, so be sure to call ahead or check online for their current hours.

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Fat Choi (Toronto) – 100% plant-based

Asian inspired dishes with divine taste and textures. A culinary delight and gourmet dining experience. I would say that because of the serving size-price ratio, it's a wonderful splurge and especially great when someone's treating you for your birthday. My last birthday dinner was there of course…

Their sambal oil is "oh so perfect"! I've purchased many a jar to enjoy at home. Fat Choi's is often experimenting with twists on classic dishes – so be prepared to delight your taste buds. Because I don't live in the city, I stock up whenever I'm downtown.

Due to COVID, Fat Choi is currently offering set menus for takeout. Check out their website for details and help them out by pre-ordering via email. Also because of COVID, Fat Choi's is currently operating out of their sister restaurant "Soo's", which is not plant-based.

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TVX (Toronto) – 100% plant-based

Indian inspired dishes. A trip to flavour heaven. Dishes with an exquisite blend of spices and textures that will leave you wanting more. Their oyster mushrooms, Nonya and biryani are sublime. Jeff is constantly experimenting with new dishes, so be sure to follow TVX on social media for his latest creations. Like typical Indian style food, the portions are not huge, but they are very filling. Plus it's hard not to be full when you try every dish on the menu!

I had the pleasure of eating in the restaurant pre-COVID and enjoyed their beautifully plated dishes and "downtown" ambience. I was waiting for COVID to end before heading downtown, but couldn't wait anymore. TVX's dishes even look amazing in take-out containers! Don't forget to say hello to the very lovely Jeff and Jesse when you go – and tell them Monica sent you 🙂

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The VegItaliano (Vaughan) – 100% plant-based

Italian food. It's true – you can enjoy plant-based calamari, meatballs, parmesan sandwiches and traditional baked goods. You can also purchase Italian products and vacuum sealed "meats" such as BBQ ribs and sausages. Maria and her family own and run the restaurant with love. Honestly, the calamari (oyster mushrooms with perfect batter and seasoning) and fresh pasta are what keep me going back again and again. This place is a treasure.

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Copper Branch (franchise with many locations) – 100% plant-based

A great spot if you like power salads, burgers, wraps, hot sides (like chili and soup), smoothies, lattes/hot drinks and desserts. Their sauces are their secret ingredient, making burgers and wraps succulent. The food is always fresh. My personal favs: spicy black bean burger, scrambled tofu wrap and General Copper bowl.

You can also collect loyalty points when you eat there.

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The Veggie Thali (Toronto) – 100% plant-based

Indian food. Enjoy authentic slow cooked spice-infused dishes such as chana masala, dal, aloo gobi and sabzi. Grab some samosa and mango juice at the same time. They offer Thali combos ($13) (pictured above centre) which includes salad, rice, roti and your choice of 3 items. You can also get a Mini Thali if you want a lighter meal.

I found out that some other Indian restaurants sneak milk ingredients into their vegetarian dishes, when l I discovered that my refrigerated eggplant was solidified and milky the next day. I'm so happy that The Veggie Thali is completely plant-based. I can eat anything on the menu with comfort.

Now with two locations (1712 Queen St. East, Toronto and 1410 Victoria Park Ave., Unit 4, Toronto) to serve you.

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Freshii (franchise with many locations ) – plant-based options

Salads, bowls, soups, wraps, smoothies, cold pressed juices. If you're looking for a lighter meal on the go – this is the place to go. You have the option to add tofu as a protein. This restaurant isn't completely plant-based so you should mention your preferences to the staff when ordering. They have a nifty chart behind the counter that details the ingredients for each menu item.

My personal favourites are the Buddha Satay bowl (rice noodles with a spicy peanut sauce topped with an assortment of fresh raw veggies) and the Fiesta salad minus the aged cheddar. If you're looking for a good juice cleanse – you can purchase a 3 or 5-day cleanse. I suggest calling ahead to make sure they have enough juice available before you show up. I've personally done the cleanse three times. You can read my most recent review of the 3-day juice cleanse. Even if you're not "cleansing" you can buy the juices right off the shelf for a quick energy pick-me-up.

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Mamma's Pizza (franchise with many locations) – plant-based options

Pizza. Sometimes I get hit with a pizza craving. You can order a specialty pizza such as "Spicy Vegan" or "Vegan Classic Sausage" right off their menu or you can customize one with your favourite toppings. After I became vegan, I missed Mamma's Pizza's thin and moist crust. I was ecstatic when they introduced plant-based options with dairy-free cheese. Mamma's makes mean pizza.

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Sabai Sabai (Toronto) – plant-based options

Thai food. Sadly, I cannot find any of my pictures for this restaurant, but will post them the next time I go eat there. They have a separate menu for vegan dishes, which makes ordering so much easier than trying to customize non-vegan menu items (vegans – you understand what I mean). Enjoy Tom Yum soup, Panang curry, Green curry and so much more. The food is amazing and will tease every bud on your tongue. Love the vibe and atmosphere at this restaurant. This is a good spot if you're eating with non-vegans looking for meat/fish – at least you can eat together.

Planta Queen is on my list but still looking for my food pics!

In search of plant-based food: Oliver and Bonacini review

Vegetarian/Vegan Resto Reviews

I decided to re-name my blog title to…”In search of plant-based food” instead of restaurants – because vegan restaurants are hard to find where I am. So, now I look for vegan menu items at ‘regular’ restaurants.

Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill (Bayview & Sheppard, Toronto location) (aka O & B) is not a vegan restaurant but does have a selection of vegetarian dishes, but you should double-check the ingredients with the waiter/waitress before ordering.

My in-laws treated our family for a Chinese New Year dinner back in Feb 2019 at Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill. It would have been too hectic at any Chinese restaurants, so we went for Italian-style food.

The main dinner menu online looked promising for me and my daughter, so by request, we went there. But unfortunately, I found out it was part of the Winterlicious festival with a set three-course meal (appetizer, main dish, and dessert). That meant that their entree menu was reduced significantly.

Overall rating:

Food: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Price: $$$-$$$$ out of $$$$$ (depends what you order)

Ambience/decor: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My fav dish: If I have to pick an item – it would be the mushroom soup (made with no cream and no butter).

I ordered the Spaghetti Pomorado entree (pictured above). O & B made no effort to add a unique ingredient like truffle mushroom to the spaghetti or decorate the plate. So no fancy ingredients or garnish at all. Basically, the pasta had tomato sauce and a bit of basil. I could easily have made the dish myself at home for a few dollars – but it cost $16.

My husband had the Schnitzel dish, but it did not look so great and he didn’t really like it, and my son had a curry lamb, which he did not really enjoy.

Loyalty rewards

Nada.

Feedback: I was disappointed when I tried to ask for a customized pizza to share with my meat-eating 5-year-old. They have Margarita pizza and pepperoni pizza- so I asked for half with just tomato sauce, basil and no cheese; and half with pepperoni and cheese. They could not do it for me.

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