In search of plant-based restaurants: Freshii review

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Freshii is a franchise restaurant. It is not a vegan restaurant but does have a wide selection of vegetarian dishes without any meat or meat by-products. You should double-check the ingredients with the cashier before ordering.

Overall rating:

Food: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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

Ambience/decor: 3 out of 5 stars

My fav dish: I tried the new Sriracha Chili Bowl most recently. It didn’t look that appetizing but it was nice and spicy and very tasty. Chili and avocado is a nice mix!

Freshii locations

As Freshii is a franchise, you will see many locations pop up. Hopefully, you have one near you. www.freshii.com

Other products

Freshii has a lot of soup bowls, rice bowls, wraps, cold-pressed juices (can buy bottles from the fridge or do a 3-day or 5-day juice cleanse). You can customize most of the menu items the way you like. But word of warning, carefully review what you select for customizing. For example, adding tofu may cost $3, and adding other stuff has certain cost as well. So your wrap which may have started at $8 may end up being $13+!

I wrote about their 3-day cleanse in one of my first blogs:

Freshii’s 3-day cleanse blog

Loyalty rewards

You can download the Freshii APP and collect rewards. To date I earned $20 rewards – which I used excitedly. I learned that you cannot collect rewards if you order in the restaurant. So you only get rewards through the APP.

Use of APP for ordering

Some locations are not that organized. The online orders may be printed below the cash register, so the staff may not see it until you arrive. This happened to me two times when I was in a rush. I got frustrated and called them right away I ordered online to make sure they got my order.

Freshii is a great go-to for food on the go. I love hot veg comfort food, so still looking for local eats. Any good hot veg food places that you know of? Please let me know.


In search of plant-based restaurants: Wutai Vegetarian Restaurant review

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Wutai Vegetarian Restaurant located at 8425 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Ontario. It is not a vegan restaurant but does have a wide selection of vegetarian dishes without any meat or meat by-products. You just need to double-check the ingredients with the waiter/waitress before ordering.

Overall rating:

Food: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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

Ambience/decor: 3 out of 5 stars

My fav dish: Lotus root and glutinous rice wrapped with tofu skin (appetizer pictured top centre)

I was finally able to line up the stars and meet my gal friends for a girls’ night out. Everyone is so busy all the time, so I thought I’d be spontaneous and see if they were all free this past Friday. I never tried this restaurant before, but one of my friends ate there a number of times and suggested we meet there.

Chinese food

If you love hot Chinese food, but don’t love the meat, you have to try it out. Typically, Chinese vegetarian food is “mock” meat made of tofu or beancurd. This does not jive with me. So, I was delighted when I saw an extensive menu of appetizing dishes at Wutai.

Other products

If you enjoy Chinese dim sum, they have a large menu selection of vegetarian dim sum during the lunch period. Dinner is a la carte only.

Loyalty rewards

None here.

I really enjoyed the food and will definitely go to satisfy my craving for Chinese dim sum – which I have probably missed the most since becoming vegan.

Worth checking out! Maybe I’ll see you there?