Vegan Options at Omni Restaurants

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Photo credit: MeShell

Once again MeShell finds the goods in omni restaurants, and makes a case as to how to find out if they have vegan options… ask them publically. Read the full article about Hawker Bar here. (164 Ossington Ave., 647-343-4698) “[We ordered the] vegan laksa. And as an aside, the vegetarian laksa comes with an egg in it, but it’s not mentioned on the menu – but really, just order the vegan one, it’s great. Laksa is a vegetable and coconut milk based soup, with the blended flavours of galangal, turmeric, shallots, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and kefir lime leaves (me thinks.) There were rice noodles, little tofu puffs, snow peas, chopped red pepper, and surprise eggplant bits. It’s spicy, but not too too spicy. I have no point of reference for Singaporean food or street food, beyond knowing it’s generally spicy (which is my kind of food.) But one thing I do know, is that Hawker Bar’s vegan options made me happy, and I would totally go there again. Side note: they have cocktails.”

Our scout in Oakville, Angeline, writes: “There is a veg-friendly restaurant in Bronte/Oakville called Alhambra, Mediterranean Fiesta (2441 Lakeshore Rd. W., 905-465-9993) Anis is the creative and enthusiastic chef and manager. He has eleven delicious vegetarian options on the menu, most of which can be made vegan. He has taught History of Cuisine courses, and themed cooking classes (choose a country and a century), and you can taste diverse influences in the food. Saffron, Fennel, Turmeric, Cumin and Ras el Hanout are a few of the exotic spices that Anis, the chef, uses. Items with steamed couscous, fava beans, stuffed grape leaves and tajine will appeal to the connoisseur, while hummus and falafel sandwiches will satisfy the less adventurous. Vegetarian meals range from $5.75 to $15.95 and portions are generous. Meat and seafood are also on the menu, which may put some veg*ns off, but may prove helpful to others who dine with omnivores.”

Brandi writes about vegan options at new pizza place. “It’s called Famosa, and they are a small chain of Neopolitan pizza restaurants. They just opened up a new location in the Annex in the location of the old James Joyce pub (other TO location is at Yorkdale Mall). They have lots of options for vegans on the menu, including appetizers, pizzas, sandwiches, sorbet – but the really exciting part is they offer Daiya cheese! Available at no extra charge! Onwards with the Daiya revolution. ;)” See address info here for both locations.

Updates to Toronto Veg Card Program

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Photo by Jason D.

Rashmi’s Bakery in Brampton offers vegetarian and vegan cakes, pastries, loaves and more. They have just joined the Toronto Veg Card discount program offering 10% off (excluding delivery charges or Paypal payments) Jason says: “We were at my friend’s toddlers’ 2nd birthday party, and they got a 2-tier vanilla cake from Rahsmi’s, as well as a smaller chocolate cake, as well as 2 dozen cupcakes. Let me tell you, they went fast, the non-vegan guests couldn’t taste the difference! and the presentation was amazing.”

Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant in Richmond Hill confirmed that they had a policy change and no longer accept the discount cards on holidays. They follow the lunar calendar so the 1st and the 13th day of every month is considered a holiday for them as well. Read a delicious review here.

Khalsa Pizza in Brampton is now offering 10% off (excluding specials.) Their “family-owned pizza place is the one and only 100% vegetarian pizza restaurant in Brampton. We also offer vegan options, including vegan and veggie burgers.”

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lovemuffin cookies

The lovemuffin bakery is now offering 10% off Cash On Delivery orders. They “specialize in vegan baked goods (gluten-free options available). We use only high quality ingredients to create baked treats that are both healthy and delicious. We offer free delivery in a large area of Toronto.” Their menu includes muffins (like carrot orange ginger), cookies (like chocolate peanut butter cup), bars (like brownies) and savoury items like Thai Red Curry Soup

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Photo Credit: Pelle Beauty

Pelle Beauty offers all vegan (except for the PelleVisage Hydrating Face Cream) skin care products. Choose from a wide variety of skin care solutions ranging from gentle cleansers, toners, skin creams, lip balms, body powders and our intense facial concentrates. Something for everyone. 10% off on C.O.D orders for pick-up in Mississauga.

Back again!


One of the East side’s favourite vegetarian restaurants, Pulp Kitchen, is back… for real! For the past few months, they have been operating out of LPK’s Culinary Groove, but word is, they have moved to their own place right across the street to 717 1/2 Queen East. (at Broadview) Here’s what we know: they are moving “July 1st! But we need a bit of time to get set up – hope to be up and running very soon.” If you want to keep informed go to their Facebook page or join their mailing list on their website. Also: “Home delivery of fresh Juice from Pulp Kitchen now available to anywhere in the world except for anywhere outside of downtown Toronto!”

Closed

Howard writes: “The Senwell Restaurant is closed. Something else is moving into its space.” We also got confirmation via their Facebook page.