hibiscusCare of Carly Ingram

Hibiscus is a cute and cozy cafe in the Kensington Market with a vegan and gluten-free emphasis, including dairy-free ice cream and gluten-free crepes. I’d passed it many times on my way home from class and finally stopped in for lunch.

I couldn’t resist the salad after reading about its healthy status and array of colours in the Toronto Star (click here to read the great review!). This rainbow salad includes marinated tofu, broccoli, carrots, kale, beans, quinoa, red beets and lentils, among other delicious flavours. And my was it delicious!

The soup and salad combo is served with a delicious and crispy raw vegan cracker and a mug of super-hot squash soup. I loved that the soup came in a mug; I felt as though I was sipping a decadent and savory drink. During dinnertime, Hibiscus also offers a new and exciting soup of the day.

The entire meal was extremely filling and delicious, and I couldn’t resist the fudgey brownie for dessert. I felt justified in my decision since it is made with chickpea flour.

“This was great!” my dad exclaimed, after enjoying his buckwheat crepe with tomatoes, basil, and cheese. An omnivore himself, he picked Hibiscus for our lunch date with enthusiasm about trying a new vegan-friendly location. We were both delightfully satisfied and I’m already plotting my return.

Discount: 10% off the soup and salad combo

Veg Status: All vegetarian. Lots of vegan options including about 10 flavours of vegan ice-cream!

Where: 238 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market