Care of Christina Vani
Bloomer’s. Aaaahhh. Just writing their name makes me feel like all is right in the world.
Bloomer’s have been sharing their baked goods at the Veg Food Fest for years, in addition to making desserts to order. Their relatively recent expansion into a full-service vegan restaurant had loyal patrons singing their praises even louder than before, since Toronto finally had a 100%-vegan café that is also a restaurant.
Friendly, attentive service is a constant, and although Bloomer’s is usually packed by noon, each customer is treated as though he or she is a guest in the Bloomer’s home. Bloomer’s is community; Bloomer’s is fresh; Bloomer’s is cruelty-free; Bloomer’s is home.
It’s pretty stellar when one has a home whose cooks consistently create delicious, wholesome vegan meals. Their tempeh-wing sandwich is served between buns made in-house (be armed with napkins, because Bloomer’s does not skimp on the number of wings in this succulent sandwich).
Newer additions to their menu include the mac and cheese appetizer, onion rings, deep-fried pickles, and the jackfruit sandwich. Sandwich buns can be switched out for gluten-free bread or a bagel, as well.
Their bowls are solid, full-flavoured meals as well, even the deceivingly humble-sounding “Other” bowl: it’s chockfull of healthy, savoury ingredients like steamed greens, avocado, sweet potato, and pumpkin seeds, and is served atop brown rice. The combination of the ingredients, in addition to the flavourful sauce, makes all of their bowls something to boast about.
Bloomer’s, of course, features several regular baked goods in their large display case, such as chocolate-chip cookies, peanut-butter chocolate stout cookies, butter tarts, three-bite brownies, and a variety of bagels, but their doughnuts, cupcakes, and cakes vary according to season and taste.
If you visit Bloomer’s seven days a week, chances are that you will be able to try a new dessert every day. “Variety is the spice of life” is the cliché, but it’s true when it comes to this vegan restaurant. One thing that never changes about Bloomer’s, though, is the best part: the consistent sense of community, and of home, that they engender. At Bloomer’s, Toronto vegans—and TVA members—can always feel at home.
Discount: 10% off (excluding alcohol)
Veg Status: All vegan
Where: 873 Bloor Street West