Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Since Grasslands closed last month, we have been getting many inquiries about where people can go for a nice vegetarian dinner with candlelight. Fear not! Vegetarian Haven checks all the boxes and then some.

You can come by Vegetarian Haven for lunch Tuesday to Friday from 12-3 for a delicious and casual meal. But you can also come by for dinner Tuesday-Sunday from 5 pm onward when the lights are dimmed and the candles are lit. The atmosphere and decor is sleek enough for a romantic dinner or night on the town without being pretentious.

Having worked at TVA, whose office is actually above Vegetarian Haven, for many years, I’ve had the joy of trying almost every dish on the menu such as the Singapore Seitan, the Curry Pad Thai, and their famous drumstick appetizer. But during my two most recent visits I discovered new favourites.

The Toronto Veg Team who fundraised for TVA at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon recently met for the team’s post-run dinner. That evening I tried the Spicy Bali Stir-fried Rice Noodles and was blown away. There was a creamy sauce thickened with coconut milk and featuring the perfect amount of spicy kick for my liking. The noodles were topped with an abundance of fresh vegetables including carrots, broccoli, mushrooms and more. I left feeling completely satiated and also admired the avocado and fresh rolls ordered by others.

However, these incredible noodles are available only on the dinner menu, so when I returned with a friend for lunch this week, I opted for the Souper Wonton noodle bowl. Souper it is indeed! I’m known for having a big appetite and even I just barely managed to finish it all. The miso based soup was chock full of rice noodles, giant stuffed wontons and plenty of fresh vegetables once again. It was the perfect way to warm up on a cool day, and as large as it was, I still finished my meal feeling refreshed and energized as it was simple and fresh tasting, not in any way oily or heavy.

When the temperatures rise again next summer though, I know what will be first on my list to order. Vegetarian Haven has one of the most unique dessert items I have tried in Toronto and it will knock your socks off. The Pie Wonder is (I hope you’re holding on to something…) a slice of blueberry or raspberry pie blended up into a milkshake, and it is something to write home about. Sorry to tease you just as fall is starting to meld into winter but at least you have something to look forward to!

Discount: 10% off with cash payment, 5% off with credit card payment

Veg Status: All vegan

Where: 17 Baldwin Street (make sure to come upstairs to check out the TVA resource centre after your meal!)