New Vegetarian Indian Restaurant
The Veggie Thali (1410 Victoria Park Ave. Unit 10, 416-285- 8344, www.theveggiethali.com) is a brand new Indian restaurant in Scarborough. “Bringing our old age traditions of homemade Indian food, we, at The Veggie Thali, are all about fresh, great tasting, wholesome, and healthy food! We offer 100% vegetarian cuisine, without sacrificing our high standards and quality in the least. The idea behind a thali is to offer all the 6 different flavours of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single plate. According to Indian food serving customs, a proper meal should be a perfect balance of all these 6 flavours.” A thali comes with rice, salad, 2 rotis and a choice of 3 hot table items, which includes options like Channa Masala (chickpeas cooked in roasted spices), Bhindi (okra pan fried with onions, and authentic Indian spices), Aloo Gobi (spiced cauliflower and potatoes) and many more. Extras like Samosas and the Veggie Kebob Roti Wrap are also available. Click here to view the full menu, and visit The Veggie Thali’s website and Facebook page for updates and more information.
New Vegetarian Vietnamese Restaurant
Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant (2437 Finch Ave, W., 416-407-2144) is a new vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant in the north end of the city. A TVA member recently alerted us to Lotus, saying, “The food is excellent and reasonably priced. I think vegetarian Torontonians would appreciate learning about this great new place. Even if you don’t live nearby, it’s worth the trek!” While they don’t yet have a website, click here to view a PDF of the extensive menu. Visit Lotus and support a new vegetarian business in the north end!
New Updated Menu
Vegebitez (9-2460 Neyagawa Blvd, Oakville, 905-844-4888, www.vegebitez.com), Oakville’s new and only all vegan, gluten-free restaurant, has released a new updated menu! “Old Favourites are Staying, Some dishes have been improved and we now have some new dishes!” Check out new additions to appetizers, sandwiches, salads, bowls, and an “Outside the Bun” (meals that don’t fit a single category) section which includes dishes like the “Chaffelita”, a chickpea waffle with guacamole, cashew queso, salsa, cremini mushrooms, red onion, corn, bell peppers, crispy cheddar and mozzarella “cheese”, and ba’con bits, as well as a “build your own Mac ‘n Cheeze with options like tempeh ba’con, caramelized onions, a variety of vegan cheeses, and much more! And they still have an amazing selection of smoothies and “Mylkshakes”. Visit the Vegebitez Facebook page to view the whole menu, and to see some beautiful pics of some of the new options.
New (Amazing) Menu Items!
ApieCalypse Now Pizza & Snack Bar ( 735 Bloor St. W, 416-516-4555, www.eatveganpizza.com) now has poutine on the menu! And not just any poutine, but supreme poutine. “There are four different kinds to choose from, including The Deku which has our cashew ricotta and spinach and veggies. And the Sealand (named for our favourite nation) with pineapple, soy curls and veggie bacon (pictured).” Stop by and grab a poutine with your next pizza order… and don’t forget a donut for dessert!
And, for those in need or want of gluten-free options, ApieCalypse Now has some good news on that front as well. “We now carry what we believe to be the best gluten free pizza crust in the city of Toronto… we are pretty confident you will feel this was worth the wait for us to get right.” The new GF crust is available on a selection of small pizzas, call for details on the options available. (Just a note to those with a gluten allergy, the ApieCalypse Now kitchen contains an abundance of gluten, so nothing can be guaranteed 100% gluten-free!)
Also try the Grains Grains Grains new permanent menu item, decided by a popularity contest. “THE MAC AND GRILLED CHEESE IS HERE FOREVA!” Grains Grains Grains is located inside ApieCalypse Now, and make incredible, satisfying vegan sandwiches. Check out their Facebook page for their monthly specials (this month’s is the Portobello “Steak” Sandwich, with Pan fried portobello mushroom, creamy cashew & spinach pesto, Crispy golden onion rings on fresh baked local bread).
bloomer’s (873 Bloor St. W, 416-551-0532, www.bloomersto.com) has added Kimchi Fries to their menu! This amazing dish includes gojuchang fried kimchi, grilled wakame, green onion, and sriracha mayo on fresh, hand cut fries. Stop by for some Kimchi Fries as a hearty snack, and if you’re really hungry (or if you just can’t resist the rest of the deliciousness on the menu), as a side to a sandwich or bowl. Toronto Veg Card holders save 10% (alcohol excluded)!
Do you have your Toronto Veg Card yet? You could be receiving discounts at hundreds of veg-friendly businesses in the GTA, while supporting a great cause! Become a TVA Member today and get your Toronto Veg Card! Click here for the full list of businesses that offer discounts and for individual discount conditions.