New Vegan Locations
SÜÜP Health Bar (382 Yonge Street, Unit 1, 416-977-1312, www.suuphealthbar.com) is a new healthy vegan eatery located downtown at Yonge and Gerrard. SüüP features… you guessed it- soup! If you’re not blown away by the idea of vegan soup for lunch, think again. There is a daily selection of eight different incredible soups, from Smokin’ Black Bean Chipotle to Un-Lobster Bisque, and these unique, flavourful soups will have you lining up day after day to get another bowl. There is also a great selection of salads and fusion burritos to pair with your soup. Again, while this doesn’t sound like groundbreaking vegan fare, the taste will change your mind. The Pad Ped Gai Thai Burrito with seasoned brown rice, marinated soy protein, sweet red pepper, carrots, green onion, Chinese eggplant, sugar snap peas, and a spicy Thai peanut sauce (pictured) is a blend of healthy ingredients in a filling and flavourful wrap. The salads are nutrient-packed, like the Supergrains Power Salad, a mixture of curly and baby kale and quinoa, loaded with red onion, carrots, sweet red pepper, toasted pecans, fresh blueberries, hemp hearts, sweet Asian dressing. The staff is also friendly and inviting, and are happy to offer samples of any of the soups to help you decide. Visit SüüP online to view the complete menu, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also download their new app (search Suup Health Bar) to make purchases, and to earn points for free food! SüüP also offers Toronto Veg Card holders a FREE small soup with the purchase of any bowl or burrito.
Awai (2277 Bloor St. W., 647-643-3132, www.awai.ca) is now open in the Bloor West Village! Awai is 100% plant-based fine dining focused on fresh seasonal local ingredients, with flavours and cooking techniques from around the world. “Our food features flavours rooted in the produce found in Ontario’s fields and forests, but drawing on the complex spice blends of Persia, North Africa and Southeast Asia.” Chef Nathan Isberg is most known for his innovative concepts including the no-menu, pay-what-you-want restaurant, The Atlantic. Of the Atlantic, Giles Coren, “The Million Dollar Critic,” has said “The mad, challenging, soulful, seriocomic Atlantic was without question the most brain-affecting restaurant I encountered in a joyful, food-filled week in Toronto.” Try the cocas, or Spanish-style flatbreads (pictured) with cherry tomato, shishito pepper, as well as other varieties. Also try the artichoke ravioli, Israeli couscous with crispy eggplant, and the potato gnocchi. Awai is currently open for dinner, and will be open for lunch/brunch later in January. Lunch/brunch will be a casual atmosphere, while dinner hours more upscale dining experience. A separate family/kids dining area is available during the day. The formal tasting menu with drink pairings (alcohol or non-alcoholic) is available Thu-Sat dinner by reservation only. Visit the website for more information and a complete menu, and follow Awai on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Rawlicious (6 GTA locations, www.rawlicious.ca) has opened their new Toronto location as of December 5th at 785 Bathurst, just south of Bloor. “Located in the vibrant Annex neighbourhood this cozy space has seats for 20. We also have a small retail section that houses some raw essentials! Liquor license coming!” The new location features all of the Rawlicious favourites, including Bolognese- Zucchini noodles with a mix of tomato marinara, basil pesto & crumbled seasoned nut loaf topped with pine nut parmesan (pictured), and their delicious raw cheesecakes. Open until 9pm every night for dine in and takeout. Not in downtown Toronto? Rawlicious also has 6 other locations in the surrounding area! For more information, and to sign up for a 5-day Rawlicious cleanse, visit their website, and follow Rawlicious on Facebook.
Rosie’s Eatery (1726 Avenue Rd., www.rosiesto.com) is a new vegan eatery and bakery opening in March 2017! “Rosie’s Eatery is a gluten-free, vegan café with a concept that provides its customers a truly unique experience. Rosie’s has a fully customizable menu of oatmeals & yogurts plus a variety of salads, smoothies, baked goods and raw treats!” The menu so far includes Breakfast Cookies with oats, cinnamon, pecans, & dates with optional cranberries, cherries & chocolate chips, Coconut Macaroons, Pumpkin Muffins, Peanut Butter Cups (pictured) and more. Visit the website for a complete menu and to place orders, and follow Rosie’s on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the grand opening!
Tabülè (www.tabule.ca) will be opening yet another location in the Bayview Village Shopping Centre at 2901 Bayview Ave.! The fourth location of Tabülè Middle Eastern Cuisine will open sometime this month, and will feature the flavourful, crispy falafel, as well as the many other vegetarian options Tabülè is known for. Stay tuned to their Facebook and Twitter sites for updates on the grand opening, and visit one of their three other locations- Uptown on Yonge, Leslieville, and Souk Tabülè in the Canary District.
New Vegan Meal Delivery
Vegan on the Go (647-863-8342, www.veganonthego.ca) is a brand new vegan meal delivery service in the GTA. “Vegan on the Go was developed to provide busy people with a healthy and cost effective way to eat well. Our prepared lunch service provides a satisfying and nutrient rich whole foods meal delivered to your door in the Greater Toronto Area. At Vegan On The Go, our experts prepare your meals in a commercial grade kitchen and are delivered to your door weekly.” The weekly changing menu contains exciting vegan meals such as “Chicken” Parmesan, and Potato Latkes with sour “cream” (pictured). All you have to do is pick a meal plan, check out online, and your meals are delivered on Sundays right to your door. Right now, receive the grand opening special of 50% off on your first week of meals! Visit Vegan on the Go on Facebook for updates, and visit the website to view the weekly menu and to get started with delivery!
New Vegan Retail Store
The Imperative (1332 Queen St. W., www.imperativelife.com) is a new 100% vegan retail store located in Parkdale. Right across from Doomie’s, The Imperative is Toronto’s first all vegan retail store. Inside you’ll find clothing, accessories, housewares, beauty products, and more. Forget cheaply made products that just happen to be vegan, this is where vegans can go for quality goods that are ethical, and will last. In the basement of this two-storey shop, there is a vegan shoe section, also with a selection of hats, wallets, and other accessories. Follow The Imperative on Facebook and Instagram.
New Vegan Menu Options
Good Rebel (1591 Dundas St. W., 647-344-9411, www.goodrebelvegan.com), Toronto’s newest vegan food shop, now serves sandwiches! Okay, so this isn’t really recent news… Good Rebel has been serving up sandwiches for a while now. But in case you’re not yet in the know, stop by Good Rebel for one of their daily, in-house made sandwiches, such as meatball sub (pictured), ham n’ cheddar melt, the spicy Sriracha mayo grilled chicken, and many more. Check in with Good Rebel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram daily to see which delicious vegan sandwich is on the menu!
The Friendly Thai (3032 Dundas St. W., www.thefriendlythaidundas.ca) in The Junction now has a separate vegan menu with a ton of options. Get all of the amazing Thai dishes you love without the fish sauce. Just ask for the vegan menu when dining in, or enter your vegan request in the notes when ordering online.
Taco TO (170 Spadina Ave., 416-862-2266) has recently taken over the old location for Bacon Nation at 170 Spadina Ave., and features many vegan options on their menu. Taco TO has “Toronto flavours served up Mexican Style. Street Tacos, Vegan Tacos and Taco Bowls!” Try the vegan burrito or bowl, filled with rice, beans, cheese, salsa, lettuce, pickled onion & carrot, cilantro, chipotle lime sauce, cauliflower & sweet potato, or the tacos with your choice of sweet potato or cauliflower. Follow Taco TO on Facebook, and order online at Foodora.
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