Toronto’s vegan restaurant scene is booming, with new places opening all the time. No longer is it surprising to find vegan comfort food or bakeries in all parts of the city.
You would think with such a plethora of options in this city it would be hard to find something unique, but Disgraceland, a vegan-friendly bar and restaurant near on Bloor between Dufferin and Ossington, continues to surprise me with food that literally can not be found anywhere else.
When I sat down to look at the menu my mind was swirling a bit trying to decide what to order: should I go with the Indian poutine, or something even wilder like the perogies topped with poutine? Or should I try their vegan rib dinner that comes with smoky baked beans and coleslaw?
Once I saw what was on the dessert menu – fruit perogies! – I decided I would forgo the perogies as part of my main dish and decided to order the popcorn tofu: KFC-style battered tofu that came with a delicious vegan gravy and a side of coleslaw too. It was incredible: the breading was crispy and flavourful and the tofu was chunky and had a chewy texture.
I was able to get a review of one of the other items I was eyeing from my friend who ordered the Butter Chicken Burrito: vegan butter chicken wrapped in a tortilla with rice and cilantro mayo, and a generous portion of fries.
Dessert more than met our expectations. As mentioned, I enjoyed perogies filled with strawberry jam and dusted with icing sugar, and my friend delighted in the deep-fried oreos, both which came served with generous portions of vegan whipped cream and hot chocolate sauce for dipping.
To anyone who thinks vegans can’t indulge in the crazy concoctions one would find on Food Network shows like You Gotta Eat Here, this is the place to bring them to!
Discount: 10% off Monday-Thursday from 4-7 pm for the month of March
Veg Status: Vegan-friendly, anything on the menu can be made vegan, just ask!
Where: 965 Bloor Street West