I was picturing Paintbox Bistro as a small cafe, so was surprised to walk into a large, bright, beautiful space with plenty of seating including both formal tables, casual shared wooden tables, and comfy sofas.

This all-vegetarian bistro has numerous clearly labelled vegan options (gluten-free options are labelled as well), which made the decision difficult for me. Should I go all out with the Sackville Burger served with crispy black pepper fries? Or opt for some veggies like the crispy brussel sprouts topped with a djion-maple glaze?

Having just had brussel sprouts for dinner a couple of nights back, I decided instead to opt for the Tofu Green Curry. It was even more abundant than I was anticipating! Chock full of broccoli, so many colourful peppers, mushrooms, and perfectly crispy tofu in a rich green curry sauce, I felt all warm and gooey inside on a cold winter’s day.

But not before I first ate my starter, the Vegan Kale Caesar which was a wonderful combination of textures: plenty of creamy caesar dressing but mixed with crunchy chickpea croutons and coconut bacon.

I left feeling extremely nourished and satisfied and am looking forward to another visit to indulge in that burger and fries!

Discount: 10% off

Veg Status: All vegetarian, with vegan options (labelled)

Where: 555 Dundas Street East (at Sackville)