(Really this should be 4.5 stars). My guest and I were from NYC and seeking Toronto's best vegan restaurant. We believe we may have found it. We were VERY happy with our meal, and would definitely return if we were ever in the city again. Our waitress was great, to begin with.
The charcuterie plate: The least strong of what we ate, though still pleasing and interesting. It was a clearly creative dish, with two different types of "meat," a "cheese," an olive tapenade, olives, bread, pate, celery root and more. Both my guest and I agreed that the meat was the least successful. The cheese was pretty good, the pate and the tapenade were very good, as was the bread and the celery root.
The fried oyster appetizer: Delicious, though the kale underneath, while great on its own, was overpoweringly onion-y for our taste.
The mustard crusted tempeh: AMAZING. The meat itself was great, but the truly amazing part of this dish? There were 10 different items on the plate, and they worked together harmoniously. There was mushroom, spinach, broccoli, sweet potato mash, white potatoes, mango salsa and more on this plate, and it was all perfect.
The sticky toffee pudding: Yummy, and worth it, though not the best vegan dessert I've had. The cake itself was not truly a sponge cake (though I actually prefer it that way). It was unexpectedly banana-y, though that's not necessarily a negative. The date sauce would have brough more of the fruit flavor into it, instead of just being super sweet, though that and the almond tuile were still good.
The malbec was disappointing, though my guest truly enjoyed her beer.
...A must try overall...
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