Originally Posted by msbunnicula
Can anyone suggest vegan and/or vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes in downtown Toronto?
I would recommend the following:
Cafe 668 is probably my favourite.http://www.cafe668.com/
I've never had a bad meal there, although I do have a preference for the tofu dishes over the fake meat dishes.
Fresh have three locations, I've only been to two: http://www.juiceforlife.com/
I like the Queen St location best but the menu's the same at all three. There's lots of selection here and the food lives up to the name. It's more of a brunch/lunch place for me. Their breakfast wraps are great. Actually all the wraps and the bowls I have tried have been really good.
Fressen is a nice little vegan place on Queen, a little more upscale than most veg restaurants:http://www.fressenrestaurant.com/
The portions are small and there can sometimes be a bit of a wait though. For some reason they seem to have taken the tempeh fish and taro chips off the menu despite still having it on their website, but if you're there and they have it, get that!
Pulp Kitchen is kind of a dive, but they do a great breakfast:http://www.pulpkitchen.ca/
Although if you want a fantastic breakfast, the scrambled tofu at the Gladstone Hotel is amazing.http://www.dine.to/gladstonehotel
If you want to try a raw place, check out Live.http://www.livefoodbar.com/
Their sushi tastes like garbage, but the raw pizza is amazing. I had the winter ravioli last time I was there and it was great. The nachos "chips" are a little chewy, but the cashew sour cream that it's served with tastes like the real thing.
Rawlicious is probably a better raw restaurant, but I doubt you'll be going to the Junction. http://www.rawlicious.ca/Rawlicious/Home.html
I would say the only ones I would really give a miss were La Commensal (the food was bland and lukewarm and incredibly overpriced) and Buddha's Vegetarian Foods, unless you like big bowls of tasteless gelatinous bean curd served in clear glass pie plates and getting your appetizer about ten minutes after you've finished your main course. There's another veggie place called Pure Vegetarian right next door to Buddha's, which was Cafe 668's previous location before they moved to Dundas, that is a lot better than Buddha's. But not nearly as good as Cafe 668.