Plant-based diets are on the rise, and chefs across Toronto are stepping it up with some of the best recipes for meatless dishes that you can find.
In fact, it’s argued that Toronto is home to a list of thriving vegan restaurants that provide individuals with the best vegan food out there.
With so many options, we’ve teamed up with the meatless G.O.A.T, Vegan in the 6ix, to help us discover the best vegan options in the city that you won’t believe are actually vegan!
Vegan in the 6ix is a community page that conducts reviews of plant-based food options across the GTA, and they said that when vegan alternatives first hit the market, the initial stages and alternatives were not the best. Luckily alot has changed since.
“Fast forward a few years later, vegan food alternatives are coming extremely close or even better than the actual taste, texture and smell of meat and dairy products,” they said.
With that said, here are six recommendations for vegan options in Toronto that are destined to make your mouth water, and perhaps open up your eyes to viewing plant-based food as the next big thing.
1. TVX Restaurant
TVX Restaurant is a plant-based restaurant that has truly reinvented South Asian cuisine.
“The ‘BC Butter Chicken’ made with cauliflower is my go-to,” Avra said, a food reviewer at Vegan in the 6ix.
“The combos come with your choice of two mains, rice & the most incredible paratha, my highlights from that meal were definitely the Biryani and Sweet Chili Shroom Wings.”
2. Odd Burger
Did you know that Canada’s first fast-food vegan restaurant is in Toronto? If not, now you do! Odd Burger is an anomaly, and they’ve taken fresh, plant-based ingredients to recreate some of your favourite dishes.
“I’ve been craving some middle eastern food lately and Oddburger luckily makes some great vegan takes of these staple pitas. They are SUPER saucy (just how I like it) and made for a great, filling meal,” Alli said, another food reviewer from Vegan in the 6ix.
“Picnics, parks and pitas = perfection”
3. Evivva Breakfast & Lunch
In fact, she took her little one there for breakfast and was hoping to help him finish his meal.
POV: When your child can’t control his excitement for his vegan french toast at Evviva.
“I was just as excited to help him with his scrumptious french toast covered in coconut whipped cream, maple syrup, blueberry compote and fresh berries. Sad to say, he didn’t leave much for me to help him with and he was courteous enough to help me with mine,” Krishani said.
“If you’ve been missing the breakfast meats i.e. bacon or even eggs benedict, then definitely check out Evviva because they do not disappoint.”
Fatchoi believes in plant-based prosperity, and their amazing vegan eats are definitely a testament to that.
Lisa from The Viet Vegan stopped by and tried the Kari Hor Fun, Char Siu Bao, and the Nyonya meatballs and potatoes.
“The potatoes were my favourite part, so CREAMY,” she said. “I don’t know why I liked them so much. They’re just potatoes but like damn. I wanted more!”
This plant-based and gourmet pizza joint is unlike any pizza you’ve ever tasted, apparently.
“It was so good we ordered twice in one week,” Avra said.
She ordered a Canadian Deluxe Pepperoni pizza with ground “meat,” green peppers, mushrooms,
onions, and cashew mozzarella cheese.
It was a “super delicious plant-based version of a classic. I highly recommend the house-made ranch dipping sauce – don’t skip out!”
“Their Garlic Knots topped with almond Parmesan and served with marinara sauce is also a great choice,” she said.
6. Tenon Vegan Sushi
A lot of vegan restaurants have stepped up their game when it comes to acing the texture and taste of real meat, and Tenon Vegan Sushi is one of those places.
“This dish is the House Special Crispy Duck and they are 100%plant-based,” the Toronto Foodie Diary said.
“It’s like magic tricks done to the dishes that make them look so alike to meat, without compromising the deliciousness,” they said.
However, it’s important to note that there was once a time where finding simple, vegan food options in Toronto was a difficult and tedious process.
“It would be best described with the analogy ‘trying to find a needle in a haystack,'” the team at Vegan in the 6ix said.
Thankfully, times have changed and you don’t have to look too far to find amazing vegan food.