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Urban Herbivore – Restaurant Review

June 3, 2010

I’m not vegan or vegetarian but there’s something that draws me to these anti-meat establishments.  I think it’s a combination of their rarity, the creativity that goes into the menu, and of course the confidence that you’re doing your body good.

Here’s a review for one of the first vegetarian joints I discovered in Toronto.  Note:  it’s another repost as I try to separate the restaurants from other articles so they are easier to search. 

The Urban Herbivore


The Location:  Kensington Market – 64 Oxford Street, Toronto (corner of Augusta, south of College)

The Menu:  It’s everything a vegan or vegetarian could want.  Salad bowls, rice bowls,  sandwiches, curry bowls and soups.  You can customize the first three to your liking by picking (A) your leaf / grain / bread (B) your “meat” replacement – tofu, tempeh, veggies, etc (C) six toppings (D) dressing.  Seeds and nuts are a bonus:)  

Our Order:   Keith had the salad bowl, I had the rice bowl (rice is gluten free and may be my staple for the next 3 weeks).   We choose things like roasted veggies, asparagus, tempeh, artichokes, tomatoes.  The dressings, carrot sesame ginger and lemon tahini, were fab-u-lous.  It looked so good we dug in right away, and only after a few bites did we realize we forgot to take a photo.  


The ordering process however needs some work.  I wouldn’t define the staff as overly friendly or accommodating.  They clearly want to get you in and out as fast as possible.  The other disappointment was that they had run out of quinoa and millet, not once, but on three separate occasions.  Ok, that’s enough constructive criticism for one post.

The Scene:  It’s very much designed to serve fast-food for the healthy folks, with the only sitting space at high-top bars along the windows and a few benches outside.   We were in a rush, so this worked for us. 

The Damage:  It’s been a year since I’d been here and it’s clear that it’s gained popularity – the prices have jumped from $7 to $8.50 for all salads, sandwiches and bowls.  I shouldn’t tell them this, but the extra $1.50 did not make me think twice.  A hearty and healthy meal for under $10 is still a steal in my eyes. 

Why you should go if:  

  • If you’re Vegan – no dairy, no meat served here.
  • It’s more about the healthy food than the healthy (aka friendly) service.   
  • You need something quick without the guilt and greasiness that comes with fast food.
  • You like to customize your dishes, picking from a variety of veggies and dressings.

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