Fresh is one of Toronto's most popular vegan restaurants, beloved by vegans and non-vegans alike (and it's even been voted one of Toronto's best vegetarian restaurants by BlogTO and its readers).
Fresh has four locations—Crawford (Queen West), Bloor St West (near U of T), Spadina (near Queen and Spadina), and Eglinton (near Eglinton Subway Station). The sunlit patio at Fresh on Crawford, our preferred location (which also happens to be right behind Trinity-Bellwoods) provided a perfect place to people-watch and enjoy some delicious vegan brunch. Even by 11, it hadn't filled up (although to be fair, it was Pride weekend, so potential brunch-goers might have been too hungover to go...).
Fresh's regular menu encompasses a variety of vegan dishes, from salads to noodle bowls to burgers. Their brunch menu, while a little more limited, still provides enough variety with a combination of sweet and savoury dishes. Though both of us opted for savoury options this time, the pancake options also looked delicious! Also notable is their fresh-pressed juice, good at any time of day (we recommend their --- as a hangover cure!).
I liked the variety of textures in this meal. The home fries were crispy and salty (just the way I like them!) and the tacos, filled with tofu scramble, tempeh bacon, and red cabbage, contained a different flavour in every bite. I also liked the creamy "cheese" sauce, which was just as good as any I've had with real cheese. I wished there had been more sauce, though—the bites that just had tofu and the taco wrap were a bit dry.
As usual, I chose one of the simpler options in order to try out the variety that Fresh's brunch offered—and it didn't disappoint. I'm a fan of scrambled eggs, and the tofu scramble provided a nice twist. I also liked the fact that it included grilled spinach rather than a cold salad like most places do.
My one complaint: the bread didn't include any kind of topping, Obviously butter isn't vegan, but it would have been nice if they could have included something else to accompany it.
Overall: a delicious vegan twist on a classic
Fresh brunch at a glance:
- You can find their menu here
- Good for: small groups or couples
- Street parking only
- Entirely vegan
- Doesn't take reservations
- Brunch hours:
- 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM Saturday, Sunday & holidays