Fresh

Fresh

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 crawford exterior patio

Fresh has four locationsโ€”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 crawford menu sunglasses

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!). 

 Tatiana's pick: Breakfast Tacos

Tatiana's pick: Breakfast Tacos

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, thoughโ€”the bites that just had tofu and the taco wrap were a bit dry. 

Overall: 4/5

 Jian's pick: Full Breakfast

Jian's pick: Full Breakfast

As usual, I chose one of the simpler options in order to try out the variety that Fresh's brunch offeredโ€”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
 
Otto's Bierhalle

Otto's Bierhalle

the good fork

the good fork