A very close friend of mine just went Vegan. We had made plans to meet up in Toronto and due to her new diet, we made some slight alterations to our lunch destination.
The restaurant is right at the corner of Atlantic Street and King. It’s a small shop but as soon as we walked in, there were tons of people coming in and out. We decided to dine in but their takeout business was quite booming as well.
Okay, I must say, I’ve always wondered what it meant to “go Vegan” and now that I had someone make some absolutely delicious dishes for me, I could consider it for a bit! Below is what we had!
Contents: Lentil black rice patty, mixed greens, tomato, guacamole, coconut ‘bacon’, BBQ sauce, gluten free bun
Tasty: 4 out of 5
Filling: 5 out of 5
Comments: Delicious! This yummy little number was served with cabbage hemp slaw and house-made pickles. My weakness is guacamole and this hit it home for me. The cabbage slaw was really tasty and I found that there was so much flavour on this plate. I give this dish 4 Frequent Flyer Foodie Points!
Contents: Black beans, brown rice, guacamole, tomato salsa, spinach, chipotle mayo, brown rice tortilla
Tasty: 3.5 out of 5
Filling: 3.5 out of 5
Comments: This dish was a bit more on the simple side from a taste standpoint. It wasn’t infused with as much flavour as the other dishes I tried but was definitely something I’d try to make at home (if I could re-create it). The Chipotle Mayo hit home for me. I give this dish 3.5 Frequent Flyer Foodie Points!
Contents: Kale and baby spinach, tomato salsa, guacamole, sunflower refried beans, walnut taco meat, pickled jalapeños, green onions, cashew sour cream, cashew cheddar cheese, cilantro, micro greens, live’s nacho crackers.
Tasty: 4 out of 5
Filling: 3 out of 5
Comments: This was a phenomenal dish. So much colour and rich in flavour. My favourite part of this salad was the cashew sour cream and the nacho crackers which I thought were quite unique and brought the salad dish all together. The freshness of this salad made it all the more desirable and I give this dish 4 Frequent Flyer Foodie Points. I would give it 5 but I felt I could have had another serving right after! It was so tasty but I wasn’t feeling “full”. Note:- Being new to the “vegan way”, I’ve been told that after eating dishes such as this, you are supposed to feel light and refreshed.
Contents: Sweet potato noodles, onion, celery, red pepper, green onions, carrots, tofu, spicy almonds, tamarind sauce, sprouts.
Tasty: 5 out of 5!
Filling: 4 out of 5
Comments: Who knew there was such a thing as sweet potato noodles? I’m so glad I tried this dish because it was beyond juicy and pictures don’t do it justice. It tasted like classic Pad Thai, but it was Vegan! The tofu was delicious (I’m usually not a big fan of tofu) and we all licked the bowl clean. Easily my favourite dish at Live and will be attempting to make it at home. This dish deserves a solid 5 Frequent Flyer Foodie Points!
Although I’m not going “vegan” tomorrow, I can easily see myself ordering any of these items again considering how fresh, tasty and healthy they all were. Live Organic Food Bar is a great place to hit up if you are working in Toronto and on King Street. You can drop by and grab yourself a quick lunch or enjoy your time at the restaurant. Oh – and they cater, gotta love that! The food is made right in front of you so you really can’t go wrong!
Frequent Flyer Foodie Points
Menu Simplicity: *****
Restaurant Location: ***
Parking: ** (pay for parking close by in the event that you cannot find parking right in front)
Until next time, Live!
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