Urban Herbivore

Introducing: Grasslands, the trendy revamp of vegan stalwart Fressen Introducing: Grasslands, the trendy revamp of vegan stalwart Fressen

Name: Grasslands Neighbourhood: Queen West Contact info: 478 Queen St. W., 416-504-5127, grasslands.to, @GrasslandsTO Owner and chef: Stephen Gardner (Urban Herbivore, Fressen) The food: Vegan dishes inspired by Northern Mediterranean cuisine, including several hold-overs from Fressen days.

Vegan stalwart Fressen calls it quits Vegan stalwart Fressen calls it quits

Queen West’s upscale vegan eatery Fressen announced on Facebook and Twitter that it will be closing its doors for good at the end of the month. Apart from the date, details are scarce—perhaps the space will be taken over by sister restaurant Urban Herbivore?—but come new year, regulars will have to swing by the likes of… Read more »

The New York Times shows Toronto ever more love The New York Times shows Toronto ever more love

The New York Times seems to have a bit of an infatuation with Toronto of late, and we have to say, we’re liking it. The most recent article provides travellers with an itinerary of restaurants, shops and landmarks to swing by during a brief 36-hour stay in the city (not unlike the concept of Anthony Bourdain’s… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for March 12 to 18 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for March 12 to 18

Monday, March 12 Society for American Wines: Cabernet blends formal tasting. University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St., 416-978-6325. Find out more » 86’D: Join Ivy Knight for the premiere of Top Chef Canada 2012. With special guest chef Todd Perrin from season one. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more… Read more »

Year in Review: each of 2011’s weekly lunch picks, ranked Year in Review: each of 2011’s weekly lunch picks, ranked

Trying to choose a selection of our favourite lunch picks from the last year proved too much like choosing a selection of our favourite children. So instead we present a complete year of lunch picks, ranked by price, from a humble porchetta sandwich (a reasonable $6.75) to a somewhat less humble five-course feast (treat yourself… Read more »

Weekly Lunch Pick: a healthy, filling vegan meal in a mall food court (no, reall... Weekly Lunch Pick: a healthy, filling vegan meal in a mall food court (no, really)

Some things you don’t expect to find in a food court: reusable dishware, stainless steel cutlery, a vegan restaurant. The new Urban Eatery at the Eaton Centre has all three. The shiny outpost of Kensington Market vegan mecca Urban Herbivore in the food court has a short yet highly customizable menu with five vegan sandwiches,… Read more »

Introducing: Urban Eatery, the Eaton Centre’s new, disconcertingly Danish food... Introducing: Urban Eatery, the Eaton Centre’s new, disconcertingly Danish food court

The food court experience is a notoriously horrible one. The ambiance is nonexistent, the options are limited to the typical fast-food chains, and the waste produced is enormous. For years, the Eaton Centre food court has been no exception—that is, until Cadillac-Fairview embarked on creating Canada’s first “destination food court” there. It took $48 million… Read more »

Where to eat lunch this week: Cruda Café Where to eat lunch this week: Cruda Café

This raw food café brings fresh life to St. Lawrence Market with dishes even a carnivore will love The place: The two-month-old raw food joint (“cruda” is Spanish for “raw”) is the brainchild of chef Claudia Gaviria, who proudly offers mostly uncooked options to office dwellers who work too far from Rawlicious or Urban Herbivore…. Read more »

Temperance be damned: eight of Toronto’s largest restaurant dishes Temperance be damned: eight of Toronto’s largest restaurant dishes

When it comes to flouting moderation at the dinner table, Toronto may not be Texas, but it definitely has its share of big food. Vegetarians have a few outsize items to choose from—Urban Herbivore’s mega-muffins, the three-inch falafel balls at Tov-Li—but it is meat eaters who have most of the opportunities to attack large portions… Read more »