Category Archives: Cuisine (Vegetarian)

King’s Cafe

192 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON
(Spadina & Dundas)
(416) 591-1340

A nice little oasis to get away from the busy streets of Kensington Market, which is filled with preowned vintage clothing shops (i.e. Courage My Love), cheese specialty shops, bakeries, meat shops, health stores and Tom’s place.

This Asian vegetarian restaurant has a huge selection of Taiwanese tea (including bubble tea) to choose from.

Don’t forget to check out the little shop at the back of the restaurant that sells teapots with candle base (to keep your tea warm), simulated meat selection (i.e. tofu chicken drums) and other vegetarian items.

• Purple/wild fried rice – I ordered this dish thinking it was a healthier choice over a bowl of white rice but it’s actually very yummy!
• Seaweed wrapped chicken with spinach
• Mango asparagus chicken
• Cold ice lemon tea (or any of their teas)

Good to Know
• Best seats: Near the windows
• Service: Good
• Atmosphere: Comfortable; open; ceiling fans; tropical (they open the front and back windows and doors in the summer, allowing the breeze and air to flow right through the restaurant).
• Ideal for: Casual, vegetarians
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Lotus Pond Vegetarian Restaurant

3838 Midland Avenue, Unit #121, Scarborough, ON
(Midland and Finch)
T: (416) 412-3140

My mom is vegetarian and this is one of her favourite restaurants. We have been frequenting here for over 10 years.

I enjoy the taste but more so, I admire the artistry in their culinary skills of simulating meat and seafood from tofu and other vegetarian ingredients.

An excellent choice for vegans or vegetarians.

• Double boiled soup
• Simulated chicken
• egg white mixed with tomato and broccoli

Good to Know
• Best seats: Anywhere in the main dining room
• Service: Good – very helpful with the menu
• Atmosphere: Basic, large restaurant, two levels (the basement dining room is usually closed now)
• Ideal for: Family, large parties, vegans/vegetarians
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: N/A
• Parking: huge parking lot out front
• Getting there: located behind a building (look for the Lotus Pond Restaurant sign on the west side of Midland Ave)

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Fo Guang Shan Temple Tea House

6525 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 7K6
(Millcreek Drive & Erin Mills Pkwy)
T: (905) 814-0465

Fo Guang Shan has one of the best vegetarian (simulated meat) noodles and Taiwanese fruit teas in the GTA! Their price point is very fair considering the quality you are getting. Everything is $5 per dish (noodle, sandwich, coffee or tea). Remember to purchase your coupon at the service counter when you walk into the temple.

• Noodle Soups – Red Beef Noodle Soup or Laksa Noodle Soup
• Fruit Teas – Black Forest Tea or Tangerine Tea

Good to Know
• Best seats: On the right of the Tea House (next to the windows) when you walk in (you get to look out onto the parking lot)
• Service: Although all the servers are volunteers, they do not lack professionalism and friendliness
• Atmosphere: Simple, clean, quiet and comfortable
• Ideal for: Vegetarians, noodle lovers, and those seeking something different
• Attire: Casual (A reminder that this is a temple and people come here to pray. Please dress conservatively and appropriately.)
• Reservations recommended: They do not take reservations. First come, first served.
• Patio recommended: N/A
• About them: The Tea House is operated as part of the Fo Guang Shan Temple.
• Proper behavior: We encourage you to show respect while in the temple. Keep your voices down and be cautious of the language you use.
• Hours: The Tea House is not a “business” per say. They do not operate at regular hours. They are usually open daily (except Mondays) from 11pm to 4 or 4:30pm. Please call or check with their website.
• Free: Complimentary materials (booklets and CDs on Buddhism) can be found in the main hallway. Please help yourself and feel free to make a donation.
• Convenience: There is a big parking lot in the front and back of the temple. Parking is free.


655 Bay Street Toronto, ON  M5G 2K4
(Bay St & Dundas St W)
T: (416) 596-9364

Commensal is a very popular place among vegetarians and vegans. It’s a buffet-style restaurant and your food is charged by weight.

• They offer a wide selection: steamed to fried dishes and everything from appetizers to desserts. Their selection changes daily.

Good to Know
• Best seats: At the back dining room.
• Service: We had minimal interaction with employees (except the cashier) since it is a self-service approach.
• Atmosphere: Simple, cafeteria-style
• Ideal for: Casual, lunch, vegetarians
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: N/A
• Convenience: 2 hours FREE parking with min $10 purchase

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