It’s time for another restaurant highlight. I don’t share every restaurant we eat at, only those that made an impression on us. So with every restaurant highlight, it means we enjoyed the food or appreciated something about the place. And today, I present Urban Herbivore. Urban Herbivore is a whole food plant-based restaurant that takes pride in preparing their food from scratch, using local and organic ingredients and no preservatives or additives. They have three locations in Toronto: College St., Kensington Market, Eaton Centre. The one we dined at was in Kensington Market neighborhood, where a huge selection of plant-based restaurants exists.
Urban Herbivore has some baked treats, but we didn’t have any. What caught my attention was “muffies.” To Seinfield lovers, remember the episode about Elaine eating only the top of the muffins? It makes me laugh because Elaine got her idea stolen and executed by the person she told her idea to. “Hey, that’s my idea!” So yes, Urban Herbivore sells muffin tops only. Unfortunately, they ran out for the day, so I didn’t get a chance devour one down.
My meal was a huge and hearty meal of plant goodness. I had one of their signature dishes, the Beluga, which I subbed the black and brown rice it came with for multi-super grains instead. With the super grains, this big bowl consisted of baby kale, BBQ tofu, beets, peas, carrots, sprouts, hummus, broccoli, avocado and lemon-tahini dressing with flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds. What I liked about this dish was that it was a mix of raw and cooked ingredients. All of the vegetables were raw, so it was refreshing and nice to get the enzyme benefits.
Nick created his own beefy bowl of goodness with the super grains as well. He enjoyed his meal as much as I did, too, and we both left content and no room for desserts.
If you’re in Toronto and want a healthy meal, Urban Herbivore can provide you with that option. Pick from their menu, which has other dishes besides bowls like curries, stews, soups, and sandwiches, or just create your own bowl. They also have a good selection of ingredients and dressings to suit every taste bud, as well as gluten-free options.