What is Toronto’s dining scene like?

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Ilona Kauremszky

Toronto’s dining scene is thriving. A very competitive culinary offering is around to satisfy any palette.

Even for those suffering from food allergies or are die-hard vegans or vegetarians, there’s been a crop of raw food restos, juice bars and vegetarian restaurants giving some nice competition on the foodie front.

Here are two for the veggie set:

Vegetarian Haven Located in a tree-lined enclave known as the Baldwin Street Village only steps from the city’s acclaimed Art Gallery of Ontario, vegans and vegetarians hunker down at owner Ms. Shing Tong’s quaint bistro for Asian-style dining. The setting is intimate, dimly lit with tables along the walls and original art pieces. This is a non-alcoholic premise in keeping with certain Buddha practices. Instead green tea smoothies, fresh pressed juices and cleanses are offered. Portions are huge so it’s recommended to share plates. (lunch and dinners)

Live Organic Food Bar Considered Toronto’s premier raw food restaurant (it was the city’s first gourmet raw and vegan eatery), this dining nook on Dupont Street has a loyal clientele coming ever since the restaurant opened 10+ years ago. During the summer the back patio is great for private dining. The menu has gluten and sugar free vegan dishes. The owners , internationally known chef and restaurateur, Jennifer Italiano and her brother Chris Italiano, CFO and manufacturer, whip up sublime dinners fusing herbs and spices to these aromatic plates.

The restaurant is licensed and has a nice selection of Ontario wines mostly from the Niagara region and Prince Edward County.

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