Lunch Pick: Planta’s vegan menu offers no-regrets satiety


Published:

Image: Karolyne Ellacott

Step into Planta any day of the week, and you'd never guess this buzzy room is swimming with folks eating entirely plant-based grub. With every seat in the handsome room filled, chef David Lee and Steven Salm of the Chase Hospitality Group really hit the nail on the head with their high-end vegan concept. (Just don’t call it that.) 

Your best bet is to arrive hungry and share a bunch of plates with your dining companion. We started with watermelon poke — pressed cubes of the coral hued fruit sat atop smashed avocado flagged with nori chips and jicama and tossed in a citrus soya sauce.

The habibi salad looks to the Middle East for inspiration, with a tahini dressing tying together cauliflower cous cous, split pea fritters, currants and more on a bed of greens. In a clever twist, crab cakes are whipped up using hearts of palm, while the so-called sweet mess tops roasted sweet potato with corn nuts, black beans and cashew crema.

If you’ve room, the lettuce wraps pair ‘chicken-fried’ oyster mushrooms with rice noodles and a chili soya gluten-free dipping sauce. 

It wouldn’t be right to dine here without sipping on a cold-pressed concoction, be it with or sans booze. Using fresh juices from Village Juicery, the Planta Punch gets our vote, swirling together beets, pineapple, coconut water and lime with a touch of pink salt. You’ll leave feeling both satiated and pretty darn pleased with how you’ve treated your bod and the environment.    

Planta, 1221 Bay St., 647-348-7000

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Restaurant Review: Seafood abounds at Ardo, Corktown’s Sicilian eatery

Restaurant Review: Seafood abounds at Ardo, Corktown’s Sicilian eatery

Then there’s Ardo, the super-popular newish Sicilian restaurant in Corktown. It’s friendly and pleasant-looking, done in pale colours with warm lighting, Sicilian tchotchkes and a great buzz. Lots of people, lots of noise. And a few ringside bar seats overlooking the fast-moving and superbly fragrant open kitchen.
Posted 2 days ago
What to Eat this Minute: An uptown paradise for crème brûlée lovers

What to Eat this Minute: An uptown paradise for crème brûlée lovers

A menu of the available flavours sits next to the cash at Craque de Crème. Sweet-toothed patrons can order iterations of the dessert in everything from white chocolate rose to lychee vodka to, of course, a classic vanilla bean.
Posted 4 days ago
Looking Back: Toronto on rye

Looking Back: Toronto on rye

Now, the museum at Beth Tzedec Synagogue is hosting an exhibition called From Latkes to Laffas, celebrating the humble deli, which opened last month and continues until March 30, 2018.
Posted 5 days ago
Taste Test: Chef Mark McEwan helps us taste Toronto's best tandoori chicken

Taste Test: Chef Mark McEwan helps us taste Toronto's best tandoori chicken

McEwan’s menu at Diwan restaurant in the Aga Khan Museum features South Asian, Middle Eastern and north African cuisines.
Posted 5 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module