When it comes to dining out, it’s becoming tougher and tougher these days to accommodate everyone’s allergies, intolerance’s, and just overall food preferences.
I like to dine out – but not very often. Weekly occasions, dinner dates, time with friends and family, or when I just need a break from the kitchen – it’s nice to know there are places where my food preferences are taken care of when I’m not eating at home.
Fortunately in Toronto, the options have become better especially, for gluten free and vegan dining. Restaurants are expanding their menus to accommodate most common dietary preferences, which is just a positive move all around. We are nowhere near close to what Los Angeles and New York have to offer, but we are on our way!
I have some favourite places to dine at in Toronto. There are the veg and health centered restaurants that I dine at with my like-minded foodies and then there are restaurants I go to with those not so inclined to eat the way I do. It’s great that there are options and that I don’t have to be so limited with my choices when going out for a meal.
One of my favourite go-to’s in Toronto is Tabule Restaurant. It is a quaint Mediterranean spot that features fresh and traditional dishes that will appeal to most palettes. Who doesn’t love authentic Mediterranean food?
They are especially accommodating to vegans and those who are gluten intolerant by carefully labeling on their menu what is dairy free and gluten free. Their falafel and mujadarra (a rice and lentil dish) are gluten free, and their lentil soup is dairy free. They have just added quinoa to the menu in a Tabule salad. They also make their hummus from scratch, no canned beans here. They use fresh lemon juice and olive oil for their salads.
And even though I won’t be ordering it, it’s nice to know they also use fresh, not frozen fish, and get their chicken from a local Mennonite farm.
The good news is that they are also in the midst of adding more local and organic sources of ingredients to the menu. This will only make their menu more accommodating and robust. But just note: you do not need to be living this lifestyle to enjoy these alternative options. They are just as delicious and you are going to feel amazing after dining there!
For a balanced vegetarian meal, here is what I order. To be shared of course, tapas style!
- Lentil Soup
- Quinoa Tabule
- Falafel Platter with rice (their falafels are wheat free)
- Cauliflower with Tahini
- House Salad
I often bring my own flatbread or pita, which they are more than helpful to warm up for me but I know they are also in the works to have a Gluten Free Pita option in house very soon!
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To see more of Marni’s fave places to dine in Toronto check out her FAVES page!
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