This past weekend, my friends and I went to Grasshopper Restaurant (on College Street) for a vegetarian dinner. After working an eight hour shift on Canada Day, I was starving and very eager for a drink. I’ve frequented their Junction location many times (only for take-out) but I never have had the true ‘dine-in’ experience.
Emily, our server, told me about their updated Summer Cocktail menu, which made me very excited to try an updated libation. Since this is a vegan restaurant and I know Bourbon Sours are made with egg whites, I was surprised to see it on the list. My curiosity piqued, I wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately, they ran out of Bourbon, so instead I opted for the Sweet Tea Sangria.
At first sip it was cold, sweet and delicious! However, it was so hot outside and NO air conditioning inside, the ice melted very quickly and it wasn’t so yummy anymore. Once it got warm, the drink reminded me of rubbing alcohol, which isn’t appealing.
Like I said, I had worked all day and didn’t have a chance to eat very much, deciding what to eat was a challenge. I was too hungry and should have probably chosen a salad – that would have made for a VERY boring blog. Their Quinoa Mac ‘N Cheese is my personal favourite (absolutely a MUST HAVE should you go to the restaurant). This time I wanted to try something different from their menu.
The ‘Mushroom ‘N Rice’ bowl (although based on the photo you’re probably thinking where’s the rice? 🤔) is made with sautéed cremini and portobello mushrooms smothered with house tahini sauce and served over steamed red rice. It arrived at the table nice and hot, which under normal circumstances is perfect, but tonight (based on the lack of AC) it was not so lovely. As I was eating, I felt 10x warmer, and between the heat and hot food it was all too overwhelming – the meal went to ‘pot’. If I gave this bowl another try, on a less humid day, I would enjoy it 100x more.
The best parts
I shared a plate of Kimchi fries and WOW they were amazing! I wished I had chosen this dish for my dinner. I tried not to eat more than my share, because we were splitting them three ways, and to go back to eating my rice bowl but I couldn’t resist. My friends agreed; the fries were excellent!
No dinner is complete without dessert…
As one of my friends is gluten-sensitive, our choices were limited. We shared a Cashew Cookie. It was moist, warm and delish – the only thing missing was dairy-free frozen yogurt on top!
I must admit, I was a little shocked when the bill arrived. This isn’t an over the top restaurant. Dinner with drinks was slightly more than $100 including tip for three people. Definitely not in my student budget!
Would I go back for drinks? No!
Would I go back for another vegetarian meal? Of course, but not on a hot, humid day or for a big feast.
Have you eaten in any terrific vegetarian restaurants in Toronto or the GTA? Please let me know, I am always open to trying new places!