Pulp Kitchen (2002)

898 Queen Street East
416-461-4612

This hip and trendy juice bar now has light meals. Located on Queen East at Logan, this hip hangout serves excellent fruit smoothies, energy and protein bars, vegetables juices, and light vegetarian and vegan meals. Beverages are quite expensive but this is the place if you want to treat yourself. I went with a friend who ordered a beet and carrot and ginger warm drink for $6.00 and I ordered the blueberry and banana smoothie. My drink was thick and smooth and creamy and very flavourful but expensive.

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Matahari Grill

39 Baldwin St
416-596-2832

I went in summer 2002 with a friend and we did not know what kind of food we were going to eat. We entered the restaurant and we asked what kind of food was served. They said “Malaysian” and we really did not know what “Malaysian” cuisine was. The menu contained many dishes that resembled many Thai dishes.

I had the Matahari Vegetable stir-fry with an assortment of 6 fresh vegetables for $7.95. It was notihng special. It tasted like any other stir-fry. I did not what was so Malaysian about it. Maybe I should have tried something else like the The Ultimate Vegetable Curry with baby eggplant, cabbage, green beans, tofu balls and tomatoes in an exotic curry broth.

As well they serve Satays (what are the anyway) which are which seem to any type of meat or chicken or vegetable dish containing peanut sauce [YUMMA]. However, most peanut sauces have fish sauce in them so beware, always be a paranoid and ask first. Prices are decent and the decor is very tranquil, quiet, and calm. Dimly lit with real tablecloths and beautiful sun mirrors on the walls, I’d definitely go here again but order something else. Entrees are between $7.95 and $11.95. They serve a full list of wines. They accept VISA, MC, AMEX, and Interac. Reservations can be made online at http://www.mataharigrill.com/mataharigrill/reservations.asp.

Spring Rolls

85 Front St. E.
(416) 365-7655
693 Yonge St.
(416) 972-ROLL (7655)
691 Yonge St.
(416) 972-7655

 

A very trendy hotspot on Yonge street, one block south of Bloor. Very metallic and industrial looking with cool, linear decor. Tables very close together, people almost hugging each other, cramped in. [Maybe this is a trend]. There is no vegetarian menu so I only had three options, vegetables and tofu and rice noodles called “Ho Fun”. I can choose from a Satay sauce, Szechuan sauce, or a Black Bean sauce.

The many times I have been here I have asked them to hold the noodles since I will only eat the vegetables and tofu. I also order the cold vegetables rolls appetizer which consist of 3 rolls wrapped up in vermicelli, tofu & coriander rolled in wheat wraps. My friend ordered the Cold Mango Rolls that contained julienne mango, vermicelli, vegetables and coriander rolled in wheat wraps. They were super yummy. Since staff are so friendly and accomodating, they brought over some yummy peanut sauce which made my day. Dinner is usually $12-$15 with tax and tip. Plates are enormous but portions are small to normal…Tables are very small and cramped together like sardines. Oh well. Very hip, cool, trendy, the place to be.