Herbs Restaurant

3187 Yonge Street


This summer, Wendy and I decided to try out a different restaurant for Summerlicious 2004. Both employed, we opted for the $30 dinner option. We chose Herbs because of they served REAL vegetarian food (note: fish is not vegetarian) and the vegetarian options were thankfully not pasta or pizza. The table d’hote options at Summerlicious includes a salad, entree, and a dessert. Drinks are charged separately.

Located right at Yonge and Lawrence in a very trendy part of the city known as North Toronto.
Decor is gorgeous inside, elegant dark brown suede couch-type seats surround the restaurant with gorgeous art surroundin the walls. Colour scheme seems mediterranean in cakki greens and deep browns and other earth tones.

One awkward moment came before our meal after we ordered. Our water guy brought over the basket full of fresh baked bread, it was kind of strange he only gave us one piece of bread each with a cute little bowl of basil butter. At least we expected a larger piece or we expected him to surrender his basket to us. We felt like tackling him down and taking the basket out of his hands.

Menu is only one page. Wine list is almost 15 pages. Appetizers range in price from $7-$10. Entrees range from $14.95-$32.00. They serve mostly meat, chicken, and fish dishes, but there is one vegetarian dish for $24 (called the Vegetarian Daily Chef Creation.)

I ordered the starter salad of field mushrooms, asparagus, sweet peppers,
and baby mixed Lettuce in a walnut vinaigrette. Although the salad was served in a large plate, the actual salad was ridiculously small but the taste was orgasmic. I loved the medley of mushrooms, peppers, and asparagus in this light nutty vinaigrette.

My main entree dish was the summer vegetable strudel. This consisted of philo pastry (looked like spanakopita) filled with zucchini, eggplant, squash, served with a mixed bean salad and charred tomato and saffron vinaigrette. This portion was normal and contained two vegetable pastries surrounded by bean salad and drizzled in this yummy vinaigrette that tasted like sun-dried tomatoes.

For dessert, I enjoyed the lime & marscapone tarte (pie) with a mango salsa.
The crust was light, and not greasy. It tasted like a brown sugar, granola , very yummy, and lime tarte was light and fluffy. Mango salsa was sweet and yummy. I think it was the best part of the dessert, so healthy and fresh.

Wendy ordered the chilled sweet pea soup with a little piece of toast with goat’s cheese, very cute. For her main entree, she ordered a huge portion of the atlantic salmon, charred on one side, with sauteed gnocchi, french green beans, cherry tomatoes and spinach topped with warm caper olive and lemon sauce. She loved her dish and she said she was pleasantly stuffed.
For desset, she has the Ontario strawberry bavarois with a sauce of mushed up Champagne berries. We shared our desserts so I enjoyed some of hers while she tasted some of my dessert. Her dessert was very moussy and sweet with tarte raspberry mushy sauce.

To conclude, this elegant French restaurant serves fabulous fresh food, tiny portions but VERY high quality. The wait time is bit long considering the place was empty (we arrived at 5:40pm)
but the service was exceptional. Presentation was artistic and minimalist. They accept all cards.

Herbs [Wendy]

3187 Yonge Street

Mark and I went to Herbs as part of Summerlicious. I chose the restaurant as there were both meat & veggie friendly options.

The restaurant opens at 5:30 for dinner which is good if you have to be elsewhere at 7, however, I should have warned them about my time constraints.

The décor was beautiful, lush & full of soft textures everywhere, including the faux-suede bench with fluffy pillows we were seated at. There was even fabric hanging from the ceiling.

Things started off well, with the one exception of the bread offering. This guy comes over to us with a basket of bread, offering us some, & I optimistically thought we’d get the basket or at least a few pieces * my mistake! We got one sliver of baguette each & a little tub of herbed butter. I guess there’s something to be said for not filling up on bread, but come on!

For my appetizer I opted for chilled sweet pea soup with goat’s cheese croute. Basically, that’s fancy for cold pea soup with a cute little toast smothered with goat cheese floating on it. It was ok, but I would probably choose something else next time. It needed some zip to it!. I also ordered a pricey glass of rose to complement my meal. It was good.

For my entrée, I selected the Atlantic salmon on sauteed gnocchi, French green beans, cherry tomatoes & spinach with a warm caper olive & lemon sauce. Oh my! This was an awesome dish, very fantastically yummy & totally filling. I was so stuffed after this, but happy. I’d re-order this dish any day. The portion size was decidedly sufficient.

We got an order of each of the desserts on the menu & shared them. I focused on the strawberry pudding/mousse-like creation with crème fraiche & a raspberry sauce which was great & Mark focused on a key lime mousse cake with a crust he adored.

Herbs would be a good place to bring someone if you wanted an upscale dining experience & want to impress someone. I could not afford to dine there nightly, but I’m sure that’s the point * it’s someplace special.