Hibiscus Cafe

12305656_10204614863685937_1140597367_nA few weeks ago, I escaped a windy afternoon in Toronto by joining our friend Gabby at Hibiscus Cafe in Kensington Market.

It was the first time I had ever been (as there is often a line-up to get a seat, which is always bittersweet for me when it comes to veg restaurants). The menu at Hibiscus is gluten-free, vegetarian, and organic.

Gabby and I sat by the window, which was lovely as even in the fall a lot of light comes in.

It’s very unusual for me to order a salad — I’m not much of a salad person, and I had actually wanted to go to Hibiscus after seeing someone post a photo on Instagram of their vegan dulce de leche crepe — but when I read the description for Hibiscus’ salad I made my decision.

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The ingredients listed on their menu are just the tip of the iceberg for this 42-ingredient salad. FOURTY-TWO. I ordered it with a side bowl of their butternut squash soup. At $12.50 I definitely felt that I had received my money’s worth.

She ordered the vegan mozzarella, tomato, basil, spinach, and mushroom crepe, which was also delicious.

I completely understand why Hibiscus is such a popular spot now. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly, and despite its popularity, I felt as though Gabby and I had plenty of space to ourselves.

I can’t wait to go back this winter for something sweet and comforting (I’ve got my eye on the chocolate hazelnut crepe)!

— Laura

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