Grasslands. Repeated Dinner Date Nights & Brunch.

JC have spent an increasing amount of time visiting Grasslands over the last few months. There have been the celebratory dinners, those random moments of “I would like to take you somewhere nice”, and the quick post-movie bites to eat (it is rather conveniently located a few minutes away from the Scotiabank theater) and those times when you want to take someone from out of town out somewhere vegan fancy-casual. We’ve attempted two large reservations since the tipping issue from our very first visit but it hasn’t worked out for some reason or another. Maybe groups of more than just JC & I + Grasslands just aren’t meant to be? Or we should just make fewer last minute reservations? I’d probably go with that one. Maybe. It doesn’t matter, they seem perfectly capable of seating JC and I most of the time, and it usually ends up lovely. Recently we went with JC’s Mom, and genuinely had a great time (and I think it was more than just company). I keep seeing the same couple of servers every time we go in. They’re great. They’re nice. And they don’t make me wish I was somewhere else. Grasslands feels a bit more like Vedge now, but with a uniquely Toronto vibe, and if they ever have the equivalent of Vedges “Dirt list” at Grasslands (locally sourced random dishes of the day/moment), I will be beyond excited. The ambiance is good, the food is good, and the menu seems to still be…

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A First Taste of Grasslands Restaurant Toronto – Vegan Fine Dining is back

Read my updated review here. Once upon a time there was Fressen, and it was okay, but then it closed at the end of last year and we were all lamenting the end of all vegan fine dining in Toronto. But before we could get too sad, Fressen’s owner,  Stephan Gardener, promised that a new revived restaurant would replace it in a few months, and this week, Fressen was reborn, in a new incarnation. RIP Fressen,  and welcome Grasslands! We went on Day Two (03/28/2013) with a troupe of hungry vegans, and ready to try new and exciting things. On first glance it looked a lot like the old menu, but then there were several delightful differences. As promised there was a much more substantial cocktail menu, and a different dessert (though our server assured us more options were coming – as this was just the beginning.) “Bar Snax,”  has lots of fun and interesting treats like sliders, mezze plate (with kibbeh, tapenade, hummus, olives, etc), and even popcorn chicken (just to name a few.) It’s nice to know that they’re aiming to keep serving these items until 12 or 1 am. I love what they’ve done with the interior, so many positive changes. The bar at the front, with a small lounge area, in addition to a large collection of dining tables. I think they keyword here is more – more open and spacious, more interior lighting, and more effective use of the space they have available. It’s especially nice to…

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