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When it comes to plant-based eateries, Toronto won’t be running short of them anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean we’ll turn our appetites away from new contenders, who seem to be cropping up every single month. This month, we’ve got LOV, direct from Montreal — it’s an eco-conscious botanical restaurant you’ll be hearing a lot about.
LOV follows the three main principles of botanical cuisine: local and fresh, organic and superfood-packed, and vegetable-based (vegan)… or LOV, if you’re looking for an acronym. At its simplest level, that means eating food that’s good for you and the planet. Since everything is homemade, the freshness of every ingredient really comes out on your plate.
Not only is everything packed with nutrients but also perfectly balanced and full of flavour, too — even for some of their most indulgent bites. Take, for example, the Kale Mac N’ Cheese dressed in a squash and sweet potato sauce, the Kimchi Fries topped with wakame and sesame dressing, or the BBQ burger made with jackfruit, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, and aioli.
And since they’re from Montreal, you must be thinking they serve poutine! Thankfully, the LOV Poutine is on the menu, which is a decadent dish topped with miso gravy, vegan mozzarella, and a mix of sweet potato fries if you want to go all out. Aside from all the comfort food, expect refreshing salads, smoothies, and even healthy brunch fare!
For those who have checked out LOV in Montreal, you’re well aware of how beautiful the interiors are. If you haven’t, give their IG page a scroll and you’ll instantly get a feel for the light and airy décor — but at the same time, it can still be laid-back and cozy. The owners tried to replicate the botanical, plant-forward feel of the menu into their space by incorporating plants, terrariums, and hanging tapestries, all along whitewashed brick walls to make it more vibrant.
If we’re to expect the same treatment in Toronto, LOV is also a place where waiting for tables isn’t a burden because you can sit comfortably in their hanging white chair swings, maybe even while sipping on their Mojito Kombucha or another botanical LOV cocktail.
We can only hope the same level of quality and careful attention to detail when it comes to their Entertainment District location (near King & Portland). It’s fair to say we might soon fall in lov with LOV.