I'd been hearing some great things about the newly opened Planta restaurant in Toronto, as well as seeing its chic decor on some of my favourite Toronto Instagram accounts, so I was looking forward to checking it out. It was particularly timely with it being near the start of the new year and in the depths of winter as Planta is a plant-based restaurant (hence the name) and I was craving some wholesome goodness after indulging over Christmas.
Planta was opened by the Chase Hospitality Group with Chef David Lee to create innovative menu choices that are plant-based, environmentally sustainable, ethically sourced, and in a chic dining environment. No animal products are used in the restaurant.
I'm sometimes a bit hesitant of purely health or vegetarian-focused restaurants as they sometimes aren't as tasty to provide a rival to some of my other favourite restaurants. But, right from looking at the menu, it was difficult to choose due to everything sounding so delicious.
I started with the watermelon poke (with smashed avocado, nori chips, and citrus soya), as recommended by our server. it was so fresh, flavourful, and unusual, and served in a beautiful way that looked like a work of art, laid out carefully on top of a bowl of crushed ice.
I ordered the truffle and cauliflower mac and cheese, which was just decadent. It came with butternut squash mixed in as well, which was a lovely addition to break up the flavour. My friend ordered The Frenchie Pizza, which was a delicious concoction of mushrooms, squash, cashew mozzarella, arugula, truffle oil, and parmesan.
To finish it off, we each had an invigorating (spicy!) hot ginger tea that set us up well to brave the freezing cold Toronto weather afterwards! This place is definitely a must-visit on your next visit to Toronto. Enjoy!