Serves meat, veg options available. Extensive menu. Has vegan and gluten free items, breakfast all day, weekend brunch. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Take-out, Non-veg
32 109 McCaul Street (Dundas)
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3K5
416-591-0863

Mon 9:00am-4:00pm, Tue-Thu 9:00am-7:00pm, Fri 9:00am-3:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm

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  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accepts credit cards
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First Review by nbuchana
misohead
misohead
  • vegetarian
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+13

Great vegan brunch

4 Posted on 06 / 02 / 2014

A plethora of vegan and vegetarian breakfast/brunch options. The $5.00 special is huge and the food is good. Great vegan pancakes and vegan crepes. All of my brunch orders came with lots of fresh fruit.

The food court setting did not bother me. I was there for good vegan food on a budget, and I thought the atmosphere created by the mix of students, people with day jobs, seniors and tourists (among others) just made the meal more interesting. It was also fun to watch the interactions between customers (lots of “regulars” greeted by name!) and Karine’s staff.

Lunch and dinner also served, but I have only eaten breakfast/brunch there.

Pros: Delightful staff, Great value, Good coffee, reasonably priced
maulydaft
maulydaft
  • vegan
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+159

It's a different place to eat your vegan food

4 Posted on 06 / 12 / 2013

I've been eating at Karine's for a few years now. There were some disappointing moments when I went into the food court and they were CLOSED and when I inquired they were bemused that they were closed, but when they are open you will get some tasty food that fills you up.
There's always salad and wonderful fruit on your plate.
The new baked goods are cool because they are obviously done by an indie baker (as much as I love Sweets From the Earth they have a monopoly on baked goods in Toronto and that means BORING!)
I never crave the food so much as I crave the cheap prices, but it's made with love and it fills you up like I said.
It's a little weird that they serve meat as well (in the breakfast options) but I appreciate their heart.

Pros: cheap, baked goods, luscious fruit on every plate!
Cons: food court = slim seating , weird times closed?
Ken4057
Ken4057
  • vegan
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+1116

Don't know how anyone could describe as 'just ok'

4 Posted on 04 / 07 / 2012

Karine is magic. Unfortunately it's located in an ugly, dingy, windowless food court frequented by often loud and rude students and weirdos, but it's totally worth the visit despite all that.

Order any of the mixed item plates on the menu. My partner and I had the 'vegan tofu beni' and the 'vegan goodness' plates. Fresh, colourful Mediterranean-influenced deliciousness, beautifully plated. Wholesome homemade spreads and multigrain breads. I could eat here every day and live forever in a perfect world.

Viva Karine's!

5 cow even though I can only give it 4.



brentonagony
brentonagony
  • vegan
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+55

Just ok..

3 Posted on 12 / 21 / 2011

Location is a little odd (being in a food court).

We had the pancakes and the vegan waffles. They weren't bad but they weren't exactly very good either. The portions were decent and I did enjoy my fresh juice.

One major positive is the staff. Very friendly and very positive.

Given the options available in Toronto I'd recommend finding somewhere else if you are vegan.

Pros: Staff, Portions
Cons: Location
Petesternz
Petesternz
  • vegan
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+661

Hell of a brunch

4 Posted on 08 / 22 / 2011

Karine's is a little gem. I liked it as much for the people and atmosphere as the food, actually, though the food was very good, and the portions are fairly ridiculous for the price. What's nice about this place is you can bring your confused non-vegan friends and not get any grief, as there are plenty of options for everyone, and the vegan options are seriously good. My French toast was lovely, and came with tons of fruit and sides. The pancakes were solid (not as good as my home made, but still)... and the $4 smoothie was very fairly priced. I will be back! By the way, be aware that this is in a "mall" and thus seating is "mall style".

Pros: value, amazing staff
beckett
beckett
  • vegan
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+16

Good and friendly

4 Posted on 07 / 27 / 2011

I got the Super Vegan breakfast. Tofu scrambled up with olives and capers and mushrooms. Served with french fries and salad and fruit. It was fantastic. Unusual take on the standard tofu scramble, but it was good and seemed intuitive, rather than "lets make a crazy dish."
And it was a huge serving. So $10, sorta pricey, but its like two meals. Split it with a friend.
The woman also gave me a mint of gooseberries because I asked what the were.
And there was an old lady helping out wearing a bandanna with a skull on it which is pretty cool

Pros: skull bandanna old woman, Super friendly, Killer tofu scramble
Cons: food court
matt goldman
matt goldman
  • vegetarian
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+21

Fresh food

4 Posted on 07 / 07 / 2011

Karine's restaurant is friendly, fresh and confortable;) Maggie and Karine are great always smiling and happy.Food is great to.I like the assortment of fresh cut Fruit for the breakfast.
Updated from previous review on Thursday July 07, 2011
Updated from previous review on Thursday July 07, 2011


Ohkamp
Ohkamp
  • vegan
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+89

Nice to find vegan food in a food court

3 Posted on 07 / 30 / 2010

While the quality of the food doesn't extend much beyond it's non-vegan food court counterparts, it's great to find a place like this in that sort of environment. You should go just for the enthusiasm of the owner who treats every customer like an ex love.

Pros: Enthusiastic owner
Cons: Food is average
nbuchana
nbuchana
  • vegan
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+21

Disappointing

2 Posted on 11 / 28 / 2009

"Vegan French Toast" should at least be toasted. Instead, it was uncooked drenched with berries and juice, with some sugar. For over $10!!

Also, this is not really a restaurant. It's part of a food court, with self-service seating. That would be OK, if the food were not so disappointing.

Pros: Vegan choices
Cons: Bad food, High prices

 

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