Hibiscus

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238 Augusta Avenue (at Kensington Market), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T2L7

Small vegetarian cafe and natural food market. Mostly takeout, seats up to 10 people. Food is gluten free, including soups, cold salads, a variety of crepes, juices, cookies, and more. Prices inexpensive to moderate. Open Tue-Fri 11:30am-6:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Western, Take-out, Canadian

28 Reviews

First Review by dkingdesigndotcom

Healthy and delicious! - Edit

I love Hibiscus! It was reasonably priced, in a great location, and had a really nice atmosphere. The staff were really nice and there was free wifi. The food was absolutely amazing and a welcome break from all the vegan junk food I had been eating! I really recommend the bowl!

Pros: Healthy options, Price, Location and staff

Cons: Opens fairly late

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Lovely crepes and salads - Edit

Great gluten-free vegan crepes (I had the vegan mozzarella tomato basil spinach mushroom) and salads. Good service and nice atmosphere.

Pros: Nice food, Gluten-free

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Amazing crepes - Edit

This place is unlike the average veg place in Toronto, offering either (not so) healthy "bowls" or super greasy food, so it was a nice suprise.
I had a crepe with pear and Daiya, which was fabulous, all the flavours perfectly balanced!

Pros: original, cosy place, nice neighbourhood

Cons: still a lot of ovo lacto options

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Great spot for outdoor dining - Edit

This casual cafe/restaurant is right in the middle of a very lively, exciting nieighborhood, and the best seats are right off the sidewalk where you can take it all in with great vegan fare. Great soup and crepe. We didnt get to try it, but they had about 10 different flavors of vegan ice cream, including some exotic flavors, so we may be going back!

Pros: Neighborhood, Outdoor dining

Cons: not a huge menu but all good!

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Excellent crepes for vegans and non-vegans - Edit

I've been here twice. I am vegan and both times was accompanied by a non-vegan. The crepes are delicious. They offer both vegan and regular cheese. The vegan cheese melts really well. Service was good. Does not appear to be wheel-chair accessible unless you sit on the patio. We had to carry a stroller up the stairs. But they were friendly and did not give us dirty looks when our baby started to cry!

Pros: Delicious, Friendly, Reasonable price

Cons: Wheelchair accessibility

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Great Ice Cream - Edit

Wasn’t a fan of the crepes but the ice cream was amazing!! Cute little place and great service!

Pros: ice cream, service, walrus

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LOVE THIS PLACE - Edit

Their salad is amazing, and their crepes are equally delightful. I just keep coming back. I only wish they were open for dinner...

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Lovely little place - Edit

I come here whenever I'm in Kensington Market and always get the soup/salad combo. Food here is so yummy and nourishing!

Pros: Delicious, soothing taste, Affordable

Cons: Limited seating

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wholesome buckwheat crepes - Edit

A small and busy place, great for a brunch or light meal. We had crepes which were so beautifully presented, and as tasty as they looked. They are happy to substitute fillings if you ask. They also do a great soup and salad deal which is reasonably priced.

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Great brunch place! - Edit

This place is an awesome spot for a late breakfast or for lunch. There servers are pretty friendly, and they're always very helpful answering questions on a what's vegan and what's not without making you feel like a nuisance. The food has been delicious every time I've been. I would compare them taste wise to cafe crepe (which I have had in the past but do not believe it's vegan).

The only downsides to this place is it is a bit small, but being in Kensington market, it's not that bad waiting because you can look around for a bit.

Pros: delicious food, easy vegan options , fair prices

Cons: limited seating, wait times

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Tasty! - Edit

This place is tiny and sweet! I've enjoyed their salad bowls and soups and delicious crepes served with home-made vegan ice cream which is extra yum! They are very affordable and have let me in at closing time to order and eat in... Very kind of them... They also make home-made kombucha!

Pros: crepes, food and drink

Cons: not very much seating but that's ok

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Not a lot of seating - Edit

Located in the middle of Kensington, this restaurant is well located for the walk by traffic. We made up part of the 25 customers in a place that could comfortably seat perhaps half that number. Anyway, the crepes and coffee were good. They did offer vegan cheese in the crepes which was a welcome addition.

Pros: Patient staff, Good food

Cons: Small restaurant

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Liked it but not vegan! - Edit

UPDATE: After so many years I finally went to Hibiscus and didn't have trouble ordering a VEGAN crepe (they use Diaya now). The menu is a LITTLE better now with labeling and the server was right on when I inquired about vegan stuff. The ice creem IS really really good. I went back a week later for take out ice creem but unfortunately they gave me two scoops of the same flavour instead of one and one. Language barrier again I think. But anyway the food IS good...

A year ago I went in and was excited because the crepes were listed as dairy and egg free - cool! But when I saw all the different options for the insides (savory) they all had cheese. When I inquired about getting one without there was a language barrier and trying to get across "no cheese" wasn't working. I was starving so I had to leave.
Much later I heard from others that this place was vegan. So I vowed to try again.
But deja vu. The menu hadn't changed at all and when I asked for a crepe without cheese I had the same problem as before. But I stuck with it and got a vegan one made and it was very yummy.
They are very nice there and I liked what I ordered. Just too bad that the place really isn't vegan... and they didn't seem to offer vegan cheese either.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday January 05, 2010

Pros: nice crepe!, amazing ice creem

Cons: not vegan, might be some communication errors

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ekim 22 Feb 2013 - I'm surprised you didn't find a vegan crepe on their menu. I go there all the time (in the summer) and there are always vegan options available, and there is soy cheese available (which I believe is rennet free). I never have a problem communicating with the friendly servers.  


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Cute, Tasty - Edit

We went there for the ice cream and tried three flavors: almond chocolate, pistachio, and coffee. I liked them all, but it wasn't the best vegan ice cream I've had. I would have preferred more coffee flavor in the coffee ice cream. The place is cute and the staff were friendly, though.

Pros: Good location, Friendly staff, Good value

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Icecream - Edit

Loved their blueberry coconut homemade ice-cream. Loved their pear/pecan buckwheat crepes. Loved their butternut squash/beet soup and raw crackers. Their cookies and squares were excellent too! I spent $40 on two of us and the extra dessert was for our plane ride home back to Vancouver. Just a lovely experience and the staff was very friendly. The service was quick too. Really exceeded my expectations.

Pros: vegan menu, excellent quality, friendly staff

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What food is supposed to taste like - Edit

Simple in preparation but not in flavour, their bowls make for one of the best lunches you can find for under $10. Comes with one of the best soups in the city. It's a deal that can't be beat for food that isn't fried or processed.

Pros: Excellent Food, Kind staff, Fresh and refreshing

Cons: None

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Yummy but RIDICULOUSLY long wait - Edit

I feel bad to say anything negative about this place because the staff were so sweet but good gravy! Four of us went here on a Saturday and all ordered crepes at the same time. One crepe came and the server explained that they only had one crepe grill so our meals would all come out separately. Sure. Fine. More than half an hour later, no one else had their food! They were very apologetic but the wait was ridiculous. Why would a crepe place only have one grill? People all around us were also asking about the whereabouts of their food. I'm not sure they kept the bills in order because food seemed to come out randomly. Food was good...but not good enough to make this worthwhile. I'd go there again by myself or on a weekday but not if I had anywhere to be in a hurry. Everything was fresh and yummy as was everything else we saw others eating. Again, the staff was lovely.

Pros: yummy food, fresh food, friendly staff

Cons: long wait for food

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Good vegan crepes! - Edit

I tried this place just for the vegan crepes. And was not disappointed. I chose a classic crepe, with lemon and vanilla, and 2 flavors of soy ice cream. It came nicely presented with fruits all around. They were out of the ginger ice cream so the girl asked me if i would mind to replace it by chai tea ice cream. Rather than just saying we dont have it, she offered me an alternative, and i really appreciated that. The service was simple, but helpful, and i would totally come back to try more of what they have.

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