Hibiscus

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 29 reviews )
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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

29 Reviews

First Review by dkingdesigndotcom

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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Amazing salads - Edit

I've only had the pleasure of eating at Hibiscus once, but I've been dying to go back ever since. The mixture salad (not sure the exact name? Maybe it's just "Salad") was so, SO delicious. I don't even know everything that was in it but the mixture of tastes and textures was perfect. I believe it's made with quinoa (correct me if I'm wrong). My only complaint would be that the brownies were a bit disappointing. Not disgusting, but not as good as expected. A bit dry and bland. But don't let that stop you from going!
Be warned that this restaurant is not totally vegan (but it is vegetarian). There are lots of crepes made with cheese. Which are, according to my father, delicious! I nibbled some of the crepe itself and it was good all on it's own. I don't recall any vegan crepes on the menu (again, could be wrong. I went in November, my memory is a bit fuzzy) but I'm sure you could get something custom made.

Pros: Delicious, one of a kind salads , DELICIOUS

Cons: It's not vegan?, Limited seating

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Top 3 brunch places in the city - Edit

Oh how I love Hibiscus, and wish it were twice the size.

It can get pretty cramped in there. It's as small as a living room.

The soup and salad may seem ho-hum on paper, but it is one of the most heavenly things around. It comes with a thick, homemade, blended hot soup (usually beet or squash based) that will cure any hangover instantly. The salad is actually 7 or 8 items nestled in a pretty bowl. They are all made from veggies, legumes and beans, but they are set apart by their flavours, which are are Japanese-y, and by that I mean unique and subtle: some sweet, some salty, all fantastic.

Their crepes are lovely too, as detailed by other reviewers. The pesto mushroom crepe is yummers.

They also serve gluten-free cookies which are actually edible.

Pros: friendly, great value, tas-TEE

Cons: crowded, cramped, washroom through the kitchen

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Sooo delicious - Edit

I love Hibiscus, everything I've eaten there is delicious, they'll make any combination of sweet or savoury crepe and they all taste delicious. At 1st appearance the menu may look like it's not so vegan friendly but they will make any type of vegan crepe you want using fruit, veggies, vegan cheese, pesto, chutney, chocolate, nuts or all of the above! Smoothies, ice cream, coffee all very good and cheap too. Only $5.50 for a crepe which is enough for my lunch, esp with nearly a pint of smoothie for $3.50. Add on another $3 if you want some of the best tasting ice cream in the world (all vegan of course). Best cafe for vegans in Toronto.

Pros: Everything delicious, Cheap, Very vegan friendly

Cons: You might have to wait a little while

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Oh man, the "ice cream" is soooooooo good .... - Edit

The best frozen dessert I've ever had, and that includes the best gelato money could buy, the finest sorbets, Ben& Jerry's, Haagen-Daz, etc. etc. And it's vegan. Beautiful. I had a scoop of Raspberry-Coconut and one scoop of Pistachio. They don't skimp, and it's so bloody cheap and cheerful. When I went it was a Thursday evening, hardly anybody was in there. The crepe was delicious, as was the salad too. A friend of mine raved about this place, and with good reason. They need to expand, but maybe not. I didn't like the location of the restroom, is all. You kind of have to cut through the kitchen, and it feels like an airplane's loo. However, if that's the worst thing I can say about it, this place gets many thumbs, digits, toes, and other appendages up, way up.

Pros: Ice Cream, Buckwheat crepes, Salad

Cons: Washroom

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Delicious crepes! - Edit

About once a month, me and my boyfriend (who usually doesn't eat anything but meat and pie) go and get crepes and a salad.
We get a sweet crepe with every fruit they have (plus Nutella for him and melted chocolate chips and hazelnuts for me) and ice cream on top (the pistachio is my favourite). The salad is actually a mix of about 5 different salads: all of which are very good especially the quinoa.
Hibiscus is fairly small which means sometimes it can fill up fast leaving no where to sit and sometimes food can take a while to come (although most times I've been this hasn't been a problem).
The crepes can get expensive if you get ice cream with them but it's definitely worth it.

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, good atmosphere

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Surprisingly beautiful little spot - Edit

I always get a savoury crepe devised with the owner and it never fails to impress. Delicious salad options. Delicious everything else. I always pray for a seat when I approach as I live nowhere close and it is usually full.

The owners (I assume) are polite and lovely. Everything about Hibiscus feels considered, gentle and beautiful.

A small menu and few seats are the only drawbacks but if this spot or its menu were any larger it might not be manageable by the pair at the back and its unique qualities might not survive.

Pros: Delicious vegan food, Atmosphere

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A Total Hidden Gem - Edit

It's hard to express just how amazing this restaurant is.

Not only do they sell some of the best and most flavorful salads and crepes I've ever had(the beet sesame salad is soo rad!) but they also make homemade vegan ice cream and this ice cream, is hands down, the best ice cream I have ever had. My favorite's coconut - though they have all kinds of amazing stuff like raspberry, sesame, mango, and even earl grey tea (which was actually pretty good). The owners are incredibly friendly, and even gave us free sample containers of ice cream once because we couldn't choose between flavors. Prices are also very cheap, less than $10 for an amazing meal. I highly recommend this place to anyone traveling through.

Pros: friendly/amazing staff, quaint & cozy atmosphere, inexpensive

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Hibiscus vegan icecream is so gooooood! - Edit

On our recent trip to Toronto we ate at Hibiscus, which fed us some delicious fresh vegan salads such as three bean and bulgur. We had the apple crepe, chocolate icecream and coconut icecream, all vegan and simply out of this world delicious! Please try the icecreams! We are begging you!

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Amazing ! - Edit

I have lived in Toronto for years and this still remains to be one of the best soulful places to eat. The owners are so sweet and it makes you happy to be a customer. Plus the food is healthy but.and very tasty. Support this place, we need more like it.

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tasty crepes - Edit

My wife and I went here and had 2 different crepes. They were both totally vegan. One was apple and cinnomon inside the crepe with maple syrup and a scoop of chocolate almond and a scoop of strewberry vegan "icecream" and the other was kiwi and maple syrup with pistachio and rasberry as the vegan "icecream" choices. Both were tasty!

The price was a little high and probably due to choosing the vegan icecream with them. The total was around $16.50.

For anyone not wanting any refined sugar, you can let them know not to sprinkle any on top (it looks like we got ours sprinkled with icing sugar).

Pros: tasty, yummy, vegan

Cons: a bit costly

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