When most people hear the words “vegan restaurant,”or “plant-based restaurants,”they usually roll their eyes immediately thinking that all the dishes are made out of tofu.
Planta, a trendy plant-based restaurant with locations in South Beach Miami, Florida and Toronto, Ontario reminds us that plants are in with an innovative menu that stretches far beyond just tofu.
First, let’s talk about the decor. I visited Planta Toronto and it definitely has more of an L.A. vibe. It’s upscale, bright and beautifully decorated.
The ceilings were very tall, which was a breath of fresh air considering that so many restaurants in urban cities are located in dark basements.
My friend and I were greeted by an upbeat and friendly hostess and quickly escorted to our table.
The Plant-Based Menu:
Planta has rolled out an outstanding plant-based menu that those on plant-based diets and those who could care less about vegan options will both enjoy.
With mouth-watering appetizers, fabulous salads and delicious entrees, the Planta menu serves up culinary variety for every taste.
I opted to try the Planta burger, which is fully loaded with queso, mushroom bacon, pickles, tomatillo mayo and served with spiced fries. It was A-MAZING!
If you’d prefer not to eat your veggies you can get your fill by drinking your greens. Planta offers cold-pressed juices (and juice shooters), including the orange and carrot-based, Rise & Shine, or the beet and pineapple-based Planta Punch, which is what I had along with the cucumber and apple-based, Field of Greens. Yes, I was thirsty 🙂
We ordered several items to share so that we could get a broader taste for the menu.
The Italian Job – Tomato sauce, cashew mozzarella, farro, fennel, roasted garlic, mushrooms topped this pizza.
The Truffle Fries – truffled almond parmesan, lemon garlic aïoli.
WAIT! Anytime I hear the words “truffle” my ‘hands go up, and they stay there’ ~ DJ Khaled. The fries did not have a chance, they were devoured in record time, and I actually contemplated ordering some to take home. If you love fries – ORDER THESE! You’ll thank me later.
We didn’t get a chance to sample dessert, not because we didn’t want to- TRUST ME dessert is what I do! But we were running late for a meeting so didn’t have time for sweets. Next time I dine at Planta it’s a must that I get the Brownie with Ice Cream.
Plant-based eating is more than just a trend. More and more people are choosing to reduce their animal product intake, including myself, and restaurants like Planta make it easier.
Overall I give this place two “thumbs up.” The restaurant is a little on the pricey side, but definitely, a nice spot. As one who frequently dines at plant-based establishments, I found the portions sizes satisfying, the food delicious and loved the staff who served us. Even my meat-eating friend enjoyed his meal.
Still wondering what to order, check out the full menu.
I already know what I want to try on my next visit;
- The Queso Dip
- Cauliflower Tots
- The Quinoa Tartare
- The Lettuce Wraps
If you’ve tried any of these please let me know in the comments below.
Have you been to any good plant-based restaurants lately? Or are you trying to eat a more plant-based diet?