Planta Toronto – Review 

Hello Loves!

On Sunday I went to Planta for brunch with a bunch of my instagram friends. In case you don’t know what Planta is, it is a newly opened plant-based restaurant in Yorkville (Yonge and Bay). Basically, they are a vegan restaurant that focuses on creating inspiring dishes without the use of any animal products.

Let’s first start off by admiring the beautiful decor. Swings, rose gold flamingos, and plants galore! Seriously, such a stunning space with pockets of natural light for you to chase in order to get some instaworthy pictures. I managed to get some empty shots of the restaurant right when it opened at 10:30am before it started to fill up with people.

Planta Toronto Review

There is ample seating in the restaurant, and I hear they host events too. I wouldn’t mind having a little shindig here. Like I mentioned, the restaurant is pretty specious and is perfect for larger groups. Sometimes brunch places are tough for groups because they tend to be small but this is definitely not a problem at Planta!

Planta Toronto Review

Planta Toronto Review

Planta Toronto Review

Moving on to food, pictured below we have the cauliflower tots with truffled parmesan ($9.75) and nachos with fire pit beans, queso, avocado, and crema ($12.75). I kid you not, these were probably some of the better nachos I’ve had in the city. Even though they are vegan, they are full of flavour and each chip had a generous coat of toppings. I hate when the topping to chip ratio is off but there were no problems here. Tots, A+.

Planta Toronto Review

Next up, avocado toast on rye bread with olive oil, lemon, and puffed wild rice ($12.25) and their Harvest Salad which had brown rice, caramelized squash, chickpeas, roasted pears, cranberries, napa cabbage, and pecans, with balsamic dressing ($17.00). I have to say, I did have a bit of trouble with the avocado toast. The rye bread was super toasted and was a little tough to munch on. The flavours were nice though, with a generous amount of creamy avocado, and tomatoes that burst in your mouth. The Harvest Salad was really good and I loved the squash the most.

Planta Toronto Review

Next, I want to mention the banana pancakes ($13.25) which were also really good. I normally don’t order sweet brunches but I’m glad I got to try these. They were nice and fluffy (as pancakes should be) and who can say no to maple syrup and pecans? Not me.

Planta Toronto Review

Finally, we had 4 different desserts which consisted of a coconut jelly and passionfruit sorbet served in a coconut, avocado lime cheesecake with raspberry sorbet, a chocolate terrarium, and a smoothie bowl. My favourite was definitely the coconut dessert which was nice and refreshing with a great crunch because of the coconut chips sprinkled (generously) on top. My other friends seemed to enjoy the smoothie bowl and chocolate terrarium so I suppose it all depends on what you like. You can read Isabelle’s review of Planta Toronto which goes more in-depth.

Planta Toronto Review

Overall, I had a great experience at Planta. It is a great spot for brunch even if you are not a vegan. The dishes are packed with so much flavour that you won’t even miss having eggs or meat. (Okay, maybe a little bit of the eggs).

Let me know if you plan to go or any other vegan restaurants around the city you recommend. xo, Rose

 

My Belmonte Raw Juice Cleanse Experience

Day 1

I went to pick up my juices from Belmonte Raw‘s Leslieville location before work. I completely underestimated how heavy 2 days worth of juice would be. I’m glad that Belmonte suggested I pick up my third cleanse on a separate day ensuring both freshness and my arms to suffer a little less.

I decided to do 2 days of “The Intro” and 1 day of “The Deep“. Here’s how it went.

I’m glad that “The Intro” came with a raw meal. It was a nice way to ease into a juice cleanse. All of the bottles come numbered so you know exactly which one to take next.

01: Clarity (Carrot, Lemon, Ginger) I surprisingly really liked this one. I thought I wouldn’t be a big fan of it because of the carrots and ginger but it was actually really nice and refreshing.

02: Vanilla Milk (Cashews, Filtered Water, Vanilla, Dates) I thought I would like this one the most because look at the ingredients! Cashews, Vanilla, Dates? Yes please! Sadly, I didn’t like this one as much as the Clarity but it was still good.

03: Chlorophyll Elixir (100% Chlorophyll) I was so nervous to take this one. It looks extremely potent and revolting in the bottle, almost like poison. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but it wasn’t that great either. It honestly just tastes like mouthwash.

04: Revive (Lemon, Filtered Water, Cayenne, Agave) Probably one of my least favourite juices ever. I’m fine with lemon, water, and agave but the cayenne definitely kills it for me. I understand that it has a purpose, but to me, spices should be in food, not juices.

05: Spaghetti and Neatballs (Spinach, Arugula, Zucchini, Butternut Squash, Creamy Cashew Pesto, Sun-dried Tomato, Almonds, Dried Cranberries, Pea Shoots, Hemp seeds with Apple Cider Miso Vinaigrette) One word: Delicious! Honestly, so so so good. I would definitely eat it again.

06: Uplift (Spinach, Cucumber, Apple, Lemon, Parsley, Ginger) This one was also pretty light and refreshing. I was worried that the parsley and ginger would be overpowering but it wasn’t. You really taste the apple, lemon, and cucumber the most which is nice.

07: Aloe Elixir (100% Aloe) I’ve had aloe juice before but those are filled with sugar. This was 100% aloe and it was terrible. Sugar please!

I’ll admit, I did cheat on Day 1. I ended up going to Bar Ape’s Pop Up Event and ate gelato desserts. Hey, honesty is the best policy, right?

Day 2

I think day 2 was the hardest part of my Belmonte Raw juice cleanse. I woke up with body aches and a headache as well as a sore throat. I also felt extremely tired and laid in bed for most of the day. Apparently these are detox symptoms that show the cleanse is working. Let’s just say I’m glad I had the day to myself so I could lounge around and not have to worry about exerting energy (because I had none).

For day 2, I had the same juices and elixirs as day 1 above. The only difference was the raw meal which was changed to the “Sicilian Green Bean” salad (Spinach, Arugula, Green Beans, Tomato, Sun-dried Tomato, Olives, Red Pepper, Red Onion, Sprouted Beans, Lentils, Dill, Parsley, Olive Oil, Almonds, Hemp Seeds, Pea Shoots with Sunflower Pesto). I love the crunch the green beans add, the use of both fresh tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes as well as the olives in this dish.

Day 3

By day 3 my body was finally accepting the fact that I wasn’t eating much. I still woke up with a few body aches but overall I did feel more energized. I also wasn’t as hungry as I was the two previous days even though my 3rd day cleanse was all juice and no salad!

The Deep

01: Antiox Smoothie (Blueberries, Almond, Oat, Vanilla, Chia, Dates, Açai) This was so yummy! Probably my favourite juice of all the juices in the cleanse. It has a lot of chunks due to the ingredients so if you don’t like juices that have bits in them then you might not enjoy it as much. Also, be careful because blueberry skins do stick to your teeth, make sure to check your smile.

02: Refresh (Carrot, Apple, Beet, Lemon, Ginger) I love the colour of this juice. The beet and carrot separate and there is a nice gradient of red to orange. This one is too similar to the clarity juice because of the overpowering carrots but still good.

03: Chlorophyll (100% chlorophyll) Still tastes like mouthwash.

04: Vanilla Milk (Cashews, Filtered Water, Vanilla, Dates) By the 3rd day I started to like this one more and more. At first I wasn’t a big fan of the vanilla but somehow this one tasted more like cashews and dates which I liked.

05: Revive (Lemon, Filtered Water, Cayenne, Agave) SO SPICY.

06: Clarity (Carrot, Lemon, Ginger) Carrot juice has won me over. Never would I have thought I would like carrot juice.

07: Uplift (Spinach, Cucumber, Apple, Lemon, Parsley, Ginger) Still good. No complaints here.

Overall, I’m proud of myself for accomplishing 3 days of juice cleansing (minus the little lapse on day 1). I think they’re nice for when you want to reset your body or get a jump start on healthy eating. I do feel lighter and notice that I don’t crave as much junk as I did before. (Let’s see how long this effect lasts). I think a juice cleanse would be particularly beneficial after the holidays because everyone indulges during the holidays. Have you tried a Belmonte Raw Juice Cleanse or any other juice cleanse? How did it go? Let me know!

xo, Rose