Tag Archives: Restaurant Reviews

Frary’s Restaurant and a Day Trip to Venice

Frary’s Restaurant was the highlight of our trip to Venice. That might seem a strange statement to make as this is Venice we’re talking about after all, one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world, but bear with me, I’ll explain. On the day of our visit, Venice hadn’t lived up to the hype. We’d had only 16 hours to spare in the city so we’d arranged to go out on a boat trip, recommended on Trip Advisor (Il Bragozzo Local Boats Tours) and built our day around the…

Urban Herbivore Restaurant (College Street Location) Toronto

Urban Herbivore have three Vegan food outlets in downtown Toronto. We’d been interested in paying them a visit for a while as we were really impressed by their straight talking website (“We do not use food factories or commercial bakeries to prepare our food. We honour a whole-food philosophy so that you receive a quality product without any preservatives, additives, or ingredients you can’t pronounce…”) and by their menu, so last week we paid a visit to the branch at 967 College Street. It’s a large place but you have to…

Dancing Shiva Superfoods Restaurant, Vienna

Dancing Shiva Superfoods was less than two minutes walk from our hotel, the Kugel, so when we heard it was supposed to be the best vegan restaurant in Vienna we thought we had to pay it a visit. We were so glad we did; it’s probably the best restaurant we visited in our entire nine month trip through Europe, North Africa and Asia. The main door was backed with heavy velvet drapes that kept the warmth and cosy atmosphere in. We were welcomed in by the scent of aromatic Indian spices, herbal incense and…

Mystic Pizza on Veikou Street, Athens

We were looking for some decent pasta and pizza to give us energy for the forthcoming Athens marathon, and also because we felt in need of something different to the usual Greek fare and wanted to stick to our preferred vegetarian diet. We heard about Mystic Pizza from Trip Advisor and since one of their three branches in Athens was very near to our hotel (The Art Gallery Hotel) we paid it a visit. This branch is on a pretty pedestrianized road just off Veikou Street, which is an arty…

Mystic Pizza (Exarcheia), Athens

There are a few great value places to eat in Athens, for instance, Kostas in Agias Eirinis Square and the ladies selling the falafel just around the corner on Kolokotroni, both of which charge just two Euro for lovely kebab-style take-aways. But if you want a sit down, full meal with excellent eco-credentials then for us nothing beats Mystic Pizza. You’ll get brilliant pasta here, and of course pizzas, and there’s a strong lean towards the dishes being organic, health conscious and tasty and for around six or seven Euro…

FREEtto Restaurant & Take Away, Rome

FREEtto is a take away/dine in restaurant focused on Italian fine fried food. At the moment they have two restaurants, the first in the city center near to via Veneto, which is the one we visited, and the second (bigger) one near the Collie Albani metro station, and more are due to open soon. We’d heard that they do excellent food, using organic ingredients, with plenty of options for vegetarians and those with other preferences and since they were easy to get to on foot (many vegetarian places in Rome are a metro…

The Earth Cafe, Marrakech, Morocco

The Earth Cafe is Marrakech’s only pure vegetarian and vegan cafe. If you’re trying to maintain a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle whilst travelling and want to eat at a place where the chef understands what it means to be vegetarian or vegan (not using chicken stock in the vegetable tagine, for instance, ‘because it gives it some flavour…’, etc) then the Earth cafe is for you. We visited late one weekday afternoon, passing the kitchen as we entered (it was all open plan, so you could see how clean it was…

Dar Attajali Restaurant, Fez, Morocco

On our way to dinner at Dar Attajalli we walked past a truck loaded with water melon in an empty marketplace. It looked interesting so I raised my camera, preparing to take a photo. A shout stopped me. A man, I presume the owner of the melons, rushed out of a nearby cafe, demanding money. Now, it was Ramadan, the most holy month in the Islamic calendar and the man had been busy breaking his fast. One of the central points of this fast is that the Muslim must aim to keep…

Fuel Plus, Toronto, Canada

     If I lived in Toronto and worked in the downtown area, I’d make Fuel Plus a regular brunch or lunch stop and if you’re in town for a short time and only have chance for one lunch stop this is the place to come. Their food is great, the staff are friendly, they source most of their food locally, they sell nutrition products geared towards runners such as myself as well as regular food and also there’s a superb lack of marketing nonsense in the air, which I personally…

Kupfert & Kim, Toronto, Canada

          This take away outlet serves only vegan, gluten free fare. Their website claims ‘We are a vegan, gluten-free quick service restaurant serving delicious and sustainable fare. Located in the heart of First Canadian Place, our menu features healthy meals, beverages & snacks. FAST FOOD SHOULD NOT MEAN BAD FOOD. Just because we have less time to sit and eat does not mean we have less time to eat well! Noticing a lack of quality quick-service options, we opened with the goal of providing fresh, minimally processed, and flavourful…