A vegan/veggie paradise, Fresh offers food that is hearty and healthy, with options for those who love organics to those seek the wheat-free.
I'm a card-carrying carnivore, so at first, I was skeptical that Fresh had anything to offer me, but I love it. It's always filling and even without meat, when I eat there, I never feel dissatisfied.
My favourite thing to order is the small middle eastern plate. (It's $8, or $11 if you'd rather have a large). I've had it the last FIVE times I've been to Fresh. I know I should branch out, but I'm addicted.
The middle eastern plate comes with golden falafel balls, hummus, tahini & toasted organic whole wheat pita. It's garnished with parsley, spiced green olives, tomato & cucumber. The pita is incredibly soft and tasty. Mmmm. I want some right now.
Another of Fresh's stregnth is blended juice and smoothies. I don't like anything thick so I tend to mix my own by asking for a combination of what I like. (Apple juice, cranberry juice and strawberries, for example.) The results are unbelivably delicious, but they don't come cheap. My 3-blend juice will run you $6 for 16 oz. Protein shakes are even more. As a result, I often skip the drink in favour of water with my meal, but if I had a little more coin, I'd indulge more often.
Fresh downsides include the fact that it's crowded and at peak times, you'll almost always find yourself waiting for a table. It also tends to be filled with... if not hipsters, then hippish types. The decor is certainly hip. With lots of colour and pattern, it can feel a bit frenetic. And the seating is tight, so you may be mashed almost right next to someone. If you're not a bearded new-veg-head, you may feel out of place. (In fact, my partner Nate hates Fresh because he feels it's pretentious, but I think he's being silly.)
What you might not know, even if you're already a fan: you can take out. Call in advance and pick up to save time. Fresh uses biodegradable take out containers, which is nice. They also sell refridgerated sandwhiches and stuff like that if you're in a hurry.
It's not a five star restaurant or anything, but it's good and it's healthy and I like it.
Fresh (Juice for Life)
326 Bloor St. W
Toronto, ON M5S 1W5
* Image from the Fresh website.