The vegetarian food scene is expanding rapidly in Ottawa, with a range of great options now serving all manner of international cuisine, vegetarian-style. Here are our favorites, guaranteed to convert even the most ardent of meat-eaters.
The Green Door is a staple on the Ottawa vegetarian scene, having served high-quality buffet-style food since 1988. The range of dishes on offer varies but is largely based around seasonal availability and the restaurant’s close relationship with its local suppliers. The hot food options often include a variety of vegetable-based curries, noodle dishes, pastas and quiches, with the self-serve style meaning you have the option to try many different cuisines and simply pay according to weight.
Located in the city’s bustling ByWard Market neighborhood, the Peace Garden is a quiet and tranquil haven away from the crowds. Although its menu is relatively limited, staff are on hand to make adjustments to suit a variety of dietary requirements and the daily specials offer a variety of dishes inspired by the spices and flavors of India.
Pure Kitchen is a predominantly vegan restaurant that also offers a range of vegetarian options and fresh juices, all with an inspirational names such as the ‘Loved’ salad and ‘Peaceful’ wrap. The modern, minimalistic interior fits in well with the ‘clean’ branding and there is also a rooftop patio, which is very popular in the summer months. The main meal items on the menu are divided into salads, wraps, bowls and burgers, making the extensive list of options much less overwhelming.
At The Table all the ingredients are fresh and organic, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options prepared daily. Currently celebrating the 15th anniversary of their opening, the restaurant’s buffet options, which range from hot foods to salads, have earned them multiple awards as well as recognition as being one of the healthiest restaurants in Canada.
For the more adventurous eater looking to take vegetarianism to the next level, SimplyRaw Express is a fully vegan restaurant featuring a variety of raw vegan dishes. Don’t worry, even for the uninitiated this is not as daunting as it sounds, as the menu primarily focuses on healthy versions of popular food such as sushi and sweet potato noodles.
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