John and I finally made it out to support fellow Toronto vegan, amazing chef, and entrepreneur, Doug McNish. His new restaurant / shop / culinary education centre, public kitchen, is a little out of our downtown bubble but it is definitely worth the trek. Just look at the food porn!
Yes, we ate a lot. But by the time we actually got up to marlee avenue we were starving! We wanted to try everything, but even after we ordered the vegan benedict, the sunday pancakes, and a side of home fries, Doug actually brought us out a crepe to try. And of course, it ended up being the best thing we ate. It was a raw fruit leather crepe made of apples and bananas and filled with the fluffiest most delicious coconut vanilla cream.
A common misconception of vegan food is that it’s not filling, when in fact, it is more filling because you’re eating real nourishing food. What I love about Doug is he doesn’t skimp on the portion sizes. The vegan benedict was piled high and I love that it came with lots of greens. You can easily share this dish between 2 people. Same goes for the pancakes and they are perfection. You get what you pay for here: lots of food, creative concoctions, tons of flavour, and it’s all organic.
I’m finding that when I eat at other vegan restaurants in this city there’s only one or two things I want to eat off the menu, but I actually want to eat everything off the menu at public kitchen. Plus, you’ll love the food so much I guarantee you can’t leave without buying some of the take away products as well like yummy sauces and dips, popcorn toppings, and desserts.
verdict: you get bang for your buck with this totally luscious brunch. It’s a must try in Toronto and we’ll definitely be going again soon!