Feel Good Guru: Restaurant Review

Feel Good Guru is a tiny gem of a take-out joint in West Queen West, just across from Trinity Bellwoods Park. If the location weren’t ideal enough, just listen to their manifesto! FGG is committed to serving up whole, unprocessed, organic plant foods sans any animal products or ‘frankenfoods’. They aim to source ingredients either from local farmers, or grow it themselves in their own garden, and aim to be a zero-waste facility.

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Facilities

I’ll first emphasize that FGG is almost strictly a take-out restaurant. Although they have a few stools in the window (and a pretty shoddy bathroom for customers), don’t expect a typical restaurant dining experience. To make up from the lack of dining space, I have heard that they will loan you a picnic blanket so you can enjoy your food in the park across the street; pretty neat!

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As for the decor, it is very bright and minimalistic. The menu board is actually projected on the wall and many of the dishes are displayed behind glass to ease your decision making process.

Score: 3/5

Food

To say I came to FGG hungry would be an understatement. I decided to treat myself after the Beaches 10K tune up (which was preceded by a 20km bike ride); I was ready to chow down! The menu is extensive and features a ton of different options, from salads, to noodle dishes, to heartier sandwiches and wraps. They also have a great variety of beverages, both hot and cold. The ingredients they use are locally sourced, and in make cases in made (and grown) in house! FGG uses their own sprouted almond milk in their drinks, and grows ingredients themselves in their own backyard and urban cultivator. Another great option FGG offers is half-sized portions; great for smaller appetites, tighter wallets, and those who just can’t decide!

After enlisting the help of the counter staff I eventually decided on a half order of the Spaghetti and Nut Balls Sandwich and a half order of Bangkok Doc Noodles.

Nut Ball Sandwich: “served open-faced on our carrot & flax seed bread, the nutball sub is messy, filling & delish! stuffed with herbed nutballs, market veggies & shredded summer cabbage and dressed in smoky chipotle mozzarella cream & raw marinara sauce.”

Bangkok Doc: “our super-healthy twist on Pad Thai, with kelp and zucchini noodles, grated carrots & cabbage, house-grown sunflower sprouts and garlic chives, garden coriander, basil and peas, all tossed in a creamy spicy zesty almond lime sauce.”

I’m not sure if you can tell from these pictures, but the portions are massive! Even after being famished, I ended up saving the majority of the noodles for dinner. The flavours of the food were excellent and very unique.

One downside I’ve noted at FGG is their tendency to run out of ingredients. On my first visit, they had run out of sprouted nut milk for the day (and were instead offering an alternative). Another visit left me slightly disappointed when I was told they had run out of matcha green tea powder. Whomp, whomp.

Score: 4/5

Service

Service at FGG was excellent; a perfect mixture of friendly and not overbearing. They were willing and able to answer my questions and offer suggestions. My food was served to me quickly and with a smile. My one issue looking back on my visit, is that I think I was actually overcharged for an item (I ordered half a sandwich, but was charged for the full portion).

Score: 4/5

Quality/Value

The quality of the ingredients used at FGG is unmatched; everything is exceptionally fresh and very tasty. That being said, the price is slightly higher to accommodate for this. The food I purchased actually spanned two meals, so I could rationalize the higher cost. In perusing some of their other menu options, I think the higher price would deter me from trying them (such as, the ‘Yogi Granola’ parfait is $16 before tax). Despite this, the fact that FGG offers half-sizes makes dining here an affordable treat!

Score: 4/5

Total Score: 15/20

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Disclaimer: This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. I have not been compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. This is not a sponsored post, nor have I been paid to review this restaurant. The opinions expressed here my own and are not influenced by any endorsement. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

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About Suzanne Poldon

runs on plants. eats out of mason jars. bends like a straw.

26. August 2013 by Suzanne Poldon
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