Grasslands: Blogger Get Together and Restaurant Review

I felt an empty space all day yesterday; it was the first day in 30 days without a new post on hello, veggy! Like I said on Monday blogging everyday is definitely not realistic considering all my other life commitments, but it is a passion of mine and for that reason I’m making as much room as possible for it. I hope you’ll stick with me! :)

Before last weekend fades into an abyss, I wanted to immortalize the awesome-ness that it was as part of What I Am Was Wednesday Last Weekend (thanks to Jenn for hosting!). I volunteered with my school at the Ontario Universities Fair, which meant a free bus ride to Toronto! I was lucky to stay the weekend to catch up with friends and family, as well as to join some Toronto bloggers for a get-together at Grasslands.

Blogger dinnerThere were eight of use in attendance (from left to right): Sarah from My (Mostly) Healthy Life, Sam from Better With Sprinkles, Chelsea from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen, Davida from The Healthy Maven, Christine from Gotta Eat Green, Amy from The Little Honeybee, myself, and Gabby from The Veggie Nook. Although I had only met Amy before in ‘real life’ we got along like we had known each other for years! We had such a great time chatting, pouring over the menu, and joking about ‘blogger mannerisms’ such as this:

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We got our waiter to take a picture of us taking pictures of our food! Classic ;)  Aside from the company, the restaurant itself was great too! Grasslands is what I describe as an ‘upscale’ vegan restaurant in Queen West. I checked out the menu and some reviews online before going, and it certainly lived up to my expectations!

Facilities

The restaurant is medium sized, but they were able to accommodate our group of eight with relative ease (we had a reservation, however). The decor and ambiance are very nice, the seating comfortable, and the atmosphere welcoming. We were seated right by the kitchen, which I didn’t mind at all; it was neat seeing the staff preparing our meals! Score: 4/5

Food

The latte I had earlier had kept me relatively full so I opted for some lighter fare. Grasslands has a great menu that is able to cater to gluten-free, nut-free, and wheat-free diners, and as Sarah attested, omnivores and vegans alike!

Grasslands Tomato Quinoa Soup Grasslands Pumpkin Salad

I chose the soup of the day (Tomato Quinoa) and the Roasted Pumpkin Salad. Both were very tasty and surprisingly filling. Had I not been so full I would have chosen the Mustard Crusted Tempeh that some of the other girls ordered. The presentation was absolutely gorgeous and the included side dishes looked very tempting. I had a bit of food envy, but there’s always next time! Score: 5/5

Service

Chris, our waiter was great. He let is take our time ordering, was willing to answer questions, and took pictures at our request. Although the food came a bit more slowly than I would have liked, it gave us ample time to talk amongst ourselves. Score: 4/5

Quality/Value

Grasslands is certainly on the pricier side, that being said, the quality is truly outstanding. Everything tasted very fresh, the ingredients were seasonal, and the presentation of the dishes was beautiful. The portions were a good size; neither excessive nor scant. Just keep in mind if you are going with groups of eight or more that an 18% gratuity will be added to your meal! Score: 4/5

Total Score: 17/20

Grasslands on Urbanspoon

The rest of my weekend was spent in good company (and with good food) as well. I met up with my best friends Maria and Leanna for a St. Lawrence Market adventure on Saturday.

Maria and Suzanne Leanna and Suzanne

We perused the market coming away with honeycrisp apples, pickles on a stick, tofu from Yin Yang Soy Food (the BEST EVER!), and a strange looking fruit. I’m told it’s called an Ontario Blowfish Fruit.

Blowfish fruit

Maria and I broke off afterwards for a belated birthday lunch at none other than Fresh! Gilmore Girls, productive schoolwork, and errand running with Mom also ensued. Best weekend ever? I think so! :)

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14 Thoughts on “Grasslands: Blogger Get Together and Restaurant Review

  1. So jealous that you got to go on a blogger meet up!! That looks like so much fun! I’ve never eaten tempeh. What does it taste like?
    Amy @ Long Drive Journey recently posted…WIAW – Fruits and Veggies StyleMy Profile

    • Suzanne on October 2, 2013 at 9:35 am said:

      Tempeh tastes sort
      Of like tofu but ‘nuttier’ in my opinion. It’s sort of an acquired taste but I’ve come to love it!!

  2. Ohhh good food AND blogger-friends?! That’s my favorite kind of dinner ;) Sounds fun!

  3. Cool, I recognized Davida and Gabby so far…it’s cool to meet bloggers face to face! The food looks fantastic – and it’s nice that it’s gluten-free friendly, too! Looks like a great place to try if I visit Toronto one day!

  4. Love reading everyone’s reviews! Come back soon :)
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven recently posted…Pumpkin Spice Plantain ChipsMy Profile

  5. Loved reading your recap! I can’t wait until next time. :D

    The rest of your weekend sounds like it was great too – I LOVE the St. Lawrence Market and Gilmore Girls!
    Chelsea @ Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen recently posted…Weekly meal plan: September 21 – 27My Profile

  6. Such a fun meet up! And that salad looks so pretty, I’m glad you enjoyed it!
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted…WIAW: You Know You’re Dining With Bloggers When…My Profile

  7. It was such a fun night – thanks for inviting me!! I’m glad I got to meet you all and experience some delicious vegan food, even if I wasn’t prepared for vegan! Hahaha. Can’t wait to do it again! Your granola was AMAZING also…. drool.
    Sarah @ My (Mostly) Healthy Life recently posted…So Why College, Sarah?My Profile

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