Joy Bistro Toronto

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Meat has always been a part of my diet growing up. I remember when I was little, and we were having our family style meal, there would always be a rice portion, vegetable, soup and of course a meat dish. We dined like royals. But if I could be a vegetarian for the rest of my life, or even a vegan without caving into the convenience of meat, I would. With that said I was a vegetarian for over a year, and through that experience I will still opt for a vegetarian dish if it's unique. There behold, Joy Bistro in Toronto. Right off the bat, the menu is super unique. From Korean Fried Chicken to Warm Goat Cheese & Watermelon Salad, they had a lot cool and unique dishes, even a Cauliflower Quesadilla. There were a lot of tough choices, both as a meat eater and retired vegetarian, but what I went with below was a fantastic choice in my opinion.



I started my meal with soup, a habit that was formed during the early stages of my growth. It was their featured soup of the day, written on chalk board while we were looking over the menu at the bar. Curried Tomato and Red Pepper Puree with Toasted Tortillas and Sour Cream... I've had this style of soup before at other restaurants, and often enough it would taste like you're eating purely tomato paste with some basil. This soup was creamy, not thick, complex in flavor and delicious. My first thoughts were, that this was a gourmet upgrade from Campbell's Tomato Soup, but I mean that as a compliment. It wasn't overly strong with just one flavor, like some tomato soups. The tortillas and sour cream was a nice topping, and the toasted baguette on the side was really nice for dipping. I finished the soup quickly and if no one was around I would have licked the bowl too. I loved the presentation, the size and cleanliness of the bowl, it was very filling but I still had room for much more.



There was this one time I bought a "veggie" burger from a popular Canadian chain, and to this day, I still think I ate meat. I couldn't tell the difference, and even though it seemed very beef textured, the waitress argued it was because of the mushroom base. Anyways, there's no question here that this is a vegetarian burger, you can actually see the lentis and barley in this one. The Red Lentil and Barley Burger had arugula, tomatoes, avocado and crema kim chee mayo. It was a really satisfying burger, you had the meaty texture coming from the crumbling lentis and barley, the fat from the avocado, and the kim chee mayo really put it all together. The mayo was similar to a burrito sauce. The fries had a perfect thickness to them and were great to have with their fresh tasting homemade ketchup.



I really shouldn't have indulged in more sweets that day, since I already had my fill during Spark Sessions, but how could I say no to a dessert trio. I started with the White Chocolate and Coconut Ice Cream (bottom right corner), it was seriously the best tasting coconut ice cream I've ever had. This ice cream had it all, the freshness of coconut and the creaminess you get from cream, which makes me only question if this was dairy free. Don't let bad coconut ice cream deter you from trying this out. I know a lot of coconut based store brand ice creams often miss out on the creamy component of their ice creams, but this one is awesome - I promise. The Flourless Chocolate Tart (centered) didn't really appeal to me, but I think it's because I had already had so much chocolate that day that I was burnt out. It was very rich, soft in texture, and went well with the strawberries and whipped cream. We were originally suppose to have Pumpkin Crème brûlée, but apparently the cook had dropped it all. I was really looking forward to it, because I love different variations of Crème brûlée, but what they chose to replace it with was really good too. I don't completely remember the official name, but I'll just call it Lemon Meringue Mouse. The texture was thick and creamy, a lot like Greek yogurt and I felt like this finished off the night nicely. If I had to choose though, I would personally opt for just a huge bowl of the White Chocolate and Coconut Ice Cream. It was that good! The staff was so friendly and accommodating. We were a group of 10, but they took great individual care of us.

http://www.joybistro.com884 Queen Street East Toronto, Ontario M4M 1J3 Joy Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Update: Unfortunately the restaurant is no longer open for business.

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