Fressen

Toronto, Ontario

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I have been coming to this place for over, gee, a long time since it was Gekko and Scott and Steve ran it. It then became Red Cat Trading and now Fressen. Steve and Scott were great in serving off the menu vegan food and when Steve opened Fressen it was equally amazing. It became my 2nd home. Over the years though it has lost its sparkle; I moved away and come back every six months and try to bring in as many friends for a dinner party as I can. The food has for the most part remained very favourably on the plus side; though maybe not as inventive as when Steve was in the kitchen every night. However the past couple of times I have brought friends in we have been welcomed by by an extremely sour hostess; one time she told us they were closing early because it was quiet even though I had a party of 7 and they were quite thirsty and hungry, the latest time we were just damn offended by the utter rudeness of both the hostess and the wait staff. It was totally inexcusable and almost doesn't make up for the excellent food. 4.5 for the food and 0 for service.
See also, Fresh and Mildred Pierce for other fine dining vegan experiences.


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Very fancy meals. It is art on a plate, if you can afford it. Good brunch!


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I was very excited to try out Fressen because of it's "fanciness", but was disappointed by the poor service. Though I realize that it is supposed to be "slow food", we waited more than an hour, and when we finally got our food it was lukewarm at best. The best thing about it was the fresh grapefruit juice I had, which though expensive was worth it.


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Their menu is not the same as on their Website: it now "tapa-style" where everything is served in small portions at a the same set price of $9 per portion. For example, our first plate was three (3) raviolis for $9. At first I thought it was a joke; had it not been for our fellow table guests, I would have walked right out. The food is okay at best and the service is what I would call "AI* nouveau faux-snotty".

...and to think "fressen" means to "pig out/devour" in German... at least when my mother told me "Friß das" when I was a child, I had actually had something to sink my teeth into. The Commensal serves food that is many times better and a lot cheaper... and you can choose what you're going to eat

Andre Nickell


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As a lifelong vegetarian, Fressen was a place I had to try when it was new. I wasn't terribly impressed. The food was too pricey for the quality, the atmosphere was a little ominous, and the service seemed rather...surly and inattentive. This has changed drastically.

I recently decided to try brunch at Fressen with my roommate, and we were completely impressed. They've removed some of the darker decor, so it feels bright and warm on the inside. The service was happy, swift, and at the perfect level of familiarity. And the food was fantastic! The tofu, salad, potatoes - all wonderful. And I've never had such a good soya latté.

Whoever overhauled this place did a grand job, and I have no problems telling friends to go there, now. Kudos to Fressen! I hope more all-vegan fine-dining will follow!


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Cool atmosphere and decor.

Brunches excellent. 9/10 Tasty and great juices.

Dinner not so great. 5/10 Okay tasting but dry entrees, and pricey.

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Delicious. I had brunch here and went back later that night for dessert. Everything I had was great. The service could have been better. They were polite but not very attentive, and I went most of my brunch water-less.


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I must say I was looking forward visiting Fressen as it has gotten great reviews but I was throughly disappointed.

My friends and I went for lunch. I had the BBQ tofu sandwich and it was too salty and the bread could have been fresher. My wife had Thai Stew and it was very bland. My friend had the Moroccan Stew and he also said it was very bland.

My advice is to stay away from the lunch menu and go for dinner.


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This was my favorite all-vegan place to eat in Toronto. Finding it was very easy- the atmosphere was something incredible- beyond words- I loved it- the vines on the ceiling are a nice touch- and the washrooms were the cleanest I saw in Toronto :D
I had the gluten roast- which I was wary of ordering until my waitress informed me that EVERYTHING was vegan (they even had vegan beer)- it was reasonably priced so I got it (roughly $16 for the plate)- I actually didn't really find it all that yummy- (kind of salty to be honest) but the way it was laid out on the plate was truly artistic and really cool- my omnivorous friend that I came with said that it tasted exactly like roast beast- which means the chefs there are very skilled here. My dinner date had a gigantic portabello mushroom steak- it was art on a plate- she said it was one of the best vegan meals she's had- They knocked our socks off here- I will eat here again when visiting Toronto- One important thing I should add though- GET A RESERVATION - we didn't have a problem getting in- but it filled up really quick- I'm sure if we came 20 minutes later we would have been waiting at least an hour for a table.


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My wife and I were visiting Toronto for two nights and spent each evening at this fantastic restaurant. The food was sensational, the service great and the atmosphere very soothing. It is rare to find these types of creative vegan restaurants anywhere in North America. People of Toronto, you are very lucky indeed!


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I've only been here for brunch and found the prices a bit high for what you get.

I had the scrambled bbq tofu with potatoes and sides. The food was good, but not super spectacular for what I paid.

The atmosphere is nice but the service was super slow even though there were only about 6 people in the place including me.

And while the food was good, I was disappointed by my visit there.


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This place looks so good it's hard to believe it's vegetarian (In Toronto, the rest are less concerned with style). It has a very earthy look in part because it uses natural elements. It uses a lot of twigs to cover a big pipe in the ceiling, for example.
The food is very good and although the portions are small, they are very filling. The red wine comes in huge glasses which it makes the wine portion look small.


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Food is very good. Atmosphere is great. Expensive.

I dragged my (non-veg) family here for my last birthday. They were impressed by the food and the atmosphere.


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I would give this place a 10 if it wasn't for their washroom which needs major renovations. This is a good place to go to; some nights they have music there and they serve good vegan cake and absolutely great martinis! Their martinis are only $7 and they come with drizzled hot chocolate sauce which turns into a ball! They are really good! Their juices - such as fresh squeezed grapefruit - are great too.

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This place is beautiful! I especially love the way they decorated the ceiling. This is the most elegant and artsy restaurant in Toronto; I like to take my more artsy friends and my picky family members there. The portions are small and rather expensive but very yummy! We were all happy with what we ordered. While we were waiting for our dinner, they also brought us a lot of fancy bread with a really yummy vegan spread for free, which made the whole dinner more filling.

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