Fresh is a pioneer in vegan eating in Toronto with 20 years of plant-based expertise. Fresh on Front opened in 2018 and offers a signature line of raw, organic cold pressed juices and in-house made vegan dishes.

The setting

Fresh on Front is on Front St East in Old Toronto. It’s a short walk from Union Station and is close to St. Lawrence Market, the stunning Sony Centre for Performing Arts and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The space

The café has a window filled Victorian facade and inside the space is large, elegant and upmarket.

It’s a must visit when you are in Toronto.

You can eat at the long white counter in the black and white tiled entrance hall, or in the large, plush back room with pale central tables and green velvet banquettes lining the wall.  The staff are super helpful and the vibe is smart casual.

What else?

You can take out or order in via Uber eats, Foodora and Doordash. Fresh has four more branches across the city on Bloor, Crawford, Eglington, and Spadina.

The fresh juice test

There’s a choice of 16 colourful, super-blended juices.

The juices come in a large recycled glass bottle and contain a mega 10 servings of fresh produce!

We decided to review the pretty pink Rosy Glow. It claims to be “fruity and filling, nourishing and hydrating” . It was a blend of rose water, silica, coconut, strawberry and apple. It tasted exotically Moroccan and was quite simply one of our all time favourite juices.

If you fancy a more substantial drink, Fresh also have six power shakes and five smoothies on offer.

What we ate

There’s a large menu and a gluten-free menu. You can chose from toasts, salads, tacos, burgers, wraps and bowls. All have an extensive choice of add ons, dips and sauces. Plus, the portions, like the juices, are all large.

We had the creamy hummus and toast for starters. It was “Jerusalem style” and rich in tahini with a grilled seeded flatbread . Next, the charred greens and feta flatbread.

It was packed with baby pak choy, swiss chard, kale, vegan feta, lemon garlic oil, agrodolce and sea salt with glazed seeds and almond topping.

The dish was crispy and delicately spiced and the vegan feta was excellent.

 

The Cobb salad was a combo of tempeh bacon, crispy chick’n, avocado, marinated farro, vegan feta, tomato, red onion and mixed lettuce. It was large and filling. Finally, with the smashed avo toast, we chose the option to swap the toast for grilled sweet potato.

The smoky potato was a delicious touch of genius perfectly complementing the avocado, vegan feta, seeds, baby arugula, lemon garlic oil and tomato.

What we’d go back for

The juices and the avo toast. Pretty much everything really…

The bill

Rosy glow juice  $12
Hummus $13
Charred greens and feta flatbread  $14
Smashed avo $13.50
Cobb salad  $17

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh On Front

47 Front St E
Toronto
ON M5E 1B3

+1 416-599-4442
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