New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but are notoriously difficult to keep. Making a resolution to eat well is meant to improve your quality of life, but too often, it seems to have the opposite effect. If you find yourself eating the same boring, tasteless meals, day after day, you’re never going to keep to your resolution. If you’ve made a promise to yourself to eat healthier this year, you’re in luck! It’s never been easier to find healthy options for eating out near Davisville Village.
Marigold Indian Bistro (552 Mt Pleasant Road)
You’re trying to cut back on calories and fat, not flavour. Marigold Indian Bistro is proof that healthy eating need not be bland or uninspired. At Marigold, they take classic Indian dishes, from all regions of the country and add their own healthy twist. The owners spent years working in several restaurants in New Delhi, where they learned to prepare classic Indian dishes, as well as modern variations. As Owner Ritu Khadri puts it:
Authentic Indian food calls for lots of oil, or butter, in pretty much everything…We have blended different combinations to make a healthier version of Indian food.
If you’re in the mood for seafood, start with their Peppercorn Prawns – king prawns cooked in a sauce of bell peppers, curry leaf and mustard seeds ($15.95). You can’t go wrong with their Butter Chicken – made with milk, rather than cream, and their boneless tandoori chicken in a creamy tomato and fenugreek sauce ($15.95). Read more about Marigold Indian Bistro in our feature article.
Bolan Thai Cuisine (709 Mt Pleasant Road)
Bolan Thai Cuisine is an elegant and understated Thai restaurant located at 709 Mount Pleasant Road. They serve fresh and tasty classics, like mango salad, spring rolls, pad thai and curries. They are committed to healthy cooking:
At Bolan Thai Cuisine, we cook with nutritious and healthy herbs along with flavourful spices to provide the dazzling array of delicious and exotic tastes that make the history of Thai cuisine so unique.
Start with the Bolan Rolls ($6.95) – soft brown rice paper rolls filled with rice vermicelli noodles, tofu, mango, egg, carrot, coriander and lettuce. The main dishes at Bolan are served with delicious jasmine rice, which can be swapped for brown rice for $2.
We recommend that you try the Thai Basil — with Thai basil leaves, onion, green beans, carrot, bell peppers and fresh chili and then add more vegetables ($10.95) or choose a protein like Chicken ($11.95), Beef ($12.95), Shrimp ($13.95), Fish ($14.95) or Salmon ($15.95).
Bolan Thai isn’t licensed, which may also help with your resolution to get healthy. Treat yourself to a delicious Mango Lassi or Banana Monkey Smoothie instead.
Tabülè (2009 Yonge Street)
Tabülè features fresh, flavourful and amazing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Founded in 2005 by Chef Rony Goriachy and Diana Sideris, Tabule Midtown was the original, but the restaurant is just too good to be contained to one location. There are currently a total of four Tabülès throughout Toronto; Tabülè Riverside (810 Queen Street East), Tabülè Bayview (2901 Bayview Avenue) and Souk Tabülè (494 Front Street East). So even when you’re not close to home, you’ve got great options.
Start things off with a hot bowl of their Homemade Lentil Soup – made with pureed red lentils and no cream or butter (Cup $3.95/Bowl $5.95). You can’t go wrong with their namesake dish — Tabülè (hand chopped parsley salad with whole wheat bulgur, tomatoes, onions and a hint of mint tossed in a light lemon and olive oil dressing) for just $6.95. You can make order gluten free Tabülè made with organic quinoa for only 50 cents more! The Falafel Entree – made with gluten free falafel balls and served with müjaddara and vegetables ($13.95) is a hearty and healthy vegetarian meal that is sure to satisfy.
Fresh on Eglinton (90 Eglinton Ave E)
Fresh restaurant first appeared on the scene back in 1999 in The Annex neighborhood. They were a pioneer in the healthy, vegan food scene. Even before that, they began as a travelling juice bar called Juice for Life. Flash forward a few decades and Fresh is still fresh! There are now a total of four locations and Fresh has established themselves as the go to choice in Toronto for flavourful vegan cuisine, even boasting gluten free options. The best thing about their menu is that just about everything on it is delicious and good for you! So go ahead, go wild!
Freshii (2300 Yonge Street)
The Freshii franchise is synonymous with fresh, fast, healthy food. When you’re hungry and in a hurry, they are a trusted go-to, for good reason. The food is tasty, healthy, convenient and consistent. Choose from salads, soups and wraps, bowls, burritos and more. If you’re feeling the need for a bit of a boost, energize your options with extra protein — falafel, tofu, chicken or steak, and make kale or quinoa the base. Freshii is also a great choice to grab a healthy breakfast on the go. Their Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Grilled Egg Pocket with
scrambled egg, goat cheese, spinach, roasted red peppers, and mushrooms — is sure to open your eyes in the morning and keep you energized until lunch!
With so many nutritious and delicious options in your neighbourhood, living at Davisville Village makes it easy to keep your resolutions intact and satisfy your appetite!
Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you reach your goals this year and connect you with all that your neighbourhood and community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.