Cosmic Treats brings vegan comfort food to Kensington

Cosmic Treats brings vegan comfort food to Kensington

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Kensington’s community of vegan restaurants (Bunner’s, Hibiscus, Grasshopper, Urban Herbivore) just grew by one. Cosmic Treats, which occupies the space vacated by Aspetta Caffé, serves savoury snacks and a few hearty mains, but the bulk of the menu is devoted to dessert. “This isn’t a kale-and-chia restaurant,” says co-owner Elliot Alexander, who runs the café with his husband, Tim Guimond. Instead of protein-packed grain bowls, chef Chris Murray sends out beer-friendly pub favourites (cheese sticks, jalapeño poppers, potato skins) and comfort food classics (lasagna, chicken pot pie). And in place of detoxifying juices: boozy milkshakes. Alcohol-free desserts include baked goods, soy frozen yogurt and cashew-based ice cream (which finds its way into banana splits and between house-made cookies and cupcakes).

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Deep-fried and barbecue-sauced tofu, coated in Sweet Chili Heat Dorito crumbs. Served with a side. $11.50.

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Italian (vegan) sausage with peppers on a My Market Bakery roll, served with a side salad. $11.50.

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This cupcake sundae sandwiches a scoop of spiced-rum and butterscotch ripple ice cream between two chocolate cupcake halves. $5.50.

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207 Augusta Ave., 647-352-2207, cosmictreats.ca, @CosmicTreats