Toronto’s Best New Restaurants: Mythology Diner

Toronto’s Best New Restaurants: Mythology Diner

Mythology Diner

The first week of the New Year, needing a post-holiday detox, I ended up in Vegandale, the Parkdale blocks where the entrepreneur Hellenic Vincent De Paul has a string of animal-free businesses, including Mythology Diner. Doug McNish, Mythology’s chef and co-owner, creates “wings” from seitan that are seasoned, crisp-fried and coated in a sticky barbecue sauce; garlic bread covered in a bubbling “mozzarella” of cashews and nutritional yeast; and more seitan that replicates a New York strip, complete with grill marks, that “bleeds” a marinade made from red wine, mushroom broth and liquid smoke when sliced. My dessert pick is a lemon curd tart with a torched meringue made from aquafaba (trendy chickpea water). At some point, I forgot about my detox.

1265 Queen St. W., no phone, mythologydiner.com

A vegan Reuben. For real.
A lemon tart topped with meringue made from aquafaba (a.k.a. chickpea water).