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What’s on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale’s new vegan diner

By Caroline Aksich| Photography by Caroline Aksich
What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner

Name: Mythology Diner Contact: 1265 Queen St. W., mythologydiner.com, @mythologydiner
Neighbourhood: Parkdale Previously: The Commodore Owners: Doug McNish (Public Kitchen) and Hellenic Vincent De Paul (The 5700 Inc.) Chefs: Doug McNish and Richard Holton (Public Kitchen)

The food

Veganized diner classics made with imitation products so on-point they’ll fool most carnivores: poached “eggs” have yolks that run, and the NY strip “steak” just about bleeds. While the The 5700 Inc. (Doomie’s, The Imperative) has grand plans of transforming Parkdale into “Vegandale” (they’ve already secured two more leases on the strip), McNish’s ambitions are more food-focused. “I just want people to go, ‘Holy shit, this is really good,’" says the chef who’s making everything in house, including cashew-based butter and multiple kinds of vegan cheese.

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
These boneless wings are made from slow-simmered seitan that gets kneaded by hand and then torn (because cutting it messes with the consistency). It’s tossed in a mix of 11 secret herbs and spices before hitting the deep-fryer. $10.

 

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
A blooming onion with chipotle aïoli. $10.

 

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
This realistic reuben is piled high with thin-shaved seitan, which gets its bloody hue from a beet bath. $18.

 

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
This Vienna-style Salisbury steak is actually a seared chickpea round smothered in a mushroom gravy and served with a choice of loaded baked potato (pictured), fries or garlic mashed potatoes. $17.

 

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
The meringue on this lemon pie is made from aquafaba, the viscous water you usually strain from a can of chickpeas ($9). It’s pictured with a whiskey sour topped with aquafaba foam ($12).

 

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What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
Chef Doug McNish.

 

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
McNish and his reuben.

 

The drinks

Classic cocktails with vegan makeovers (like a whisky sour topped with egg white–free foam) and Ontario craft beer (Left Field, Flying Monkeys, Collective Arts Brewing).

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
Left to right: a whiskey sour with lavender lemon syrup, topped with aquafaba foam ($12); a poached pear mimosa made with St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, organic apple cider and prosecco, then finished with a slice of ginger-poached pear ($14, available on the brunch menu only); and the Moscow mule, a combo of rosemary-lemon syrup with vodka and ginger beer ($12).

 

The space

A 50s diner feel (retro-looking chairs, checkerboard flooring) with a few quirks: artists were commissioned to reimagine famous artworks with an animal theme (“The Last Supper” replaces the apostles with an ark’s-worth of critters, while “The Creation of Adam” swaps out Adam for a cow). There’s also a “vegan selfie” room, obviously.

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What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
There’s one of those paintings we mentioned.

 

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
And another.

 

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
And a couple more.

 

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
Here’s the obligatory vegan selfie room.

 

What's on the menu at Mythology, Parkdale's new vegan diner
McNish and Vincent De Paul.

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