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2277 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P1
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Meet the owner

Having spent six years running The Atlantic, an incredibly popular restaurant in Toronto’s Little Portugal, Nathan Isberg decided he needed a change. He traveled and worked on side projects for about a year before an opportunity to open a new restaurant presented itself. Although hesitant to invest both mentally, physically and financially, he began to see his vision become reality. “I started feeling intrigued about the idea of opening something on a larger scale; to take the best parts of The Atlantic and expand on them,” says Nathan.

After looking for various spots throughout the city, he and business partner Roger Yang found a space that was closed, unavailable and set for demolition within the year. Nathan decided to take on the lease anyway figuring he'd make his mark before his time was up. As it turns out, the demolition clause was removed giving Nathan a chance to once again become a permanent fixture on Toronto’s dining scene. Awai, his new pay-what-you-like, plant-based restaurant opened in January 2017 in the heart of Bloor West Village.

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Ratings & Reviews - Awai Restaurant

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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 5/5
  • Service: 5/5
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Absolutely loved the experience! Incredibly knowledgeable staff. Beautiful, creative, and delicious food. Accommodated my request for alternatives and spice. Chef checked in with me post meal. Server granted a tour of the venue's personal garden. I couldn't ask for more!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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December 16, 2018

A very enjoyable dinner. We had the 8 course tasting menu. Best dishes were the mushroom soup and the sous vide lentils! Great service and a quiet, sophisticated atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2018

loved loved loved... one of the best vegan restaurants in the city!!!! yumm thank you so much.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2018

This was an amazing experience. We loved everything about it. The concept was great and so was the food and the service. I definitely plan on coming back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2018

Were extremely friendly and accommodating when we were 45 minutes late due to traffic. However, service was incredibly slow once we got there. We had to ask for our food to be served quickly as unfortunately we were on a deadline. However, overall a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 9, 2018

Atmosphere great....washroom could use some artistic touch though...doesn't match the rest of the place. Great experience overall!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2018

- truly healthy food, beautifully presented, kind for all - appreciate your concept of fresh and local - glad you don't try to mock meat - divine! Don't go awai!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 5, 2018

The best food I ate out in Toronto this year!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2018

A great place for vegetarian/vegan. My wife loves multi-course meals and each course was delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2018

Best vegan food in Toronto. The 5 course tasting dinner was spectacular. Just the right amount of food and a great experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

November 30, 2018

AMAZING!!! Go, you won’t regret it. In fact, you’ll likely want to go again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 25, 2018

One of the most memorable and awesome meals. Vegan heaven.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 21, 2018

Delightful, delicious, gracious service, good music and absolutely lovely presentation.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2018

Great vegan tasting menu!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2018

Absolutely outstanding! Well surpassed my expectations. Can't wait to go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2018

Thomas was clearly knowledgeable and passionate about the food that he was serving. Special kudos on the mushroom soup and the carmelized/chocolate dessert was simply divine❤️

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2018

Loved it. Great food. Not noisy. Friendly staff . Will return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 17, 2018

Completely different menu from the summer. The experience is equally delightful and food is delicious. So glad that we have this amazing restaurant in the city serving all plant-based food. Hope they keep up the good work and Have a flourish business.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2018

I loved the service and every bite of each dish! Wonderful experience. I would say the ambiance was the only thing I could have enjoyed more. I didn’t particiularly enjoy the spot lighting, it was directly over our table and wasn’t flattering or romantic for a date setting. I will be back again for sure.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2018

The music could be toned down abit

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2018

Such a unique dining experience. Amazing food, excellent service, minimalist decor, and a setting that’s conducive to conversation.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2018

Amazing. What else is there to say. Beautiful food. Amazing soup.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2018

The food was amazing. I’m still dreaming about the mushroom soup.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2018

Truly outstanding meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 10, 2018

Food was really good and the servers were very nice. The prices were quite low for 5 courses however, the food was beautiful and I felt that the ambiance could compliment the fine meal better. More decor, more sex appeal.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 10, 2018

Amazing food, service. Highly recommended. We were there celebrating my husband's birthday and Awai did not disappoint.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2018

experience was great. server was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any and all questions re: menu items. we really had a great time tasting and enjoying the restaurant. plant based food for the WIN.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2018

Wonderful dinner !

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2018

An amazing vegan experience. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2018

It's an eating-out adventure. The food looked as good as it tasted. We especially enjoyed the soup. Staff are attentive and personable.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 27, 2018

Amazing dining experience!! So unique!! We will be back again!! 10 out of 10

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Plant-based restaurants were popping up all over Toronto in the last half of 2016, so it was no surprise when Awai opened in this winter! The vegan friendly-cuisine is amplified when enjoyed on the backyard-style patio, that also serves as Chef Nathan Isberg’s greenhouse!

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