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2277 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P1
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  • English,

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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October 14, 2018

Excellent food and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 14, 2018

Just fantastic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 13, 2018

food was out of this world, service staff were all personal and amazing, they even set aside a fantastic table for me and my partner for our anniversary! All in all a fantastic night and im definitely excited to go back again!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2018

Food and Service were amazing, interesting take on vegan food, very flavourful

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2018

Great food. Very nice service. A lovely experience! Would, and will, return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2018

Great restaurant excellent staff very interesting dinning experience tasty food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2018

Fabulous food! Wonderful servers!! All around great experience!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2018

Amazing experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 2, 2018

I came to Toronto on a solo trip to celebrate my 27th birthday. My desire to celebrate my birthday with a delicious vegetarian dinner lead me to Awai. I read a lot of positive reviews of Awai before eating here and not only did this meet expectations but it exceeded them. Everything that was placed on my table was delicious. I can sometimes be a picky eater so I was surprised that I loved everything even dishes with ingredients that I'm not fond off. The staff was incredibly friendly and did a great job of explaining each dish. When traveling alone it's inevitable that you'll end up eating alone. A lot of the other restaurants that I visited while in Toronto made me feel awkward, and at times a loser, for being by myself but I had the opposite experience at Awai. Everyone was so warm and welcoming that I didn't feel bad about being alone. They're also incredibly accomadating. I'm intolerant to spinach and was worried about the blind tasting but was told from the moment I made my reservation that they'd be willing and able to accomadate my unusual restriction. I know I've said a lot in this review but I just loved my experience so much I want to be as thorough for anyone considering coming here. I'm hoping to come back to Toronto and if I do I will definitely come back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2018

loved it. I miss the old PWYC creed even though i always paid more than i think i should have! my own complaint: my wine glass had shmutz on the bottom that almost looked like newsprint? bit off-putting but not a huge deal. Just maybe check out the dishwasher to see if something is busted

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2018

Our server was amazing! Fantastic food, great overall experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2018

We had a great experience. Just note that the portions are very generous, so maybe skip lunch on the day you eat here. You’ll want to be able to finish every bite

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 29, 2018

Awesome!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 27, 2018

The ambiance is quite nice, quiet and spacious. My only complaint would be lighting, as we sat in the back, there were no lights in that area. I would suggest spot lights in the back row. Service was good - waitress explained each dish in great detail with enthusiasm and also checked in on us. The pace at which the food came out was a little slow, especially between each course. As a first time tasting vegan menu, it was quite delicious! The progression of the meals were well thought out, with different flavour profiles, textural components and methods of cooking. My favourite dishes were the flatbread, carrot tumeric soup, and panisse. However, everything was delicious!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 27, 2018

Wonderful dining experience...will return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 23, 2018

First time there and I loved everything about it. I was very keen on the idea of not knowing what I was going to eat until it arrived at the table. Great experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 22, 2018

Went here just last night for my friend's birthday dinner. It was such an amazing experience! All the food was delicious, inventive, and beautifully presented. The atmosphere was lovely and the people kind and thoughtful. I would definitely recommend, especially for a 'special occasion' dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 21, 2018

Damn good time. Staff were great and knowledgeable for the most part. Small but enjoyable selection of wines, a pleasant selection from Beamsville. Flat bread-awesome. Tortellini-would have ordered 3. Thanks for creeping my social media and giving a few personal touches! Can’t waiting to come in and experience some new dishes.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 17, 2018

The Best!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2018

Awesome!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2018

There are no words to describe how amazing the food is. I find myself closing my eyes and eating slowly to fully enjoy all of the beautiful flavours.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2018

Some of the best vegan food I've ever eaten. Staff was amazing and couldn't have been happier with the experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2018

Delicious, diverse and mouth watering!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2018

Easily one of the best meals I have ever had. The flavour combinations were outstanding and the service was perfect. We shall return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2018

Slow Sunday lunch. But the restaurant is elegant, the staff is friendly and attentive and the food is exquisite.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2018

What a pleasant surprise! Awai was amazing. We did the 5-course dinner, and it was more than enough food for two. Each course we were more impressed than the last. Our menu: 1) A gorgeous flatbread, with eggplant, capers and peppers; 2) Melon and coconut gazpacho; 3) Chickpease cake with asparagus; 4) Vegan ravioli dumplings with zucchini and a rich sauce; 5) Finished with two desserts - one a peach tart, and two a chocolate semi-freddo with berries and the most amazing guava jelly. I also loved their non-alcoholic drink options, and the local wine list. It was a fabulous experience. The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgable. We will be back again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2018

Outstanding! We had the 5 course dinner and that was plenty of food, and every course was delicious. Great service too!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2018

Food was superb, best vegan dinner we ever ate, 10 years meat free. Elegant but accessible space, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff, lots of options, accommodating.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 1, 2018

The best vegan meal that I have ever experienced. The food was creatively and skillfully prepared. Each course was so delicious that brought together different flavours and textures of the ingredients. The staff was knowledgeable about the food and drinks and provided warm and friendly service. I am so glad that this gem is in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2018

Absolutely delicious. We will be returning soon.

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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