Awai Restaurant

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2277 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P1
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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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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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June 24, 2019

Fabulous dinner! Food is always impeccable and service is friendly and so knowledgeable - I’ve never been disappointed with the food - can’t wait to see the new location - I’m a loyal fan!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2019

Superb service and always amazing to try such creative and delicious food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2019

Amazing! The food was absolutely fantastic, unique and so fresh. The presentation of each course was spot on, beautiful. Can't wait to go again in their new location.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2019

One of the 5 tasting courses was disgusting and one was incredible. The other 3 were ok. Glad this place exists but wish it was more consistent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 23, 2019

I look forward to seeing you in your new space

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 20, 2019

Well articulated dishes by talented chefs Courteous and kind wait staff Great value Fun time Good music Could use some nice decore to fill such a large space, being fair we attended when it was slow so with a full house this may not be noticeable

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 20, 2019

Awai is amazing and it will be missed in Bloor West Village. Best wishes to the team in the next adventure and thanks for the amazing dining experiences.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 19, 2019

If Canada had Michelin stars, this place should get three.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 19, 2019

Every time I've been here I have received outstanding service. Every staff member has made me and my party feel welcomed and valued as a customer. Last night was very different. I rave about Awai to anyone within the sound of my voice. I organized a group of friends and coworkers to enjoy Awai last night. I ended up apologizing to them and explaining that this has never been the type of experience I've encountered before. Below are the issues with this visit. 1. Reservation issues from the start. When I made the the reservation online I typed in 7pm for 6 ppl. The options that came back started from 7:15, 7:30, etc. There was no earlier option than 7:15. A day or so later I noticed the confirmation email said 5:15! I don't know how that happened when it was never an option. I messaged Awai right away to correct it. The response I got was that they were very busy at that time now but would find a way to fit it in. 2. The day of I received a request to confirm the number in my party. I explained that 7 ppl had said they would attend but I know 2 of them are notoriously unreliable so I picked 6. They said they would have to change the table that had been set for us to accommodate 7. 3. I was also asked about any dietary restrictions. I replied that 1 is gluten free. They thanked me for my speedy response. 4. Upon arrival, we were greeted rather coldly. I was very surprised as I'd never encountered anyone like this at Awai. 5. The first 3 employees we interacted with were cold, gave the impression that we were an interruption to their day, like we'd walked in off the street without a reservation. We all felt that we were a nuisance to their evening. 6. We were asked right away if we'd like sparkling, still or tap water. 2 of us asked the difference between still and tap. We received hedgy answers almost like they weren't sure either but said still is * like* bottled. We said ok, we'd have that. When they brought over a bottle of water, we asked if there was a cost for still. 2 different employees were hesitant to answer and said they weren't sure! They then said it is a cost but didn't know how much. They had to go ask someone. When she told us $6 we decided on tap instead and got some attitude about changing our minds. We think this is a simple matter that should be stated up front that there's a cost! 7. I asked at the start for lemon with my water. I subsequently had to ask 5 times, 3 different employees for lemon before I finally received it. 8. The server was most perturbed when I answered her question about restrictions that one is gluten free. She was actually snotty about it and said she wish she had known that. I told her I'd already replied to this request earlier in the day and was even thanked for responding so quickly. 9. She also seemed very put out when I answered her restrictions question that I'm not allergic but greatly detest onions of any kind and peppers (bell). She brought out the 1st course of the flat bread and it was covered with green onions! The only time she showed any interest or even cracked a smile was at the end when she was at the table waiting for us to settle our bills. This evening was a big deal to me to show off to my colleagues and a farewell because sadly you are moving out of my neighbourhood at the end of this week.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

June 18, 2019

We had a wonderful fathers day dinner with the wine tasting option and it was fantastic! The service was amazing and right on time, the food was out of this world delicious and we couldn't have asked for a better fathers day! Would definitley recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 17, 2019

Everything about our night at Awai was truly perfect! The food was creative, beautiful and delicious. Our server was so sweet and helpful. We really can't wait to come back to Awai!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2019

Delightful experience. Outside benches could use some more cushions, but we enjoyed every mouthful! Servers were knowledgeable, personable and very accommodating. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2019

We really liked the idea of blind tasting menu, surprises and excitement. Unfortunately none of the dishes had me wanting more. Lots of bold flavours going on , but they didn't compliment each other. A couple of the dishes should've been explained, that they needed to be mixed through all the sauce on the plate to make the dish taste complete. The one dish with fried chickpea batons were burnt. This also was the smell that welcomed you as you entered the restaurant. The server was either new or not confident in her position, she was off. Service was lacking descriptions, since she frequently forgot what she was serving. I did like the restaurant and hope it will get better.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

June 9, 2019

Very nicely done - the food was very interesting, well prepared and delicious; great service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 8, 2019

This was the best menu I've ever had in my life. The wine pairings were fantastic. You don't want to eat anything or anywhere else after this experience! Thank you awai!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 5, 2019

Superb vegetarian fare, friendly informed staff

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 1, 2019

Very creative and delicious food, artfully presented. Good service. Would definitely eat here again!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 1, 2019

Both food and service blew us away! As a very big foodie I have high expectations when I dine out and I was not disappointed in any way!....we can not wait to return!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 30, 2019

Amazing place but a bit to expensive for the food but great experience

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 26, 2019

The food was really wonderful.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 24, 2019

This has been a long awaited visit, since first seeing the Atlantic featured on Million Dollar Critic, and following Awai on instagram. The creativity certainly did not disappoint. We did expect a bit more quaint atmosphere, however, the service was impeccable. We ended the evening picking up macaroons across the street from BakerySale, which were amazing as well. Love the town you’re in.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 21, 2019

I was already excited to have a vegan fine dining experience, but the serving staff and the food both exceeded my expectations. One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. Will be recommending to any and all of my friends and family. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2019

Very nice experience worth every cent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 12, 2019

We came to celebrate my sister's graduation and had a wonderful dining experience. The staff are friendly and knowledgable and the food is incredible. You absolutely get what you pay for-- a perfect place to spend an evening with family and friends. I would highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 11, 2019

Very nice experience. I am coming back with my wife and kids tomorrow

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 6, 2019

Such a great experience. Everything was amazing. We will be returning!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 7, 2019

i absolutely enjoyed it. amazing food, fantastic service, and mind blowing innovation

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2019

Every dish a delight

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 26, 2019

The food at Awai is awesome - tasty and beautifully presented. It is an attractive restaurant as well and the service was good overall. The only negative is that they seated another group right next to us almost right away even though the rest of the restaurant was pretty much empty.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 19, 2019

Food wine and service excellent!

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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