Utopia Cafe and Grill

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Food:8 Stars (8 / 10)
Service:8 Stars (8 / 10)

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Feist’s favourite restaurant in Toronto. This gem contains a large variety of items ranging from burgers, burritos, sandwiches and appetizers that become a necessary part of your life. The restaurant looks small at first but there is a decent sized patio at the back. The staff is friendly and the service is great. Has a very large quantity of vegetarian/vegan items to accommodate for all types of foodies! Everything is fairly priced and definitely worth its cost. Overall a great place to eat and will easily work itself into your restaurant cycle.


The Dishes

Split Pea Soup – Daily Soup ($5)

  • This is a hearty soup for an appetizer especially because it’s lentil based.
  • Perfectly seasoned with balanced garlic and onion flavours.
  • It’s also surprisingly creamy and rich for a soup that isn’t cream based.

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Poutine ($6)

  • Fresh cheese curds and veggie gravy
  • Gravy is rich/smooth and complements the fries without overpowering them – just how gravy should be

Chicken Karaage ($7)

  • Japanese style marinated chicken dusted with corn starch and fried crisp served with a spicy karashi mustard mayo
  • The chicken is bite sized, not overly battered like some restaurants do with this dish
  • Crispy on the outside and goes well with the mustard – exactly what you look for in chicken karaage

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Onions Rings ($4 – small, $6 – large)

  • Crispy with a good batter to onion ratio, and not greasy at all.
  • Thick and must try with the jalapeño sauce they provide you with at your table

Sesame Coleslaw (Side)

  • Too sweet and vinegary
  • Not the best side to get unless you really don’t want to get fries/rice

Tofu Cream Croquettes – 4 ($4)

  • Crispy panko crusted croquettes of fresh tofu and cream cheese served with a spicy chipotle BBQ sauce
  • Deep fried crispy exterior with a tofu and cream cheese filling
  • The tofu is barley detectable and with the sauce these croquettes are served with, this appetizer is highly addictive
  • The mildly sweet and spicy tomato based barbecue sauce perfectly compliments the soft and mellow flavour of the croquette

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Mushroom and Goat Cheese Salad ($12)

  • Sautéed portabella and white mushrooms, goat cheese and roasted red peppers in a warm soy and balsamic dressing over a bed of field mix and cherry tomatoes, sprinkled with walnuts
  • Warm, salty, tart and the mushrooms add a meatiness to the salad
  • The walnuts add a great crunchy texture to the salad

Veggie Burger ($7)

  • So good we’ll fool you into believing that it’s beef. Grilled and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles and green onion mayo
  • Tastes just like a regular hamburger – definitely could have fooled me
  • The bun is nice and toasty – what a veggie burger should taste like

Southwestern Burger ($9)

  • Lettuce, salsa, guacamole, cheddar & Monterey Jack cheese and fried jalapeño peppers
  • Quite spicy as they use fresh jalapeños, the guacamole softens the spice a little bit and has a nice light flavour
  • You can barely taste the salsa, but overall a pretty good burger!

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Vegetarian Souvlaki ($6.50)

  • Soy protein on a skewer marinated in herbs and spices then grilled and served on a Greek style pita with tzatziki, homemade BBQ sauce, onions and tomato
  • This is for the vegetarians that want to taste or have a nice “chicken” souvlaki – you can’t even tell the difference
  • The homemade BBQ sauce is a nice addition to it – the pita has a nice toasty taste to it

Crispy Veggie Chicken Burrito ($8)

  • Crispy breaded soy protein, cheddar & Monterey Jack cheeses, grilled onions, lettuce, green onion mayo and salsa
  • The first time I ever ate it I thought they had added real chicken to my burrito accidentally!
  • Between the salsa, crispy veggie chicken, mayonnaise and cheese, I have yet to find a better vegetarian burrito where the flavours meld so well together
  • A hint of sweetness with salty, creamy and savoury notes in every bite. My favourite vegetarian entree on the menu

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Crispy Fried Salmon Burrito ($9)

  • Crusted Atlantic salmon fillet with cheddar & Monterey Jack cheeses, grilled onions, lettuce, gin cayenne tartar sauce and salsa
  • The better of the salmon burritos, cheesy, filling and the crispiness of the salmon goes well with the burrito – could go without the salsa

Grilled Salmon Burrito ($9)

  • Atlantic salmon fillet, grilled sweet peppers, goat cheese, lettuce, grilled onions, garlic dill mayo and salsa
  • My least favourite burrito here – the goat cheese adds an unwanted taste and texture to the grilled salmon
  • Not a huge fan of the salsa and dill mayo as well, not what you would expect from a grilled salmon burrito – perhaps their homemade BBQ sauce would be a better complement

The Good

  • A nice variety of delicious items
  • Vegan/Vegetarian friendly
  • Fairly priced menu items
  • Good staff and service

The Bad

  • Can be very busy during rushes and make wait times very long (but this is expected for any good restaurant nowadays!)

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