A steak house is the last place you'd expect to go vegan. But that's exactly what's happened at Prime (18 St Thomas, at Bloor West, 416-971-9666, windsorarmshotel.com/prime). They've just introduced a parallel animal-free menu alongside the pricey rib-eyes and T-bones.
"That's the way I like to eat," says the luxe Yorkville hotel's George Friedmann. "One day, I'll splurge on steak. The next, I try to eat healthy."
Friedmann's brought in former Urban Herbivore and Live Organic Food Bar chef Doug McNish to create the radical carte, mains like raw zucchini and carrot "spaghetti" with tomato basil marinara sauce and teriyaki-glazed tempeh with steamed quinoa and baby seedlings (both $18).
And don't miss McNish's vegan Sunday brunch. The seriously formal room might seem a tad stuffy for those used to Saving Grace or Le Petit Déjeuner, but at least you don't have to wait outside on the sidewalk for two hours to get a table.