If you're planning on picking up lunch at Kupfert & Kim (100 King West, at Bay, 416-504-1233, kupfertandkim.com, @kupfertkim, rating: NN), the four-month-old gluten-free vegan takeaway in the food court under the First Can, be sure to show up early. Like 11:15 early. Otherwise, there's nearly always a lengthy lineup.
And don't forget to bring your own bowl - a large one, preferably with a lid. Not only will you get a 30-cent discount on your $9.73 salad (an even $11 with tax), but you'll also be able to toss it properly, something that's next to impossible to accomplish in the small recyclable cardboard box it comes in.
Oh, they're quite lovely fixin's, the First Canadian a riot of organic quinoa, tempeh and kale teamed up with shredded beets, carrots, pomegranate seeds and a laundry list of other healthy-sounding stuff, a tub of nutty maple-tamari dressing on the side. The Mexican-themed Oaxaca boasts brown rice, black beans, organic corn, tortilla chips, a spoonful of pico de gallo and a terrific avocado cream spiked with cayenne. And we love the same dressing on the Kim's Asian combo of steamed organic bok choy, crunchy edamame, braised cabbage and shaved almonds.
Problem is, unless you combine all those virtuous vittles correctly so the flavours and textures play off each other as intended, you'll be back in your cubicle with little more than a box of unmixed salad ingredients and a biodegradable fork.