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Teatree Cafe

Posted by Staff / Posted on January 21, 2011

Teatree TorontoTeatree Cafe and Eatery offers a cozy respite on a busy street. The buzzing of the Danforth just east of Jones Ave seems to melt away as I push through the glass doors and enter the pale green space. Formerly a sushi restaurant, owner Erin Pim worked tirelessly with her contractor dad to get the space ready for its opening just over a year ago.

Teatree TorontoSince then, Teatree has gained the reputation of a great place for tomato melts and a relaxed space to hang out. "A lot of people come for the atmosphere," Pim says. "It's a good place to pull out your laptop or read a book."

Teatree TorontoPim decided to open the cafe after working at the Bloor Street Diner for six years. She credits her success over the past year to a great community and loyal following. "It's really amazing," she says. "Much better than I could have ever imagined."

Teatree TorontoThe philosophy at Teatree is all about healthy, local and homemade. Many of the menu options at the cafe--all of which are vegan or vegetarian--are also gluten free. A favourite among regulars is the tomato melt sandwich made with avocado, havarti and rosemary garlic mayo served on homemade rye ($6.99 with soup or salad). The soups served with the sandwiches are vegan and gluten free, and also made fresh each day. I found the zucchini and potato soup wonderfully homey and delicious--though it could have perhaps used a few more chunks of vegetables.

Teatree TorontoThe newest addition to the comfort-food menu at Teatree is its homemade mac and cheese made with skim milk, whole wheat pasta, spinach, broccoli, and whole wheat bread crumb topping ($6.99 with soup or salad). Teatree also has a collection of teas from pomegranate goji berry sencha to organic wild blueberry rooibos, served in one of the cafe's eclectic mismatched mugs. And of course, true to its name, Treetree has a giant wooden tree made of bound scrap plywood displayed prominently on its wall, epitomizing the cafe's Zen.

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Discussion

24 Comments

Jessie / January 21, 2011 at 10:21 am
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Yum, their tomato melt is amazing! Just wish their new mac n cheese was gluten free...and that they were open a little later than 6pm.
Gluten Guy / January 21, 2011 at 10:47 am
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Please, Blog TO, I'm trying real hard never to know what "gluten" is .... you're ruining it.
whee / January 21, 2011 at 11:18 am
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How do you find out who's a vegan at a dinner party?

Don't worry, they'll let you know.
whoo replying to a comment from whee / January 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm
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How do you find out who's not a vegan on a blog?

Don't worry, they'll be the ones to start trolling about it.
Melted Cow / January 21, 2011 at 01:05 pm
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Imagine that. Not eating animals, then having the nerve to talk about in front of you. At a dinner party no less! What is this world coming to?

Only 3 comments in and someone has managed to needlessly insult a massive group of people. Why do I read the comments on here.
lindsay replying to a comment from Melted Cow / January 21, 2011 at 02:30 pm
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why does everyone take everything so serious?
it's a joke. a funny and harmless joke.
i'm vegan and definitely giggled.
belvedere / January 21, 2011 at 03:28 pm
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fifth photo, those two dudes holding their heads.....poor buggers, all they want is a nice rare ribeye and big glass of chianti to get rid of their vegan headache.

good idea / January 21, 2011 at 04:26 pm
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Just a suggestion for all posts relating to stores, restaurants, etc. Make the address and hours visable.
Jen / January 21, 2011 at 07:16 pm
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Wow! I had no idea this place existed. As a vegan who can't eat gluten, this sounds wonderful!
hellebelle / January 21, 2011 at 08:18 pm
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the chocolate tart thingy looks amazing, want! will check this place out. thanks!
Jitterbug / January 21, 2011 at 08:53 pm
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I bought a cake here over Christmas, the only place nearby that could appease my vegan/gluten free combination of family, and taste great too! I love this place, when I get a chance to stop by!
sukadix / January 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm
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Not everyone is vegan/and/or/ GF because they care about animals or anything like that. Some people just have food intolerances.
Laura / January 22, 2011 at 02:35 am
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I've eaten here several times before, it's really nice. Don't forget to try the quiche!
Jason replying to a comment from hellebelle / January 23, 2011 at 03:20 pm
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That chocolate "tart" is actually a cake. Erin regularly makes chocolate cakes out of black beans and clementine cakes. One day she just combined it to make a chocolate orange cake and it's really good.

I like her chili and her tomato melt sandwiches. But I go there for the cakes. A fresh homemade slice for $3.50 is so much better than that crap from the warehouse/factory that everywhere serves and charge like $6 for.

After reading the comments for a review of another cafe, I'm surprised no one is bitching about a $6.99 egg salad sandwich with soup or salad yet.
Jason replying to a comment from hellebelle / January 23, 2011 at 03:21 pm
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That chocolate "tart" is actually a cake. Erin regularly makes chocolate cakes out of black beans and clementine cakes. One day she just combined it to make a chocolate orange cake and it's really good.

I like her chili and her tomato melt sandwiches. But I go there for the cakes. A fresh homemade slice for $3.50 is so much better than that crap from the warehouse/factory that everywhere serves and charge like $6 for.

After reading the comments for a review of another cafe, I'm surprised no one is bitching about a $6.99 egg salad sandwich with soup or salad yet.
Ryan / January 24, 2011 at 10:23 am
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This girl truly has the midas touch - everything in the store is delicious!! I haven't tried on thing yet that I didnt like.
Ryan / January 24, 2011 at 10:25 am
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This girl truly has the midas touch - everything in the store is delicious!! I haven't tried on thing yet that I didnt like.
Suzanne Hermary / January 24, 2011 at 09:15 pm
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This place is so Zen, you just ooze relaxation the moment you're in. The teas are wonderful and so different from the everyday and I recently tried a little lemon cupcake which was TO DIE FOR!!!! You'd never guess there's anything different from a Dufflet in the chocolate cake and it's SO delish. As someone who usually eats everything, it's truly my fave place to enjoy a little vegetarian delight!\

Also, for someone who mentioned it earlier, the hours from her website are:
MONDAY TO FRIDAY: 8-6
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: 10-6
melissa / January 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm
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This little place requires no hype. If you give it a try, I can assure you that a 2nd visit will take place. The quiche is to die for... and even if you induldge in a slice of cake... you're gonna feel like you have continued making healthy choice...

why has noone mentioned the chili, the chili is AMAZING!
melissa / January 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm
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This little place requires no hype. If you give it a try, I can assure you that a 2nd visit will take place. The quiche is to die for... and even if you induldge in a slice of cake... you're gonna feel like you have continued making healthy choice...

why has noone mentioned the chili, the chili is AMAZING!
erin / August 31, 2011 at 03:56 pm
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NEW FALL HOURS:
MONDAY-SATURDAY: 10-8
SUNDAY: 10-6
maya Roy / November 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm
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I work in the neighborhood ..... her red velvet cupcakes rock
Dim Sum / March 15, 2012 at 08:01 pm
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wonder why they don't open later? Some people may have late night cravings for tea/desserts, especially W.E. Any chance of having summer drinks or gluten free beers would bring more likeable business. Too bad. The red velvet cupcakes are they gluten/wheat free as well? Also, how many items are gluten free / dairy free, it seems very limited?! Please inform me and Thank you.
T / September 3, 2013 at 04:14 pm
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Honestly, the food was extremely disappointing when I came back in the winter. As someone with Celiac Disease I was so excited to have something in the East End where I could brunch without any worries. Alas, work on the techinque and the flavour, it tasted like amateur hour to me.

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