AAamazing Salad has set up shop on Baldwin Street where the Witches Brew used to be. It's an eatery that's new to Kensington Market, but has actually been in business since 2014 having just recently relocated from the York University Area.
Owner Eva (Jun Hua) Liu says she wanted to be in an area where health conscious diners are highly concentrated. This neighbourhood fit the bill and she upped and moved to make a go of it down here.
The menu lists predesigned salads and wraps, grain bowls and soups built to order at the counter and available for takeout or dine-in at the single table positioned at the front of the shop.
The roster of salads includes classics like the Cobb ($8.99) featuring that classic combo of avocado, eggs, corn and bacon (notably there's no blue cheese), and unique selections like the Energy Salad ($9.25) that pairs a melange of veggies with a confounding assortment of sweet and savoury ingredients such as dried figs, feta cheese, black olives and popped corn chips.
The Asian salad ($9.99) is quite good. Mixed greens including spinach form the base and it's loaded with a medley of veggies such as carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onions and avocado. Sweet mandarin segments, crunchy dry ramen noodles, dried cranberries, tofu and toasted sesame seeds complete the dish, which is served with a sesame vinaigrette on the side.
Up next I try the Buddha Bowl ($8.99) with tofu (+$1.49) built on a bed of soba noodles.
This one is loaded with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, scallions, edamame and bean sprouts and finished with harmonizing array of garnishes including peanuts, crispy fried onions, sprigs of cilantro, lime and little container of house-made peanut sauce.
While some of the salads and bowls come flecked with bacon, most are meat-free. Proteins like chicken, tuna, and tofu are optional and can be added on for $1.49 to $1.99 each.
Locals will likely appreciate the option for hearty and healthy fresh dining. Will the influx of tourists opt to eat a salad over indulgent neighbourhood options like fried chicken , tacos or donair ? Well that remains to be seen.
Photos by Hector Vasquez.