Green Grotto is known for their wide selection of bubble teas and other specialty drinks, but they sell a ton of fried food, noodles, bao and other inventive snacks too.
This is their first downtown Toronto location. Their original one is on Highway 7 near Warden.
Located beneath the Burano condos, sky-high ceilings are splattered with ostentatious artwork by Italian artist Sandro Martinis, a hold over from this space's previous incarnation as Via Vai.
Bau are $8.99 for an order of two, and you can mix and match. From options including braised pork and shrimp cake we go with a veggie square and Japanese beef.
I prefer the beef though the veggie is a decent alternative, both topped with salad with a tobiko mayo dressing.
Salt and pepper chicken ($7.49) is on a menu of dozens of snacks among rarer gizzards and intestine.
“GG cones” can also be filled with salt and pepper chicken or similar options to the bau like sail fish. The fillings are savoury but the cone itself is sweet offering up an odd combination, also topped with the tangy, sweet and spicy mayo-dressed salad.
Soft shell crab ($14) is a seasonal dish, a little over-battered but ultimately very crunchy.
It’s accompanied by a GG bowl that’s similar to the cone. Take or leave the waffle, but the Taiwanese dry noodles with wakame and a seasoned egg are delicious.
Mama beef noodle soup is a standout and a steal at $10.99. Thick noodles are drenched in a funky, spicy broth and topped with hefty chunks of beef shank and surrounded by bok choy.
Macha Hokkaido milk tea with grass jelly ($6.49) is a best seller, refreshing and flavourful thanks to the tasty jelly.
A strawberry yogurt twist ($6.99) has a strawberry sundae thing going on.
Strawberries are microwaved for thirty seconds, yogurt is spread around the glass, and then it’s topped with a slushy strawberry mixture and pearls.
Plain milk tea ($5.49) is more on the straight and narrow. Spice any drink up to your preference with a ton of customizable options, like tapioca pearls for fifty cents.
Green Grotto also has page after page of other drinks filling their menu, including Coca-cola teas and all kinds of frozen and hot drinks. There are also a ton of desserts and formocha bowls, and an overwhelming list of other eats. Crunchy chicken bits? Sign me up.