Mad Radish Toronto
Mad Radish aims to offer tasty, globally inspired, seasonal options for healthy eating that cater to all diets, including vegan.
Several Ottawa and Toronto locations include this quick and convenient one in the PATH.
Like some other options located in Toronto's twisty underground connection between office buildings, there's no seating to speak of here.
You're led through a lineup where you can order and watch dishes assembled fresh, or can quickly grab a self-serve coffee and pre-made sammy or salad.
A Fajita Barbacoa warm bowl ($14.95) layers Ontario beef barbacoa, chayote, an onion and pepper fajita blend, roasted corn, rich cheddar and plantain chips on top of brown rice and mixed greens.
Fresh lime, an avocado-tomatillo drizzle and jalapeno cilantro dressing finish everything off with a kick.
A Fired up Chicken ($14.50) warm bowl doesn't feel like it has as much heat, despite being advertised as including spicy chicken. Pairing with roasted sweet potato and roasted broccoli doesn't really evoke a particular cuisine but is homey and hearty.
With a base of brown rice and mixed greens, this bowl is finished off with spicy pickled beans and a maple chipotle dressing, and improved most of all by throwing on some crunchy corn nuts. The Fired up Chicken is also available in a sandwich for $8.75.
Vegan warm bowls include a Butter Cauliflower Curry ($11.95) and a Bibimbowl ($13.50) that's actually surprisingly faithful to bibimbap even without the crispy rice bottom.
The same base of brown rice and mixed greens is laden with cilantro-lime tofu, plus tangy kimchi, smoky mushrooms, sweet soy marinated cucumbers and sweet potato with sesame seeds, a gochujang sauce drizzle and a carrot ginger dressing.
You're always free to verbally request more or less dressing.
Other than the Fired up Chicken, grab-and-go baguette sandwiches include Chicken Avocado, Smashed Chickpea Salad, Cheddar + Caramelized Onion and a Vegan BLT made with vegan bacon, arugula and sun-dried tomatoes.
The grab-and-go area is also stocked with Smoky Caesar, Mexi Quinoa and other salads as well as Banana Coconut Chia Pudding and Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats.
Go for a Green Machine from a range of vegan smoothies ($6.75) if you really want to feel healthy: it blends together orange juice, spinach, kale, banana, apple, cucumber, mint and ginger.
If you're in the mood for something sweeter, opt for a Nutty by Nature made with almond milk, banana, dates, peanut butter and almond extract.
A pastry case is stocked with various types of croissants, swirls, mini focaccias, cookies and brownies.
Super cheap self-serve coffee for a dollar is Rainforest Alliance Certified, and comes in dark roast, medium roast and decaf options. Espresso-based beverages start at $1.99.