Restaurant Review ~ Live

On Saturday, a group of us met at Live Organic Food Bar at Dupont and Spadina for a little baby shower for my friend Andrea. She’s due May 1st and wanted to see her girlfriends before the real fun begins. We had a big table. I think there were 14 of us all together.

I hadn’t been to Live since, oh geeze, I don’t know when. Probably when Chad was working there. It’s a bit out of the way for us. They serve raw and cooked food, mostly vegan. I say mostly because they do use honey and bee pollen. One of the specials that night had honey in the bread.

Live Organic Food BarA few of us shared a plate of Chickpea Fries as an “appetizer”. I use quotations because we forgot to order it and got them when we already had our entrees. Oh well! They were really good. Not really like fries though. A friend likened them to fish sticks, but they have a lemony flavour.

Live Organic Food BarFor my main meal, I went for it and ordered the Tempeh Cakes. I’ve wanted to try them for a while, and I have to say, I was disappointed. It looks lovely on the plate but they were pretty bland. I wouldn’t recommend it, especially not when it costs $17.

Raw Strawberry CheesecakesFor dessert, which are all raw, I ordered the “cheese”cake of the day, which was strawberry. I loved it. Cheesecake has always been my favourite dessert.

Desserts We decided to share our desserts as well, so I also got a slice of Chocolate Avocado Pie and Tiramisu. I wasn’t impressed with the tiramisu, but the chocolate avocado pie was really rich and dense and delicious. I don’t think I could have eaten a whole piece. One third was enough. The cheesecake would have been better if it had the creamier consistency of the pie. Sorry for the kind of blurry picture, I was being taunted to put the camera down and try my dessert already!

While I don’t really support WWF, it was kind of nice that Live participated in Earth Hour and turned off most of their lights. Not in the kitchen or bathrooms of course. We had candles at our table, but it still made it a little difficult for Andrea to read her cards. My gifts was some wipes and baby wash, both of which were on her registry, plus some cute bamboo baby socks with pandas on the feet. All in all, it was a lovely evening.

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