My first restaurant experience in almost two months (I was away in Algonquin park at camp – amazing time and not-so-good food!) was just outside Gravenhurst at Taboo Resort’s The Boathouse.
My favourite chef, Doug McNish, added vegan, gluten-free and raw items on the menus at Taboo, so I just had to try them. Although the hostess said they were going to be busy because it was a rainy day, they accommodated us.
We had a great view of Lake Muskoka and the boats from our outdoor table – the lake was so calm and quiet.
The menu was great – I wish the meat and dairy they served was organic, but I came for vegan and that’s what I was going to have.
After some consultation with our server, we decided on ordering a Quinoa and Lentil Burger on a sprouted bun with avocado and sundried tomato hemp aioli. If I return, I would definitely try the sweet potato gnocchi, as that sounded delicious.
Our server brought some bread and hummus – the hummus was amazing, but it was weird that they brought regular bread since we were eating gluten-free stuff!
We really would have loved to have a green juice, but the drink list had nothing clean or healthy on it. Hopefully this review reminds them to add lots of juices to the menu – I would buy them all of the time!!
The burger arrived and looked very good, and although it tasted okay, it was a bit undercooked, and the bun wasn’t really that crispy. The sundried tomato and hemp aioli was amazing for dipping, I swapped that for the Heinz ketchup they served us.
My Black Bean and Corn Sauté was absolutely stupendous. It tasted as great as it looked. From the bottom layer up, I loved it all. It started with a smoky chipotle tahini potato salad, which was topped with sautéed kale, then came the tomato, peppers, black bean and corn salsa, that was all topped with sunflower sprouts and crispy slivers of corn chips. I ordered the mole sauce on the side, but it was surprisingly very, very good for dipping those corn chips in.
Dessert was delicious! I indulged in the vegan ice cream sundae. I chose cappuccino coconut based ice cream, which I believe was Coconut Bliss, topped with caramelized banana, candied walnuts, cacao nibs and chocolate fudge sauce. YUM! (normally berries come on the sundae, but I don’t like them, so I got them on the side)
Overall, it was great, but it was much more expensive than eating in a restaurant in Toronto! But if you are in Muskoka, this is the best place to eat some real food!!