Salads, Acai Bowls, and many more – Imperfect Eats strives to provide all people in Toronto with fresh food, made with imperfect produce. Recently opened for about a month now, Imperfect Eats has been thriving on Adelaide Street to provide healthy and reasonably priced items for its patrons and has attracted a variety of people to its doors.
Upon first entering Imperfect Eats, I was immediately captivated by the ceilings – it was decorated very nicely with bright green vegetation, and bright light bulbs which captured a very fresh essence and ambiance. The inside was nice and polished, with great wall art as well (loved the quote Perfectly Imperfect on the wall!) I had the honour of meeting the owner himself, Jeff Dang, who was very happy to serve my friend and I that afternoon. All the staff were extremely friendly and helped with creating our bowls and wraps that we were going to test try for Imperfect Eats!
The process to making our bowls was very comprehensive – you’d choose a protein at the beginning (some of the choices included Kalbi Beef, Chipotle Chicken, and Garlic Butter Shrimp) your base (which includes things such as spring leaves or glass noodles) and garnish this with a variety of different options, such as cucumbers, taro chips, fried onions, scallions, pickled carrots, sweet potato, edamame beans – you name it! Nearby the station was also a cute water station where you can get some fresh water that was garnished with limes for taste and scent. Once you’ve chosen the proteins, base and garnishes, it’s all topped off with your choice of sauce – a popular choice of sauce was the Spicy Peanut, Ginger Carrot or Chipotle; it really depends on what kind of bowl you make! Be sure to ask the staff for suggestions, they are always eager to help you make the perfect lunch for you!
My friend and I, once we got our bowls and wraps made, took a seat in the dining area and began our little feast! I loved how the bowls turned out, it simply screamed “healthy”, “colourful” and of course, delicious!
My bowl consist of Garlic Shrimp, Edamame Beans, Tomato, Pickled Carrots, Cucumber, Glass Noodles, and Spring Leaves, topped with Spicy Peanut Sauce. This was such a delightful dish – I really enjoyed the peanut sauce mixed in with all the healthy veggies. In addition, the different textures of the bowl really added to the dining experience -from the crunchiness of the fried onions to the softness of the sweet potato, this bowl really packed a filling meal for myself.
I would say that I wish that Imperfect Eats would be a bit more generous with the proteins, as I felt that there was an uneven ratio of proteins to everything else. As well, the beets that I had also added to my bowl was a bit too earth tasting to me, so unless you like that kind of taste I wouldn’t recommend adding it to your bowl. However, it was a great dish to eat!
My friend had similar garnishes as mine, adding Taro Chips into hers and minus the Edamame Beans. She also had a different protein, which was the Chipotle Chicken. Overall she seemed to have no complaints, and mentioned that she really enjoyed having the ambiance we did because it really added to the freshness of the bowl for her.
Lastly, we were also given some wraps. I actually ended up packing the wraps to go, just because we ate so much in our bowls! However when I had the wraps later, it really still kept its freshness! I did enjoy the beef in my wrap – however I think that my favourite protein from Imperfect Eats has got to be the Garlic Shrimp. It was just so rich and really captured some great flavour for anyone looking for something to remember.
Imperfect Eats has been a great addition to the food scene here in Toronto, and I would recommend anyone whose looking for something healthy yet filling to give Imperfect Eats a try!
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