I started a new gig, and now spend a lot of time driving to and from Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe, the Kawarthas and Muskokas. I witnessed the season change, gorgeous fall colours and some early snowfall – even before the clocks went back an hour. I have seen some beautiful landscapes, stunning lakes, and picturesque towns in my recent travels. I was especially delighted to find myself in downtown Collingwood the other day around noon. It was the perfect opportunity to grab lunch at one of my favorite spots: Sõl Kitchen.
When I first became plant-based, finding a restaurant in the region that offered vegan fare was an uphill battle, as they were few and far between. This is when I first discovered Sõl, and I have been back several times. The entire storefront is glass, which brings a great amount of light into the space. It resembles an art gallery with white walls filled with colourful, modern art. You can now dine-in now with your vaccine passport. The tables are socially distanced in this lovely and welcoming environment.
However, this time I challenged myself to have a new taste experience, just for you. Well, it was really for me, but luckily you are getting to read about it now. Sõl certainly didn’t disappoint. I started with the Thai Butternut Squash Soup, served in a delicious and hearty bowl on a chilly fall day. It’s a beautiful orange colour with a little Thai seasoning and roasted sesame seeds on top. Trust me, it was hard not to lick the bowl!
Sõl has a different take on a Pad Thai. They use loads of crispy vegetables, served over rice noodles in a delicious peanut ginger and coconut sauce. Again, I love the use of microgreens that provide not only a beautiful presentation but add a fresh and crunchy addition to all of their other dishes. Portions are generous, colourful, and tasty, with many gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options.
By now, I had already consumed more than I normally do for a lunch sitting. But the staff at Sõl are so friendly and good at what they do, that I ended up getting talked into ordering dessert. To be honest, I do have a bit of a sweet tooth. The Chocolate Nut Truffle Cake that is vegan, paleo, and keto, plus free of gluten, grains, dairy, and sugar, was something I just had to try. Partnered with a lovely Americano, the cake was creamy and delicious, and served fresh with pure blueberries and mint.
Drop by for their daily soup, or their daily dip, served with grilled naan bread or tortilla chips. They have an amazing list of salads with options to add a protein boost, or mix and match with a duet or trio of their salads. Try one of their signature burgers, or sandwiches on a panini or in a wrap, and even more delicious options including quesadillas, a curry, stir-fry, pastas, or grilled salmon. Complete your meal with some baked treats, warm drinks, or “brunch-it-up” with some cocktails, wines, micro-brews, ciders, and smoothies.
If you are planning a day of shopping in Collingwood, then Sõl is the perfect destination for your lunchtime refuel. It’s also a great space to catch up with a friend or group while enjoying some fresh and delicious fare.
Feed your Sõl at 19 Hurontario Street, Collingwood. They’re open Wednesday to Sunday, from 11AM to 5 PM. Ask about their catering services offered.