Last week blogger babe Jenny from Peace Love Jenny and I headed to Toronto’s newest vegan restaurant Hello 123 Forever to see what the hype was all about.
Hello 123 Forever is the newest joint created by the masterminds behind Kupfert and Kim. Similar to K&K in that the whole place is plant-based, and the menu shares some of the same popular items from the favourite counter service spot. However, Hello 123 also features some new innovative dishes and cocktails in a cozy and trendy environment.
Jenny and I went at lunch time, and decided to order a couple smaller plates to share, since there were so many things we wanted to try! We ordered the pulled pineapple slider, the braised cabbage and romaine, and the spicy bap. I was hoping to try one of their interesting cocktails with chaga tea, but unfortunately they don’t serve alcohol until 5 pm. So instead, I ordered a warming tumeric latte, which was still just as delicious.
The pulled pineapple slider was super yummy. Although the name says slider, which to me means small, this guy was in a full sized bun. The pineapple added a sweetness to the adobo barbecue-esque sauce, and was a nice change from the usual pulled jackfruit at most vegan places. If ordering this as a meal, I’d recommend adding something on the side, since it comes as just the slider.
The braised cabbage and romaine was probably my favourite thing we tried. It had a caesar salad vibe to it, but was different enough that it didn’t feel boring or like a salad at all. The hemp-tahini dressing was so delicious and rich, and the pickled onions added just enough acidity to balance it all out. I definitely recommend ordering this one!
The spicy bap bowl was more reminiscent of something I would order from Kupfert. The bowl was sort of a vegan spin on bibimbap, and each component to the dish had it’s own flavour. The gochujang was so delicious with all the different flavours in the bowl, and I really enjoyed the variety of ingredients, like the eggplant and kale. Definitely a heartier option, but still light enough to grab for lunch.
We were too stuffed after the meal to order dessert, but I was already so satisfied with all the delicious plates we ordered. This is a smaller place that gets pretty busy, so I would steer clear of lunch and dinner rushes, and plan around that. Next time, I’m hoping to try one of the drinks I missed, and one of the other amazing dishes they offer.
Check out Jenny’s super fun blog here, full of plant-based recipes and wanderlust goodness!
Have you tried Hello 123 Forever? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!