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{Review} Yamchops, the new vegetarian butcher in Toronto

Address: 705 College St., Toronto ON
When I attended: June 23rd, 2014

YamChops is the first vegetarian butcher in Canada and I am confident it will be a hit amongst vegans, vegetarians and those who want healthy delicious food. Thank you to owners Michael and Toni Abramson, they have brought meatless alternatives using plant proteins to typical meat dishes such as chick-n-shawarma, Mexican chipotle sausages and “no crab” crab cakes. This concept is brilliant! The owners found the coolest name for their well designed shop. They do know a thing a two about branding, as owner Michael Abramson used to own his own advertising agency.

My sister and I were invited recently to a media event to enjoy the food and drinks at their new shop in Little Italy. As a self-proclaimed carnivore, I prefer to eat meat every day and was not sure what to expect coming to a shop like this. I was thinking there would be several versions of kale and quinoa salad, the typical healthy fare seen at many restaurants. YamChops slapped me in the face with a “been there, done that” and introduced me to this exciting new world. They do have a kale caesar salad on their menu and also a load of variety including “Mongolian beef”, “cro-conut bacon”, “carrot lox” and “Indonesian tofu”. Their selection blew me away! 

The shop offers organic, raw, cold-pressed juices called “AuJus”, 2 counters full of meatless alternatives that can be purchased based on weight, and prepared foods and desserts on their shelves and fridge.  At the event, we were fortunate to have sampled a variety. One of my favourites of the evening was the “tuna-less tuna” which was creamy, filling and full of flavour. Everything we ate was delicious and nicely seasoned. Having met the owners, I know they put a lot of passion and love into everything they serve.


The shop is bright and welcoming with tons of variety that will be sure to hit the spot for those who want to reduce their meat intake and vegetarians. I left YamChops completely satisfied knowing I put a lot of delicious and healthy food into my body. My sister and I received a YamChop T-Shirt which we proudly sported on our commute home.

*The meal and drinks were complimentary but the opinions in the post are my own.

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  • maryshappybelly
    July 9, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Thank you Lana Peterson and Tamara for taking the time to comment. These are great points that you bring up!

  • Tamara
    July 9, 2014 at 2:39 am

    you mean, you pay an animal-hitman to kill your food for you. People should watch out . . . if this place serves dairy and eggs, and is only concerned with the health aspect of cutting down one’s meat intake, it is overlooking a massive amount of cruelty and suffering that goes on in chicken and cattle farms. There are ways to make vegan cheeses from nuts, or there are already vegan cheeses available they can use. Egg substitutes, and tofu are amazingly transformed into delicious breakfast meals, etc. Soy, almond, coconut, and rice milk should be served instead of cow/goat milks. This ultimately comes from a horrible place. People who are only concerned with their own health, and not the suffering of other living beings are drastically apathetic with closed eyes to the world around them. Thanks anyway Yamchops – you can keep working on it – you are almost there.

  • lanapeterson7
    July 8, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Oh my! thank you, Mary, for this post. I’ve been looking for something like this in Toronto for years. I really appreciate every restaurant which offers menu from local sources or which tries to implement vegetarian concepts. YamChops sounds great! 🙂
    I’m a cornivore, but I always love trying meatless options.