Last weekend, I decided to try a new vegan restaurant that recently opened in Yorkville, a posh neighbourhood in Toronto. Planta, the upscale new eatery, was opened by Chase Hospitality Group, who already operate several dining establishments across the city. I’d like to preface this review by saying that getting a reservation is extremely difficult, despite the restaurant’s large dining room, we had to book our meal about a week in advance in order to secure a table. So, if you’re planning on trying it out, book in advance! Once we walked in we were greeted by a (somewhat too) aromatic restaurant, filled with scented candles. We were taken to our seat and many options jumped out to me as I perused the menu. A large variety of food, ranging from snacks to pizzas covered the page. I decided on the chickpea fries to start, and the french onion soup as my entrée. The chickpea fries were pretty good, crisp on the outside and a bit chewier on the inside, also coming with a non-dairy lemon-flavoured mayonnaise on the side. Next, came out my soup. The aroma was amazing, and I carefully sipped it as steam rose off of it. However, when I took my first spoonful I was reminded of the scented candles that greeted us as we walked into the restaurant. I’m not sure exactly what had happened; maybe a possible incident in the kitchen in which a melted candle fell into my soup? It’s flavour was identical to that of the smell of the candles at the door. As I took another sip, I was (unpleasantly) greeted by small sand-like bits (which the server later explained with remnants of the almond-based cheese). I was left no choice but to send my meal back. As a replacement, I ordered the truffle macaroni, costing $28.23 (with HST) for a half-cup sized portion. And yes, I will admit that the truffle flavour was undoubtedly present and undeniably the real thing. The ‘cheese’ sauce was very reminiscent real cheese, however the size of the portion and the price really put me off. Now I know that this was an upscale restaurant, but I do think that a little bit more food should be served, especially for the price they were asking. At the end of the day I received mediocre service, mediocre food, and fairly small portions. However, I would like to go back and give them a second chance and try some of the other items on their menu.