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8 minutes south of Barrie (45 minutes north of Toronto on Hwy 27) in the old village of Thornton lies a historic 1854 Queen's Hotel, brought back to life through a yoga wellness centre, and organic restaurant featuring rustic plank floors, mineral-infused walls, antique wood beams, and vintage trim fixtures.
Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, or just like a tasty, healthy meal, we've got the menu if you bring the appetite. Our fresh-cook kitchen does not own a microwave, or a fryer.. Because of this, your wait in the dining room may be longer than you are accustomed to. We are breaking the mold for restaurants, raising the bar, and are offering a unique relaxed experience. All organic, top quality, ethical, gluten-free ingredients, and attentive service taking into consideration your health issues. Our house staff are highly trained and if they do not know the answer to your question they have access to expert nutritionists to help educate and inspire you to find the healthiest alternatives on your special night out.
Our dining room is considered casual fine dining, so you can come dressed to the nines or more casual attire. As long as you have good vibes and an appetite, we look forward to serving you!
Whether you crunch down on a big boisterous salad, warm your soul with a bowl of hearty soup, or sample one of our savoury entrees, you're sure to feel like you've had a real home cooked meal, the way it was made back in the day.
And while you're taking care of your inner gastronome, you can also do a little inner work of a different sort, in one of our yoga studios. Come for a class or a weekend retreat. Attend a seminar from world-class nutrition experts. Detox in our infrared sauna room and experience the good vibes. Learn more about the Vidya Yoga and Wellness Centre by visiting our big sister page:
Host your wedding or special event with us! Vidya's boasts two dining rooms and can accommodate up to 60 guests. Also includes 1000 square foot yoga studio, and 2nd floor wellness centre. To learn more please contact us for a quote.
Shungite and silica added to neutralize EMF frequencies in the walls and under the hardwood floors. The Great Room has radiant in-floor heating, providing an even room heat without drying the air.
We feature organic wines, plus organic and gluten-free beer. Our Juicer presses fresh juice daily. Ask your server about our juice of the day. Or boost your immune system a Chaga Coffee or energizing Cordyceps Elixir!
indulge in tasty, nourishing plant based entrees such as our crowd pleasing Vidya’s Pasta Bowl, or our high protein, low carb flavourful noodle dish, Thai Malaysian Noodles! See our entire menu here.
Host your wedding or special event with us! Vidya's boasts two dining rooms, 1000 square foot yoga studio, overnight rooms, and 2nd floor wellness centre. To learn more please contact us for a quote.
A great menu begins with quality, all-organic ingredients, carefully sought out to be the freshest, most natural, and ethically-sourced stuff we can get our hands on. Our menu is mainly vegan, but where goat cheese or organic eggs are an option, we visit the farms and make sure that the animals are treated like first-class citizens, not like slaves in a factory.
Great ingredients are then carefully prepared with herbs and savoury flavours to yield a light, nutritious, and scrumptious meal that leaves you feeling nourished and satisfied.
Our menu is designed by a holistic nutritionist and a world-class chef. The result is a menu that tantalizes your palate, while taking care of your body and spirit at the same time. Both our food menu and our elixir bar have items where the ingredients are so healthy we are able to make medical claims regarding their benefits.
But we would never compromise on taste. Because at the end of every meal at Vidya's Veggie Gourmet, we want you to feel the healthy buzz, but leave with memories of just how delicious it all was.
All Organic, Vegan/Vegetarian & Gluten-Free World Cuisine
All Organic, Vegan/Vegetarian & Gluten-Free World Cuisine
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N), and holistic health practitioner (HOL), Kim has led hundreds of local Simcoe residents on her "10 Day Rejuvenation Cleanse" program, yielding life-changing results from countless participants. Kim oversees the menu at Vidya's, ensuring it maintains a balance between nourishing and comfort foods, always in good taste with the highest quality, all organic, local and ethical ingredients.
Most of our servers at Vidya's are also either Nutritionists, or very well versed in healthy nutrition. Feel free to ask questions about the menu and feel free to make an appointment with one of our nutritionists to help get yourself on track to healthier living.
Kim's name "Vidya" was given to her by her yoga guru upon graduation. It is a sanskrit word meaning "wisdom/knowledge". When Kim founded Vidya Yoga & Wellness in 2008, she named the studio accordingly, thus naming the restaurant "Vidya's Veggie Gourmet" was a natural extension of a thriving community. Kim is also a Vipassana meditator, a Certified Yoga Teacher and founder of The Vidya Centre For Yoga & Wellness.
In choosing ingredients for the menu, the first emphasis is on organic. Every item in our kitchen is organic, from cooking oils, fruits and veggies, grains, flours, and even our spices.
Our kitchen is 100% gluten-free. Our Cuisine Soleil organic gluten-free flours are also tested for gluten content below 5 ppm.
Our entire menu is vegan, however there are certain items that you can add organic "happy" goat cheese or eggs for our Sunday Brunch from hens who graze outdoors during the warmer months.
We incorporate many fermented foods in our dishes which aid digestion and healthy metabolism, without any compromise on taste! At Vidya's we pride our menu on its healthy balance between "health" food, and "comfort food", offering options for all who may be venturing into the world of healthier choices.