I truly wanted to like this place
I was in Toronto the week of July 1 - 6 and wandered by this charming house/restaurant and was immediately taken by it; I did some research and thought it sounded perfect. If only. My friend and I had no reservations but were able to get a nice table on the lovely front courtyard. Our server could not have been friendlier or more helpful. And the kitchen is this restaurant's worst enemy. The restaurant was part of Toronto's Summerlicious promotion for off season dining. When we were seated we were warned we had the table for only 2 hours. Odd then that it would take nearly 45 minutes for our appetizers to arrive. They were tasty and presented on large platters in the style of the day; my scallops were perfectly cooked and my friend's carpaccio perfectly presented if somewhat flavorless. Another 40 minutes passed before our entrees arrived; my lambchops were glorious but luke warm and my friend's Bison steak was grey, cooked to death, not the medium he'd requested. At first he was not going to complain but when I reminded him that it was a $36 steak, he agreed. It took the kitchen 45 minutes to bring him a new plate. We were literally about to call it a night. The couple at the next table had the same delay with their appetizers as we, and gave up on their entrees. Mind you, our waitress checkd in and assured us "it's on the way" several times. When the manager finally brought the steak, his attitude was "well, we got you served". To add further insult, we asked for espressos, only to learn (15 minutes later) that the machine was broken. The restaurant made up for this awful evening by comping us cups of coffee. Folks, if you're going to charge these prices, you need to justify it.
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