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Brassaii review - Beautiful space, good brunch, poor service

Again I am new to Chowhound and still learning the ropes. Will keep this in mind

May 24, 2012
Sophiasolange in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Francis Mallman 1884, Mendoza review - Beautiful restaurant but average meal

We were staying at Lares de Chacras hotel and it was maybe a 15 minute drive - can't imagine it would be much longer from Mendoza. The resto is worth a visit but don't expect the food to blow you away - as I say I would recommend Terruno over this place for the food if you could only choose one.

In terms of finding a driver, I would reco you contact Mendoza Holidays to arrange - they are amazing and can help you out. Our driver Ernesto was great and you could probably ask for him by name

May 24, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Duke of Kent review - Authentic British Pub at Yonge & Eglinton!

You're entitled to your opinion...

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pastis review - Fun dinner in a fantastic neighbourhood!

Yes it is indeed very well executed no question. Will try some of their cocktails next time!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Manhattan

Poco review - My happy place!

It's a small place in the East Village - only heard about it from a local and have only been for brunch. I hear they are good for dinner as well.

Yep new to Chowhound, based in Toronto.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Manhattan

Wabora review - Great food, great value

I ate here for the 2nd time and I have to say the food here is very good and I think while not inexpensive is very good value. "Must try" include the Black Cod (like butter!) and the Volcano Roll (that sauce!). While the place is very nice and located in the ever so trendy Thompson Hotel, I struggle with the atmosphere a bit - admittedly I struggle to find a great atmosphere at most Japanese restaurants. It's nice but just meh to me and doesn't make me want to linger.

That being said, if your priority is eating amazing food with super fresh ingredients you will not be disappointed - for this reason alone I will return. With your meal I highly recommend a glass of Blue Mountain bubbly from BC - a surprising find!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gilead Cafe review - The food is EXTRAORDINARY! A must for any foodie!

hmmm... in fairness I was there for an event so they have been trying harder. I've been meaning to go again for just a regular dinner - perhaps will get a more realistic experience.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brassaii review - Beautiful space, good brunch, poor service

Ha! I was keeping all my resto reviews on Tripadvisor - thought I'd add them to Chowhound as well!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Origin: restaurant review - Cool vibe, tasty food but schizophrenic menu

For the purposes of this review is it really so wrong to refer to it as a neighbouring resto? They are close to each other!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brassaii review - Beautiful space, good brunch, poor service

I have gone to Brassaii many times mainly for brunch as I have always found it most enjoyable - and the $5 mimosas don't hurt either. However after my most recent visit I felt compelled to write this review - for the past couple of visits my group of friends and I have noticed that the service has quite frankly become mediocre. A few examples:

- My friend ordered a coffee and was brought a mimosa
- My other friend asked for her coffee to be refreshed but the waiter forgot so she needed to ask again, 10 minutes later
- When they brought out the food they brought an extra platter of fries which none of us ordered
- My friend's egg Benedict we lukewarm and her hollandaise sauce was cold
- The last straw: our cocktail glasses went empty for well over 15 minutes with no one coming to our table to see if we wanted refills. My friend had to get up and go to the bar to request more cocktails! Unacceptable in any establishment

Overall the service lacked any attention and seemed scattered - the fact that we were a group of 7 is not an excuse as the restaurant was very well staffed. I will have to think long and hard before I return which is a shame because I genuinely enjoy the restaurant.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gilead Cafe review - The food is EXTRAORDINARY! A must for any foodie!

I had the pleasure of attending an event at this restaurant where we learned the ins and out of pickling and canning with Chef Jamie Kennedy himself in his kitchen! We also had the pleasure of sampling a 4 course meal specially prepared by the chef and his team and let me tell you -the food is unbelievable!

We started out the evening with beer battered Cheddar cheese beignets with mustard pickle – so tangy, crunchy and oozing with cheese, a great amuse bouche!
Next we were served a simple squash soup that was the perfect consistency, not too heavy and very flavourful.

The main course was a roasted, stuffed organic chicken with beer and onion sauce served on a bed of mashed potatoes – now this is comfort food at its best and the perfect pre-Thanksgiving treat! The chicken was cooked perfectly, the onions and beer working perfectly together to make what can only be described as a delicious jus for the chicken and the mashed potatoes… well who doesn’t love mashed potatoes!

The meal was topped of with chocolate mousse served in a vanilla cone with raspberry coulis – heavenly!

I loved the food and the atmosphere – set in a little alley between Eastern and King St E, this place is one of Toronto’s best kept secrets. I can’t wait to go back!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Windsor Arms High Tea review - great tea, lovely food but seriously lacking in quality of service”

Great tea, lovely food but seriously lacking in quality of service

This was second time at the Windsor Arms for afternoon tea. I must say they do have a great selection of teas, so much to chose from. The price for the tea service is a bit on the high side at $45 but I wouldn’t say it’s unaffordable. The food is very good – you are served a tiered tray of scones with clotted cream/ jams, mini sandwiches (chicken, smoked salmon and asparagus) a number of sweets and a bowl of strawberries and cream to finish off your meal. It’s quite a bit of food actually so plan on skipping dinner!

Where the experience becomes a bit of a let down is the service – both times I have been there I have experienced the same lacklustre attention. Not so much because the wait staff is rude, although don’t ask for water as it seems to pain them to bring this to you, but mainly because the service is so scattered. Case in point: my friends both ordered blueberry tea but it was served to me and my other friend. The server only noticed that it was meant for the other two that had actually ordered it after he stuck his nose in the tea pot to figure out he had served us the wrong tea!

Note we were seated in the “purple room” and I have to say considering it is the Windsor Arms this room does not live up to expectations. Instead of looking lush and luxurious the room feels like was abandoned halfway through decorating by hotel mgmt. The lavender curtains look like shower curtains – they must go! The room has a wannabe Twilight / New Orleans vampire feel that falls completely short. Some overall updating of the décor is in order for this room – might I suggest it be made to look like an actual English tea room?

Overall I am a big fan of the Windsor Arms hotel and would give high tea there another try BUT I would want to be seated in a different tea room in the hopes that a/ I would get better service and b/ the atmosphere would be more enjoyable and a propos.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fabbrica review - Delicious casual Italian food with a great atmosphere!

I have been here several times and I have to say it keeps getting better. My husband and I always start with the plate of 4 salumi – you choose which ones you want. Every single morsel is delicious! Served on a big wooden board with mustard, crostini and pickled veggies it is the perfect way to start off a meal. We both had the pasta as it is to die for! I don’t know how they make it but the texture is so light and not at all starchy. My gnocchi were perfectly tender, not at all hard or chewy. The beautifully simple tomato and basil sauce had just the right acidity to cut through the richness of the gnocchi and the addition of burrata was, well, just decadent!

The wine list is not inexpensive but there are some great choices between $40-$60 per bottle. We were pleasantly surprised to find a bottle Andeluna malbec, a terrific winery we visited in Argentina but whose wine is sadly not often found in Canada.

This place is a much needed addition to a neighbourhood not otherwise known for great restaurants. Hopefully Chef McEwan is starting a trend and we will see more great restaurants pop up in north Toronto!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Poco review - My happy place!

I discovered this place last year and on the advice of friends and went for brunch. Poco's is one of the many all day mimosa brunch places in NYC and while you are guaranteed to leave a little tipsy, this place is not to be missed: amazing atmosphere, great food and if you are lucky the place will break into a spontaneous sing along dance party in the middle of the day!

One small thing that was different this year is the portions - the lobster mac 'n cheese was the size of a side dish. When serving all day drinks it's not a good idea to serve such small plates!

Overall service is great - the manager served as our personal bartender for the day having us sample all sorts of concoctions. Note: beware of the Chartreuse mimosa!

All in all a great place to spend the afternoon for the bargain price of $25!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Manhattan

Eataly review - The food is amazing!!!

My friends and I ate here 2 days in a row - we had to go back as we were craving the awesome tomato sauce they use on their pizzas, I could seriously eat just the sauce! We ate in the pasta & pizza section. I have to say get here early - you can't reserve and this place is so popular you will wait awhile before you are seated. Also don't expect a quiet lunch - this place is loud, busy and can be overwhelming for some.

Note: if they offer to sit you upstairs in a private room, don't do it! We were seated in such a room on our first day and it was rather claustrophobic and really warm.

This place is a lot of fun and I would definitely come here again if only just to eat that amazing tomato sauce!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Manhattan

Dos Caminos review - Fun evening out!

This place is lively with a DJ playing loud dance music. Great atmosphere, food is pretty good and in true American fashion the portion sizes are huge! Only downside was the service: not the most attentive and a bit slow - took a good 20 mins before we got our pitcher of sangria and guacamole after ordering.

Overall was alot of fun, would eat here again

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Manhattan

Docks Oyster Bar review - OK dining experience, nothing special

We ended up here for a late dinner on a Sunday night as everything else around was closed. This place was nice enough but reminded me of one those places you go to for a corporate dinner. Food was ok and the overall prices are high. Not great but not bad either.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Manhattan

Lum's Iguana Cafe, Nassau review - Good Food for a Quick Bite or Lunch

Popped in to this restaurant for a quick bite after arriving in Nassau. I had a Greek salad which was very good with another very good dish, conch fritters. As with everything in Nassau things tend to be a little overpriced. This place is fun with a great view of Bay St from the rooftop patio - great people watching! Only thing is the staff seem pretty miserable, something they really should look to improve upon.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Dune, Nassau review - Stunning location, lovely food but all at a price

This restaurant is part of the One & Only Ocean Club so you have to expect it is going to be high end and expensive but sometimes you just have to treat yourself! The decor is beautiful - very modern and sleek with a gorgeous view of the ocean. The bar just as you are entering the restaurant is also fantastic - it's a separate little white building with a stunning lit onyx bar as its centrepiece. A worthwhile stop before or after dinner.

The food was delicious and better than I expected. I had a tasty gazpacho to start followed by an amazingly cooked rack of lamb. Although beware when ordering sides - I paid $10 for what was essentially a couple of tablespoons of mashed potatoes!

My only complaint here is the service. Early on in our dinner our waiter accidentally tipped my bowl of olive oil spilling some on the table runner. I expected that the runner would be changed but after 10 minutes we actually had to ask that this be done - not the 5 star service I would expect. I also found they were a little slow at bringing our drinks in a timely fashion

Just for the atmosphere alone though I would come back here - despite the service hiccups I enjoyed it immensely

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Luciano's of Chicago, Nassau review - Very good no nonsense Italian food in a lovely setting

This restaurant is in what looks to have been and old mansion right on the water - it's a lovely setting and if you can brave the mosquitoes I would recommend sitting on the patio for a beautiful view.

The food here is no nonsense Italian and it is very good - I had a lovely caprese salad with basil oil dressing followed by chicken parmesan, both were delicious. The food was also not as expensive as other high end restaurants I have been to in the Bahamas so I thought it was great value.

Service was ok, a little scattered with us having to ask for a few things several times but overall not enough to ruin the evening. We never felt rushed.

I would definitely eat here again

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Mesa Grill, Nassau review - Not as good as the one in NYC

I was excited to go to Mesa Grill at Atlantis - I went to the one in NYC years ago and it was the best steak I had ever had. The meal here did not quite live up to the great memories I have. Don't get me wrong the food was tasty but the overall meal was not remarkable. My friend, who is vegetarian, was taken a back by the small selection of entrees he could order. Also when he finally did get his meal it was served to him almost cold. That being said the manager was happy to comp his meal – the service was good.

The restaurant itself is beautiful with a nice bar area at the front - we were seated at a table in the bar area and I thought the atmosphere was quite nice. Still though given my meal and the poor quality of food my friend was served I could not help but leave a little disappointed.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Nobu, Nassau review - Go for the atmosphere

This was a fun dinner - we sat at the sushi bar watching the chefs prepare beautiful plates of food enjoying the overall atmosphere which was great. The service was attentive and polite - we felt well taken care of. While the sushi was good, based on price and reputation I expected more from Nobu - this meal was nothing to write home about and was essentially a very standard sushi meal. Again it was good but no different than what I get at my local sushi restaurant.

I would go back but this time I would probably opt to have the sushi chefs make me dishes based on what is fresh that day vs. ordering from the menu. It could get pricey but would probably be a better food experience.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Cluny, Buenos Aires review - Lovely, relaxed lunch

We went to Cluny based on a friend's recommendation and we were not disappointed. The minute you enter you are struck by how lovely the place is - what I particularly like is that there are a number of different seating areas to chose from i.e. outdoor patio, tables in the front of the restaurant adjacent to the bar, tables with sofas in the main dining room. We chose one of the tables with the sofas. The atmosphere here is great and as is common in Argentina you do no rush through a meal which we loved - this should not be mistaken for slow service, the waiters just simply allow you the time to enjoy your meal.

The food was excellent with many lighter options to choose from - I had the gazpacho and a smoked salmon salad, both very delicious. The value of what you get is also amazing - my husband and I each had an appetizer, entree and large glasses of wine all for less than $20 each!

I would highly recommend this place to anyone either for lunch or dinner.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Francis Mallman 1884, Mendoza review - Beautiful restaurant but average meal

First off, you need a driver and a reservation for this place - it is pretty difficult to find and once there you have to be let in by the staff which lends to the overall exclusive feel. We were led to a central courtyard for a pre-dinner drink which was really lovely - you could see the chefs cooking all the meat outdoors on a traditional outdoor grill. After our drinks we opted to have dinner indoors. I can't stress enough how lovely this place is but sadly for me the food did not live up to all the hype. As it often the case with places like this, one tends to expect too much. Don't get me wrong this was not a bad meal by any standard, in fact my roasted pumpkin appetizer was one the best I've had but my main of baby goat was a disappointment - very little meat and a bit tough, the one I had a Terruno was far superior.

I would still recommend this restaurant to those visiting Mendoza - it's a great place to say you've visited once. The atmosphere and the overall pace of the dinner made for a very enjoyable evening.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Terruno, Mendoza review - Wonderful find, a real gem

This restaurant is located at Club Tapiz which is a lovely, upscale small boutique hotel in the middle of wine country. It's a fairly small restaurant with high ceilings, nicely decorated with great atmosphere. The service was very attentive - our server saw that I was particularly interested in their olive oil and arranged for an impromptu tasting of several of their oils. I came away with an amazing bottle that cost only $8!

Now the food: this is a foodie restaurant - the cuisine is very creative and there is a huge focus on fresh ingredients. I had the baby goat as my main entree, their house specialty, and let me tell you I still think about how delicious it was to this day. The wine selection, largely from the Club Tapiz vineyards, was excellent - we settled on a lovely bottle of Zolo reserve Malbec.

All in all this was one of our most enjoyable and memorable meals in Mendoza - we will definitely return!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Wall House, St-Barts review - Lovely dinner in Gustavia harbour

This restaurant was recommended to us by fellow Canadians we met while on the island. This place is great value for money - the food is decent and the price is a nice change from other high priced options in St-Jean! I started with the trio of cold soups - very tasty, refreshing. Like a wine tasting they tell you to eat them in a certain order - a nice touch. Next I had a chicken dish - decent, not overly memorable but good nonetheless. Desserts here are great - they literally wheel over a giant dessert cart and you can pick however many treats as you would like! We capped off dinner with a complimentary shot of their homemade rum.

Overall a lovely evening, would like to try this place once again for lunch.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

On The Rocks @ Eden Roc, St-Barts review - Great dinner, very odd dessert!

We had dinner here on a whim to celebrate our friend's birthday - you literally can get into any restaurant at any time during low season! I found this place to be beautifully decorated and the view is gorgeous, great atmosphere overall. The service was very good - we did not experience any snootiness and were made to feel welcome. The food was also very good for the most part. I started out with the hamachi sashimi appetizer with watermelon and it was refreshing and delicious. Next, I had bamboo steamed halibut with mixed veggies - another winner, very tasty. Then came dessert - while one of our dinner companions opted for the chocolate soufflé (which we hear was amazing) the rest of us ordered the strawberry tart. I believe one of the previous reviews said they were in the process of innovating their cuisine, well when it comes to desserts they should stick to the basics! They served us some weird deconstructed version of a tart with filling that can only be described as custard sausages - odd and not particularly tasty!

Overall though this was a very good dinner, good wine, great atmosphere - I would definitely return. Note this place is very expensive so do not be shocked when you get the final bill. Oh and make sure you visit the very cool bathrooms that are literally build into the Rock!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Le Select, St-Barts review - You MUST visit this place when in St-Barts

We were lucky enough to meet some fellow Canadians who knew the owner quite well and invited us over to celebrate his 88th birthday! This place is quite a change from what one would expect in St-Barts - it's a down and dirty fast food joint with cheap drinks, loved it! There is plenty of outdoor seating and you order your own food cafeteria style - for what you get they make really tasty burgers and hot dogs. Marius, the owner, was good enough to give us a tour of the inside of his restaurants - this place is filled with memorabilia from the last 60 years, it was a real treat!

When visiting, go here as a pit stop to take a break from shopping and just enjoy the patio with a cold drink and some good eats. This place is great!

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Nikki Beach, St-Barts review - Relaxing lunch by the beach

We went to Nikki Beach for a late lunch and I have to say I did enjoy it. We had a lovely table right by the beach - the great thing about this place is that you can take a dip in the bay and go back to your table, no one was rushing us to leave. I see some negative comments about the service but we had no problems - the service was prompt and they were attentive enough (that being said we were here during low season). I had a sushi platter and I thought the fish was quite tasty but this being St-Barts you do tend to pay quite a bit for what you get. My friends liked their meals as well but felt they were average.

Overall I would come here again if only because of the relaxing atmosphere, it really is a nice way to spend a few hours in the afternoon.

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean

Mango at the Christopher hotel, St-Barts review - Wonderfully relaxing lunch

We made our way to the Christopher hotel for lunch at Mango - a wonderful outdoor restaurant with a stunning view of the water. The ground is covered with sand so it feels like you are dining right on the beach. The food was very good but to be honest I've had better - the view and the atmosphere more than made up for it. And as usual throughout St-Barts you'll typically finish off your meal with complimentary rum shots.

The owner of the hotel was nice enough to offer us the use of the pool and loungers for the day even though we were not staying there - in hindsight we should have taken him up on his offer, the pool area here is stunning and would make for a great afternoon. I will be back

May 17, 2012
Sophiasolange in Latin America & Caribbean