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Cheap Lunch in Bay & Bloor Area

Hi Teep - I found the food at Okonomi House to be very bland, and perhaps as I'm no expert on Japenese food, did not enjoy the dark meat that was served (chicken) in tiny tiny cut up pieces, covered in soy sauce. Did I miss something here?

Jan 26, 2007
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cheap Lunch in Bay & Bloor Area

On Da Go - I'm now living at Bay/Bloor and after reading all the posts, can share in what I assume, is our mutual frustration. After going through all of the above, I got excited about nothing - which is sad as this is supposed to be the 'area' to live and work in in Toronto. With all the money here you'd think that we could at least have a handful of great spots to eat at! The restaurants around here are nothing special - absolutley nothing to write home about, and will no doubt, it will be tough for you to find a good lunch every day of the week. I was surprised that no one recommend the thai place Green Mango on Yonge - I have no desire or interest to eat there, but it's always packed. Beside it, just a bit north, is a place that does have really good middle eastern food. The taboulleh is fresh, healthy and tasty. The fallafels (sp) are excellent - add hot sauce. And the roasted peppers are delicious and done on site. I also want to eat their Baklava (sp) but am off sugar since Dec 31st so can't touch them! Other than that, there is zip around here worth trying. 7 west is dirty, dingy, has lousy food and service and what I consider a 'dark dump' that I would never recommend. I had breakfast at the New Yorker deli and the only good thing was the fresh grapefruit juice. The Bloor Street Diner just plain stinks - it's so ordinary and oh how I'd die to have an Earl's or Cactus Club from Vancouver in there! (I'd be 20lbs heavier however!).... what else have I found.. I totally agree with Pusateri's - nothing is bad there, and the choice for lunch items is endless. Everything I have tried at Scaccia was tastless. No one mentioned Dinah's Cupboard - they have a few tasty take out items.. some better than others - the soup is usually very good, and she does a nice salad for 5 or 6 bucks - delicious homemade dressings for it as well (raspberry vingetrette) sp... what else. Stay away from Okanomi House.. again, can't belive they are even in business. Holt's Cafe I went to and did not like it - very showy and the food was again, nothing worth going back for. However, if you go to Holt's take out/ sit down in the basement, the cold curry chicken is VERY good. The Holt's Cafe is actually kind of odd now that I think of it. Rabba on Charles near Bay has really really great chicken schnitzel in the deli section.. some Eurpoean lady is making this in her house and it's fantastic! So much garlic and flavour.. it's unreal and really tasty cold! I get a few pieces each week to savour. Hmm... I'm on a roll.. Remy's on Yorkville for your Friday team-out lunch has the best salad with chicken satay's.. it's like 10 bucks and comes with so much flavourful grilled chicken that you'll wonder how they do it for the cost! That with a beer and you're set. Ok.. I hope this was somewhat helpful. Let me know what you think. Derek

Jan 26, 2007
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's good between downtown Toronto and Oshawa?

I have to disagree with zoohort2.. I have dined a couple of times at Nice Bistro in Whitby and would never go back due to rude service, and mediocre, at best, meals. I have however eaten at Teddy's at Park and King in Oshawa a few dozen times and the food is always good - try the spaghetti with Spanish Sauce - not on the menu, but they will glady make it for you. It's perfectly cooked (every time) pasta and a very tasty homemade liquidy yet very flavorful tomato sauce with giant chunks of peppers, onions and mushrooms - so tasty! Served with a salad with Teddy's garlickly dressing and a fresh (often warm) pumpernickle stick and it's like 9 bucks all in! And a huge portion. People also love their corned beef. For the money, you can't beat it. I'll even pay for your full meal if you don't love the food. End with a homemade coconut cream pie - fresh whipped cream, toasted coconut.. always perfect. Enjoy .. it's not always fun heading out to the Scwah!

Jan 26, 2007
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eggcetera on Yonge at the Eaton Centre

Maryfran - so glad that the concert was amazing! I was just thinking about your comment about hardly anything good around Yonge/Dundas.. Yonge/Bloor/Bay/Bloor is the same.. nothing great around at all.. such a shame! There are a couple nice spots on Elm - Adega is very consistent and for excellent Italian, try Donatello.. wonderful food there when you are not too rushed!

Nov 19, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Biryani House Wellesley - Nothing great to say about this place

Starting with the positives: friendly server.
Now on to the negatives: upon entering, the bathrooms were right there and all you could smell was, well, bathroom smells! Not a great first impression! And those 'after dinner mouth refreshing things were sitting right there too! Gross!!
Up the stairs and it was 100 degrees.. we asked the girl that seated us to please turn the heat down. The place is very dark, too dark if you ask me, such that you can't even see the food you are eating. We had samosa's to start, but could not see them for they were drowning in 'stuff'.. grapes, tomoatoes, and white sauce with green things in it.. perhaps green onions? perhaps parsley flakes? Either way, it was not what we were expecting and quite frankly, they ruined the samosa's which hiding underneath, may have been quite good??!!. Next, on to the mains - butter chicken which we were assured was white meat, but instead, out came med sized chicken breast with a big
bone sticking out of it. How were three people supposed to share this? The sauce was full of sugar and hardly any of it - disappointment number two. Back to positives for a minute - the perrier was lime flavored and arrived ice cold. Ok, on to the next dish, lamb biryani - my friends ate this as they like lamb. Again, a good sized lamb leg arrives in a bowl covered with rice. How to share you ask? Well, carve it off the bone.. it fell off, and they said it was 'ok'. They didn't rave. They didn't rant. It was 'ok'. The rice that was with it was tasteless and they did not seem to be impressed with the byryani. I might add that my two friends are both from India. We ordered something that was like chana masala (sp) .. it was the tiniest little portion of chick peas in sauce.. child size portion and undercooked chick peas with no flavor in the supposed sauce.. they were dry, and 'hard' to the bite.. we left most of the little chana dish after each trying a spoon full. The gobi dish we ordered was by far the most tasty of the dishes we chose. So much so, that we were still hungry and ordered a second one. It too was very good, but not great. We have all had better gobi before. Again, child size portion. The bread ordered was a type of naan.. not sure what kind, but that too disappointed. It was very buttery in scent, but too thick to enjoy. We all prefer thin naan. And since there was no sauce on anything to enjoy the naan with, (well, we could have kept the white sauce that was smothered on the samosas!) we ate it plain instead. Out the door we went away disappointed that we did not choose better. Oh well, chalk it up to yet another bad place to dine in Toronto and add it to our ever growing list.

Nov 19, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

More Disappointment in Greek Town - MEGAS was awful

Here I go again taking time from my day to write about the bad food of Toronto. Oh how I would love to write something really positive after having enjoyed a tasty meal!

Ventured out to the Danforth today for simple Greek. Hit Megas and what a mistake. The bread, which appeared homemade, was about the best thing.. oh, any my tea was ok too.. they even replaced the bag with a new one upon refil without charging me... so heck, there are two positives! The Saganaki was so so at best, salty and obviously hot due to the flames.. but overall, indescript. The salads which came with our Souvlaki were awful - zero taste, bad tomatoes, (i know, i know, it's November) and a creamy and tastelss warm dressing that was hardly worth eating. The amount of feta (again, tasteless) was hardly worth putting on the salad. Move on to the main chicken souvlaki dinner: chicken, potatoes, rice and tztzaki (sp) .. all completely void of flavor. Another waste of 45 bucks. And to think, all we wanted today was yummy and tasty, fresh greek food.

Nov 19, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Eggcetera on Yonge at the Eaton Centre

Have to agree - I went for breakfast thinking it would be decent (at worst) and amazing (at best). Neither happened. The food was terrible and the service even worse. Disappointing, especially since you were out for a nice evenign! Baton Rouge is just as bad, next time try Superior on Yonge across from the Eaton Centre.. consistently good food in a nice environment. I hope at least the concert was fantastic!

Nov 19, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi - Dynamite and Spider Rolls

Sasgirl.. they totally do take out..call ahead as they make the spider rolls fresh - they are worth the wait as my buddy loves them and always has time to sit at the little private bar and quietly await the experience! Enjoy and let me know what you think. Derek.

Nov 04, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi - Dynamite and Spider Rolls

My colleauges rave about the spider and dynamite rolls at TAKESUSHI on Front Street just a wee bit east of Yonge. They say they are always fresh and extremely tasty - one co worker goes daily for 2 orders of each! Give it a try - reasonable and very friendly service. Always packed, a usually good sign!

Oct 28, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hiro Sushi - a laughable, embarrassing experience

Thanks to all that took the time to reply. I log on to chowhound simply to express MY personal views of the dining out experience - food first, then cleanliness, service, ambiance, staff etc to follow. I'm no sushi expert, (and never claimed to be) but I do know good and tasty food when I consume it! I appreciated most of the feedback given in my post and thank all who made the effort to respond to me with a line or two back. Life is too short to eat bad food, and there is plenty of it in Toronto. That said, I have gone twice since my bad experience at HiroSushi to TAKESUSHI on Front - the sushi (spider rolls.. mmmm.fresh crab!!), miso soup, salads, tea, tempura, endless no charge ginger, wasabi on the side, green tea and black sesame icecream ... has well, all impressed me and made me want to return for more. The hot towels to start with.. first class and a great way to start your meal. Until I become better accquainted/educated on the various types and qualities of sushi, and the traditions that come along with it, I will wait for the day that I try the fantastically and consistently highly recommended Kaji. For now, signing off.

Oct 22, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hiro Sushi - a laughable, embarrassing experience

Nummanumma - I'm telling you.. read my Lee write up and many many others.. the food is overpriced and awful.. I'd be happy to go with you and have you pay, and together, you can prove me wrong.

Oct 13, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mercatto

Food and service is terrible at both locations dwtn.

Oct 13, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hiro Sushi - a laughable, embarrassing experience

A couple colleagues of mine were craving good sushi - we work dwtn and it was suggested to me, that fellow chow's had been recommending Hiro Sushi on King, east of Jarvis. I told my one colleague that I had not heard of Hiro Sushi, and that since I took clients often to Takesushi on Front, and that it was consistently fresh and delicious, reasonably priced, close to our office (it was raining last night) and the service was flawless, that we go there. I was overruled and together the three of us ventured off to Hiro Sushi (walking in the rain no less!).

Thus the story begins. We were walking along King and not knowing the number of Hiro Sushi, I stopped thinking we had found it and went in to this very cool place. It was busy, dark and very 'hip'. We were told that dinner was not served until 6 but that we could sit and have a drink.. how cool. We sat, ordered a drink and were served by very fashionable folk. A menu appeared and the top said 'Kultura'.. opps.. we were in the wrong place! Oh well, we'd all heard of Kultura and thought what the heck.. we are here, let's stay. But alas, sushi was on the minds of two and we finished our drinks all in agreement to return to this very neat Kultura for dinner and drinks in the near future.

Moving right along, we ended up next door at our original destination, Hiro Sushi. We walked in and there was a unique odour. Not sure what it was, but the place felt like a college students room in a basement of an old house. It was an 'odd' place indeed. Dark. Dreary. Dated. The friendly waitress/hostess sat us down and the place was rather dead.. two other tables and one person at the sushi bar. We were then reading over the menus and offered a drink. I ordered Pellegrino, and my collegues green tea and water. The green tea arrived, and the water never surfaced. The Pellegrino bottle was child sized and 3 bucks no less. We looked in semi shock at the menu prices and thought, wow, this must be good sushi. Or at least, it had better be. My buddies ordered $30 each plates of chef's assorted sushi. We had tempura ($15) and Tempura Figs ($9). I had a salad ($6) and Miso ($3). We also were charged ($3) for an extra very small bowl of ginger. (yes, we were charged for this.. hillarious). Allow me to continue. The tempura arrived - it was completely tasteless/flavourless. The portion was ridiculously small ($15!!!) and there were 3 shrimps, a couple of vegetables and much disappointment. There was NO soy sauce on the table, nor did any arrive until asked. Whatever we dunked the tasteless tempura into, it too was watery and had absolutley NO flavour. The miso soup then arrived, cold. Yes, cold. I have never had miso soup served cold. I was hungry and drank my miso juice. Two miniature pieces of seaweed and two chicklet gum size pieces of tofu.. yum (not). Move on to my salad, a portion of 'old' and very 'tired' lettuce.. mixed greens from a bag, unwashed and the size of the bottom of a tea cup.. a round, tiny hump of nothingness. Dressing was edible, but again, a complete disappointment. The water still has not arrived, no tea refills and one english speaking (and rather attractive) waitress who appeared to be running the show on her own. I had ordered california rolls and as I had said previously, my colleagues the $30 chef mixed creation. The creation's arrived. $30 bucks each.. that's a lot of dough. Appeared before them was a regular sized dinner plate, they said the fish seemed fresh (how can one eat / serve sushi that isn't extraordinarly fresh?? (I guess no smell is good) and there was no ginger, and no wasabi to be found. No soya sauce either. We asked for soya and wasabi and ginger. They all arrived in again, miniature quantities. They both dug in and said that the fish was ok, but that it was extremely, almost uncomfortably 'hot'. Why was the sushi so 'hot' I wondered? They continued to eat and then, realized that each piece of rice below the sushi was covered in wasabi!! How strange.. I have never heard nor seen this before. Many people despise wasabi (me included) and we thought this to be very odd. They ate their respective $30 dollar plates in visibile pain and we asked for more ginger.. that was when the $3 mini bowl arrived. The california rolls have not yet arrived. I asked several times and was assured they were coming. My friends finished their sushi as they were not about to leave 30 bucks on the table especially since it was my turn to pay and they were already knowing full well that I was NOT happy about coming to this ridiculous basement to eat. I was fuming. The california rolls arrived, and you guessed it, covered in wasabi. I ate one and returned the plate. Still no water. NO tea refills ($3 bucks a cup no less- what place that serves $30 sushi plates charges for tea?) and boy was I hungry. I paid, $125 including tip (hey, she was cute and it wasn't her fault). Told them how disappointed we were, offered to get her a job at Takesushi and left in disgust. Yet another bad T.O. restaurant and further disappointment for me about this, my city of bad food experiences. We walked back to work, me $125 poorer, said very little to each other and then stopped at Marche for a mediocre caesar salad for me at a cost of $9.10. We then headed home. Friends, for the sake of your health and your pocket book, stay away from this hole called Hiro Sushi. And look for Kathy to be working at Takesushi in the very near future!.

Oct 12, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lee Restaurant Experience

Finally, I think I have found like minded Chow friends.. I dined at Lee a couple of weeks ago and had, (surprise, surprise)similar experiences in all aspects. I walked out with my buddy and left no tip I was so disgusted. WILL NEVER RETURN. Now, how can I hook up with some of you (joanna/QC/james joradan)and try and find together a great place to dine in the city?? !! Great write up's on that over rated cash printing snob house Lee! Dining out should be first about the food, and they lack there, then about the service and that stinks and finally, atmosphere, and that too is mediocre.. hardly comfortable.. I saw Susur's wife on TV and she's not a friendly lady.. kinda cold like her restaurant decor.

Sep 23, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caynon Creek on Front Street, Toronto: TERRIBLE

I will try the Sentaor and Terroni's.. thanks for the suggestions!

Sep 13, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Caynon Creek on Front Street, Toronto: TERRIBLE

Well, well, well. Loads of feedback, yet oddly enough, very few suggestions on great great places to eat in this city! People, fellow chowhounds, listen to me.. please.. I'm begging for advice on truly good places to eat and spend my hard earned money. I live in the dwtn neighborhood of Front/Esplanade. Wouldn't it be nice to have a fantastic meal in my hood??? I have Spaghetti Factory, Bier Market, Scotland Yard, Cafe Nicole, Le Papillon, The Keg, Hot House Cafe, Sultan's Tent, Izakya and Spring Rolls to choose from.. all garbage. Jamie Kennedy's is ok, but again, not consistent. Terrible places to eat in my neighborhood. So, I venture out to Jack Astor's On Front once and while, it's not that far, and the food is consistently good - not great, but you know what you're getting. Fajita's are tasty, the spring rolls hot and delicious and beer ice cold. I thought about trying something different, so we went to Caynon Creek.. I was wrong, and I'm sorry for that. I did not know it was a chain. Forgive me. The food was really bad. This past Saturday, I took a friend to The Four Seasons Yorkville (Studio Cafe) for breakfast. It was $100 bucks for two of us.. $100 even.. taxes and tip in. The breakfast was almost perfect. But 100 bucks? In sane for eggs. At the Four Seaons Vancouver it's $28 for the best all you can eat buffet I've ever set eyes on - I ate at least $25 worth of blackberries alone last time I was there! And the eggs and all the fixings are perfect. Moving right along, I am on here as I want help. I went to Eggplant tonight which I usually like, again, hit and miss. The bread was hard as a rock, the butter too, the soup was cold (and no, it wasn't meant to be) and the mains were so so at best. The dessert even wasn't great. SO PLEASE, my unknown friends in Toronto, talk to me about really really good food in Toronto. Don't critizie me for making a bad choice, instead, talk to me about what's consistently a place to dine in T.O. with really tasty food. That's all I ask. Thank you. Derek.

Sep 12, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Jewish deli...

United Bakers on Bathurst at Lawrence..consistently good and cheap food.. always a fun place to go for stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, fresh bagles, lasagna and yummy salad dressing (spinich).. very good.

Sep 06, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2nd Trip to Boston - need help for dinner tonight in Commonwealth/Mass Ave area

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!

Sep 06, 2006
Derek in Greater Boston Area

Caynon Creek on Front Street, Toronto: TERRIBLE

Had dinner with a client here tonight and felt compelled to advise all fellow Chow's how terrible the food was. My rant continues on about just how terrible Toronto is as a city with great restaurants. The food tonight was awful. The artichoke dip was watery, and had no flavour. The nacho chips were stale and greasy. The tomato salsa was terrible.. it was small pieces of tomato's but had absolutlely NO Flavor and was NOT FRESH..the tomato's were definitely going bad. My customer ate the entire loaf of warm bread with butter (the butter had sugar added to it.. go figure?!!).. He said that it was the only part of the meal worth eating. The chicken was again flavorless, and the potatoes cold, with over cooked beans and a piece of corn on the cob (crazy!). The caesar chicken salad was served in a black bowl that had more finger prints on it than a police station and was nasty - anchovy paste overload, non-fresh lettuce and too much 'warm' mayo type dressing. Fatty bacon bits and plasticy chicken made the rest of the dish really memorable. All in all.. 1/10.. (for the bread). Way to go Toronto.. another crap restaurant to write up about. I hope I get a transfer to Vancouver or the States soon!

Sep 06, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Johny Banana - disappointed

Tried this new spot yesterday - pro's: fresh, clean and stylish interior, ingreditents were also very fresh.
Cons: smallish, waiter felt as though he was constantly staring at you as he watched us eat from 4 feet away, condiments are way too small and no more were offered. Delicious picco de galo (sp), tasty yet watery salsa and fresh nacho chips. Too bad the chips out numbered the fixin's 10 to 1. For the main course, the breakfast burriot's were terrible - 90% rice, no flavour and a huge amount of tortilla. Again, no salsa or even salt/pepper were brought out to add any flavour. Finally, the prices are steep for what you get. Had the flavour and quantities been there, I would have been more likelky to return. The extensive lists of 'shake' type drinks was indeed exhaustive, but for $5.50 a pop, you'd be full before you ate anything. Too bad this place did not have more 'positives'. I have been looking for good mexican for some time now.

Sep 03, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2nd Trip to Boston - need help for dinner tonight in Commonwealth/Mass Ave area

Will try Sonsie's tomororw night. Last time I was here Bob we ate at the most fantastic Italian rest on Newbury.. same side as Sonsie's, had two levels as I recall (ie a step up area inside) the food was exceptional.. do you happen to know the name?

Aug 21, 2006
Derek in Greater Boston Area

2nd Trip to Boston - need help for dinner tonight in Commonwealth/Mass Ave area

Went to Sonsie.. was packed and an hour for a table... too bad. Instead, hit a place a bit further down (or up?) Newbury called Stephanie's. Waiter was very 'theatrical' - not genuine or sincere, but rather very scripted and phony. His name was Jeremy. The steak my friend had was ordered medium, arrived rare right through. They offered to exchange after we complained. Pasta that I had was tasty, but over cooked - disappointing. Salad was fantastic - pear and walnuts - deliciious but huge (typical American portions!!) and a meal in itself. Bread was yummy too - fresh and warm raisin tea biscuits.. very good. Free dessert for my bud with the raw steak - peach cobbler - delicious but said Peach ice cream (was vanilla). First bottle of sparking water was very warm - sent it back and asked for an ice cold one since it was 100 degrees outside and humid as stink. Over all, 6/10 rating. Won't be rushing back.

Aug 21, 2006
Derek in Greater Boston Area

2nd Trip to Boston - need help for dinner tonight in Commonwealth/Mass Ave area

Great.. thanks very much Bob.

Aug 20, 2006
Derek in Greater Boston Area

2nd Trip to Boston - need help for dinner tonight in Commonwealth/Mass Ave area

Hi! Torontonian here looking for a few recomendations for a couple of great dinner spots while in Boston on business. Last time we had a fanastic meal at Clio's and then thoroughly enjoyed Eastern Standard. I'm looking for something that is not Clio pricey, more like ES, and within walking distance from Commonwealth/Mass Ave. Suggestions for great food would be most appreciated! Thanks.

Aug 20, 2006
Derek in Greater Boston Area

Toronto Brunch on a Monday?

Hi.. my comments are 'why can't people just be honest on here' stem from many people trying to 'beat around the bush' in their feedback/comments. I simply would like people to tell it like it is. I had dinner at Xacutti and it was truly awful. The food was presented very nicely, but lacked flavour. My main course was steak and it was over done and rather fatty - very surpising considering it was Filet Mignon. I wanted to return it but was with a friend who does not approve of that so I would just not return. There were other things about Xacutti that bothered me and you hit the nail on the head when you said 'hoity-toity' - if the food was great, and the service less pretentious, I would have had no problem going back. I'm a food guy - I love good food, and will pay any price for a decent meal. I am thoroughly disappointed with Toronto's restaurants and could go on and on on this site - I really wish more people knew about it! For example, I ate at La Maquette on King / Church with friends last week - the service was fantastic, but the food, terrible. Basket of bread was not fresh, butter rock hard, caesar salad disgusting(the dressing was like mayo and warm), the lettuce not fresh, one of the waiter's had too much cologne on (annoying and unacceptable in my books) and the mains were nothing but standard fare for big $$$.. I left, well, disappointed. Tonight we ate out at Paul's Spagehtti on Cosburn. Brucetta was excellent. Warm from the oven bread with soft unsalted butter. Attentive but not bothersome service and perfect and tasty pasta. All for under 50 bucks with a beer. The vanilla cake is the best cake in the city. Made on the premises and very fresh and delicious. I will write them up so others can see for themselves how good it is. Oh ya, and the free salad is fresh and crisp too.. good balsamic dressing. Nothing fancy, just a satisfying good meal. I hope that this helps to explain my earlier comments.

Aug 07, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Worst Mexican Ever in Toronto - La Mexicana on Bathurst

Cookbook - thanks for the reply - will definitely try it out! Derek.

Aug 07, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Want really bad food? Go to Baton Rouge - Eaton Centre

I recently took clients to the Baton Rouge Eaton Centre. The food was inedible, the service terrible. And the manager, even more disappoiting. My customer ordered chicken fingers - how bad could they be? No taste whatsoever, veins in them (hey,at least they were real meat.. the veins proved that!) and so much tastless and greasy batter on them - yes, batter, that she did not wish to eat them. The manager said that everyone loved them - thanks for that, and for leaving them on the bill after she ate one of them and left the plate full. I was embarrased having brought us there. My meal was equally as bad - a wet (yes, wet) salad with overcooked noodles in a sugary -syrapy sauce.. gross. I too left it - not just because my customer was not eating, but becausae it too was horrible. If you chose to waste your money, head to the Baton Rouge. Otherwise, enjoy the City Grill at the Eaton Centre, or walk down to Jack Astor's on Front - the food at Jack's is ALWAYS CONSISTENT and tasty, and the City Grill has not let me down either. Lesson learned.

Aug 06, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Worst Mexican Ever in Toronto - La Mexicana on Bathurst

I recently had a craving for Mexican food and went to La Mexicana on Bathurst. This dirty little place was hot (a/c was barely working and it was 35 degrees outside), felt like an old basement and did not smell great. Now, onto the food. I asked for a bottle of water which was warm - the waitress apologized but did not bring ice until I asked. Who wants warm water on a boling hot Toronto day? The nachos were greasy and the oil they were fried in was definitely 'old oil' The salsa - my favorite Mexican food - was terrible.. like water.. watery, no taste, no flavor. I asked for Pico de Gallo (sp?) and it was disgusting - she charged me for it too and it was so bad! The tomtatoes were in the fridge and a few large chunks of white onion and some parsley - no corriander. Yet another disappointment. On to the mains - I had fajita's - and get a load of this - the chicken was totally plastic-like and covered in lawry's salt - gross. Like rubber. And on the skillet, which was dirty, there were 3 red pepper strips and one green pepper strip, 3 onion strips and that was it! My buddy had some sort of mixed plate which was equally as bad - no flavor. Perhaps this was due to what appeared to be asian chefs? In any event, yet another truly disappointing Toronto dining experience. All bad!

Aug 06, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto Brunch on a Monday?

ps.. Xacutti is TERRIBLE.. so pretneious and never good food - you will be wasting your money. Why can't people just be honest on here???

Aug 06, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto Brunch on a Monday?

Avoid everything but the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville- the food is fantastic and you will not be disappointed. Toronto is a horrible city for brunch - we just can't get it right. Four Seasons will guarantee fresh, tasty food.

Aug 06, 2006
Derek in Ontario (inc. Toronto)