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Charles Nov 29, 2004 06:03 PM

Planning food and wine pairing dinner at 'George'. Has any fellow Chowhound out there tried this new Restaurant? How does quality of food compare to three of my Toronto favourites - Splendido, Perigee and Celestin ( that was almost 6 months ago, heard quality has dropped recently ).

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    Chantal Nov 29, 2004 06:06 PM

    There is a review not far down from your current position... Start scrollin'!


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    1. re: Chantal
      chowee Dec 9, 2004 03:24 PM

      the food is fantastic - everything was amazing. the price was high but not crazy. the service was not good - they meant well but were inexperienced. they could not process our mastercard.

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      prairie_dog Jan 14, 2007 05:04 AM

      George is good, and I enjoyed my one visit very much, but Perigee is much better - it's probably my favourite restaurant in Toronto, although it's very very pricey.

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        Vinnie Vidimangi Jan 14, 2007 08:11 AM


        For a different view please see my note, George needs a spanking from the man in the big white hat.
        If the link above works I will be surprised. Alternately type into the Chowhounds search bar, George needs.

        Amazing, I did it, the link works.

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          erly Jan 15, 2007 04:50 AM

          Just read the article you posted.
          Would not agree.
          We really like George.
          Friendly, but professional service.
          Never rushed.
          Excellent food.
          Not as noisy as many restaurants in Toronto.
          We go to George when we want a long relaxing evening, and dinner with friends.

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          1. re: erly
            phisherking Jan 15, 2007 03:25 PM

            I also would not agree with vinnies post. I have been to George many times and have never been disappointed. The food has always been extremely creative, well executed, and beautifully presented. I think Lorenzo is one of the cities best chefs, and I respect him even more because he doesn't seem to be the media hound that lesser quality industry people tend to be. He just cooks good food, which is what it's all about. I haven't been since kim left so I don't know about the wine pairings now, but when she was there it was some of the best pairings I've had with tasting menus.

            1. re: phisherking
              Cereal Killer Jan 16, 2007 02:57 PM

              Although there is nothing wrong with giving an old post a "bump" to update it, I'm not a fan of posting things from years ago. Things change, especially in the chow industry.

              Personally, I don't like George. I think it's overrated and overpriced - full stop. That said, VVM went almost two years ago, and as such his post, however well thought out, articulate and knowledgeable, is simply not relevant. Almost as irrelevant as responding to a post that's 2+ years old (prarie dog - you're on a roll!).

              Has anyone been recently? I certainly have not, given that when I last went (March 2005?), I crossed it off my list.

              Sorry Vinnie, I don't mean to pick on you. Not that you care...


              1. re: Cereal Killer
                balthazar Jan 16, 2007 03:53 PM

                I tend to agree with Cereal Killer. Food was good, but I found it overpriced all things considered and didn't get any wow factor from George. For that price I think there are more interesting places to go.

                Went there for dinner for 2 in the fall, I think we ordered 3 glasses of wine total, and each starter/main/dessert, and it came out $200+. No complaints about service, however. No other specific complaints, but it wasn't memborable. If we hadn't been going to a TIFF screening after, I wouldn't have found the evening memborable or notable.

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                  balthazar Jan 16, 2007 10:16 PM

                  Minor correction. The food we ordered was a number of small plates, I don't remember how many (we took the waiter's suggestion based on 2 people who were not starving). I do think the food was nicely prepared, but remember looking at the bill and not being sure it was worth the price tag compared to Jamie Kennedy (both Restaurant or Wine Bar).

                2. re: Cereal Killer
                  Vinnie Vidimangi Jan 17, 2007 08:37 AM

                  CK, astute you are; and I enjoy it. Call me anything, but call me often.
                  But I do want to defend the relevance of my resurrected old post. I find that in Toronto restaurants "plus ca change, plus ca reste le meme" (a $35 phrase for $10 in scoffing value, that's what good presentation will do for you), except that the shortcomings become more pronounced. For exmple, I suspect that some commentaries, such as those of Susur Lee, are timeless. Only the names of the dishes need to be changed to incriminate the guilty.

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              Jennalicious Jan 17, 2007 11:37 AM

              George is amazing. The chef is very talented and has extensive experience with some of Toronto's elite chefs. Pricey yes but do you feel satisfied and not mind paying it...yes!

              1. mainja Jan 17, 2007 11:56 AM

                there seem to be two places named george that i've noticed, one on church and one on jarvis. which one are you folks talking about?

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                1. re: mainja
                  TorontoJo Jan 17, 2007 01:17 PM

                  They are talking about the one on Queen, attached to the Verity Club.

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                    mainja Jan 20, 2007 12:30 PM

                    heh. well, make that three then. ;)

                  2. re: mainja
                    Cereal Killer Jan 17, 2007 05:29 PM

                    111 Queen Street East.

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                    DDD Jan 20, 2007 05:39 PM

                    We've been four of five times and enjoy it more each time (we enjoyed it sufficeintly the first). We found the service generally very good, the wine choices excellent, the food verygood to excellent and the value actually quite good. The food is innovative and the ability to have a half glass of wine enhances the tasting experience. This would be a nice place for a special evening.

                    1. Jacquilynne Jan 20, 2007 08:04 PM

                      I wasn't particularly impressed by George when I went last year. We did the tasting menu, and the same things kept appearing on plate after plate. By dessert my dining companion commented that if her dessert also had the salsa-ey concoction on it, we were going to have to trade. My feeling was that if my dessert had the asiany slawey thing on it, we were going to have to leave.

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