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Laide Review (long)

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  • Blogger Dec 11, 2004 07:10 PM
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Laide is a place I.ve wanted to try out since I first read about it on Toronto.com earlier this year. It sounded a little funky, a little risque, and amazingly tasty, without being prohibitively expensive. So, seeing what I was going on a date with someone I was pretty comfortable with, it seemed like the perfect chance to try it out...

That kind of set the mood for the evening. My date arrived and we ordered some cocktails. I had the Nymphomaniac - spiced rum, peach schnapps & malibu, and she had the Illicit Love - cranberry vodka, cherry brandy & lemon juice. Both were very good.

The food is served in a tasting-menu type format. Not exactly like tapas, but similar in that two dishes isn.t really enough for two people. So, we shared all the food we ordered:

Boston lettuce, fresh pear, sugar walnuts, roquefort dressing: This was nice. The walnuts were a surprise, sweet and very good. I found the dressing a little on the strong side, but my date loved it.

Squash and ricotta ravioli: This was a little on the cold side when it arrived, but it was very, very tasty.

Organic noodle, bison and french lentil rag?Oh, this was nice. The noodles were cooked perfectly, and the bison was so flavourful and just made my mouth sing.

Braised veal osso buco, sage and cremini mushroom gravy: By far, the best thing we ate (well, that was savoury!) was the veal. The meat fell apart just by looking at it, and it was like eating sex. This was unreal, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

The dishes range in price from about $9 to $16. This was all tied together with a very nice Chianti.

For desert, I had wanted to try their saffron and vanilla cr? brulee, and my date had the chocolate mousse. These were, by far, the best examples of these two dishes I.ve ever had. ... that is all I can do to describe how good these deserts were. Sex, in chocolate and cr? anglais form.

So there you have it. Amazing service, provided by people who are truly friendly and want everyone to have a good time. The food is superlative, on par with the best I.ve ever had. The place is comfortable to be in, has lots of cozy nooks for cuddling, should you want to do such a thing, and while it.s a little on the pricy side for a standard night out, it.s a great destination for either cocktails and desert, or for a fancy night out. Highly, highly recommended.

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  1. Any updates on Laide? Is the service and food still good? Is it a lounge at night? If so, how's the music?

    1. Raquel is amazing I used to go there all the time when it was warm! Now it is too cold for me to venture east of University.
      Is this menu new? I remember them having a lot of Japanese food

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      1. re: Muffin__Top

        Raquel? What's that? This is about Laide.
        And the review is from more than 4 years ago. Hence my request for updates.

        1. re: sepandee

          Racquel is the owner ( she is amazing) ... Service is always top notch, it is a true lounge, no dining tables more or less cocktail tables and cushioned deep lounge seating.. Music is eclectic depending on the vibe of the clients that night.. they have a computer with something like 50,000 mp3's and a ton of different playlists.. smetimes they even pull the laptop out and let the customers choose their own.. The food is good small plates... not a large menu but enough variety. I like the cheese & meat platters as late night snacks.

          1. re: OnDaGo

            I've heard the chef is long gone and they just get sushi from next door.

            1. re: ChalkBoy

              I agree, the cheese plate is great.
              The bartenders are super friendly and its truly a unique type of place.

              1. re: domesticgodess

                Wow! haven't been there in over 3 years. I thought it was defunct -- glad it isn't! I may have to drop by for a drink.

                Is there a website?

                1. re: 5andman

                  http://www.laide.ca