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Jul 19, 2006 09:50 PM

Summerlicious Reviews

My husband and I have eaten at 3 restaurants for far....Bloom in Bloor West Village....excellent, Boho in Roncesvalles...excellent again...and last night.. was ok I guess...the service absolutely stunk...wouldn't return to taste the usual menu!!!

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  1. We at at Brant House (actually quite enjoyable for a $25 meal, had the gazpacho and flat iron steak) and at North 44 (had the smoked salmon with potato pancakes and then the beef tenderloin) which was A++ on the food, D- on the service. You really do get rushed through when you're on Summerlicious, we even got different bread than those ordering from the regular menu (just plain baguette, others had really nice flat breads etc.)!

    1. I tried Bloom as well - The food was very good, but didn't surpass any expectations or wow me(I'm a student, so going to the $35 Summerlicious places is a big event!). We got to try all three desserts, thanks to a lovely couple at the table beside us - the mango semifredo wasn't very good, but the chocolate tart and lemongrass creme brulee were excellent - best part of the meal!

      1. that's too bad, I have reservations for Thuet on Fri. Hope it's better than your experience...
        This past week I've been to Bymark (top marks as always) Nectar, tiny tiny portions, and no a la carte during summerlicious to supplement the bite size meal. Was at Oliver and Bonacini for lunch on Sunday, great value for $15, though food never seems to be up to my expectations. Had Tundra for lunch today, and it was pretty good, no complaints, but no rave reviews either.

        I've had 25 plus winterlicious/summerlicious meals, and here's my two cents worth:

        Bymark-been 4 times and always GREAT value, delicious food and good service. Their upgrades are excellent as well, for $10-15 more, they offered fois gras, whole trout, lobster poutine. A bit crowded and you really have to be persistent to get a reservation.

        Anonna- They went out of their way to provide great food with all the extras. Outstanding service.

        Wildfire Grill- Yummy, no-nonsense food, large portions (they served a half chicken as an entree).
        Far Niente-lovely seared scallops, very fresh tasting yummy food, but because the noon seating lingered, our 1:30 reservation turned out to be 1:50.

        Southern Accent- I eat here regularly, so summerlicious is a no-brainer. Although they have regular specials that they don't offer during -licous events, so its just as fine to skip it and go during regular service instead.

        Jump:Although I can't remember the details (does this make it unmemorable?) I remember being pleased with the food...sorry, that's a bit lame, but they all start to blur after a while...

        Fillet of Sole, Acqua, City Grill, tutti matti (Tilapia tasted fishy, everything else was decent)

        Rosewater Supper Club-tiny portions, lukewarm, unmemorable, pre-prepared food, stale dessert and very indifferent service.

        Nectar- Decent flavours, tiny portions.

        Urban Bistro-fishy tasting sole, everything tasted slightly off except the dessert.

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        1. re: sway

          I concur on Urban. Perhaps one of the worst places I've eaten. I make it a habit to avoid that entire strip of restaurants between John & Peter on King.

          1. re: sway

            Adding to the BAD list is MATIGNON!!! Avoid there at all costs. Service is BAD, food is BAD, and the whole ambience/decor/building is just BAAAAAAAAD.

          2. Have not been to North 44 for years and would like to return anyone else have opinions?

            Anyone been to Xacutti for Summerlicious?

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            1. re: artificialard

              Three of us went to North 44 on Tuesday night and we all thought it was excellent. My smoked salmom starter with creme fraiche and small potato pancakes was very tasty, though, at only three slices of salmon, I could have eaten more without getting over full. I thought the rare fillet of beef was excellent and the clafouti really tasted of fresh berrries. Service was very professional - water glasses were quietly filled whenever necessary. Our waitperson was knowlegable about wines and, although the restaurant as completely full, had time to chat with us. She told us that this was their fifth summerlicious and that they now thought they knew how to handle things. We had an 8.45 sitting - in other words the last - so this may have made the whole staff a little more relaxed. We all thought we would like to go back again - even at their customary prices.

              1. re: ER2

                Thanks for the insight - will definitely try to make at least North 44 before Summerlciious ends. I don't know why having the water glass filled is such a good barometer of restaurant service but it is...

            2. Went to the Drake on Monday night. My b/f had the Summerlicious deal, Chilled Tomato Soup (Gazpacho), the Grilled Hangar steak, and the Summer Berry Pudding. I ordered from the regular menu, a roasted beet salad and the fish tacos.
              The Summerlicious menu items were good - the soup could have used a bit more ripe tomatoes, but it is only July. The steak was served medium rare and was quite tasty, the accompanying smashed potatoes rich and buttery.
              I wasn't keen on the berry pudding. The texture was odd, almost like a stiff bread pudding, and it seemed out of the freezer. The custard sauce was runny. I would have chosen the Brown Sugar upside down cake, but it wasn't my choice.
              The Roasted Beet Salad was excellent, although it could have used a little more balsamic, IMO. The fish tacos were also excellent, although I was surprised they used grilled salmon instead of some kind of firm whitefish. I'm not sure I like the taste of the corn tortillas in the mix. I understand their authenticity, but the flavour is too strong with fish, I think.