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Modo Restaurant

jayseeca Jul 30, 2006 11:48 PM

My friends and I (20 yr-olds) are planning on going out for a nice dinner, with good food, vegetarian options, and atmosphere.

So far, they want to go to Modo. Has anyone been there, and have comments on it??


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  1. HarryLloyd RE: jayseeca Nov 10, 2006 01:06 AM


    I've never been but hear its quite nice.

    here is their website if you're interested:

    you'll have to report back and tell us how it goes.


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    1. re: HarryLloyd
      Smalph RE: HarryLloyd Nov 10, 2006 02:02 PM

      I'm not Jayseeca, but I've been to MoDo twice. The first time, we were two couples - two of us who love food but don't usually get to go to high-priced places, and two of us who love food and can go to any restaurant, anywhere in the world, that they choose.

      Our first visit was *incredible*. The world-travelling foodies were blown away even in comparison to some high-end places they've been. The other two were also beside them (okay, our) selves. Absolutely everything we tried was perfect and delicious beyond comprehension. The service was flawless. And the bill wasn't even astronomical.

      So, several weeks later, we two less-wealthy folks decided to return. There was only one single occupied table in the entire place when we arrived, and we were seated immediately next to them - a couple with a small baby. They appeared to be ready to leave, so we didn't ask to be moved. But we were unimpressed nonetheless

      Then, nearly all of the things we'd ordered previously, were no longer on the menu. And the things we did order were... good. Not great. Just good.

      I'd be willing to try them again in hopes that the phenomenal meal we first enjoyed might be replicated, but the letdown last time was really substantial.

      1. re: Smalph
        hungryabbey RE: Smalph Nov 10, 2006 02:34 PM

        What did you order either times? Can you remember? I was thinking of going for my bday b/c the prices arent bad, and the room looks beautiful and the menu looks pretty delicious, but maybe not.. did you have dessert either times? (haha, if its my bday, i gotta have a good dessert or I'll just end up being REALLY disapointed)

        1. re: hungryabbey
          Smalph RE: hungryabbey Nov 10, 2006 05:34 PM

          I'm fuzzy on exact specifics, so I can't guarantee that I'll be right. I'm just looking at their current menu online for reference. Two things sound familiar from our first visit, so perhaps they've rejiggered the selections again?

          I had the venison osso bucco the first time, and it was gorgeous. I'd have licked the plate.

          I also had the bison tenderloin (it was a "pick 3 tasting menu, so part-portions of each) with pommery mustard sauce, and it was fabulous, also. If they're doing these to the same quality as the first visit, then I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to order either of these. Or both.

          As for desserts, I remember one of the other people had zabaglione, a favorite of his. I'd never tried it before, but my one taste of it suggested I'd love to try it again.

          I believe I had the creme brulee (since that would be my default dessert), but honestly don't recall with certainty whether it was on the "excellent" visit or the "disappointing" visit.

          I'm sorry I can't be more useful. But seeing those two meat mains back, I may go and try again.

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            hungryabbey RE: Smalph Nov 10, 2006 06:32 PM

            haha hm well this is still in the running for my bday dinner then. but, what is a zabaglione? I dont think Ive ever heard of it..

            1. re: hungryabbey
              TorontoJo RE: hungryabbey Nov 10, 2006 06:50 PM

              It's an Italian egg custard. Also known as sabayon.

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                hungryabbey RE: TorontoJo Nov 10, 2006 07:01 PM

                hm oh okay thanks!

                1. re: hungryabbey
                  TorontoJo RE: hungryabbey Nov 10, 2006 10:45 PM

                  A good zabaglione is a thing of beauty... next time you have a chance to try some, do! Some fresh berries and a good espresso and it's dessert heaven.

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                    hungryabbey RE: TorontoJo Nov 10, 2006 11:47 PM

                    ahah well it does sound good, and maybe if modo wins my bday dinner decision, I will get a chance to try it out

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      CChan126 RE: jayseeca Nov 12, 2006 11:54 PM

      My girlfriends and I had perhaps the worst experience at Modo. We had a reservation for 8:45pm. They sat us at the bar while we waited. We waited and waited and waited. We spoke with the hostess several times who assured us every time that we hadn't been forgotten. Finally, we gave up at 9:30 as there was no table in sight. As we left, we let the hostess know. She couldn't have cared less and certainly no apology was forthcoming. I had heard that Modo deliberately delays and makes guests wait for their table at the bar so that they run up a bar tab.

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        hungryabbey RE: CChan126 Nov 13, 2006 12:45 AM

        thats brutal, how many of you were there?

        1. re: hungryabbey
          CChan126 RE: hungryabbey Nov 14, 2006 01:33 AM

          There were only 4 of us, so not an odd number that required any special accommodation.

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