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how is toast on queen ( hello toast ) ?

perl Aug 17, 2006 04:43 AM


has anybody been to the "toast on queen" ( think used to be Hello Toast), I saw a picture of this restaurnt and it looks very nice. I am thinking of taking my gf there if the food is good too. but googled and couldn't find much info on it.

i guess it is a brunch (only) type of restaurant ??

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    pimentdespelette RE: perl Aug 17, 2006 12:35 PM

    I've never had ruder, more dismissive service than at Hello Toast. The food was good, but when servers would complain loudly to each other—yelling it across the room with no attempt at tact—that your table was being difficult (ten minutes after sitting and still no coffee . . . and asking quite nicely when it might arrive) you didn't care so much how the bennies tasted. We actually were given a $100 gift certificate to the place and didn't go back a second time to use the remaining $50. So I'm hoping that this new incarnation has jettisoned the old owners/staff. Over a lagoon of sharks, perhaps.

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      minto RE: pimentdespelette Aug 18, 2006 03:08 PM

      I have also found the owner to be quite moody and rude.

      If you decide not to use the rest of your certificate, you will have allowed the restaurant to make an extra $50...perhaps you could give the certificate to someone standing in line there or to a charity to use.

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      Lizzie RE: perl Aug 17, 2006 03:01 PM

      The Leslieville area now has a number of good restaurants. Check out Verveine's Bistro menue. It has a great patio as well.

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        francelonian RE: Lizzie Aug 22, 2006 01:37 PM

        Verveine is terrific. The basket of fresh bread is superb with brunch.

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        SusanB RE: perl Aug 18, 2006 02:44 PM

        Husband saw a review on the web - I'm trying to think where it was - maybe Toronto.com or one of those sites, but it was really positive.

        1. Lazar RE: perl Aug 18, 2006 05:30 PM

          Just to add my 2¢.

          I went when they were still known as Hello Toast, and I found the service so slow, it was absolutely glacial. From the sounds of things, it looks as though it hasn't changed one iota (in fact maybe it has gotten worse), which is the reason that I have not been back.

          And to agree with the majority here, when I ordered breakfast/brunch I didn't expect it to come with a side order of attitude. This happened we I had to ask (also politely) if they remembered the coffee refill I ordered.

          I still remember after I had asked for the refill, when my plate (finally) came, the server actually kind of tossed it onto the table in front of me. For a second there, I thought it was going to spill all over.

          As for the food, I remember it being good, but nothing spectacular.

          1. Vise RE: perl Aug 18, 2006 05:56 PM

            Have to echo the statement above, I found the food to be ok (in the Hello Toast era) but the service was so ridiculously slow I refuse to return. Too many other good brunch options in the hood (Barrio, Kubo, Bonjour Brioche, Verveine, Edward Levesque, etc) so haven't bothered going back.

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              Spcaecadet RE: perl Aug 22, 2006 02:10 AM

              I went to "Toast" a few weeks ago. I hadn't been in about two years, but I used to like the place.

              Well, the food (which used to be very good) has completely gone to hell. Any positive reviews must be from the its glorious past, because it has become truly awful.

              I'll never go back. You should not go.

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                pimentdespelette RE: perl Aug 22, 2006 12:35 PM

                Aaaah, schadenfreude. It more satisfying somehow to hear the place is still crap.

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                  francelonian RE: perl Aug 22, 2006 01:40 PM

                  I'm thinking that a more suitable title might be "Goodbye Toast" or "Hello Toast is toast".


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                    fickle RE: francelonian Aug 22, 2006 03:35 PM

                    You're so funny fracelonian! I said goodbye toast ages ago. We go to Verveine if we're in that neighbourhood. Great food, great service and great atmosphere.

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                    SarahBHood RE: perl Aug 22, 2006 04:36 PM

                    Don't forget crowded but less attitudinal Bonjour Brioche. Actually, come to think of it, the service can be bad there, too. Better on weekdays than weekends.

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