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Aug 30, 2006 02:33 PM

Splendido a la carte?

Does Splendido have a regular menu in addition to their prix fixe and their tasting menu? I can't find one on the website.


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  1. The Table D'Hote is individually priced. It's not really the place for "just a main course".

    1. I am thinking of taking my bf for his surprise b-day dinner, but tasting menus are a bit over my budget (less than 250 for 2 ppl). So I'm also looking into Table D'Hote menus.

      Does anyone know how big the portions are for Table D'Hote? I'm wondering if we'll be too hungry if we don't order desserts afterwards.

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      1. re: kaka

        There is plenty of food with the table d'hote.

        I think I am the only one in Toronto who didn't enjoy the food though. Am I alone? Are there any others? The food was good, just not great. The meals I've eaten recently at other establishments were far superior in flavour than that at Splendido. It's not like they were cooked poorly. In fact, they were cooked perfectly. The flavours just did not do it for me. Just my opinion.

        1. re: Derksen

          I have a friend who went to Splendido some years ago and despises it. So, you're not alone in not being a Splendido fan.

          1. re: Derksen

            Actually that was why I asked if there was another menu. The table d'hote menu as described did not appeal to me at all. But I have heard the food there is fantastic so have wanted to try it. Tasting menus are not my thing so I wouldn't go for that.

            1. re: Derksen

              I have to agree, the food when I went for table d'hote was good, but not great, and for that price I really would prefer to have great food. It was a couple of years ago, but I still remember having the roasted sea bass (nice enough, but it was "just" a piece of oven cooked whole fish with a couple of herbs and seasonings), some pasta dish with fried sweetbreads (too small a portin, IMO), and a third forgotten dish.

              1. re: Derksen

                I guess you are right. The menu looks good, but not very exciting. How does its table d'hote menu compare to other a la carte ones, say Auberge du Pommier, or Scaramouche?

            2. Two years is a long long time!! David Lee's cooking has come a long way. I was fortunate enough to taste the dishes he cooked for the 'New York James Beard Dinner' at the restaurant about a year ago and it was superb! Subsequently, I had three more dinners there and each time the food is better and more delicious than the previous one. As for comparison with other fine Toronto establishments, I would honestly say that apart from the more innovative and eclectic presentation of Sens5s and the perfectly cooked fish dishes of Starfish and Chiado, Splendido is more superb than the Perigees, George, Auberge, Scaramouche, N44, and Susur. Especially when one looks at the 'Total Package' of Food, Wine, Service and Ambiance.

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              1. re: Charles Yu

                Well, my experience was about 6 months ago and I was not impressed with the food. The service was very 'old world' service. A little more than I require personally. I think it was well done, just not what I need for service (walking me to the bathroom, opening the door, pulling my chair out and tucking it back in upon my return, placing my napkin, etc.). I just don't feel the need to be spoken to as though I am a King.

                My recent trip to Perigee, and less recent, Susur where both Fantastic.... yes, with a capital F - both food and service. That being said, I would be more than happy to trade fantastic food for fantastic service any day of the week! It's all about the chow (and being polite and timely never hurts the tip!).