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Oct 30, 2006 12:24 PM

No Joy at "JOY BISTRO" in Leslieville!

Hello All!

Yesterday I had a horrible restaurant experience at "Joy Restaurant" located on Queen St. E in Leslieville. I had planned to go to my favourite brunch spot "Pulp Kitchen" but it was so busy we decided to try something new...BIG MISTAKE!

Let me say for starters that the food was average, not horrible but not memorable. It was the service that was just pathetic.

We had a waiter that had the worst attitude I have ever seen. He sighed and rolled his eyes with every interaction with us, and I have to say we're very easy to please. When I made my order, an omelette with bruscetta filling ( which was ON the menu ) he simply said "NO!" in a very rude tone. He went on to say " I don't know why it's on the menu, I'll order salsa for you." And before I could argue he was gone. He also never brought us our coffee, and never returned to our table once during our meal which was served by someone else. He just stood by his computer, with his hands on his hips, looking around like he was irritated to be there. It also should be noted that the restaurant was not busy and he was responsible for about 4 tables.

At the end of our meal, he came by and filled my fiance's glass of water half full, and completely ignored mine. He didn't ask us if we were done, or if we wanted anything else he just took our plates, and later returned with our bill. As he placed the bill down on our table he sighed again and said an insincere "cheers" and walked away.

This was the first time that I have NEVER left a tip at a restaurant. We usually tip well for even average service. We will never return to "Joy Restaurant!"

Has anyone else tried "Joy Restaurant" and had this experience?

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  1. I ate at Joy Restaurant with my parents for brunch a few months ago. The place was packed. We had a female server, and she was extremely pleasant with us. My parents had just returned from a trip and couldn't stop talking about it, so the waitress had to come back to us a few times before they even looked at the menu to decide what to order. She was nothing but nice and accomodating, even with a full house.

    Sorry to hear about your bad experience there.

    1. I had a late lunch at Joy last week and found it to be a good experience. I found the food to be above par although not spectacular and the service was more than acceptable. The restaurant was busy although not packed and I will definitely go back.

      1. I had brunch there on the long weekend, and the female server was very pleasant. Food wasn't spectacular, but Barrio was closed which is why we ended up at Joy.

        1. My exeperience has always been favourable. Consistent good food and good prices. Nothing stellar. I like it there and the service has always been great.

          You must have caught that guy at the worst possible day.

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          1. re: deelicious

            ^ I agree.

            Sounds like you had a really really bad experience, i've heard nothing but great things about Joy.

          2. Ate there about a year ago.
            Found food just O.K.
            Definitely not a destination, but for a neighbourhood resto. O.K.
            Sort of remember swirled coloured sauces with each plate, and wondered why?