I have now enjoyed the fare at the Red Tomato on King St. W. a few times.
In the King St. w area, it is a favourite of the locals and those that are looking for a place that has "something for everyone".
Well worth checking out.
The happy hour is a good time to "audition" the full menu.
Red Tomato is GOD AWFUL!
I went there last night for some after work drinks and eats with my girlfriend and not only was the service neglectful and rude but the food was terrible and overpriced; the kithcen doesn't seem to know that there is a flavour besides "oil". Their "pesto" was shredded sundried tomatos and oil. No basil, pine nuts and no flavour. I couldn't eat their Mushroom and gorganzola pizza because it was way too greasy. The Pesto Pasta was penne with said oil sauce. The drinks were way over priced; $10 for a glass of wine?!? Oh yeah, this is a super touristy area and they can get away with that sort of crap.
Plus our server asked us "Are you all done here?" as in do you want to spend any more money? even before she brought us our second drinks. We were then left unattended. Empty glasses, no water refills and we had to ask 3 people for our bill and even then the server took her sweet time. Crap service, oily food. Highly disappointed! DON'T GO THERE!
I was taken to the Red Tomato last night for a drink and a lite bite. The staff was friendly, yes. The decor gave me the creeps, for some reason. Too busy and with the feeling like it's grungy to me. I ordered the vegetarian pot stickers with wow wow sauce. They were horrible. Burnt, obviously frozen and tasted like freezer burn. I wouldn't go back.
I tried out red tomato this weekend and I really enjoyed what I had (the duck confit with gnocchi) and I tried the chicken coconut curry which was, well fine, nothing outrageously good, and I tried the kobe burger as well which was not too great, though I think thats because it had pancetta on it and some kind of spread that I wasnt too fond of.. I did try to nachos and wings for happy hour though and they were very good, excellent prices!! I like the atmosphere, with the open kitchen conceept so I'd say this is a great place for apps and drinks, not so much for dinner.
Hm. A contrarian perspective, for the record: I think RT's dreadful; surprised you-all like it. They have good cocktails and few good soups but beyond that it's okay at best IMO. It's true there's not much in that area but I'd pick even Kit Kat over RT, any day.
And Avalon shut down over a year ago.
Maybe I'm on crack; this thread really surprised me :-/
The happy hour menu is most of the regular menu items at 30% off.
If it had opened recently it would have been called a tapas restaurant (or "social dining"). Some of the spicing is Asian, but I wouldn't call it Asian-styled.
If I'm hungry on a Sunday afternoon/evening, it's my go-to place downtown (e.g. after anything at convention centre) as the happy hour is all evening on Sunday.
And definitely try the lobster soup.