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AmandaEd Mar 15, 2007 09:49 AM

We were given a gift certificate for this restaurant. The archived posts say it's a pretty okay place to eat. Does anyone have any caveats or recommendations? Thanks in advance!

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    GRobin Mar 15, 2007 09:59 AM

    We've been to Messis quite alot. It's a comfortable room, very neighborhood-y and the food is quite good. Notable are the rack of lamb and the cornish hen. My husband is partial to their steak. I think they serve the best ice cream in the city (Lindt milk chocolate is incredible). In the summer they have one of the nicest covered patios in the city. Service is generally very good, especially if you have Martin as a waiter. Weekends can feel rushed.

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      markdsgraham Mar 15, 2007 12:29 PM

      Messis is an excellent resto. If you are just going to use the certificate any old time, wait until a nice day in the early summer when you can sit on the patio. It is AWESOME.

      1. foodyDudey Mar 15, 2007 12:44 PM

        What a coincidence that you asked about Messis as yesterday when I was thinking about Splendido (which is close by) thought that Messis is rarely mentioned here. We also went because we were given a gift certificate. I had the rack of lamb but don't recall what my wife ate. We sat on the patio, and since it was late September the propane heaters were used to keep it warm. I recall the food to be quite ordinary, but noticed that the restaurant was packed and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Our bill was around $180, and I didn't find the food justified the final price. I'd rather pay more and go across the street, but I'm sure many people enjoy it.

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          bellywizard Mar 15, 2007 06:09 PM

          When you're in the neighbourhood, check out the restaurant "93 Harbord" (yes, it's their address AND name). Another amazing place.

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            downtown Mar 16, 2007 11:12 AM

            I have always found the food to be consistently good and the prices reasonable. Messis is one of those neighbourhood places that quietly serves up quality food without drawing too much attention to itself - I guess that is why it isn't mentioned on here more often. I am surprised that dinner for two cost FoodyDudley $180 - that has not been my experience. Appetizers are usually under $10 and mains are $15 - $25. Check out their website at www.messis.ca. The blueberry/white chocolate strudel is amazing and a deal at $7.

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              Bordeaux Girl Mar 16, 2007 05:08 PM

              Messis is one of those underated restaurants that one is glad to discover. Once you're over the fact it's a tad on the cramped side and the decor isn't it's selling point, settle in for a nice well prepared good value for money meal (coupon notwithstanding). I'm not sure whether it's still on the menu this year but I'm a fan of the free range chicken item on the menu.

              1. Rabbit Mar 16, 2007 05:13 PM

                white-chocolate, blueberry, dessert, crepe-y thingima... lovely!!!

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                  oralfixation Mar 17, 2007 08:49 AM

                  Second this recommendation!

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                    mummy2Luna Mar 17, 2007 09:14 AM

                    It was the best part of an excellent meal. Highly recommended all around!

                2. AmandaEd Mar 20, 2007 12:23 PM

                  Thanks for the feedback, everyone! I think Mark's suggestion is awesome: we will indeed wait for the patio weather and will be sure to have the white chocolate berry crepes!

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