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Apr 10, 2007 06:04 PM

Soma on Queen East

I was wondering if anyone had ventured into Soma yet. It's on the south west corner of Queen and Broadview. Every time I walk by the place is empty. I'm hoping that it's because they're new.
any experiances?

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    1. re: hungryabbey

      I thought it was the (awesome) chocolate place in the Distillery District. Have they opened up a new location?

      1. re: hungryabbey

        The sign says 'Soma Restaurant/Lounge'. The outside looks quite nice, didn't know it was open until we drove past this weekend and saw a sign with the hours (and an ominous 'Cash Only' sign). Hopefully someone can try it out soon and report back.

        1. re: Vise

          hm.. thanks, i might pop in this week to get some info

          1. re: Vise

            i didn't know that place was open already. thanks for letting us know

        2. they say they are a resto/bar but I've only heard them talk (on toronto.com and they have a facebook group) about which DJs are spinning there each night - any feedback on food if they do in fact serve any and a link to a website or menu would be REALLY helpful. I'd love a nice lounge/resto bar in the neighbourhood to go to............

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          1. re: shana

            I have dined there twice now. It does actually get pretty busy for dinner on Thurs-Fri-Sat. Food is good - positioned as moderately upscale and priced accordingly, although drink prices are reasonable. I think this place will do well.

          2. Just to let everyone know...this place has nothing to do with Soma Chocolate. I think the name is going to be rather confusing to some Soma fans, dont know why or if they can do that.

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              1. Hey guys, got the dinner menu.. here it is..
                Sweet Chili Prawn Cakes
                Hoisin Pork in Green Onion Crepes
                Grilled Tomato Bruschetta
                Mussels Marinieres in a White
                Wine Sauce
                Piave Vecchio Crusted Chicken With Seared
                Eggplant & Roma Tomatoes
                Roasted Garlic w/ Baguette
                Asparagus w/ Prosciutto &
                Balsamic Butter

                Baby Spinach & Prosciutto
                Chicken Breast w/ Gorgonzola & Walnuts
                Caramelized Bosc Pear & Bleu Benedictine Salad
                Seared Scallops w/ Asian Vinaigrette
                Roast Tomato w/ Shredded Basil

                Quince Glazed Lamb with Parsnip Chips
                & Pan Roasted Asparagus
                Spiced Chicken w/ Ginger Pear Chutney, Grilled Vegetables on
                Sweet Potato Rosti
                Crisp Prosciutto Pork with Pear w/ Roast Plum Salsa &
                Rosemary Potatoes
                Rib Eye Steak w/ Cognac Mustard Sauce, Sautéed Vegetables
                & Garlic Chive Potatoes
                Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut w/
                Coconut Spinach & Fruit Salsa
                Portobello & Cremini Mushroom Risotto
                w/ White Wine
                Wasabi Glazed Roasted Salmon w/ Leek
                And Spinach Rice and Sesame
                Sweet Potato

                If anyone tries it for dinner, let us know how it is!

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                1. re: hungryabbey

                  Hey gang,

                  I ventured out to Soma last Friday. It's unfortunate because what could have been a lovely evening was literally blown away by a stereo system and some poor planning! Before getting into the details, let me point out that I get the Ultra Supper Club/Buddha Bar resto/lounge thing, but the transition between the two needs to be subtle and suitably timed. Soma hasn't yet figured it out.

                  On Friday, four of us had cocktails at The Comrade and then moved to Soma at 9ish. We were enjoying the ambience/decor for the most part but then about 50 people descended upon the place in one fell swoop. Even that would have been ok. Except that we were seated in the thick of the area set aside for them, rather than in the vacant space closer to the front of the room. Then, presumably to pump up the crowd, someone on staff felt it necessary to boost the music volume to ear-splitting levels. This occurred just as we received our mains at around 9:45. We were trying to have a conversation, but literally had to yell at one another to be heard. At a point, we just gave up and just ate our meals without speaking....hardly an enjoyable dining experience.

                  Now I can understand the reasons for accommodating and hosting 50 partying lounge-goers. But if Soma wants to be a restaurant and a lounge, there needs to be some consideration to both worlds. There should be an attempt at separation in the lay-out of the space so that there are not people yelling at one another over the dining tables. And certainly, if the music really needs to be that loud to have a good time, the volume should rise in increments, hitting top volume at 11 p.m. at the earliest. Most diners should be close to finishing their meals by that point.

                  The restaurant might also think of buying a better quality surround sound system with more speakers so that everyone can hear and enjoy the music without the necessity of increasing the volume to levels near distortion.

                  Besides feeling sorry for my dinner companions, I also felt badly for the chef and wait staff who are actually offering good quality food and service. I enjoyed the wasabi-glazed salmon with spinach rice and sesame sweet potatoes, my partner enjoyed the halibut, and our friends were impressed with the seared scallop salad and crisp prosciutto pork. But needless to say, I also like to enjoy the company of the people with whom I'm dining. That was sadly missing from an evening at Soma and so I can't recommend it.

                  1. re: Lo D

                    Nice review, thanks for the heads up. It sounds like it's worth a shot based on the food if one were to dine early. I don't mind loud music if its the right space/time but it definitely does not sound like that was the case in your experience. Too bad really, hopefully the manager/owner reads this and ensures that they sort the situation out.