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hungry_pangolin May 28, 2007 03:13 PM

It has been a few years since I visited Mildred Pierce. My meal then was quite good (a lovely grilled veal chop), good wine list, service efficient, lovely room. Has anyone had an experience good/bad/indifferent that they'd like to share? They're closing this summer, so a group of us were going to have a last supper there. Cheers!

  1. TorontoJo May 29, 2007 02:45 PM

    Still all-around lovely (food, atmosphere and service). I'm so sad they are closing. You should definitely go for a last hurrah!

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      erly May 29, 2007 06:24 PM

      Not to worry.
      They are keeping the new location a secret, but it is in the West End, and will open in the fall.

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        TorontoJo May 30, 2007 06:39 AM

        That's good news. I've signed up for updates with my email. Looking forward to the new venture. I can only hope that it has as much character as MP.

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        KitchenVoodoo May 31, 2007 04:32 PM

        I have never been, but am definitely going to now! Is there a patio that allows smoking?

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          TorontoJo May 31, 2007 05:45 PM

          There's a lovely patio (which manages to be lovely even though it's next to the parking lot), but I don't know that it allows smoking. Best bet is to call. Website is suprisingly: http://www.mildredpierce.com

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        alisonb May 30, 2007 08:08 AM

        We just ate there last weekend and it was great! Had a long conversation with our waitress about closing/reopening, and she mentioned that they are going to have a final send off with a bid for the world's longest brunch (in length, not time :-) running from Mildred to the Drake, involving both restaurants, and culminating with a champagne send off at Mildred's to cap their last day there. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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          hungry_pangolin May 31, 2007 03:22 PM

          We had dinner last night. It was good enough that I think that I'm going to try to sneak in one last visit. Apps were seared ahi tuna, salmon tartar and 2 x shimp and crab cakes with a sort of Thai-style slaw. All excellent. Mains were arctic char, a steak, braised lamb shank, and leg of duck. Again, excellent. The skin on the duck.. oh, lordy, that was sweet. The desserts (I didn't partake) also received a lot of oooh-ing. The wine list was more reasonably priced than I recalled. Servcice was perfect.

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            pinstripeprincess Jun 1, 2007 08:26 AM

            hmm... we might have bumped into each other.

            we started off with the two salads and while simple it was just lovely... citrus and bitter greens with dabs of cheese can't be beat. had that arctic char special and really enjoyed it. found the rack of lamb to be underwhelming in portions considering it was $32, to tiny slices? c'mon! found the creme brulee to be overly sweetened and the carmel one lacked any creme... seemed like pure caramel to me. i'd love it more if it were a bit lower in price but that patio just made any concerns melt away.

            good service.

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            childofthestorm Jun 13, 2007 08:03 AM

            I went to a "closing/moving" private party for regulars and friends of the restaurant last night, it was great. Oysters from Oyster Boy, terrific wines courtesy of a couple of the restaurant's wine distributors. Some of the finger food served included tiny pulled pork sandwiches on mini brioche buns, crab & shrimp cakes, shooters of gazpacho and vichyssoise, polenta with sundried tomato, and steak frites in little takeout containers. It was a lot of fun, and a good example of how to do things right in the restaurant business.

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              hungry_pangolin Jun 13, 2007 09:07 AM

              I'm envious, but the fault is mine. I should have been a more frequent customer.

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                childofthestorm Jun 13, 2007 12:25 PM

                I was the +1 of a frequent customer! But I will go more often in its new incarnation.

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                  erly Jun 13, 2007 05:36 PM

                  The oysters were delicious.
                  The party was well executed as befits the restaurant.
                  We were invited to put pins on a map of west Toronto to guess the new location.
                  I voted for the Liberty area, but Donna didn't blink when I told her, so I guess I was wrong.

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                    childofthestorm Jun 14, 2007 10:04 AM

                    Apparently it's going to be on King West, a little further east from its current location...but who knows if my source is right on this.

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