"Food Studio: Not Just Crystal, the ROM Has New Food Too"
- OnDaGo Jun 16, 2007 08:54 PM
Just read this.. has anyone been? looks great. I wonder if you have to get admission to the ROM or if it is separate I need good food at lunch in the area...
"Druxy's at the ROM is no more. The day after the tired deli's lease expired, the ROM unveiled the Food Studio, a spacious and modern self-serve restaurant sporting an eclectic menu and commitment to sourcing local and organic ingredients.
On my visit earlier this week, there were already a number of diners helping themselves to a suprisingly vast selection which includes freshly made mini pizzas ($6.00), pasta ($6.50-$8.00), antipasti ($9.95), the daily stir fry ($8.95), grilled-to-order fish ($8.95-$11.95) and an assortment of good-looking sandwiches ($7.95), salads, soups and dessert."
Since no one really knew and I was curious I decided to hit the ROM for lunch today.. To answer my own question, yes you can get to both restaurants without admission but you have to see the nice ladies in red coats to get a little beverage button so that security will let you inside the museum proper.. Once inside you take a flight of stairs down one level to Food Studio (plenty of signs). The space is bright, new and modern but the menus are not placed well. I ordered the grilled chicken breast with roasted purple potatoes & zucchini. The chicken was small and thin but well cooked juicy and had a nice subtle flavor. The roasted purple potatos were a nice touch made it feel more upscale. That with a bottle of coke was under $12. I felt it was worth the money but next time I would probably opt for the pizza or pasta as they looked great.
One thing I thought was strange and don't know if it is at all legal to do.. at the beverage station (un-manned) they had a tub of beer in ice and open wine bottles for "pour your own". This with most of the people in there being kids!. VERY strange...
We went for lunch the other day, but our verdict was... not bad for museum cafeteria food, but not something we'd go back for. My husband, not overly picky, only half-finished his pulled pork sandwich. My udon/chicken/thai green curry sauce from the stir fry bar was pretty lacking in flavour - nice selection of veg though. The antipasti did look lovely, but not quite a meal for the price ($10 for greens and selection of 3 antipasti, but I didn't see any meat or cheese, just veggies).
The strawberry lemonade was lovely however.