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Trevor's on Wellington

Paula from Toronto Aug 13, 2007 11:12 AM

Has anyone tried it? It's certainly getting a lot of buzz.

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  1. OnDaGo RE: Paula from Toronto Aug 13, 2007 11:21 AM

    Where is it getting buzz? It has received mixed reviews here since it opened... I like it but did have some issues with the ceiling height and noise from upstairs (which may be gone now since Pravda moved). The bar food is excelent trio of burgers and steak tartare tacos were hits... Hate being in a basement in the summer but will go back when the weather drives me underground!

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      erly RE: OnDaGo Aug 13, 2007 11:27 AM

      I recently wrote a review, which you can google.
      The best roast chicken.
      Excellent bar food, as well.
      We waited forever despite dining room reservation.
      The acoustics are so terrible, that I will never return.
      We all sat silently throughout our meal, as screaming is not our thing, and there was enough of that going on at the table next to us.
      Too bad, as we al enjoyed our meals.

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      Paula from Toronto RE: Paula from Toronto Aug 13, 2007 11:30 AM

      Thanks onda and erly. The restaurant keeps getting write-ups in Toronto.com, etc. All have commented on the poor acoustics, so I think I'll give it a miss.

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      1. re: Paula from Toronto
        deelicious RE: Paula from Toronto Aug 13, 2007 09:35 PM

        Burgers are GREAT! You may want to get in there again soon as one of the chefs is leaving.

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          estragon RE: deelicious Aug 14, 2007 06:09 AM

          Not just one of the chefs -- chef de cuisine Josh Wolfe, who's been the main reason to eat at Trevor.

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            Rabbit RE: estragon Aug 14, 2007 06:28 AM

            Any idea where he's going?

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              estragon RE: Rabbit Aug 14, 2007 06:34 AM

              Vancouver. Our loss.

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                howdydoody RE: estragon Aug 14, 2007 06:51 AM


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                  phisherking RE: howdydoody Aug 14, 2007 08:45 AM

                  Josh is such a great cook, is he really moving to vancouver? Or to Bloor St? The latter would be better for me!

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                    estragon RE: phisherking Aug 14, 2007 01:03 PM

                    Josh is indeed going west. I don't know where the Lobby thing came from. He and Trevor used to work there, but neither one of them is going back.

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                      howdydoody RE: estragon Aug 14, 2007 01:56 PM

                      not true.

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                        Recyclor RE: howdydoody Aug 14, 2007 01:59 PM

                        ...care to elaborate howdy?...

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                          howdydoody RE: Recyclor Aug 14, 2007 02:16 PM

                          saw t in lobby.

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                            erly RE: howdydoody Aug 14, 2007 02:26 PM

                            hope you are correct Howdydoody.
                            I would be a regular at Lobby.
                            Loved the food.
                            Hated the extreme disruptive clamour.

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                              OnDaGo RE: howdydoody Aug 14, 2007 02:28 PM

                              Was he cooking or maybe just saying hello to someone?

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                                estragon RE: howdydoody Aug 14, 2007 06:25 PM

                                That's funny. Josh told me last week he was moving to Vancouver. Maybe he's telling everyone he's moving so that no one knows he's taking a job at a noisy poseur bar where the food is secondary to how expensive your clothes are.

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                                  deelicious RE: estragon Aug 14, 2007 06:55 PM

                                  Nah. He's moving to Van.

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                                  Recyclor RE: howdydoody Aug 14, 2007 08:55 PM

                                  ...ok, thanks...never been there, worth a visit?...Trevor was too much about being seen I thought, but I have heard that people like Lobby...pretentious though?

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                    deelicious RE: estragon Aug 14, 2007 06:56 PM

                    Yea. I didnt want to be specific.

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                      Mandy Lin RE: deelicious Aug 15, 2007 10:05 AM

                      Well, I just heard from a great source. Josh is on his way to Coast in Vancouver. Definitely our loss. But I look forward to eating his food again soon. Good luck, Josh!

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                        OnDaGo RE: Mandy Lin Aug 16, 2007 07:15 AM

                        So I just heard the real scoop that caused this confusion... Lobby has hired Trevor to be their "Consulting" chef. He sent Josh there to whip the place into shape BUT Josh is now leaving and going to Vancouver...

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                BuddaFoodie RE: Paula from Toronto Aug 21, 2010 06:40 PM

                This was a very disappointing dining experience. I had been told there was some interesting dishes coming out of the kitchen, so I booked a table for a Saturday night. The dining room was almost empty and the bar was almost at capacity and filled with a very young crowd (probably heading out to a near-by party), so I have to assume the drinks are cheap.
                My appetizer was a ricotta gnocchi that the chef forgot to season (and there was no salt or pepper on the table). Besides, the gnocchi was nothing to write home about. My main was a crispy pork belly that wasn't too bad, but again, was lacking any seasoning.
                They charge $35 for corkage, which I wouldn't mind paying in a 5 star restaurant, but considering the state of the dining room, I felt insulted.
                With all the good restaurants in Toronto, you could pass on Trevor.

                Trevor Kitchen
                38 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C7, CA

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                  erly RE: BuddaFoodie Aug 24, 2010 11:35 AM

                  Did you notice that the thread is 3 years old?
                  Things change!!

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                    chocabot RE: erly Aug 24, 2010 08:08 PM

                    True, but if there aren't any more recent postings it's good to keep afloat of how a restaurant is currently doing as compared to old reviews :0)

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                      estufarian RE: chocabot Aug 25, 2010 07:30 AM

                      Sounds very similar to me - it's a bar scene more than a restaurant. I still recall the 'bar overflow' putting their drinks on our dining table - I didn't have the nerve to 'accidentally' knock them over.

                      And corkage was $90US last time I was in a 3* restaurant.

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                        millygirl RE: estufarian Aug 25, 2010 01:44 PM

                        I cringe every time Trevor gets mentioned.

                        Picture this. You make a reservation for 4 well in advance only to be told at the door that they don't have any record of your reservation. Okay, its happened to the best of us, and some fine restos. BUT THEN, wait for it - Trevor himself comes up to us, SCRATCHING HIS HEAD AND STOMACH, while he's apologizing. Huge ick factor and glad at this point to just get the hell out of there. Note to people in the restaurant industry - please don't scratch your head, ear, face, etc while dealing with customers. It's just not very appealing. In fact, damn nasty.

                        The memory still haunts.....

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                          Corso Italian RE: millygirl Oct 3, 2010 10:11 AM

                          I had a very disappointing experience at Trevor. We were with a group and had to order the prix fixe, which was very expensive. The food wasn't great - the steak had a lot of gristle and the pasta was really heavy with butter - but our biggest complaint was the poor service. We requested that our water be filled up three times before giving up. Once we had finished dessert the waitress not very graciously came to our table and told us to hurry up and pay but didn't help us sort out how best to do that, and expected everyone to line up at the cash register to make it easier for her. Then she disappeared with our credit card for 10 minutes. Definitely not worth the 17% gratuity that they added on to the bill.

                          Trevor Kitchen
                          38 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C7, CA

                2. The Expulsive RE: Paula from Toronto Oct 3, 2010 10:53 AM

                  Went there a little while back and it was very good, though I think the Wine Bar is better and not in a basement

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                    Chocolatemama RE: Paula from Toronto Oct 3, 2010 03:00 PM

                    My husband and I went there last night and really enjoyed our meal. We love foie gras and there's a lot of it on the menu. My husband had the seared foie gras with blueberry pancakes for his appetizer and I had the foie gras poutine with goat cheese. Both were excellent and the poutine was almost as good as the one at Stone Rd Grille in Niagara on the Lake (which is saying something because that is great poutine!!). My main was duck 2 ways and it was very good. My husband's main was a special for the night which was a kobe hanger's steak with tuna. The steak was very good, but the tuna was not so much. It was cooked through, which is not what we expected, so perhaps this is what my husband did not like about it. It would have been better cooked rare. We shared dessert which was a passionfruit meringue tart and it was one of the better desserts I have had at a restaurant in a while. The bill came to about $140 after tax but before tip, although this did not include any beverages since we tend to stick with water. We really enjoyed it and would return. The poutine itself is worth returning for!

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                      yaddayadda RE: Paula from Toronto Mar 10, 2011 08:31 AM

                      I think Trevor jumped the shark when the good reviews started coming in. Perhaps it's gone to their heads? If their recent Winterlicious offerings are anything to go by, they won't be around much longer. Soggy confit, boring steak, half-assed waitering, overpriced wines, I could go on. I certainly hope they get their act together again, as that area can use more good restos.

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