Brunch at Czehowski Today....bad
Sat on the lovely roof top patio today at Czehowski and had a horrible experience. Paid $11 each for their BLT which I think had one piece of bacon, a thin slice of aged cheddar and some odd lettuce, sided with a green salad. Caesars were great but not for $12 each. The service was terrible: we had to flag down the waitress for drinks, to take our plates away, to bring the bill...and to top it off had to go inside to ask her to bring back the credit card slip and our credit card so we could leave. Won't be back.
Well... I thought the crappy service there was specific to Summerlicious. Seems it's just crappy all the time. Good to know.
The only time I had brunch there was earlier this year in winter. We arrived 5 min before opening and were given an abrupt "we're not open yet" as we cracked open the door. The staff were all lounging at the bar talking when we attempted to enter - hardly, in a tizzy about prepping the room... We went to the Second Cup to wait and when we returned, the staff was nice enough and seated us upstairs near the fireplace. Throughout the meal, service was attentive though there weren't more than 4 tables occupied when we were there. (Which is probably key to the good service) The food was really good though the initial bout of rudeness has kept up from going back.
Ugh, doesn't sound like a pleasant start to the day at all. I've only ever been to Czehoski for drinks in the evening, and the service was definitely slow then. I chalked it up to a busy Saturday night, but I guess it might be more of the norm than that.
678 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
I thought I was the only one!
I went there for lunch a few weeks ago, about 14 people and having heard so much about this place I was very curious. Most of the items on the menu were not available because it had been a "big night." Well, ok.
But it took an hour for me to get a Coke. After one and a half hours, the people who had ordered wine finally got it.
I was flabbergasted, and really had to get back to work. This lunch would take what? 4 hours? I was really hungry.
I ran out to the street, got a hamburger, and went to work. I've been badmouthing the place ever since. Never never going back.
I'd love to hear recent reviews. Discouraged by the line at Swan, we tried Czehowski's for brunch. It was a little loud, but the food was absolutely great, and not at all expensive. The Steak and eggs were excellent, and the breakfast sandwich was put together nicely.
I'm almost ready to try it for dinner. Maybe it's a place that doesn't do crowds well.