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Sep 20, 2007 04:49 AM

Meating turns into Picnic

On another thread, I mentioned that Meating Place was currently being gutted. The sign on the window says that Meating is moving to 22 Front St., and the new place will be called Picnic.

I assume it's the same owners. Anyone else know anymore details?

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  1. Looks like Picnic opened today. Didn't notice a menu out front but would be curious to see what they consider picnic food... and how much they charge for it!

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    1. re: wontonfm

      Great! Another lame gimmicky restaurant with bad food and service by the eatertainment group. Only in Toronto!

      1. re: The Macallan 18

        Ugh! Can we not rid ourselves of this obnoxious Eatertainment Group? Everything about their operation is just sickening.

        1. re: Fwagra

          wow, that seems kinda harsh, "Everything about their operation is just sickening?"

          care to explain, or just throwing that out there?

        2. re: The Macallan 18

          We ended up visiting Picnic tonight, as we've had some pretty decent experiences at Meating for dinner and C-Food for their brunch. Meating and C-Food it certainly isn't.

          Admittedly, I'm sure this place is still getting it's legs - I think it's only been open a week; but everything was bad. From the waiters in white tees, jeans, and checkered bandannas around their necks, to the waitress/owner/partner in a tablecloth dress that was WAY too short for business, this place was just tacky all around.

          Between the two of us we ordered 5 plates, since it's American tapas-type food. We had the slider burgers with cheese, mini roast beef sammies, onion rings w/ bbq sauce, a 3 tomato salad, and a poutine w/ brie and red wine gravy. Here are our reviews of what we sampled:

          My sliders were overcooked and my buns were burnt. The spicy tomato ketchup would have been much better if the burgers weren't so dry.

          The roast beef sandwiches were the only thing my boyfriend liked. They came with a pretty decent jus, but I found the whole a little plain. I couldn't taste any of the havarti the menu spoke of.

          The 3 tomato salad was bizarre. Reading the menu I would've thought they were making me a salad with 3 different kinds of tomato, possibly even different colored ones for contrast. It looked and tasted like nothing more than some sliced beefsteak and cherry tomatoes, dressed with way too much oregano. My boyfriend has suggested that the salad would've been much improved by adding cheese; I think it would've been better if they didn't prepare it like it was greek food (with all that oregano)

          The onion rings were big, and had a tasty coating and tangy bbq sauce, but after one or two of them, you started to feel like they were really heavy. They weren't greasy, but they weren't good.

          The poutine - where to start with the poutine... it arrived to our table pretty much cold for starters. Then there was the fact that out of a whole bowl of french fries, there were only 2 little chunks of brie, and they both tasted like they were only the rind of the cheese. Too heavy, too greasy, too stingy with the cheese and too cold.

          The one highlight of my Picnic experience was a cocktail, the Dark Ginger, served in a Mason jar. Huge and quite tasty. But not enough to make me want to go back.

          The restaurant is really dark, the music is much too loud, and poorly selected. We were in there for an hour and heard the same tracklist twice. Beastie Boys Fight For Your Right To Party does not inspire me to have a good dining experience. Neither does Don't Stop Believing. I felt like I was stuck in some bad 80's movie. The waiters were indifferent and the service was spotty. By the time it was all over, we didn't even want to stay for dessert.

          The most memorable part of the evening was the ice cream sandwich from a convenience store on the way home - not a good sign.

          We won't be Picnic-ing again.

      2. Another one bites the dust... looks like Picnic is closed. It's been dark for the past month or so. No sign on the door announcing it's closure. Not sure if it's a temporary measure or not.


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          1. re: dragonflygrl

            looks like it. i passed by today and saw a "notice of distress" on the door.

            1. re: wontonfm

              We went by yesterday and there's a sign now saying the "On the Bone" will be opening sometime in August in Picnic's location.