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Jan 21, 2008 06:33 PM

Winchester Street - The Stone grill

Has anybody been to The Stone Grill on Winchester Street? I gather it's fairly new. A friend phoned me after having dinner there recently and she was very enthusiastic about it. However, I gather it can involve you in cooking some of your own food, such as steak, over one of these hot stones which may not be what some people have in mind when they decide to go out for dinner. Has anyone else been there?

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  1. I thought this placed had closed down?

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    1. re: millygirl

      That was the Laurentian Room upstairs.

      1. re: Dimbulb

        Ahh, thanks for the clarification.

        1. re: Dimbulb

          What is now in the Laurentian Room space?

          1. re: OnDaGo

            The owners of Stonegrill have taken it over, and reopened it as Lounge 51. I gather that they've left the decor pretty much intact.

      2. anybody try this place recently??

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        1. re: urbuddee

          Well the OP was wondering about this style of dining. I'm not been to the Stone Grill but had something similar in NOTL. You are not really "doing cooking" like in Korean BBQ places. As you put the raw food onto the super hot stone, the part closest to the stone gets cooked, so you take a knife and slice off the cooked bits at the bottom and eat it, while the next part is now in contact with the stone, and so on. It's more the novelty of this style of dining, rather than the taste of the food itself, because it's just plain meat with some accompanying sauces.

          1. re: urbuddee

            Stonegrill. One word. Much easier to search that way.

            Stonegrill on Winchester
            51 Winchester St., Toronto, ON M4X 1A8, CA

          2. Stonegrill has been around for a while. The first time I went I had the bison and thought it was absolutely delicious! Then I went another time.. and another.. both times got worse after the other.. I probably won't go for a while. If you like your steak rare I think the stone cooks it a bit too fast. Sometimes I need to take the meat off of the stone so it won't overcook.

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            1. re: hippotatomus

              so what you are saying is that the meat should be eaten and cooked in slices??

            2. Stonegrill on Winchester, on a Thursday night:

              Rating scale 1 - 10 (10 being the best)

              Ambiance: 6 - we sat in the lounge area by the bar in front of a lit fire place and with a flat screen TV displaying an NFL game. However the lighting, dining area and bar were more upscale that of say... The Keg. Overall, not crowded with patrons.

              Drinks: 8 - The dark rum and coke was really tasty with more than enough rum.

              Service: 71/2 - Attentive and good natured server. Did not come right back after the main course was delivered to see if it was up to par, however.

              Food: 6

              About the food in detail: The spinach salad was delicious, with a light, tasty, citrus-based salad dressing. That's about it! The crab cakes were bland, and did not taste at all like it contained even one smidgen of crab. My mates Ostrich on the Stone (you cook it yourself to medium rare) was devoid of any flavour, and tasted slightly gamey. Even the sauce that came with it lacked gusto. My hamburger with lobster and guacamole topping, delicious as it sounds was a disappointment. Due to an overwhelming hunger and missing server, I ate 75% of my hamburger and all of its accoutrements without the way hardened and teeth cracking Ciabatta bread it came enclose in. As well, the potato fries were about 5 minutes away from being cooked properly. Needless to say I did not finish my meal.

              The server gave us a complimentary Grand Marnier crème brûlée, which was not bad, but lacked the richness, creaminess, and silkiness of a true custard. My mate had a comp coffee which was pleasing to her palate.

              Overall, this restaurant's strength is not its food.

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              1. re: W4W Toronto

                You should have just went next door to Samovar (former Laurentian Room).
                I highly recommend the food, drink and ambience.


                1. re: 5andman

                  Agreed. Samovar is much more fun.

                  If you really want to be turned off of StoneGrill I highly recommend watching the Toronto Dining show on cable 10. Watching their food prep made me very sleepy. BOR-ring.

              2. Save yourself and buy a Dole Salad bag/can of beets and steaks from costco

                Because that is the level of quality they are serving at the Stone Grill on Winchester. We were utterly upset at the $12 dollar beet salad which was clearly a dole "salad in a bag" with some canned beets. My steak had sinews through out the cut of beef and for $32 it really isnt worth the time to grill your food. Novel dining idea? -Yes, in 2006.

                All in all, terrible food, mediocre service.

                Tax and tip- $130. Two glasses of wine, two salad appetizers and two steaks.

                Upset at spending $70 out of pocket even with the $60 Groupon we received as a gift.

                Save yourself the regret at wasting a valuable meal.