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Jan 29, 2008 05:38 AM


Brad Moore's "Eleven" at Front and Jarvis (formerly Ninth Gate) is supposed to be long open by now, and I hear they have a Sunday brunch. But every time I walk buy it seems vaguely closed...

Is it open? Has anyone been? What's the food like? How's the brunch? What's the price range?

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  1. Eleven is definitely open. It probably looks "vaguely closed" because the lighting is quite dim. I go past several times a week and there has never been more than a handful of people inside. Haven't been in yet although I keep meaning to give it a try.

    1. Tell me more? What kind of food are they serving?

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      1. re: OnDaGo

        Moore describes it as “contemporary world comfort cuisine”.

        There are menus on the website - - although they don't include prices, which concerns me a bit.

        1. re: gregclow

          Hmmm. Indeed. Lack of prices always drives me crazy...

          1. re: mainja

            It's specifically identified as "temporary" - cut them some slack! It's actually the old Ninth Gate site!
            But I agree, prices should ALWAYS be known.
            The appetizers are around the $8-12, the mains are about $18-25 and the sides were $4-6, desserts $8.

            And it's part of the 'plate-sharing' trend in that area (JK, Colborne Lane, Kultura etc). Not a bad entry - total bill (before tip) around $150 including a bottle of wine.
            Best items (for me) were the 'Crunchy Pawa Squid' , the sides (Spiced Onion Rings, Manchego mash) and the Carrot Toffee Pudding for dessert. Mains were competent (Sesame Duck, Seared Tuna) but didn't really excite me and I found all the servings lukewarm, too cool for my liking. I want my food hot.
            But another visit is certainly warranted. Based on the chef's history I'd also want the spicing ramped up a bit.

          2. re: gregclow

            A friend told me that the service was atrocious, and the food tasted okay.
            Dinner for 2 came out to $250 (with wine).
            I was thinking about checking it out soon since I'm around the corner.

            1. re: Suresh

              Do your friends buy expensive wine?
              My post (immediately above - and first person, not second-hand) identified $150 for two, including wine.

              1. re: estufarian

                Can't confirm yet, but I'm guessing it was at least 2 bottles of medium priced wine.
                They said service was still bad during a second visit

                1. re: Suresh

                  Given the bargain hunter wines they carry at Eleven, I'm surprised anyone could rack up that much. I think they're good choices, but they are of the lower cost variety. Didn't notice much that was expensive, but then I wasn't in the mood to care.

            2. re: gregclow

              the website seems to be down, is it just down 'cause of normal interweb gremlins, or has the place closed already?

              1. re: mainja

                i was there saturday night. it is not closed.

                  1. re: Googs

                    oh, i really liked it! then again I was a fan of Xacutti, and I am a vegetarian( i mention this because i have heard some criticisms of how expensive it is, but for us it was very cheap)- almost everything we had was great.
                    we ordered tapas style
                    let's see, we had the fritters (i thought just okay, husband loved), root vegetable rice cakes- very good,
                    then we had the papaya salad (really good, interesting flavour), ginger beet salad (good but slightly bland)

                    then we had the manchego truffle potatoes ( i would go back for this alone, it was fabulous, rich, flavourful- worth every calorie), some sort of rice which was delicious, green beans (i think) and the mushroom asparagus stirfy - also outstanding.

                    for dessert we had a flourless chocolate cake with some sort of peanut brittle ice cream- so good- it was more of a molten lava cake, and i don't generally like that.

                    two complaints on the menu are 1) the wine- there is not much on offer- but what we had was actually not bad ( a shiraz, details are fuzzy), and 2) no espresso! shocking. i know they specialize in tea, but still...

                    anyway, i found the service to be really friendly and attentive- and the dishes didn't arrive en masse, even though we ordered without direction- things came out exactly as i would have timed them. i was pretty happy with the place. also, it was almost at capacity, which was cool, with people still coming in just before 11pm (not sure when kitchen closes)

          3. I went for brunch this weekend.

            I enjoyed the food (Cardamom biscuits and salmon benedict) but the service needs work. They seem to have issues with brewing took FOREVER. Our server disappeared after serving our dishes and never came back. I would probably go back in a month or so in hopes that service gets better.

            As for brunch prices, I would say most brunch mains go for $10 - 17. The sides (croissant, donuts, biscuits, etc) range from $3-5.

            1. We went to Eleven for brunch at around 11:30 today. It was less than half full and service was ok. The menu had a lot of items that were on the Xacutti brunch menu (like the cardamom biscuits, bombay scramble, toblerone fondue waffles and coconut pancakes...).

              We ordered:

              the Salmon Benedict with curried hollandaise (bf said the 1/2 croissant it was served on didn't do the job as good as an english muffin),

              the Waffle with caramelised banana and toblerone fondue (I loved this... The waffle was not crisp through the center but i didn't mind at all. It had a faint lime flavour. The toblerone fondue was actually poured over and didn't have as much nougat as I expected but it was still delicious. The fruit side was very small so I'd recommend getting the sausage or bacon side option instead)

              The wild mushroom crouton omelet. The mushrooms weren't "wild" as advertised but the omelet was nice and moist and the filling was generous. The bf like it the best.

              All the food was hot and nicely presented. The homefries were crisp and adequately spiced. I don't usually like homefries as they can be greasy, crumbly or not well browned.

              My one complaint is their organic teas are expensive, ($6.50), and their fresh juices are very small servings. I liked that it wasn't busy or noisy (i'm used to the table to table and line ups of queen and dundas west).

              I'd like to go back for more of the brunch items but we'll likely return to try the dinner menu.

              3 Replies
              1. re: chocabot

                It seems Toronto Star restaurant critic Amy Pataki will have some less-than-flattering things to say about Eleven this Saturday in the Star.

                Stay tuned!

                1. re: danthediner

                  There's also a review today (Feb 28th) in Eye.


                  11th comment in the post about Eleven. :) Because the number seems to follow me around.

                  1. re: danthediner

                    DTD, I would consider that an endorsement. Now I'll have to check out Eleven.

                2. After reading 3 reviews of Eleven today I have only this to say. I'm stunned that anyone would think that Jarvis & Front isn't ready for spice. The St Lawrence Market area has been in dire need of a great resto for a long time. It's a shame to think that the epicentre of epicures, The St. Lawrence Market, hasn't one good place nearby that reflects the culture of the market goers. Far from being unready. We're overdue. Bring on the spice.

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                  1. re: Googs

                    The review of Eleven in the Star today wasn't exactly glowing. It pretty much stated that the food was overpriced and bland.

                    1. re: dragonflygrl

                      Makes me wonder if Joanne Kates (G&M) and Amy Pataki (Star) even ate in the same restaurant.

                      But yes, according to The star, small portions, BIG prices!

                      1. re: danthediner

                        Did anyone bother to check if Kates and Pataki ate the same dishes? It's a huge menu with lots of Xacutti leftovers. If they ate different food then they could quite understandably have different experiences of Eleven, no? Not defending either clueless hack...