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Feb 22, 2008 11:34 AM

Restaurant Beaches Question

There are two restaurants on Queen Street East in the Beaches that we are interested in trying out.

They are Michelle's Beach House & Nevada.

Have any of you tried one or both, and how did you like the food. Please let me know what you ordered.

Thanks, again, for all input.

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  1. Nevada has been serving mediocre food since forever. I have occasionally been served a tasty dish there, but it is by no means a special kind of place. Whitlock's (across the road from Nevada) has very similar food, of similar quality, but their Washington rack of lamb is very good.

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    1. re: embee

      Skip both and find another neighbourhood to have dinner in!

      10 years of living in this area and the lack of quality eateries is just sad.

      1. re: futronic

        "futronic" says: "find another neighbourhood to have dinner in!10 years of living in this area and the lack of quality eateries is just sad." You should try Vivetha, futronic. It's one of the most recommended bistros by Toronto Chowhounds. Last year I was looking for a Beaches restaurant because my son was buying me a Father's Day lunch. I posted here, and a couple of Chowhounds steered me to Viveta, on the south side of Queen just west of the Neville Park streetcar loop. We ate on the front patio at a table that was in the hot sun when we arrived, but the server obligingly extended the canopy so it was covered in shade. All we had to do was keep our hands off the zinc table for a few minutes - it was like a hot plate - and I substituted a chair with a cooler seat! We both ordered simply - the deluxe ground beef burger with an amazing array of fixings - special sauce, sliced orange & pineapple, salad, onion etc., all for $7. My son commented that you couldn't get a quality burger and fries for that price anywhere else. The server was helpful and personable, and enjoyed seeing a printout of your Chowhound posts. The total bill for two including two imported beer was $30! Needless to say it was a perfect choice for a pre-Fathers-Day lunch, and I've taken other family members there many times since. Try it, and not just for lunch. Their entrees are splendid (the owner is a gifted chef), and the service can't be surpassed.

        1. re: Bob Catt

          I've done ViVetha both for delivery and dine in. It's not bad, but I recall there being a couple dishes that I was underwhelmed with. Not fantastic, but I'll agree that it's one of the better places in the area.

          The fact that they sent a cab to deliver the food to my house didn't hurt either!

          1. re: Bob Catt

            Isn't the chef and/or owner of ViVetha (and ViPei on Kingston Rd) the former chef at Nevada (back when it was good)? A friend who goes there very regularly told me this.

            1. re: Bob Catt

              Went to ViVetha tonight on recommendation from the boards. Food was outstanding but the service was awful, and what's worse is that I believe we were served by the owner/manager (saw her milling around/directing other employees). What an awful first impression to leave. She was inattentive and forgetful. Needless to say we did not leave a tip.

              A shame, since my "Angry Salmon" was outstanding. I'll go back, but will make sure I'm looked after by a different server.

          2. re: embee

            We've been to the Nevada, but I don't remember the food being mediocre. Perhaps it was because the people we'd take there were so interesting. One was the legendary Canadian-born folk singer Oscar Brand, a family friend. At one time he had his own shows on CBC and CTV simultaneously. He was up from his home in New York to do a concert here and we took him to the Nevada. I remember that at the table I asked him about a certain song in his repertory. Instead of describing it, he sang two verses of it unaccompanied. Nevada patrons seated around us smiled at their free concert!

          3. Thanks for your opinions.

            How about Spiaggia Trattoria on Queen near Neville Park?

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            1. re: Jay98

              Hasn't been good for many, many years.

              ViVetha Bistro is excellent and very affordable, just a bit east of Spiaggia on the south side.

              1. re: Jay98

                Can't tell you about Spiaggia but have you tried Vivetha?, also on Queen by Neville Park. Good food, nice comfortable neighbourhood spot.

                2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

                1. re: Jay98

                  We used to go to Spiaggia fairly often. The ambiance was nice, the food was decent, and the owner was a wonderful host. But over time, prices went up and the cooking became very careless. The dining room would smell of poorly fried calamari, and the food would be horribly overcooked as often as not.

                  ViVetha (across the street from Spiaggia) showed great promise when they first opened. They have since been swallowed up by that huge east Toronto cauldron of inconsistency. On a good day, their food is delicious. However, good days are not guaranteed.

                2. Nevada is currently closed for renovations. I've eaten there several times over the years, and I've never had a meal that was any better than mediocre. I would go to Green Eggplant or perhaps Whitlocks if I had to eat in a restaurant on that block of Queen St. E.

                  1. Nevada, Michelle's and Spiagga are all very mediocre (it's still slim pickings in the Beaches in general).

                    Sauvignon, a bit more expensive than the aforementioned places, is a notable exception. It's our east-end local. Recent menu items that I've quite enjoyed include the Cornish Hen dish and a great grilled Lamb Loin with Celeriac mash. And the wine list is well-chosen, eclectic and fairly priced (no more than 100% markup, often less). My only cautionary note is their Caesar: it's good (everything made from scratch), but I often find it very garlicky (and I'm not one to mind a bit of raw garlic here and there). When I order it I usually ask for it to be easy on the dressing.

                    Full disclosure: I know the owners well. We've been going to Sauvignon ever since it opened, and have become good friends with them.

                    1. As The Berserker pointed out, Nevada's is currently renovating. I'm hoping they update their menu/chef as well - I've never had a great meal there. I also noticed this week that Urban Thai Bistro a few doors down appears to have closed. I'm crossing my fingers for something decent to replace it.

                      As for Michelle's, their strong point is the patio in the back in the summer. It's a great place for a drink but I've found the food a pretty hit and miss. I think they may have recently changed their menu and pricing so I may give it another try in the spring. I always found it a little on the expensive side for a casual neighbourhood bistro.

                      I have also recommended Sauvignon on other boards discussing Beach restos and I stand by it. I have always had good food there. The service is decent and the decor is comfortable and inviting.