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Mar 17, 2008 01:14 PM

Scaramouche --portion size

I'm considering Scarmamouche for a romantic 60th birthday celebration for 2 .

I've read many favourable reviews regarding the restaurant, but as I only splurge on a very special occasion I have not been to this restaurant in the past.

Can someone give me some idea of the portion size so I'm not surprised, or disappointed before making a reservation. Is there a bread basket offered?

Also, which is the best table?

I read somewhere table 8 was the best table with a view. Can anyone confirm this??

Thank you

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  1. I'm not trying to be rude here, but if you are concerned with portion sizing then perhaps a place like Scaramouche isn't really for you.

    The portion size is consistent with other high end restaurants where they are expecting you to order an appetizer or salad, a main and possibly a dessert and not just fill up on your main course.

    I don't specifically recall a bread basket but I would assume that they do serve one.

    1. I can't speak to the inquiry about the table, but I can confirm that there is indeed a bread basket, with a lovely housemade walnut bread and other assorted breads sourced from Fred's bread.

      The portion size, IMHO, is actually larger than most similarly priced restaurants I've eaten at in Toronto - I left 100% satisfied. You can search this board for my review.

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      1. re: Yum2MyTum

        I agree, especially the coconut cream pie dessert, it is hugh. It is a very good dessert by the way.

        1. re: skylineR33

          Just my 2 cents, before I went there, I read so much about this coconut cream pie, and I kept thinking "what can be so good about a coconut pie". When I took my first bite of the filling I was shocked - at how pedestrian it was. Then I discovered you have to have the crust, filling, topping and chocolate drizzle all in the same bite, which makes for a good combination. However it is not something I would order again there.

      2. Had dinner on Friday at Scaramouche...wanted to get in for a dinner before they re-locate..I checked the Menus on their web and decided The Pasta Bar & Grill's Menu was more what I was looking for...have also eaten many times in The Restaurant...We called 3 weeks before and did get the best window seat (don't know the #)...great basket of wonderful breads...but too tempting as portions are large...I had the soup of the day and beef ravioli which were stellar...but was unable to finish the partner whose friends tease he has a hollow leg and a great appetite had grilled calamari and then steak frites both were superb...he couldn't finish his frites as we had to save room for the coconut cream pie....a delightful memorable last dinner there....Miranda

        1. There is indeed very good bread, with both butter and a hummusy spread (at the Pasta Bar anyway, I can't recall if the spread is in the main area as well) and the portions are satisfying. I think this would be a great place for you to enjoy a splurge celebration.

          And I don't think it is moving until the end of 2009 (unless someone has been told otherwise?), so we all have some time yet to enjoy the view.

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          1. re: Minnow

            Hi Lonestartor, if you truly want a memorable splurge, Scaramouche is the place to go. The portions are of good size and you will be offered a great selection of breads. I can't recall which table # has the best view BUT the staff is extremely helpful. When you call just explain to them that it is a special occasion and you want the best table available. They will go out of their way to please you. In fact, most of the tables have a great view of the city scape. I celebrated my 50th there and they presented me with a beautifully decorated desert plate. Please write back and let us know how it went. Cheers

            1. re: millygirl

              I agree; I'm often disappointed by high end restaurants but Scaramouche has never disappointed me in the quality of food in the main dining area and with reasonable portion sizes and very good service. I personally was very unimpressed with the pasta bar side of the place It's less pricey but to me there is much better pasta is available in Toronto and the ambiance wasn't good enough to make me not think of that better pasta elsewhere.

              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                I don't really think the pasta bar's specialty is 'pasta' per se, I think it is just a moniker. I think the Pasta Bar just focuses on less classically fussy dishes. A bit more "casual" dining. Less game, and such.

                That said, I think their pastas are sublime.

          2. Thanks so much for the many helpful replies