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The James Joyce - Worst Meal in Ages

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ascendance Apr 5, 2008 10:32 PM

For those who don't live around here, the strip of Bloor between Spadina and Bathurst is filled with restaurants. And we must have gone there at exactly the wrong time...

I went with a couple of friends to Cluck, Grunt and Low this evening, hoping to get some beef ribs. Turned out that while they weren't even that full, they couldn't seat us for an hour. A quick wander down to Country Style shows that they're full too, with a fairly long lineup.

For those of you who don't know, I generally despise pub food. That being said, I was hungry, and my friends talked me into going to Kilgour's. I don't know what the heck was up, but after sitting down for 15 minutes, nobody brought us a menu. So, my starving friends and I gave up and went out.

We walked past Everest (full), and stopped at Thai Basil (ten minute wait). The James Joyce looks sort of empty, and by this point, we've wasted more than half an hour of our parking meter, so we want something quick. If we had known what was coming next, we would all have gotten shwarmas from Ghazale's.

They seat us quick at the Joyce, it being less than half full. We ordered what we thought would be quick and easy - club sandwich, burger and fries, and fish and chips. It's an agonizing 45 minute wait before we get our food.

I specifically said no cheese and bacon on my burger. There's cheese and bacon on it. But at this point, I'm so damn hungry, I eat it quick. All I can taste is salt and charcoal. The bacon is absurdly salty, and the burger's burned to a crisp, looking a little like a briquette. Considering how long it took us to get our food in the first place, I am not going to send it back. The fries are overfried, but at least edible.

I would have left no tip, but my friends are a bunch of softies. That, and their food was ok.

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  1. JamieK RE: ascendance Apr 6, 2008 04:31 AM

    your comments are consistent with every other mention of the James Joyce on this board. There's not one favourable comment.

    Worst in Toronto -
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/494673

    Best resto/pub in Annex or Harbord Village area
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/351408

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    James Joyce
    386 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5R, CA

    1. food face RE: ascendance Apr 6, 2008 05:00 AM

      good review. Thanks.

      1. Googs RE: ascendance Apr 6, 2008 06:24 AM

        The club sandwich is the only thing you can order at any restaurant or hotel anywhere in the world and reasonably expect satisfaction. It's the humble burger that separates the chefs from the busboys.

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          redcoconut RE: ascendance Apr 6, 2008 09:12 AM

          I used to deliver beer for the beer store, and both James Joyce and Kilgours was on my route at one time. Judging by the kitchens, at least you got the cleaner place.

          Besides, the owners of kilgours are not very bright.

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            grilledcheese RE: ascendance Apr 7, 2008 01:46 AM

            Here's what I wrote about this cr*p hole on the Worst of Toronto thread:

            They served us chicken wings that were still bloody inside. When we complained, the "cook" came out of the kitchen to our table, looked at the wings and said belligerently, "That's cooked blood."

            Of course we refused to accept them. He took them back to the kitchen and put them back in the deepfryer, sauce on, and cooked them until they were little pieces of charcoal and sent them back out to the table.

            I will add now: When we complained to the waitress, she said, "Well, what do you think he's gonna do when you complain?"

            When we asked to speak to the manager, there wasn't one and we were ignored.

            This place doesn't deserve customers.

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