Rajput Bistro on Dupont
Has anyone tried this place yet? It's at 111 Dupont (just west of Bedford). It took forever to open, and apparently used to be a Czech resto in its former life. I get the sense they've continued with the Czech theme. Any thoughts on fine Czech cuisine in general (or is this an oxymoron)?
well. Me and wife did give it a try to this cozy looking bistro 111 around 3 weeks ago. Great location, very busy decor inside though, in general, what a waste. We had to wait quite a bit for food to come even though we were the only table there. The beef kabab was the special of the night with a side rice. I can swear, the kabab was still half frozen and the rice was good couple of days old. While waiting for the food, i went through the front of the open kitchen concept to use the washrooms, and i did not notice in such a chef cooking. The place is very mismanaged and i am not sure if i can really call it a restaurant to dine. seemed to me the same gentleman who greeted us at the door when we arrived, he was also our server and the chef. We asked for the left over for take out as we couldnt finish and we didnt want to be rude. It got even worst when we came to pay the bill by visa. The same person was dealing to get to find out how to use the visa machine to run our bill through. After 3 tries, we finally paid the bill and left. Shamefully, we had to throw the left over to the garbage bin out side the building. Very disappointing experience. It was not a calm and relaxing environment. The quality of food and service was very poor. We will not recommend this place again.
I'm a bit confused... Rajput is Hindi, I believe, something to do with the warrior caste. (Someone will correct me here, I'm certain.) There once was an Indian restaurant near Bloor and Bathurst called The Rajput.
Anyway, as to Czech cuisine, it is not an oxymoron. It's typical, Mitteleuropaische cuisine, and can be very good. Different styles of roast pork; cabbage rolls; roasted game birds, goose, and duck; tripe soup - the one at the long-gone Pepo's Bistro was the best I've ever had, anywhere; good sausages; steak tartare is a posh treat in Prague; different styles of braised cabbage, like saurkraut, sweet and sour cabbage, or braised red cabbage with apples, clove and honey; dumplings, both as an accompaniment to a savoury dish, or sweet, fruit ones for dessert; a fondness for mushrooms by themselves or in sauces; spicing can be on the aromatic side, using clove or allspice (lightly, usually). Amongst beverages, everyone knows how superb Czech (and Slovakian) beer is, but they also produce small amounts of wine, the whites generally of better quality than the reds, though even then palatable but unremarkable; the reds tend to be light to medium bodied, not especially interesting but for their exoticism. After dinner, cognac, slivovic, or Becherovka (and herbal digestif) round it out. This is not a vegetarian-friendly cuisine.
I hope that this is a Czech, and not Indian restaurant. I love Indian cuisine, but it would be nice to have a good Czech bistro again.