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Garden @ Eleven - Anyone been?

Charles Yu Apr 26, 2008 03:45 PM

Has any fellow chowhound tried this new restaurnat? With ex-Perigee executive chef Pat Riley at the helm, the food 'SHOULD BE GOOD'. Can any one confirm? Do they have chef's tasting menus? How about price range? Thx!

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    Gary Apr 27, 2008 09:27 AM

    I posted a short review of lunch there a few days ago in this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/511676

    In short, it's certainly not Perigee, at least not yet -- but it's a lot cheaper. Full menus are on the website at http://eleventoronto.com

    The chef change is official. Amy Pataki wrote about it in this week's star. ChefDB now lists Pat Riley as "Executive Chef" of The Garden @ Eleven, and Brad Moore as "Executive Chef Partner", though, which is slightly odd.

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      Charles Yu Apr 27, 2008 09:54 AM

      Thank you for your informative feed back, Gary!
      Your previous comments about the portion being small could be a direct reflection of Pat Riley's approach based on his years of cooking relatively small dishes for his tasting menu at Perigee?!

      1. re: Charles Yu
        Gary Apr 27, 2008 11:19 AM

        Perhaps... though if that's the case, I could have used the other 8 courses! Just kidding.

    2. Googs Apr 27, 2008 02:14 PM

      Honestly Charles, I feel asleep half-way through reading the new menu. It won't be the chef you'll have a problem with. This place evidently wishes to take no risks.

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        acorn Apr 27, 2008 04:30 PM

        From the looks of the menu, on the website, it is just setting up to be a neighboorhood spot. The prices are sure nowhere near Perigee. The cost of their highest main course is lower then the mid range appetizer I had last time I was at Perigee. As far as taking risks maybe their not trying to - it sure didn't seem to work out with Brad Moore. Who knows?

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