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Does anyone have the scoop on Table 17, Queen East

professor plum May 15, 2008 07:22 AM

I was walking along Queen Street East just past broadview and noticed a sign in the window of what used to be Food Savvy. It has a picture of a Rooster and the name Table 17. Just wondering if anyone had the scoop on the restaraunt. I have also heard from the supply to Hiro sushi that one of his apprentices is opening a restaurant in Leslieville.

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    dragonflygrl RE: professor plum May 15, 2008 07:42 AM

    I think that would be John from Izakaya's new place. It will not be Japanese food though.

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      embee RE: professor plum May 15, 2008 08:03 AM

      I don't have the scoop, but I was genuinely shocked to see that Newell's Cafe, next door, has closed. There's a closed for renovations sign on the door signed by Frank Newell, but the wall between the two stores has been opened up. I can't imagine Frank Newell making any changes to his place or opening a new one, though it is conceivable he may own the building and I'll ask if I see him on the street.

      Frank used to be my neighbour. He had his own home in the area and two restaurants on Queen, but he has had some personal issues. Although I was never tempted to eat at Newell's, its closing represents the end of an era. I suppose it's a good sign for my neighbourhood's property values, but it still leaves me feeling a bit sad.

      As sketchy as that restaurant looked, Frank always got a green pass and never lost his liquor license (as most of his direct competitors did regularly). Frank even enforced the first non-smoking bylaw - the one that failed - despite a 100% smoker clientele. I feel weird to be missing a restaurant where I never ate or intended to, but this was a landmark in the area. Gale's at Carlaw & Eastern is the last one still standing.

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        Mintycake RE: embee May 20, 2008 12:39 PM

        I understand your opinion on Newell's Cafe but honestly, the place looked awful. Now we only need to get Teddy's Bar and Grill to shut down! LOL.

        Looking forward to Table 17. Sounds interesting.

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          atomeyes RE: Mintycake Jun 19, 2008 08:24 AM

          there are 2 places on Queen E that i hope will close. One, i think, is Teddys (right beside Leslieville Cheese, right?). The other is this horrible dive that's on the north side, a bit closer to Pape. Think that its painted bright yellow.

          if i can't find any old Eddie Murphy stand-up routines to watch and want to hear the F-bomb being dropped every 2 seconds, i walk by either of those places

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        restaurantarian RE: professor plum May 15, 2008 01:27 PM

        It is the chef and former owner of Izakaya, they are opening a wine bar/bistro, I think it will be two floors. I think they plan to have wine tastings etc.
        Question: is the Pic/Nic across the floor the same Picnic on Yonge street?

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          Dimbulb RE: restaurantarian May 15, 2008 01:44 PM


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          Chicken Teriyaki Boy RE: professor plum Jun 17, 2008 04:46 PM

          Table 17 is open.

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            melissamarynissen RE: Chicken Teriyaki Boy Jun 18, 2008 07:21 AM

            has anyone been?

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              dragonflygrl RE: melissamarynissen Jun 18, 2008 08:16 AM

              I had dinner there last week. They were fairly busy, and service was a bit rough around the edges, (but that's totally normal in the first few days of opening.)
              The food, on the other hand, was spectacular. To start, I had seared diver scallops, with fresh peas and crisp bacon, in a buttery sauce. My dining partner had the chilli beef ribs,(a holdover from Izakaya.)
              For our mains, I ordered the pan seared Pickerel, in a tomato and Chorizo broth. The pickerel had a nice, crispy skin, and the broth was so good, I almost licked the plate clean. My partner had the steak frites. The steak was medium-rare as ordered, with a beautiful outer crust, but we both found the meat a bit tough. Frites were of the thin, crispy variety. Mains did take a while to arrive, but the owner brought us two glasses of Prosseco to make up for the wait.
              For dessert, we ordered the white chocolate, lemon and pistachio ganache. It was very rich, but the flavours were well balanced.
              The meal, plus two cocktails, came to around $100,(after tax, before tip.)
              I think it will be a great neighbourhood spot, once they find their footing.

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                hungryabbey RE: dragonflygrl Jun 18, 2008 06:42 PM

                How much were the mains?

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                  dragonflygrl RE: hungryabbey Jun 19, 2008 07:04 AM

                  I'm sorry. I can't remember the exact prices. I think the mains were in the low to mid twenties.

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                    Snarf RE: dragonflygrl Jun 19, 2008 08:55 AM

                    I tried it earlier this week. Had the same pickerel referenced above, and agree on the description. Also, the cocktails are quite good, the caiparinha was completely authentic! Good selection of wines by the glass. Service was prompt, and I was amazed by the level of detail that the waitress possessed about the dishes. Very good training. The mains were definitely bistro priced, being in the 15 to 25 dollar range.

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                      pescatarian RE: Snarf Jun 19, 2008 09:03 AM

                      Sounds good. Especially the caiparinha. Although if they had a good mohito, that would be good too.

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                        hungryabbey RE: Snarf Jun 19, 2008 06:01 PM

                        sounds good, thanks for the tips guys

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                    Googs RE: dragonflygrl Jun 19, 2008 10:44 AM

                    Sounds very nice. I'll add that to the "to do" list. This doesn't do anything yet, but here it is for what it's worth. I'm sure it'll have more than an address eventually.

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                      elizabethmaitland RE: Googs Jun 22, 2008 08:08 AM

                      i was there last night - we were wandering, looking for a place to eat, and happened upon Table 17. everything was really quite wonderful. beet salad to start, perfectly cooked striploin for main with grilled spring onions and a few potato chips - i added frites to that as they looked lovely - and a chocolate veloute for dessert. friends had other variations on that theme, with the exception of one who ordered a delectable trout for his main. good wine list with lots of local representation.

                      really a very nice addition to Queen East. will definitely return.

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                        Chicken Teriyaki Boy RE: elizabethmaitland Jun 23, 2008 05:59 AM

                        I think those are actually deep-fried Jerusalem artichoke hearts with the striploin, not potato chips.

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                          elizabethmaitland RE: Chicken Teriyaki Boy Jun 23, 2008 07:28 AM

                          thanks! it was rather dark and apparently my taste buds weren't working correctly... please consider my review amended to include artichoke hearts instead of potato chips! they were delicious.

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                drjolt RE: professor plum Jun 25, 2008 12:07 PM

                We had a great experience at Table 17 for dinner last week. We had steak tartare and the frites for starters, wine stewed rabbit with mire poix (special) and pork loin with gorgonzola and roasted pear (and maybe pancetta). The food was all wonderful. The tartare was made with beets, which I felt overpowered it a bit although my dining partner disagreed. The frites were served with lemon mayo and were delicious, thin and crispy. Our entrees were gone, which is unusual for me as I often have trouble finishing a whole meal after apps. The sizes were a bit smaller than some places, which helped. The flavor pairings in my dish - the pork - were exquisite, beautifully contrasted. My partners rabbit was also incredible, paired with wide homeade noodles that were to die for.

                The service was great, although they had starter specials that night that we weren't told about (including the ribs, which I really wanted to try), so that was a bit frustrating. Dinner for two including 2 beers, 1 glass of wine, and 1 cocktail with tax and tip was around $140-150. We'll definitely be back and I'm looking forward to it!

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                  SusanB RE: paulandtodd Nov 17, 2008 12:35 PM

                  We had exactly the opposite - great service, good food, we loved it. There were 5 of us and we were all pleased.

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