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May 15, 2008 07:22 AM

Does anyone have the scoop on Table 17, Queen East

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

    1. 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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      1. re: embee

        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.

        1. re: Mintycake

          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

      2. 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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              1. re: melissamarynissen

                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.

                  1. re: hungryabbey

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

                    1. re: dragonflygrl

                      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.

                      1. re: Snarf

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

                        1. re: Snarf

                          sounds good, thanks for the tips guys

                    2. re: dragonflygrl

                      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.

                      1. re: Googs

                        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.

                        1. re: elizabethmaitland

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

                          1. re: Chicken Teriyaki Boy

                            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.