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Quick Vote: JKWB, Cava, Rain, Monsoon

Singar Sep 20, 2008 10:41 AM

I have read all the reviews on here about these restaurants, but want to get a feeling of how the general public feels.

Suppose someone will pay for your meal at ONE of these restaurants tonight (only one of these four, absolutely no other choices), which one would you choose?

JK Wine Bar, Cava, Rain, Monsoon

You don't even have to give an explanation, I have a feeling of the pros and cons, I guess.

Thanks so much!!!!

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    jilly bean Oct 10, 2008 01:00 PM

    Rain hands down for the overall experience including the food.
    JK food is much too salty.
    Cava was OK but nothing great.
    Monsoon not even in the same category food wise (but the room is nice).
    For a "water" themed evening ... how about a drink at Monsoon followed by dinner at Rain. They are within easy walking distance of each other.

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    1. re: jilly bean
      KayceeK Oct 10, 2008 01:40 PM

      That's a cool suggestion.

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      PeteM Sep 22, 2008 06:35 PM


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        Apprentice Sep 22, 2008 06:46 AM


        1. KayceeK Sep 22, 2008 04:58 AM

          JKWB (only because I've been to the others)

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            Cat123 Sep 21, 2008 09:32 AM

            My vote would be rain for the best overall experience (food and service) - the food is always interesting but rain is also by far the most expensive so having someone else pay would be great.

            Cava is on the "never go back" list for me after several terrible service experiences coupled with good but not great food. JKWB to me is too expensive for what it is and the food has never really done it for me. Monsoon to me is a bit old and tired.

            1. acorn Sep 21, 2008 12:25 AM

              Not to go off topic, but I read a while ago about rain turning their bar into a raw and sushi bar etc... bar. Has it happened and if yes anyone been?

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                Negaduck Sep 20, 2008 11:51 PM


                1. mlukan Sep 20, 2008 06:38 PM


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                  1. re: mlukan
                    millygirl Sep 21, 2008 05:42 AM

                    JKWB or Cava. I know Singar's only asked for one but truth is, I've not been to any of the four. JKWB and Cava have at least been on my list for some time, the other two I have no interest in whatsoever.

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                    ace123 Sep 20, 2008 06:22 PM


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                      torontogourmet Sep 20, 2008 03:59 PM

                      JK Wine bar hands down...

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                      1. re: torontogourmet
                        Charles Yu Sep 20, 2008 06:13 PM

                        FYI, we went there last week. Must be our 6th or 7th visits. Compare to our previous visits, food has gone 'down hill'!! Actually a few dishes completely missed their mark! Too salty, overcooked, funny aroma...etc

                        Back to Singar's question. Rain! - Especially now that Susur has left town

                      2. bigfatbroad Sep 20, 2008 11:10 AM


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