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Weezie’s – A breath of fresh air (review + pics)

Thanks to recommendations by both Googs and GrandGourmand, I found myself at Weezie’s to find out what it was all about. I had checked out the menu earlier during a jog out to Gilead Café from work, and found the prices hit my sweet-spot. Appetizers in the $7-$12 range, with mains around $12-20. Desserts came in at $7 a pop. I thought the space was quite quaint, so I made a mental note to come back and sample the food.

When I arrived, my party and I were promptly seated. I would have to warn you that the upcoming photos are of quite poor quality and not up to my usual standard as the lighting was just so darn poor. I could barely see my food, but I guess some would say that is called ‘ambiance’. Either way, it was lost on me and caused much frustration when attempting to take photos without flash so as to not disturb the other patrons. But that is of no concern to the average diner! So back to the review…

The space is quite small, but tables are well spaced out. The restaurant seats approximately 40 persons and has a few seats at the bar. One very apt waiter is able to serve the entire restaurant with ease – water glasses were always kept filled to the brim, and he kept checking in with us throughout the meal to ask if we were happy (and yes, we were quite satisfied indeed). From what I could see, the kitchen staff comprised of just Constance, and an assistant. However, the small crew ran a tight ship, and everything worked like clock-work throughout the evening.

Weezie’s Space: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

Started out with some recommended appetizers; the salted cod cakes and beef tartare. As well, we sampled the daily soup – a roasted cauliflower soup. Unfortunately, I was unable to sample the soup (nasty flu going around and afflicted my dining companion), but they claimed that it was definitely one of the best soups they have ever had. Certainly stood out from the rest of the soups they have ordered in the past, and oft times better than soups twice, or thrice the price ($7). They mentioned that the sweetness of the cauliflower was nicely offset by a touch of added heat and spice. The texture was another noted highlight – as you could still taste the grains of the cauliflower and it was not pulverized. The tartare was also quite nice, though I would have to say I preferred my own homemade version better – as I have learned to tailor it to my tastes. It was a touch too sour for my liking, and had perhaps too much onion? It was still a very strong dish, but I would not order it again, as it just didn’t sit right with me. The toasted baguette slices it came with were a touch stale as well ($12). But it is not a huge fault. It is certainly a reasonably priced portion and had a nice texture. The salted cod cakes were definitely without fault. They were light, fluffy, and well fried. The ‘crust’ was so crisp it was as light as a feather. The meat was so sweet and subtle as well. An amazing first course. It really set the tone for the rest of the meal. I would definitely order this dish again my next time here ($8). The homemade aioli it was served with was also wonderful – made with olive oil. It was exceptionally light and not like a typical mayo condiment.

Cauliflower Soup: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
Tartare: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
Salted Cod Cakes: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

Next came the mains. There was a touch of a wait between courses, but that was fine as there was much casual discussion happening, and I knew that the Mac & Cheese that I had ordered needed to be fired up. First up - the salmon nicoise: An amazingly succulent piece of fish. It was generously portioned and the meat was very moist. It was almost as though it was prepared two ways – one portion poached and then the skin lightly seared (pan-fried) and then put back together. I found it so amazing that they could achieve such varying textures in that one piece of fish, as many other restaurants have failed so miserably trying to achieve. Made to the perfect doneness. Nothing too fancy, but still, truly a great accomplishment ($18). Next up – Pan-Seared Scallops. These orbs were deftly pan-seared and caramelized, thus leaving the meat juicy inside and the crust a touch crispy. Once again - amazingly handled. 3 medium sized scallops sat atop a bed of mixed greens. One standout ingredient in the bed were some halved grapes. I found the contrast of the sweet, yet tart grapes truly refreshing. They went perfectly with the scallops and with the other accompaniments. Finally, we have the pièce de résistance- Mac & Cheese. This was a jaw-dropping, eye-opening wonder of a dish. I never knew I could enjoy a macaroni dish this much. The cheeses complimented the dish so well – the parmesan and the asiago gave this rich earthiness I had never experienced in a macaroni meal before. It was another one of those “I love truffles, and all things earthy” moments – like my boudin noir tarte at Nota Bene. Truly a great find, IMO ($14). I will 100% be ordering this dish again. It is just close enough for me to make my way here during my lunch as well, in case I ever need a pick-me-up mid-week. The only weak points were the sides of fries and rapini ($4 each). The rapini were drowned in butter and thus too heavy for my tastes. The fries were a bit limp and quite oily so I would have to pass on them next time. I should also point out that the accompaniments with each dish were phenomenal and really complimented each dish. The fingerling potatoes were well flavoured, and textured (not overcooked) and went well to ‘fill out’ the salmon dish. The tufts of salad and greens intermingled throughout each of the courses were also well thought out. I was very satisfied with the portions of each meal.

Scallops: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
Sides (fries + Rapini): http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
Mac & Cheese: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
Salmon (terrible photo – apologies): http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
Bread: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

Lastly, we have the desserts. The desserts were a daily variety comprised of a cookie plate (3 each of: chocolate chip cookies + coconut macaroons + lemon shortbread) and profiteroles (each dessert was $7). The profiteroles were filled with store-bought ice cream and drizzled with milk chocolate. The pastry that encompassed the ice cream was well done- a perfect ‘crusty’ texture to compliment the oozy ice cream. It was firm, yet light, with definite substance - and I appreciated that. The cookies were also quite solid, with the chewy macaroons being my favourite. They were moist and had a great chewy-dense texture. The shortbreads had a strong (nice) lemon flavour, which cut the inherent richness of the dessert – though I would have to say they were quite light to begin with. The chocolate chip cookies were also strong – gooey and soft. I loved that it had both white and milk chocolate, but no nuts! I really despise macadamia nuts and was excited to find that they did not infect and taint my cookie. However, the desserts, unfortunately, were not quite as strong as their counterparts earlier on in the meal. Next time, if I had to cut out one thing, it would be a dessert. However, one dessert would be a perfect amount to share amongst the table and end off an otherwise (almost) perfect meal.

Profiteroles (3 pieces): http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
Cookie plate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

I would highly recommend Weezie’s as I have yet to find such an affordably priced resto, yet with such a capable kitchen and wait-staff. I really hope they maintain their quality and prices so that I may make this a regular stop. An absolute gem, and I am so happy to have tried it. This is good ol' fashioned comfort food done well. Nothing too fancy, but it hits all the right spots. You get exactly what you want (and more - when considering the Mac & Cheese), and you leave satisfied. The menu is quite limited, but the space is small so it's understandable for inventory purposes. Constance is a very talented young Chef and I cannot wait to see what she does with the place and where she takes it. Thanks once again to grandgourmand and Googs for pointing this one out to me. Doubt I will ever make my way to Gilead again, if I have to pass by Weezie’s. Why would I pay $9 for a sandwich, when I could have a to-die-for Mac & Cheese for $12 at lunch? I just cannot wait to return. I think I'll try the famed burger next time. I should probably make another reservation soon…

Weezie’s menu: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

Cheers and Happy Eating!

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  1. Thanks for the great review!

    ... but the link you posted for the photo of their menu is too impossibly small to read. :)

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    1. re: Bueno

      Apologies! I have uploaded the original jpeg onto my photostream now.

      Please see amended version: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

      Thanks for the note.

    2. Hey BokChoi - I'll leave you the same msg I left on ur pic ... so are there any pieces of truffles or mushrooms, even, in the mac&cheese? It sure does sound delicious!

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      1. re: jennjen18

        Oh - and do they have a website? I tried searching and got nothing ...

        1. re: jennjen18

          unfortunately, no website -
          http://www.chow.com/places/2199

        2. re: jennjen18

          Hi jennjen18, I have just uploaded a new photo - thanks for the message. I hope this version is satisfactory.

          No, unfortunately there are no truffles or mushrooms - the cheese (asiago) manages to achieve that earthiness that I love so much all on its own. I would really love a shave or two of truffle on top! But alas, I would not be willing to pay for such decadence. $14 is a great price for such a dish. The last time I ordered a truffle pasta at Clio in Boston, it was during the Spring Season and it was about $80 a plate. A dash or two of the oil would probably cheer me up a bit - though honestly, this dish does not need much tinkering.

          Cheers!

        3. well done, nice review. keep it up :D

          ill try this place soon

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          1. re: sleepy

            Thanks sleepy - I will attempt to do my best to improve my reviews each time. Please do let me know how you enjoy it. I think the place is such a find. One must go in with expectations in check though! I am not promising the world, only that the meal is a great one and at such an unbeatable price.

            Cheers!

          2. Glad you enjoyed the place. I really enjoy it. the pricing and atmosphere are great. And aside from the food, I'm glad you noticed the server's attention to...well, service.

            I really do like the steak tartare. I've only had it once. From what I recall, it was a mild flavour. Then again, I was somewhat used to the horse tartare at Batifole which I admit is heavily seasoned/spiced.

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            1. re: grandgourmand

              I think I have been to Batifole, but unfortunately did not have the opportunity to try the horse tartare - it has been a many years since my last visit though. Perhaps I will look into it again. I agree it was a mild-flavoured tartare, but it was just a touch too sour for my tastes, I prefer it spiced a different way (worcestershire sauce, more anchovies, etc.), but that is just my preference. Thanks once again for the recommendation.

              Thanks for posting the address, JaimeK. I forgot about the most important aspect of a review!

              Address:
              354 King St. E. (at Power St.) 416-777-9339

              Cheers!

            2. Great review, there, BokChoi. Could you comment on the wine selection?

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              1. re: hungry_pangolin

                Hello hungry_pangolin,

                Sorry, unfortunately I cannot comment on the wine selection as I did not have wine with my meal. Hopefully a fellow CHer can be of more assistance.

                Cheers

                1. re: hungry_pangolin

                  The wine list is short, well-chosen, and value driven. Strictly LCBO material, but it's evident they do their homework on the bargain releases. They know the neighbourhood well enough to know we want moderately-priced food-friendly wines.

                2. This sounds great--suitable for a simple birthday meal for a spouse, do you think?

                  On a more general note, you need to know that your reviews are always appreciated. I enjoy your simple, balanced observations and opinions; you're never one to either gush to the point of being mushy or let minor issues dampen an otherwise good experience. And of course, your diplomacy in responding to differing views is very admirable. :)

                  You are a true Chowhound and we could always use more of the same!

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                  1. re: homebaker

                    Thank you kindly for your generous praise. I am humbled by your sentiments. I am so very glad that you have enjoyed my reviews and posts. I will strive to continue to improve my posts to keep in your good graces. I am so happy to hear that my posts are appreciated.

                    I would agree that this is a wonderful little place for a simple birthday meal. I would not say it is a 'special occasion' resto, just because it's more neighbourhood-cosy-bistro IMO, so yes, it would satisfy your requirement for something simple. The price point is affordable and the food is basic, but done very well. I cannot comment on consistency, as I have only been there once - but judging from the views of other CHers, it appears that they have never given a bad performance.

                    I thank you once again, and I hope you enjoy your meal. Please report back afterward!

                    Cheers

                    1. re: homebaker

                      homebaker & lemonlauren, the romance table at Weezie's is tucked into the southeast corner of the room. That one allows you to hold hands and look out the window. Very nice by candlelight.

                      1. re: Googs

                        Thanks for the insider info, Googs.

                        Now to arrange for the babysitting... :)

                        1. re: Googs

                          There's also this table,
                          http://www.spotlighttoronto.com/_medi...

                          I've been craving weezies for the last few days.

                      2. this place has been on my radar as recommended by CHers repeatedly when i request an ambient, affordable space for a romantic meal...but i never knew just what sort of food they served! thank you so much for photographing the menu and sharing about the food! the salmon sounds right up my fishy-alley and i am sure the fiance will love the burger or mac and cheese. definately my next dinner date destination, and i will report back with comments on the wine list :)

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                        1. re: LemonLauren

                          The burger is really good. Not as good as Allen's on Danforth, but close. Make sure you stress if you want it medium rare or something. Last couple of times, it was a tad overdone, but still quite juicy.

                          It's a great casual place, friendly service, and affordable.

                          1. re: grandgourmand

                            Thanks for the tip grandgourmand. I will emphasize the doneness of the meat - I hope they can accomodate my request. The last few times I have asked for ground meat done less than 'well' - I was denied my request. Guess they did not trust the quality of their butchered and ground meat. Good to hear that Weezies stands by their product.

                          2. re: LemonLauren

                            You are most welcome. Glad I could be of some assistance. This place will definitely fit your bill then, and the best place I can think of at the moment that can satisfy all the aforementioned criteria. I hope you do enjoy and please do report back about the win list!

                            Cheers

                          3. Thanks for all the great info this place looks perfect! Watching the budget a bit more closely these days and this is exactly what we were looking for.

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                            1. re: abigllama

                              You're welcome. Please do let us know what you think.
                              Cheers!

                            2. Went back to Weezie's for lunch this time. I ordered the buger, and my dining companions each had the mac & cheese because they were so impressed with it last time.

                              They decided to change the mac & cheese this time and unfortunately, it was for the worse. Quite saddening! But it was still an amazing dish, it just wasn't as great as the first try. It was a bit watery, and there were chunks of ham in it this time. I was most impressed in the past experience by the texture and dryness of the mac &cheese. This time it appears as though the pasta was not as well-drained. Perhaps they had just boiled the pasta, and had not had an opportunity to really have it 'air dry' before adding the cheese sauce (?). The ham was a nice textural addition, but it did make it a tad saltier ( I have a natural aversion to salt, and to pork for that matter). It was still great, but it wasn't a 'revelation' as the first sampling.
                              mac & cheese: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
                              Closeup: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

                              I also had the soup (roasted cauliflower) - same as last time, but this time I actually had a taste of it. A very hearty soup with lots of depth of flavour from excellent spicing, and very robust from the roasting of the vegetable. An excellent soup. Its appearance was different from the first time, so I am not sure if this changed as well.
                              Cauliflower Soup: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

                              BUT! The most amazing dish was about to be consumed. The hamburger - simply wondrous. It was exceptionally juicy - the juices were flowing down my arm. The meat was flavourful, and studded with bits of onions ( I really dislike it when raw onion is added on top of the patty - all burgers should incorporate onion into the meat like this! Cooked onions taste so much better than raw). Thanks to grandgourmand's suggestion, I requested the burger to be as 'rare as possible' - and it came out medium rare. Did I mention how juicy this burger was as a result? It was unlike anything else I've had, just because most places require it to be cooked to medium-well, or even well-done. Bravo for Weezie's quality of ground meat.

                              Burger: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
                              Inside the patty: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

                              I hope that the mac & cheese was just a one-off, and that their pasta was not well drained. It's still great, but I hope they can repeat their fantastic performance from my last visit. I am still extremely impressed with Weezie's. The price is not prohibitive, and the food is truly stellar. I will definitely return to test out my 'consistency' theory!

                              Cheers!

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                              1. re: BokChoi

                                Glad you liked the burger...reminds me that I need my fix.

                                If you like that one, you should also try Allen's on Danforth. A very good burger that you can also request rare.

                                1. re: grandgourmand

                                  Thanks grandgourmand. I will give that one a try as well. Is there anything else worthy in that location/area while I am there? Just would be a trip there, so would like to know if there's anything else noteworthy. Burger was exceptional, thanks for the suggestion.
                                  TIA

                              2. Kickass review! Definitely checking it out.

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                                1. re: satoorisme

                                  Thanks satoorisme. Do report back once you have tried it.
                                  Cheers!

                                2. Weezie's is...an unqualified hit. I'd actually been meaning to try it out for a quite a while, and now I can say that it's a shame that I've waited this long. As many of the positives have already been aptly covered in this thread, I'll just chime in with a few additional (and possibly hyperbolic) thoughts.

                                  First impression on a Friday night is that the neighbourhood appears quaint and friendly, and the storefront is classy and unassuming. The restaurant is set in an intriguing structure that, when viewed from the front, is reminiscent of the narrow Gooderham building at Church and Front. Nice view of the church and a small park across the way. Street parking is readily available.

                                  Onto the food: good bread and butter to start. The braised short rib poutine is back on the menu! With our group of six we tried the poutine, cod cakes, and escargots, and all three were standout. Sauces in all three were highly complementary: delicious gravy mingling with rib in the poutine, horseradish mayo with cod cakes, the highly addictive wonder (as per menu: prosciutto, garlic, tomatoes, butter) that was the base of the escargot, sopped up with toast points.

                                  Mains: I had a taste of both the salmon nicoise and the scallops. Both were very solid, and constructed with well-thought out sides. My burger was just fantastic: amazingly juicy and plain delicious, topped with discernible cheddar and crisp bacon. Fries were also excellent. However, despite the high quality of everything else, it was the Mac'n'Cheese that topped them all! Now, it's not like I've tried hundreds of this dish in all my various travels or anything like that, but regardless, this Mac'n'Cheese easily surpassed any other I've had before. It was just this rich, heady, and yes, earthy delight with a superb crust on top, artfully delicious pasta, with the smokiness of the bacon making its presence felt within. We ordered it as an extra main for everyone to share, and we were all taken in at first bite. A revelation.

                                  In closing, I would say that Ms. Constance and her minimalist staff have the neighbourhood 'bistro' down to an art. All points hit, from that mentioned above to the cozy, ambient room, to the attentive yet relaxed service. I wish we had gotten around to the desserts, and next time I'd like to give a shot to dishes like the Chicken Paillard and the pappardelle. All in all, bravo Constance!

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                                  1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                    Great review. Since OP's original recommendation, I've -still- been waiting for the opportunity to head out there myself. Schedule's been a little bit bonkers lately, unfortunately...

                                    1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                      Great to hear you enjoyed yourself Chester Elegante.

                                      Your table must have been the table preventing me from making a reservation! I attempted to go last Friday, but they were booked solid until 9PM. I had to settle instead on Le Select (never my first choice).

                                      I have not tried the pasta or the chicken dishes, though based on my previous experiences with her mains, I cannot see them being misses. I was less impressed with desserts, but they were still quite good. I think her strong points are definitely her apps and mains. Best to perhaps share a dessert amongst the table to get the most of the experience!

                                      homebaker, hope you get to try it soon. It is so very good.

                                      Cheers!

                                      1. re: BokChoi

                                        Hah..naw that wasn't us. We were there the week before that. I just hadn't gotten around to writing anything.

                                        btw, isn't there a different pastry chef that takes care of the desserts?

                                        1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                          You could be right about the dessert pastry chef. Not too sure about that. Usually that is the case. Either way, I was not too impressed with the pastries like I was about the mains.

                                    2. Do they take reservations? We were thinking about heading over Saturday, called and got the machine which just listed hours. If we make it will report back on the mac & cheese because I have a big craving for this.

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                                      1. re: abigllama

                                        They do. I've left a message and they've called me back quite quickly in the past. Enjoy!

                                        1. re: Minnow

                                          Thanks very much we're in for Saturday!

                                          1. re: abigllama

                                            Had an amazing meal here tonight and wanted to report in. It's a craptacular day in Toronto with mix of cold rain and wet snow...so comfort food couldn't be more appealing! Arriving off the street chilled to the damn bone, the starter of the famous Roasted Cauliflour Soup was excellent. Very hearty but thin and refreshing at the same time. Partner got the burger. It's a very close second to the Harbord Room burger. It was cooked well but the beef just didn't seem as fresh...again this was an amazing burger but by a small margain just wasn't as good as Harbord. I had the Mac and Cheese and it was amazing. I can't think of when I've been more appreciative of a really great mac and cheese. Coming in out of the cold and noshing on this was just what I needed. It had some finely diced ham in it, but wasn't watery at all. For Bok I think you got a bad batch, because mine was excellent. The only water was from the small bit of oil from the cheeses.

                                            We followed up by splitting a cookie platter for dessert. The entire meal was excellent and around $120 tax in for the great food, coctails, and a bottle of wine. Outstanding and is now a mainstay on our fave resto list. Thanks chowhounders for the heads up on this place!

                                            1. re: abigllama

                                              abigllama,

                                              Glad to hear you had an amazing experience. You are right, the weather nowadays is perfect for homecooked-style food. I plan to head back next week and am glad to hear the mac and cheese is back to an excellent level. I think the last time I went I was early (arrived at 11:50AM) and they had just prepped the pasta for my serving and it did not have an opportunity to air dry (perhaps?). Cannot wait to try it again.

                                              Harbord Room is that great, eh? Are their other dishes as standout as well? I may need to give that one a try.

                                              Cheers!

                                              1. re: BokChoi

                                                Yup, Harbord room's burger is better by anose. They serve it on a nice fluffy eggy bun plus I find that the patty is much juicier.

                                                I did enjoy Weezie's burger when I was there though plus I can't wait to try this mac and cheese you all are raving about!

                                                1. re: deabot

                                                  Thanks deabot and abigllama. I'll give it a try and report back.
                                                  Cheers!

                                                2. re: BokChoi

                                                  Yes Harbord is good stuff. Some of the other items on the menu are a bit inconsistant but never bad. The burger is a standby and is excellent and best in the city. W's is a runner up by about a hair though as debot mentioned so equally excellent. But yes I can't stress how much that mac and cheese hit the spot last night! When it showed up I thought the portion was a bit on the small side. But man it's rich and any more would have been too much. Outstanding!

                                                3. re: abigllama

                                                  Went to Weezie's about a month ago for dinner... had a really enjoyable evening. Should have written down what I ate, but didn't, and don't remember now, other than the food was fresh and tasty. I think I had crab cakes.
                                                  With this cold weather, Macaroni & cheese has been on my mind. I think I've got to hit there for lunch one day this week!

                                                  1. re: digiteyes

                                                    Not open for lunch (unless things have changed).

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                                                    Weezie's
                                                    354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

                                                    1. re: JamieK

                                                      Isn't Weezie's open Tuesday to Friday for lunch?

                                                      1. re: Dimbulb

                                                        Yes! Sorry about that. It it is, according to this -
                                                        http://www.torontoplus.ca/bars_restau...

                                                        (wish they had a website)

                                                    2. re: digiteyes

                                                      Unless they have changed their hours, I have uploaded a photo of their business hours. I took this photo a couple of months ago.

                                                      business hours: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

                                                      Cheers!

                                            2. Is Weezie's open on Sundays?

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                                              1. re: satoorisme

                                                satoorisme, best to call. The last time I went was a while back, so they may have altered opening times due to economic times. On weekends, they were only open for dinner.

                                                1. re: BokChoi

                                                  Just came back from birthday + anniversary dinner there with the fam. Two words = SIMPLY SUBLIME! We kicked it off with one app. which was a braised short ribs poutine... ribs were succulent and tender almost to perfection! wish it was thick cut fries instead of frites though and they were a little on the salty and burnt side. The tiny balls of mozzarella in it were a tad cold and some of them weren't even melted at all! The ribs and gravy were a saving grace on this dish tonight. For mains, we ordered 1 pan-fried arctic char, scallops, mac-n-cheese, and burger with frites! Pretty simple bistro fare but splendidly executed. The only mishaps were the frites which we again found a bit too salty and burnt (+ even too puny for frites) and mac-n-cheese was a tad oily for my liking but, my sister, who happens to be a big fan of mac-n-cheese, loved it. Oh, one more thing (my apology to all my fellow chowhoundites because this one has nothing to do with the food), the fact that our server was such a hunk with a deep sexy voice was just icing on the cake we didn't even have, HA! Thanks for the megawesome review again, BokChoi!

                                                  1. re: satoorisme

                                                    satoorisme,
                                                    I am very happy to hear you enjoyed the meal at Weezie's. Glad to also hear they are still fantastic. The fries have been a bit iffy for me in the past, but when they are on their game, it is quite good. I did not realize they had poutine on the menu now. Sounds fantastic. Must make sure to try out their new menu sometime when I get the chance. Their menu is limited, but that helps them specialize and perfect their dishes. Now I will have something new to try out. Thanks for the review satoorisme.

                                                    Cheers and Happy Eating!

                                                    1. re: BokChoi

                                                      I was so crushed that they took off the cauliflower soup, the salted cod cakes and the salmon niçoise! they still have the beef tartare though... definitely give the braised oxtail ribs poutine a go! so, so goooood!

                                                      1. re: satoorisme

                                                        Oh that's so sad. But it's great to hear the rest of it is still great. Variety is needed when one has such a limited menu I guess. I must make it out there. I was thinking about the fries being used for the poutine and I would agree they are a bit thin for sopping up the gravy, and would collapse under the weight of the cheese. Interesting choice for them. Hopefully they'll read the posts and cut the fries a bit thicker!

                                              2. I went on Wednesday night and would have to agree with most posts; the food is honest and well-prepared. I had the steak tartare to start, which I presume is made with the striploin they use for their steak frites. It had great flavour and texture and was just the right amount to start with. I followed with the peppardelle - a dish I'm surprised no one has mentioned. The noodles are homemade and handcut; the sauce is oil, carmelized garlic, pine nuts, basil, cherry tomatoes, and parmigiano. It is the simplest of dishes, but it was bursting with flavour. They used the right amount of oil so that the pasta was coated but not oily. My mother had the char with an anchovy vinaigrette. It was slightly overdone but she said the flavour of the vinaigrette was great with the fish. The only mediocre dish was the pecan pie, which we found a little on the dry side and somewhat lacking in flavour. This is definitely a place I will revisit.

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                                                1. re: sloweater

                                                  sloweater,

                                                  I have always wanted to try the pasta because it sounded so good. Each time I crumble and order the mac & cheese. Their desserts are not their strong-suit, but they are basic and decent. Nothing special though. I had dessert the first visit, and never ordered them again. Nice to know they added a new fish dish as well. Their salmon was good last time, but very basic. The char sounds great.
                                                  Thanks for the review sloweater.

                                                  1. re: BokChoi

                                                    I can't attest to the mac 'n' cheese because I haven't had it yet, but I was very happy with the peppardelle. Next time out I plan to try it. I'm also intrigued by the fennel and radish salad. Has anyone had it recently?

                                                2. We went this weekend based on the glowing reviews here. My wife and I ordered the peppardelle and sloweater was pretty well bang on. Simple but excellent flavors and perfect al dente texture. Others at the table had the scallops (very good!) and the steak frites (not bad, a bit on the salty side). The wine list was short, basic and inexpensive.

                                                  For dessert, the table shared the pecan pie and the profiteroles pastry. The pie was a bit too soft as it just melted with cutting. Taste was fine. The profiteroles are essentially 3 puff pastries with vanilla ice cream.

                                                  Overall, very good meal considering the price. Service and ambiance was also good. Someone said this was kind of like good home cooking. I would have to agree.

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                                                  1. re: syoung

                                                    syoung,

                                                    Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. The profiteroles were not bad - I enjoyed the puff pastry texture. The ice cream is just store bought stuff, so I didn't get too excited about it, nor did I order it again. Not bad though. The chef is quite talented, and young too. I have to make it out for some poutine and pasta sometime soon. It may be a while before I make it back into town though. Too bad.

                                                  2. It doesn't need repeating, but I just went for the first time last week and I echo everything: it was fantastic! Service was great, my main dish of seared char, green beans and fingerling potatoes was delicious (if a bit oily...) and so were the frites. I cannot WAIT to go back and try the famous Mac & Cheese!

                                                    Wonderful find. So rare to find an unassuming, but solidly great resto in TO.

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                                                    1. re: aliu99

                                                      Thanks for the report aliu99. Glad you enjoyed the meal. I am going to try and make my own mac and cheese later this week because I'm craving some Weezie's M&C, but can't access it right now.

                                                      1. re: BokChoi

                                                        Also went for the first time last Saturday. Reservation was at 8 and we were promptly seated. Wine list starts at about $34. Very palatable. Shared the Mac and Cheese as an appetizer. Perfect size for 2 to share. Lived up to all of its billing and also is the first dish in Now Magazine's Dinner Entrees for $15 or under issue. Had the pasta which was tasty. A nice sized portion. Desserts were as noted in the other posts. Too bad the cookies were not on the dessert menu. Service was attentive. All and all a good experience at a reasonable price.

                                                        1. re: Attknee

                                                          Thanks for the review Attknee. Sounds like it was a smashing success.

                                                    2. I'm finally going to try this place tonight! I'm not sure exactly when I'll arrive (8pm and onward) and I'm not sure how busy this place usually is. Do you think I'll have a problem grabbing a table for 2?

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                                                      1. re: LTL

                                                        I would call for a reservation - very small room so it can fill up quickly...

                                                        1. re: LTL

                                                          Reservations are highly recommended. There are only a handful of tables, otherwise you would have to wait for a 10pm seating or so. Let us know how it went. Hope you made it in.

                                                          1. re: BokChoi

                                                            Didn't make it there last night, unfortunately. Was vetoed in the end :( Fate just doesn't seem to want me to go there...unless I dine solo, which I'm not a fan of!

                                                            1. re: LTL

                                                              Ah next time. Do report back when you give them a try.

                                                              1. re: BokChoi

                                                                I finally visited Weezie's last week. I had the escargot as a starter. The toast that came with the dish was sublime when dipped in the garlic butter sauce. Some of the scargot were a touch on the chewy side while others were just right. I could have had a bowl of that sauce though!

                                                                As a main, I tried the highly lauded mac n cheese but I couldn't even eat half of it. Thank goodness my dining companion managed to polish off most of it for me. I think it's because my palette for cheese is still quite inexperienced and this mac n cheese was abundant in its combination of cheeses. Too earthy for me. I had a bite of my friend's burger, however, which I really enjoyed.

                                                                1. re: LTL

                                                                  Happy to hear you enjoyed it LTL and finally made it there. Hope it lived up to your expectations. Thanks to Googs and GrandGourmand to pointing this one out to me. It is such a great find. They deserve all the credit.

                                                        2. So I finally made it to Weezie’s last night after reading BokChoi’s excellent review months ago. I’ll start by saying that while I live downtown, this is not a neighborhood spot for me, and I had to drive. I called on the way and they told me that it was an unusually slow night walking in would be fine. My SO and I arrived just after 8 and the place was barely 2/3 full. I really liked the vibe, cosy and warm and the tables are well-spaced as mentioned before.

                                                          We started with the steak tartare and cod cakes. My first thought after tasting the tartare was that it reminded me of relish. Although I finished it, I found the dish to be overly pickly (although I prefer overly pickled to overly mustard tasting at Nota Bene!). I don’t think I would order it again, although the only other appy options were salads, escargots and a tomato soup. I wish the poutine had still been an option! I only got a few bites of the fish cakes and found them to be light and delicious. I guess I haven’t tried cod cakes many times before, because I was expecting something heavier and greasier (from the battered outside). The SO loved them and we would definitely order them again. I thought both dishes were generous portions.

                                                          SO followed with the artic char with anchovy vinaigrette ($19). It came on a bed of green beans, fingerling potatoes, roasted beets and some arugula. Unlike Sloweater’s experience, the fish was incredibly underdone, almost to the point of being raw. It was delicious but I’m not sure that the underdone-ness wasn’t a mistake. A nice, light meal and while the fish had a great grilled crust, I didn’t think it was a standout dish.

                                                          I obviously HAD to try the mac and cheese ($15) – this being the main reason we went - and it certainly lived up to its expectations! There was just the right amount of crusty topping and the small pieces of ham were delicious. I didn’t find it oily or watery at all. It was essentially heaven in a bowl (although cheese and pasta are my two all-time favorite food items). It definitely had an earthiness that reminded me of truffles. The portion was perfect – it more than filled me up and there was enough for the SO to have 6 big bites.

                                                          Neither of us had dessert (we were exhausted and full) and the bill came to just over $80 with one glass of wine, 2 appys, 2 entrees and tax and tip. My overall impression is that if it was within walking distance I would be a frequent patron but I’m not sure that it’s worth the drive (aside from the mac n cheese which I could even do as takeout). While the price was right, the fish could easily be made at home and the steak tartare was only so-so. The service was excellent and the dishes were well-spaced, if not a bit too much time between courses. All in all a good experience, but not one I’ll be rushing back to recreate. The next BokChoi tip I’ll be following up is Mt Everest, although I live down the street from Little India and Trimurti on Queen so I’lll be focusing on the Nepalese dishes. Any suggestions?

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                                                          1. re: foodio

                                                            foodio,

                                                            Thanks for the review and the compliment. Much appreciated!

                                                            As for Mt Everest, I have been only twice. A friend highly recommended it and took me there. I have only tried their vegetarian Thali dinner for two and I highly recommend that. It was very flavourful and filling. Great price too at $35 for two. I have not tried the Nepalese dishes though, unfortunately. I asked my friend about it and they said they wouldn't necessarily vouch for it, but didn't elaborate. From the Indian portion of the menu, it seems like they took great pride in their product and I could see that easily translating to their Nepalese cuisine. I could try to find out more and get back to you. Sorry I couldn't help you further.

                                                            1. re: BokChoi

                                                              foodio,
                                                              I spoke with my DC and she said that she was underwhelmed with the Nepalese food. But she said it might just be due to the fact that she is not a fan of that type of cuisine. She found it 'bland'. I unfortunately cannot comment because I haven't tried it. All I can say is that I very much enjoyed their vegetarian set menu for $35 for two. Excellent value and good food. Naan there is excellent. Sorry for the delay.

                                                          2. Hey everyone,

                                                            I had a chance to check out Weezie's on Saturday night-the same day as when Mintz reviewed the restaurant in the Star so I was lucky to have a reservation!!

                                                            Started out with the steak tartare, found it deliciously acidic, slightly vinegary and perfectly salty.
                                                            Mr. Muffin Top had the macaroni and cheese, which was gooey, creamy, but the macaroni was cooked al dente so had a bit of texture to it among the slobbery juiciness of the cheese and bacon.
                                                            I had the arctic char, it was pan fried then I think finished in the oven? It was absolutely delicious, moist, buttery and a standout. Beets were awesome, just wish there were more! Anchovy sauce was interesting kind of oily but paired well with the beans and potato.
                                                            Finished off with profiteroles which were OKAY, I think I should have waited longer for the ice cream to set in.
                                                            Dinner was $80 with glass of wine.

                                                            Next time I will be trying the burger, steak and a side of broccoli. Sad there was no cookie plate!

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                                                            1. re: Muffin__Top

                                                              If you like the burger rare, make sure to emphasize that. While it's a really good burger, they've overdone it a couple times.

                                                              I really enjoyed the steak tartare. That's a dish where it's tough to get consensus agreement. I like mine well seasoned, others don't.

                                                              1. re: Muffin__Top

                                                                Glad to hear they got a good review. Happy to hear that you enjoyed the meal!

                                                                1. re: BokChoi

                                                                  http://www.thestar.com/living/article...

                                                                  1. re: Googs

                                                                    Thanks for the link Googs. Looks great. Wonder if I'll still be able to get a table. Good for them! Hope more restaurants follow in their footsteps (good value, great tasting food).

                                                              2. Question : Czehoski also has a mac and cheese.. has anyone tried both? Which one would be better..? Or, well, in general then, as a whole restaurant?

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                                                                1. re: jennjen18

                                                                  I'm almost certain the consensus will be that Weezies is a superior restaurant to Czehoski.

                                                                  1. re: jamesm

                                                                    Czehoski is becoming less and less about the food, particularly now that Nathan is gone. I've always found the service sub-par for a dining experience as well.

                                                                    Contrast that with Weezie's where the service was attentive yet unobtrusive and the food overall was quite good, especially at the price point.

                                                                  2. re: jennjen18

                                                                    I've had the mac and cheese at both. Weezie's is better IMO. It has a stronger cheese flavour and the noodles were cooked just right. Czehoski's just didn't have the depth of flavour. Also, it didn't seem to be in the oven for long so it didn't have that great crusty top.

                                                                    1. re: jmaxi

                                                                      Crusty top is a must! Will definitely try out Weezies then, based on your recs... Will report back!

                                                                      1. re: jennjen18

                                                                        You must order the mac&cheese. The burger is hit and miss, but when it's done rare, it's fantastic. Their soups are also quite good.

                                                                        1. re: BokChoi

                                                                          BC, this restaurant doesn't seem to have a website... do you know if it opens saturday lunchtime? Thanks!

                                                                          1. re: BokChoi

                                                                            Or even for Sunday dinner???

                                                                            1. re: jennjen18

                                                                              Lunch Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
                                                                              Dinner hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m.

                                                                              1. re: Googs

                                                                                No more lunch service at Weezies, but they're now opened for dinner on Tuesday nights.

                                                                                Went to Weezie's for my first time this past Friday night. Friend and I both had the soup of the day - a sweet onion puree. Delicious, deeply layered caramelized flavours. I had scallops, well prepared, good texture, delicious sides, and friend had the steak frites. Perfect medium rare, lovely piece of beef, good char flavour. Forgot to try the frites, but he seemed to enjoy them!

                                                                                We shared the profiteroles, which were good (I have to say I enjoyed a version of this dish more at Mildred's Temple Kitchen).

                                                                                I will definitely be heading back soon. What a great little gem! Thanks for the point in the right direction, BokChoi.

                                                                                1. re: Yum2MyTum

                                                                                  is this place still open? It sounds so good, and has anyone been back recently?

                                                                                  1. re: iheartpie

                                                                                    My husband and I were there for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I had the salade aux lardons appetizer, which was okay (the poached egg was breaded (!) and overcooked and the vinaigrette lacked zing).

                                                                                    For mains, I had the sardines with breadcrumbs, fried onions and tomato puree; this was a great dish: the sardines were butterflied and boned before being fried. The dish reminded me of fried kippers and onions.

                                                                                    My husband had the hamburger, which was tasty but overdone (he asked for medium-rare and received a burger with not a hint of pink inside); it still managed to be pretty juicy, though.

                                                                                    All in all, it was a decent meal, but this is not a place I'd keep going to on a regular basis. I see it more as a neighbourhood restaurant (and it's not in our 'hood).

                                                                                    1. re: Tatai

                                                                                      I've had all of those dishes, though the burger not as recently as the rest.

                                                                                      The salad you describe, Tatai, I've had on several occasions and so I say with confidence that if your panko-crusted poached egg wasn't perfectly soft-poached, it was an off-night indeed and not the norm. The interplay of yolk and vinagrette are necessary to the success of the dish which explains your less than satisfactory experience.

                                                                                      That sardine prep is incredibly sexy and delicious. Such great mouthfeel too. I could eat that once a week for a month.

                                                                                      The burger, well I think she should drop if off the menu for a while until the idea excites her again.

                                                                                      It is, as you say, more of a neighbourhood place. That said, I'd cross town for any of her seafood dishes whether app or main.

                                                                                      1. re: Googs

                                                                                        I have to agree with Googs about the salad - it sounds like unfortunately you had an off night. I had it a couple of months ago and it was a fantastic contrast of textures with the crispy panko egg and runny yolk mixing with the acidic vinaigrette.

                                                                                        1. re: ms. clicquot

                                                                                          A panko-crusted poached egg sounds like a problem waiting to happen. Is it a case of soft poaching an egg, then coating this delicate object in panko and frying it? Seems like the potential exists to push the yolk's firmness too far.

                                                                                          1. re: toboggan3

                                                                                            Yes, I actually asked how they made it because the yolk of mine stayed very runny and I couldn't imagine how that could be possible after frying it. I can certainly see how easy it would be to overcook it in a matter of seconds.

                                                                                            1. re: ms. clicquot

                                                                                              Yet I've never had one that's less than perfect. Constance is a wonder in the kitchen and, yes, I've always marvelled at how she pulls off that trick in such a busy restaurant. That it happened once may perhaps be chalked up to some new staff by her side. They'll get there if my last meal less than a week ago is any indication. Mine and hubby's were both delightful.

                                                                                              1. re: Googs

                                                                                                Thanks to you CHers, I chose Weezie's as the spot for my bday celebration and it lived up to all the praise and acclaim in this thread. The food is simple and superb, and at very reasonable prices. Please don't tell them I said so, but they could easily add $3-5 on each of the mains and I'd still be willing to pay. But part of what is so appealing (besides the great ambience and intimate space) is that you can actually food of this great quality for prices that aren't associated with upscale, fine dining.

                                                                                                I love that menu isn't too complicated or broad, and there are only six mains on the menu. The menu's since been updated from the previous photo posted by BokChoi (great reveiw, btw). I've got a photo of it along with a full write-up on my food blog.

                                                                                                As many have mentioned, the Mac & Cheese ($9) is served in a shallow round dish and is close to perfection. The top layer is crunchy, the inside is gooey with asiago, gran pardano and parmesan cheese and the bits of bacon add a surprising hit of texture and saltiness (though I think next time I'd get it without bacon).

                                                                                                For some reason, I was in a carb-overload mode, and I choose a pasta to follow. I justify this because the Pappardelle ($17) is vegetarian, and therefore might be considered a "light" option. Right? Ha. The wide noodles were al dente and covered with basil, tomatoes, parmesan and pine nuts. I ravish this dish and can’t recommend it highly enough.

                                                                                                There are two dessert options on the chalkboard and I opted for Chocolate Pot de Creme with Coconut Macaroons ($8). The chocolate is expectantly rich and the macaroons are surprisingly addictive (this coming from someone who’s not a huge coconut fan).

                                                                                                Weezie's used to serve lunch but Constance explained to me that it was killing her lifestyle and she prefers concentrating on dinner and having the time (and energy) to come out and chat with her diners and deliver the main dishes to each table herself, which I really respect.

                                                                                                Weezie's is now the first restaurant I recommend to non-foodie friends looking for a great restaurant in downtown Toronto. I know there's been some debate on hours, and they're now open Tuesday-Saturday 5:30-10pm. I know I'm a few years late discovering this gem, but now that I have, I'll be returning on the regular.

                                                                                                www.platoputas.com

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                                                                                                1. re: Platoputas

                                                                                                  "Weezie's is now the first restaurant I recommend to non-foodie friends looking for a great restaurant in downtown Toronto."

                                                                                                  I highly doubt that Weezie's would see this as a compliment...

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                                                                                                  1. re: Tatai

                                                                                                    Not totally sure but I think the implication is that the foodie friends would already know about Weezie's and not need a recommendation.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Tatai

                                                                                                      I see your point, but what that means to me is that while it's a resto that "foodie" types will enjoy as well, its combination of reasonable prices and unpretentious atmosphere, plus great food. make for a fabulous way to introduce those who might otherwise find themselves at some chain to something special.

                                                                                                      1. re: Tatai

                                                                                                        I consider Platoputas' last paragraph to be praise of the highest order, indeed. A restaurant so good you can recommend it to everyone you know without any reservations or provisos. I'd have to concur.

                                                                                                        1. re: Googs

                                                                                                          yeah but now it will be even harder to get a reservation....

                                                                                                          1. re: Googs

                                                                                                            That line was definitely meant to be a compliment. There are only a few restaurants I recommend that I believe will please people across the board. Meaning if a co-worker or acquaintance asks for restaurant advice (and I'm not very familiar with their food tastes or willingness to be adventurous) I go to my "non-foodie" restaurant recommends.

                                                                                                            Of course I've defintiely also recommend Weezie's to people who love food. But it's such an excellent, simple (in the best way), pleasing-to-all kind of restaurant that it makes my "mainstream" list as well. It's definitely praise in the highest order, plus it means in terms of word-of-mouth, Weezie's gets the most mentions.

                                                                                                            www.platoputas.com

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                                                                          2. Had my birthday dinner at Weezie's last Friday. Really liked the casual, unpretentious, yet professional atmosphere. Macaroni & cheese was well worth the calories, which I can't say for many versions at other restaurants. Hubby and I each ordered the steak frites, his rare, mine medium-rare, and both were cooked perfectly, which was maybe a first at a resto!! Frites were perfect, of the thin & crisp variety, served with a classic garlic aioli. Steak had nice char flavour.

                                                                            Only disappointment were the desserts, of which there really was only one option: malva pudding. There was also a bay leaf crème brulée advertised on the board, but we were advised it hadn't set. We decided against the pudding.

                                                                            All in all, we felt it was good value and a birthday-worthy destination. Hope they have more dessert options in the future, though.

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                                                                            1. re: Full tummy

                                                                              Oh man, you missed out on that malva pudding, I had it on Saturday night and it was so good, like a really complex sticky toffee pudding. A superb end to a stellar meal, Weezie's really is a gem.

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                                                                              1. re: childofthestorm

                                                                                Sounds better than I imagined. I was heading to a family member's home afterwards, where there was a homemade chocolate mousse caramel cake (for my birthday), so Weezie's offerings would have had to really tempt me to fill myself up with dessert! Unfortunately, the board where desserts are listed doesn't afford any opportunity for description, else I might have been swayed!!!

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                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                  The entire Weezie's menu sounds like that. If I didn't know how good the place was and saw that menu in their window, I might just keep walking. They don't dazzle it up with buzz words. Good on them.

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                                                                                  1. re: Googs

                                                                                    Oh, I don't need buzzwords, hahahaha. It's just that "pudding" can mean so many things and the idea of a sticky toffee-like pudding wasn't one that popped into my mind at that momen, whereas everyone knows what to expect with "steak frites".

                                                                                    1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                      We were skeptical about pudding too and asked the waiter and he went into this tale about how it comes with the ice cream that this dude makes for them sometimes, and he rides it by on his bike, and then to celebrate the arrival of the ice cream they make the special South African malva sticky pudding, and yeah....we were sold! Glad I was with my wife, she always asks.

                                                                                      1. re: childofthestorm

                                                                                        Oh, gosh, well, you lucked out then, as the woman who served us didn't offer any such information--except to say the crème brulée hadn't set!!! I, too, would have been sold.