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Nov 18, 2008 01:00 PM

Anyone been to Occasions Restaurant on Eastwood?

We live really close to this place and I've been somewhat tempted by the rib night special but we've never ventured in. Something tells me it may be a touch dive-y, but I could be totally wrong.

Is the food decent? Are they kid friendly? We have a 16 month old.

Would love to know what others' experiences have been.

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  1. haha - we live around the corner and I have often wondered the same thing. I would be interested to see if anyone posts.

    speaking of kid friendly - but on a totally other vibe - udupi palace seems to do well with the kid set.

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    1. re: Apple

      Hilarious. So I'm not alone in my judgment and curiosity, I guess.

      Never taken the kid to Udupi but I've been there myself. I'll put it on the list. Something tells me my son would like dosas...

    2. It's been a while, but I've been there. I used to live around the corner. We used to go for NTN Trivia and beer. I seem to remember the food was OK -- I quite liked it as a hang out. I was last there in 2001 -- so take this review with a grain of salt...

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      1. re: geoprincess

        I've been a few times actually.

        The food used to be a lot more reasonable but has gone up with the times. It's nothing really to write home about. My brother lives around the corner and goes often for the rib special. The ribs are braised/boiled and the meat literally falls off the bone, no smoke flavour whatsoever. Their BBQ sauce is very vinegary and made me cough a few times upon inhaling. Their burgers are passable, some of their diner classics are solid, their chef/owner may be Greek as their souvlaki is very nice.

        I have never really been impressed, but for a reasonable dinner I guess you could do worse.

        My brother has a 2 1/2 year old and they've always been very accomodating. It could use a makeover but it's not really a dive per se.....

      2. I've never been but I have some relatives who did just what geoprincess said, they've gone there regularly for years as a sort-of a Cheers-like neighbourhood hangout. They were there more for the drinks and the company than the food. One of them used to have Occasions cater their family parties and I remember the food being so-so, not horrible but not great.

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        1. re: JamieK

          Ok, so I just returned from Occasions. Contrary to my thoughts that it may be a dive, it was actually very respectable--just outdated. The staff was friendly and the service was relatively quick. My husband got the baked lasagna with a Caesar salad and garlic bread. He said the salad and bread won out over the lasagna but it was ok. *Note: this is not an authentic Caesar. It a run of the mill pub-style, replete with artificial bacon bits, but sometimes that's exactly what one is in the mood for...

          I had the cheese burger and poutine and was pleasantly surprised. The burger was generously sized, juicy and pretty flavourful---due in large part to the fact that it was flame broiled. Toppings were standard (lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, mustard, relish, ketchup).

          The poutine was ok. main complaint is that they don't use cheese curds, but rather shredded cheddar and mozzarella. But the gravy was was tasty and the fries were fine.

          I plan to go again to check out the souvlaki, wings and ribs (not at the same sitting, of course).

          I'll report back.

          p.s. Apparently the beer is cheap, but I couldn't partake b/c I'm pregnant.
          p.p.s They are kid-friendly. They had highchairs and offered us a kids menu, which we declined b/c our guy had already eaten.

        2. I see this post is from 5 years ago, but here I go anyways. This is one of my neighbourhood restaurant and they still have rib night every Thursday and they are amazing. The portion on the Veal, Chicken, Ribs and Homemade Burgers are huge. Any man will be satisfied. We take our kids their with us quiet often. It is a classy menu. I didn't like the Caesar salad at first as they served it with artificial bacon but I noticed they are ALWAYS upgrading their menu as they started using real bacon when I went back their recently to try that salad again! They have specials going on at least 4 days a week. I recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a classy menu!

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          1. re: redrosesrsweet

            I have to check this place out! Thanks for the tips everyone.

            1. re: redrosesrsweet

              Having grown up in the area, I've never been until last week. Definitely another case of judging a book by it's cover. Good thing the 80's will make another resurgence any day now... ;)

              I liked the food and decent beer selection -- even more variety than chains which only serve the mass brews. Friendly service. Sorry that I'd not ventured in years ago. Looking forward to trying the rest of the menu. This place will become part of the regular dinner rotation.