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Weezie's

cynalan Jan 24, 2009 08:44 PM

At the recommendation of BokChoi from a Nota Bene thread, my SO and tried Weezie's tonight. It was an easy walk to the Alumnae Theatre so we didn't have to park twice.

Weezie's is a small bistro at 345 King St E. It is located in what appears to be an addition to a house and is identified only by a W in a circle. The restaurant is small seating only about 30 people.

Appetizers: I ordered the steak tartare which was quite good. It was nicely spiced with a variety of herbs and had a bit of a zing to it. Served with three spicy cornichon and three crostini. It was quite enjoyable. My SO ordered the cod cakes. I sample them and enjoyed them much more than most crab cakes we've tried... a more delicate flavour. They were quite crispy on the outside, soft and tender inside.

Mains: Steak and frite for me. The steak was OK, nothing to write home about. Not particularly spiced, maybe a bit of pepper. It was tender enough and cooked to perfection but was rather nondescript. On the other hand, the frites with garlic mayonnaise was excellent. I'm trying to watch the waist line and probably would have ordered seconds. Crispy on the outside, soft inside and delicately spiced. My SO ordered the scallops... 3 seared scallops servered on a dollop of scallop potatoes, garnished with frisee and seared cherry tomatoes. The dish worked well but was a bit on the small side. Don't mean this to sound sexist, but I think most guys would have walked away hungry. My wife is petite and found it just right.

Desserts: Only two on the menu: 1. Pecan Pie; 2. Profiteroles. My SO had the pie. It contained some very fresh pecans and was not overly sweet. I really detest sugary sweet sugar pie with a couple of pecans that masquerades as pecan pie. It was quite nice on a delicate, flaky pastry. Not outstanding but adequate.

Wine List: Sadly, the wine list is very short... only about 5 whites and 6 reds. Nothing really outstanding.

Service: Not particularly attentive, even though the restaurant was not full. After the first wine pour, we were pretty much on our own.

Overall impression: It was a good, not great dinner. Cost for 2 apps, 2 mains, 1 dessert and bottle of wine, with tip - $150. I would go again if we return to the theatre, but I would not consider it a destination that I would go out of my way to try. Given the choice between Weezie's and Batifole (a bit further north) I would choose the latter for the broader menu and fantastic wine list.

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  1. BokChoi RE: cynalan Jan 26, 2009 09:36 PM

    cynalan,

    Too bad you didn't get an opportunity to try the Mac and Cheese, or their burger. Those were their winning dishes. As were the salted cod cakes. Sorry to hear it wasn't a great experience. I love their mac & cheese and found it to be the best in the city. Desserts are not outstanding at all.

    I had a full review of Weezie's here that recommended some choice dishes. Next time do try their mac & cheese. It's a winner.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/563398
    Cheers

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      cynalan RE: BokChoi Jan 27, 2009 05:19 PM

      I really wish I could have tried the Mac & Cheese. Pasta, and most other carbs, are not on my to do list. Haven't been for about 2 years now. I've lost about 130 pounds and do not plan on putting them back on again. :) Fries and pasta are my nemesis. It took complete restraint to only sample the frites and leave most of them behind. Asked for veggies and the only option available was broccoli.

      Actually, I did not mean to imply that I was disappointed with Weezies. I did mention that the tartare was excellent, as were my wife's cod cakes. The mains were adequate (recognizing that I missed some of the star dishes) Desserts (2) and wines (11) were extremely limited but well priced.

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        BokChoi RE: cynalan Jan 28, 2009 07:23 AM

        I understand then. Good for you for maintaining such restraint when dining out. I doubt I could have your resolve. That is very impressive - 130 lbs.

        As for near the Canon, I would also recommend Linda's for Thai food as TorontoJo and Phoenikia have suggested. I have not tried Terroni's yet, that I can recall, but have heard good things. The options in that stretch of area are quite limited. Nothing much else comes to mind. I will try to give it some thought and if I think of anything else, I will get back to you. In the meantime, I have been working on a Linda Review and will post that to give you a sense of what to expect. The prices are approximate since I misplaced my receipt and have a terrible memory.

        Cheers cynalan.

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        cynalan RE: BokChoi Jan 27, 2009 05:22 PM

        By the way, BokChoi... I've read a lot of your reviews and find that we have similar tastes. My wife and I are back in Toronto this weekend at the Canon theatre. Any recommendations near by?

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          miranda RE: cynalan Jan 27, 2009 05:42 PM

          Terroni's on Adelaide just east of Yonge is a good spot...in an old Courthouse and the Jail Cells in the Basement are now Wine Cellars...good food ...great ambiance....I also concur with Bok Choi...Miranda

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            TorontoJo RE: cynalan Jan 28, 2009 04:28 AM

            Linda's, upstairs from Salad King, is a great choice before the theatre. They have a $30 prix fixe that is a great value. The curry fish hot pot is particularly wonderful.

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              phoenikia RE: TorontoJo Jan 28, 2009 06:20 AM

              Second the idea of Linda's. The soups are especially good, too.

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              CoffeeAddict416 RE: cynalan Jan 28, 2009 12:03 PM

              Has anyone been to the Superior on Yonge st near the Canon?
              I just noticed the other day that they have been awarded the wine spectator award of excellence award. I dunno how much weight that holds nor how much that affects their food.

              It's just a funny place because it's been around for as long as i can remember but no one i know has ever been and i've never heard it mentioned really.

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                TorontoJo RE: CoffeeAddict416 Jan 28, 2009 12:28 PM

                It's a decent spot. It won't blow you away with its cuisine, but the atmosphere is nice and the food and prices are reasonable. It gets recommended fairly regularly when people ask about restaurants near the Canon/Elgin/Winter Garden theatres.

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                  smr714 RE: CoffeeAddict416 Jan 30, 2009 05:56 PM

                  I used to go there with my Grandmother before a show (or even a movie at the old Imperial Six before the Pantages). I have always found the passable, filling and quick since they cater to the theatre crowd.

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                    Googs RE: CoffeeAddict416 Jan 31, 2009 07:06 AM

                    Superior does have a killer by the glass selection in addition to the bottles.

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                tjr RE: cynalan Jan 26, 2009 10:26 PM

                Last time I went to Batifole all of the food was incredibly oversalted, almost to the point of being inedible. Weezie's didn't seem to have that problem. I'm a guy and didn't walk away hungry. It's not my favourite bistrot, but I've found their food to be pretty reasonable (and not suffering from the drawbacks I've experienced at Batifole).

                1. haggisdragon RE: cynalan Jan 26, 2009 10:55 PM

                  Thanks for the review cynalan. I think you gave a fair impression. I've been to Weezie's a handful of times with my SO and we've always enjoyed it. We've always had the same server (I think he's the only server) and he's always been attentive and helpful with us. It's a small operation they have going there, and I think they do a good job with the resources they have. But I'd like to see a bit more variety on the menu, not a bigger menu, but switch it up a bit. I think that they could learn from Black Hoof's chalkboard menu. Personally I liked the very reasonably priced wine list.

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