Disappointing lunch at Superior
I was in Toronto this weekend and tried Superior for lunch. I admit that I had not researched this place ahead of time and picked it because the menu looked interesting and I needed a place to spend some time in while my wife was in Eaton Centre (In hindsight I should have probably hopped on my Blackberry and logged onto CHOW)
I ate at the bar and started off with a cocktail. I ordered an Old Fashioned and neither of the bartenders knew how to make the drink so they had to refer to their cocktail book to mix it. Even after reading the directions it did not even slightly resemble an old fashioned, but because they were really nice guys I just smiled and drank up.
I started off with the Spicy Calamari. The Salsa it was served with was tasty, but the squid was much too chewy and not tender at all.
For my lunch I ordered the Kobe Corned Beef Brisket Sandwich. I was really looking forward to trying this sandwich because it really sounded great, but I was unfortunately let down. The Brisket was very dry and really lacked flavor. The only flavor I got was from the Dijon mustard which was a little too heavy for my liking.
As I mentioned earlier the staff was very friendly and I hope that the kitchen was just having an off day, but I do not think this will be on my list for my next visit to Toronto.
I've been there a few times in the past and enjoyed it. I was there today for Winterlicious, and had calamari, hanger steak and chocolate fondant cake (I think that's what they called it, it may have been chocolate ganache cake). The calamari was rubbery, and room temperature, though interestingly served with blueberries and strawberries ( a friend had the salmon, which was served with the same fruit). The steak was fine, but tasted a bit sweet, like Kalbi. The fries were excellent, fat, yet crispy, and didn't get soggy in the steak jus. The dessert was a bit bizarre, most of the party had ordered it, and we all had difficulty breaking in as it was so thick. It tasted a bit like dry fudge. Not terrible, but not that interesting. It seemed to be served in a puddle of strawberry jam. Not inspiring, but as I said, I have had some good meals there, so I could be persuaded to go back..
As mentioned, Senator is awesome, LOVE the steak there. Salad King is fine, though the two times I've eaten at Linda (the upscale upstairs room) I've had stomach trouble before I've even left the restaurant.
I've been to the Superior a few times over the years, and what you experienced was what they have delivered in the past - food and service that is mediocre at best. If you are looking for something in the same area next time, try the Senator Diner, or Salad King (Thai). Both are better options at a lower price.
Senator Diner is located on the east side of Victoria Street, just south of Dundas. This is a diner from the 1920's so the place has some character. My favourite is the burger (cooked medium) with fries (thin and crispy), and a milkshake (thick, but could use a little more flavour). Other options include meatloaf, sandwiches, breakfast, mac and cheese, etc. I didn't care for the fish and chips though (batter was too doughy)
Overall, a fun place with character that serves good, slightly upmarket diner food (ie, not a greasy spoon), for slightly upmarket prices.
Go early as they fill up quickly and don't take reservations.
For Salad King, I enjoy their curries very much, but I can't comment on the rest of the menu. They also have a upscale restaurant upstairs for dinner.