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Apr 14, 2009 08:11 AM

Lapse of reason

Went to Mr. Greenjeans in the Eaton Centre yesterday with the family. I don't know what else I was expecting, but it was among the worst meal I've been served. It was as inspired as a Hannah Montana album. My burger was overcooked and the bun was stale. My wife's salad seemed like a full pound of romaine with 6 black beans on it. Plus she had to ask several times for a refill of water that never arrived. Aside from the overpriced milkshake and the buffalo chips, it was easily the worst meal I've seen in a restaurant. All for the low cost of $60 for two adults and one 3.5 year old.
Again, I don't know what prompted going there nor do I know what else I should've expected. Even Chowhounds slip sometimes.

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  1. Sometimes.. there's just nothing else in the Eaton center to eat...


    1. I'm sure you aren't the only one here who has made a mistake like that. I can't remember the last time I did, but it was probably when I kept going back to Allen's, thinking the food and service was somehow going to get better. It didn't.

      I'd be interested to hear of other CH's lapses.

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      1. re: foodyDudey

        I was totally disgusted and embarrassed when I took my son to a local resto which seemed more like a drinking hangout, but I was trusting in a glowing write up in a local small paper called "Snap"which described the ribs as hickory smoked, etc. When the waitress said they boiled the ribs, I started to have doubts about whether the article was written about the place under previous owners, then when I bit into my "chicken-fried chicken"and oil oozed out and tasted the limp days-old veggies on the side, that completed my resolve to always rely on CH'rs if at all possible.

        1. re: Wiley

          I live in Durham Region and I would never trust any "review" found in SNAP or the Retail Pages. Their "reviews" might as well be marked "ADVERTORIAL" since that's what they are. In particular, SNAP Pickering seems to love to post glowing reviews (with lots of photos of smiling staff and customers) of Cora's and of any of the restaurants at the foot of Liverpool. Yeah, because those places are paid advertisers....

        2. re: foodyDudey

          I had a "remember to lower your expectations next time" feeling at Allen's on my last visit.

          I've had lapses at Sicilian Ice Cream Factory, Dolce, Caffe Demetre and Hollywood Gelato. I know some CHs love Hollywood, but whenever I start to eat one of their more unusual flavours of gelatos (actually, whenever I stray from lemon, chocolate or cappuccino at Hollywood) I think to myself remember not to order that flavour again! My serving of Hollywood's roasted marshmallow gelato ended up in the garbage last week.

          1. re: phoenikia

            Oh sad... I really like the roasted marshmallow flavour there. The creme caramel makes me happy, too.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              Maybe it's just me, TorontoJo. It was the first time I tried it- I wasn't fond of the mouthfeel, but maybe that's just the way the roasted marshmallow is at Hollywood. If you liked it before, quite possible it's still the same product.

              1. re: phoenikia

                Interesting point about the mouthfeel. That flavour definitely has a gumminess to it that the other flavours don't have. I've always chalked it up to the presence of marshmallows. The mouthfeel of the other flavours is markedly different.

                And on a related side note, it's interesting how the texture of gelato makes such a big difference to people's enjoyment. While I know that Il Gelatiere gets raves on this board (and I do love the grapefruit and the maria flavourts), I really, really don't care for the mouthfeel of their gelatos. I find them too airy, even almost foamy at times. I much prefer the denser feel at Hollywood.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  i wouldn't trade the hollywood pistachio for the il gelatiere pistachio any day.

                  BUT for home consumption i find gelato fresco hits all the right buttons

        3. Highway 61 was one of the worst meals ever

          I ate at Hosu a couple times when I was REALLY lazy and didn't want to walk further to Sushiman, the sushi was so unfresh and disgusting I wanted to throw up afterward *cries*

          I had a horrible dinner at the Red Tomato on the tourist strip

          But...nothing TRULYbeats the awful dinner I had at the Westin Harbour castle

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          1. re: Muffin__Top

            Which restaurant at the Westin? in the lobby or Toula with the view?

            1. re: Teep

              In the lobby for CA's who just passed the UFE, in the PwC/Deloitte room if it makes a difference. There were THOUSANDS of people; insanely crowded!

            2. re: Muffin__Top

              I once had a meal at the Westin as part of a corporate event, and I thought it to be acceptable, especially given the size of the event (hundreds of people). Nothing blew my mind, but it was pleasant enough.

            3. Got a meal at the local 8 for 1 pizza place. ( know the kind.) Lots of grease. Tasteless potato wedges. Sauceless pizza (almost). Over sweet wings.

              But I remembered why I don't go there.

              1. The night my husband proposed to me - we ended up eating at Mr. Greenjeans because he forgot to make a reservation. He made up for it by taking me to Splendido the next night... so i married him.

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                1. re: Apple

                  Awww that's really cute! I'm glad that Splendido has a place in your heart =)