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heading here fro dinner tomorrow. what is good? what is the vibe? how is the drinks list? do i need a reservation for two for 6pm or so?

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  1. I walk by there quite often. I used to live in the neigbourhood. I've never eaten there. I bought a slice of cake once for take out on my way home. And the lady just plopped my cake on the Styrofoam container...I didn't like her attitude and never went back. I know... the server putting in the cake is not the kitchen..but that turned me off. I hate people who do that with my cake even if its take out.

    1. I've been going there regularly the last 20 years (oh now I feel old!) and my favourites are the nam dip, ping gai, bah me hang and whatever the fish special of the day is. I don't think reservations are necessary unless you're with a large group. I've never had to wait more than 15 mins when it's just the two of us. You can always grab a drink at the bar while you wait.

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      1. re: fickle

        Chiming in to second the recommendation for Ping Gai & Bah Me Hang (one of my favourite noodle preparations ever).

        We've always found the service friendly and professional. I think we've been going there since it opened, and now our teenager feels comfortable enough to go there regularily, by himself, because the staff is so welcoming.

        1. re: middydd

          I also love the ping gai - that's what I always order. The patio is really nice as well.

      2. Hi LL -- it's in my nabe and I've been a few times. I haven't had anything there that was remarkable, food wise, and nothing bad either. But the patio is really lovely, and I dig the vibe -- chill, relaxed service, dim lighting.

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        1. re: Yum2MyTum

          I go fairly often for lunch as I work in the area. The food is good, I like the pad thai and I loved the gado gado chicken sandwich that they took off the menu (grr!)

          Good place overall though.

        2. They have an outstanding veggie burger. The pattie is home made with nice seeds. Usually a veggie burger isn't my first choice when I go to a restaurant but these ones are so good. Also, their sticky rice and peanut sauce is nice. Theyr'e burgers are juicy and fab too. Same owners as the Rivoli so you can bet the burgers are consistently good.

          1. Definitely do the patio.

            1. I like the Queen Mum. It's not going to change your life, but the food is quite decent, menu options are a bit interesting, and you won't go broke.

              Drinks are not-so-memorable bar lime-y confections. I wouldn't try it after you been drinking at The Harbord Room... but the wine list is cheap and cheerful.

              The Asian-influenced dishes are not-bad and the rotating specials can be worthwhile. I think it's a pleasant spot. Let us know how it goes!

              ps - oh yeah, and another vote for the patio

              1. i guess i should have listened to the reviews here, because although i had a lovely experience (and some cheap and cheerful Santa Rita Sauv Blanc) at Queen mum, my food was so-so. i ordered a butternut squash soup to start, and not feeling super hungry, asked the server which she preffered between the Southwest Quinoa salad and the Spinach/Beet Salad. got a wedding dress to fit in to...

                the soup was lovely, really flavourful. it took a while to come, but we weren't in too much of a rush off to massey hall yet , we had left enough time. but the Southwest Quinoa - well, it was literally just Quinoa. in my mind, a Southwest salad has maybe corn, black beans, some salad or chopped veg - this was literally plate of quinoa on a bit of lettuce with a few grilled onions and some crumbled feta. no palpable southwest flavour that's for sure. i ended up asking for a side of salsa, but they don't have salsa (wha?) so i got a thick salad dressing instead and layered it on like crazy. i like quinoa, but a whole 11 inch plate with nothing else? no.

                my friend had the stuffed pepper special which was more successful. they offered to comp us coffees or dessert so we took the coffees being too ful for desssert, the service was very sweet, but the food didn't deliver for me. will try something else on the patio next time :)

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                1. re: LemonLauren

                  That sounds disappointing! Hopefully you were able to enjoy the patio at least. Basically, the Queen Mum is all about the Asian stuff and the burgers -- anything that veers from that is beyond the kitchen skill set. If you do end up trying it again I'd stick with those items.