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Jul 20, 2009 03:59 PM

Embrujo Flamenco?

Planning on visiting this restaurant tomorrow night. Any feedback would be appreciated. I am not unfamiliar with tapas.

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  1. Did you perform a search using that name? There are 11 threads that you will find if you do. I don't think it gets good reviews here.

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    1. re: foodyDudey

      Thanks. I have a $80.00 gift certificate that I thought we could at least enjoy a reasonable meal?

    2. I see that you are planing your visit for this evening. If you are willing to go on a weekend evening, they have live belly dancing, which adds some interest to the dining experience. As I only went to this place once a couple of years ago, I don't remember too much about it except for the gazpacho, which was delicious.

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      1. re: topbanana

        Well that about sums it up. You are suggesting that the food is not interesting on it's own, that all you remember was the gazpacho, and it was not worth a repeat visit. That's similar to many other people's reports, though they also mention that it's not good value and that small portions of meat are only served every 1/2 hr or so.

        1. re: foodyDudey

          The original poster stated that any feedback would be appreciated. I offered what I could. I did not suggest that the food was uninteresting, merely that the flamenco is an additional element of interest. Moreover, I mentioned the gazpacho because I reall it being particulary enjoyable. I did not scan the 11 previous threads on this restaurant, nor do I feel it is necessary for a poster to verify that their comments have not been previously posted by others. Uniqueness is not a prerequisite for contributing to the boards. In fact, repetition can help one arrive at a more informed assessment. I think most of us here are just trying to be helpful.

          1. re: topbanana

            I applogise if that's how my response appeared. Your post jut seemed to re-inforce the fact that the restaurant being discussed does not generally get good reviews. I was not suggesting that your post was redundant, more that you seem to have had a similar experience to others.

            1. re: foodyDudey

              For $80, you'll probably be able to get about 5 tapas and a glass of sangria each. Not particularly cheap. I wasn't a fan (although I travel to Spain quite often, so I have a hard time paying those prices for what is basically Spanish pub food)

              1. re: currycue

                Have you been to Mambo which is across the street? We were there last week and for $20 each, had 4 tapas and a drink. The food was tasty, service was good. I'd go back there for that special anytime.
                Here is the deal:

                That link indicates it's available noon till 5 pm on Saturdays, and on evenings from Sunday to Thursday.

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  No I haven't but thanks! I will check it out.

      2. Follow Up- Went last night, and must say, left quite unimpressed. Service was scattered, long time to take our drink order, not sure who was leading, but had three different servers. We shared six tapas, nothing was outstanding. Garlic shrimp, chorizo, anchovies, Spanish cheese, squid... 1/2 litre of sangria (not bad) $70.00.
        The live Flamenco show @ 7 involved two dance numbers with guitar accompaniment. That was it.
        Will probably not return. Not a great value for the money.

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        1. re: spine64

          I hate to tell you "I told you so" but I did. Try out the Mambo Lounge across the street, they have good food and service, and you can each have 4 tapas and a drink for $20 as I mentioned in my post from 2 days ago. If you want Cuban / Spanish style food, go to a restaurant run by them, not by Yugoslavians, just as I don't eat at Indian restaurants run by Italians.

          1. re: foodyDudey

            Thanks, I had a gift certificate, donation at a fundraiser. Would have heeded your advice otherwise. Any other suggestions on the Danforth?
            Thank you

            1. re: spine64

              Not for tapas, but Messini is very good value for money ( and I'm sure there are some great places for mezes.

              BTW, I finally got up to Pimenton on Mt. Pleasant and they have the most awesome serrano ham (that I've had in Canada) aged 24 months and very little salt, almost sweet even. Can't wait to try their croquetas (they were out when I dropped by)

              1. re: spine64

                Sorry I didn't notice your question when you posted it. The places I like on Danforth (in no particular order other than starting at the west end and moving east)

                Globe Bistro , Mambo Lounge, Pantheon, Lolita's Lust, Aji Sai. There are others that we used to eat at but I have not been there recently, such as Avli, Pan, Ouzeri and Megas.

                401 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

                Lolita's Lust
                513 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P5, CA

                Aji Sai
                783 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

                500A Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1P6, CA

          2. Just wanted to add my two-cents.

            Was there last night and service was painfully slow, just over 3 hours to have dinner for four. There was only one server and 20 minutes after taking our drink order he comes and says he can't make a particular martini we ordered. There were three items on the menu they did not have and he forgot a couple of drinks/items we asked for.
            Out of the 10 tapas ordered 7 were good but I found expensive for the portion size.

            I will never return.

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            1. re: katbri

              Used to go here all the time as it was a big hit for my mother who has celiac and most of their dishes were either gluten free, or they had no trouble altering them for her. Last time we went, about 8 months ago, it was under new management and they refused to alter any of the dishes, claiming it would "compromise" their food. They had also added flour to a vast majority of the plates and changed a lot of their recipes - making them go from great to terrible. Would not go back again.