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spine64 Jul 20, 2009 03:59 PM

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

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    katbri Aug 26, 2009 01:38 PM

    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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      bringonthelbs Nov 19, 2009 11:24 AM

      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.

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      spine64 Jul 23, 2009 01:04 PM

      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.
      Cheers

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        foodyDudey Jul 23, 2009 01:39 PM

        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.

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          spine64 Jul 23, 2009 02:43 PM

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

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            currycue Jul 24, 2009 12:42 PM

            Not for tapas, but Messini is very good value for money (www.messini.ca) 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)

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              foodyDudey Nov 15, 2009 11:44 AM

              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.

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              Avli
              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

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

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          topbanana Jul 21, 2009 06:56 AM

          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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            foodyDudey Jul 21, 2009 07:03 AM

            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.

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              topbanana Jul 21, 2009 07:16 AM

              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.

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                foodyDudey Jul 21, 2009 07:23 AM

                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.

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                  currycue Jul 21, 2009 08:04 AM

                  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)

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                    foodyDudey Jul 21, 2009 08:51 AM

                    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: http://www.mambolounge.ca/menu.php?id...

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

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                      currycue Jul 21, 2009 09:38 AM

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

          2. foodyDudey Jul 20, 2009 07:27 PM

            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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              spine64 Jul 20, 2009 07:31 PM

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

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