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Oct 27, 2009 12:56 PM

The Twisted Bagel - new restaurant

The twisted bagel is the name of the new restaurant opening at 3500 Bathurst (the old What-A-Bagel location), Anyone know if it is open yet and any reviews?

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  1. I don't think it's open yet. They've been working on the space for a while and last time I passed by, it looked nearly ready. It's a big space; I wonder if they are planning to be more of a sit-down restaurant.

    1. Opening date is November 1st 2009, there will be a lot of sit down booths and parking.

      check out website:

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          1. Tried this palce yesterday and was very pleased. Shared a large salad which was very large and very good. Given the place just opened it was also very fresh. They offer about 20 different toppings to choose from and the salad includes a choice of 5. I guess if you really load it up, it could get expensive, but we found the prices very reasonable for the amount and quality. We also shared tuna on a twister. The bagel was great. Crunchy on the outside and light and chewy on the inside. Not quite as good as Bagel World but stil great and a lot lighter. Tuna was deliciuous and they gave us a huge scoop with lots of tomatoe slices and lettuce Service was fast and friendly and overall experience was great. Unlike Bagel World, didn't smeel like a bagel restaurant all day and way better, cleaner, friendlier and fresher than the new What-a-bagel across the street.

            1. re: robb

              Thanks for the review. Is is table service or cafeteria style?

              1. re: robb

                I was there also, the place looks great, very bright and clean. They have a huge selection of breads, including some yummy looking focaccias and other fancy breads. There are lots of tables, I couldn't tell if you ordered at the counter or at the table since I was just buying bread. The menu is dairy, no meat.

                Twisted Bagel
                3500 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6A, CA

            2. Amended to avoid the risk of an actionable defamation action even though truth is a defence.

              I went today to have a look and try a bagel. I came , I saw, and I couldn't bring myself to spend the dollar.

              The set -up there looks great, but I didn't like the look of the the food. Furthermore, the prices are very high, so high that they indicate to me that the operators have huge egos . If I were the operator, I wouldn't be able to bring myself to selling what I saw there. For reasons of self-respect and business reputation. I wouldn't open until I learned how to bake better. And it wasn't a wet day today!

              But they have a fancy web-site running, and they offer franchise opportunities!

              I may be a dinosaur, but this is what I think . But Twisted Bagel may be your glass of tea, so you try it and tell us.


              Twisted Bagel
              3500 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6A, CA

              10 Replies
              1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                I agree with you VVM. The restaurant is very clean and looks great. We decided to stay and order brunch but that was our mistake. Our meals came at separate times and nothing came the way we had ordered it. It was actually quite laughable, the staff were very confused as to what their job descriptions were. Their baked goods looked pale and lame so we opted out of buying pastries for home. Seeing that this is a new restaurant, maybe they have to get the kinks out but I wont be going back again. I will stick to the tried and true- Bagel World and WAB.

                1. re: derz

                  I took a peek as well as Im tired of meeting friends at United or Bagel Plus.
                  I certainly was impressed with the decor and the size of the place.
                  As for the menu...Im sure i will be checking out the breakfast special one day soon.
                  Will report back.

                2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                  I stopped in yesterday between errands looking to check out their bagels with a request from my diabetic mother for "soemthing sweet." I lookoed around at the sad plastic wrapped danish and the very lame looking bagels (their twisters are barely bigger than their regular bagels) and bought a poppy seed bagel only because the server was bored and staring at me the whole time i was looking. I brought it home and discovered unsurprisingly that it really wasn't any better than it looked. I too will stick to BagelWorld. Pity TB is closer and has more parking....

                  1. re: shpeizmaven

                    I was actually surprised at the workers 'staring' cause that was what I experienced as well. Though I guess if they aren't busy, there really isn't anythng else for them to do :T

                    I bought a few bagels as well, to try them throughout the week...but...just...meh.

                    Too bad cause I actually like the aesthetics of the place (big plus for me personally)
                    But who knows, as someone has already mentioned, perhaps its new opening jitters, and they will get up to speed/shape soon :)

                    1. re: ebyul012

                      I can't say anything about this place cause I haven't been. I'm pretty discerning when it comes to good products.

                      I think What A Bagel is akin to fast food for bagels, but I really gotta say, I was at the York Mills branch today (Longo's plaza York Mills and Leslie) and they had some of the best bagels. Maybe it's timing, they were taking them off the conveyor belt and others were just warm but it had a beautiful crisp outside and a chewy, inside. It's more 'bread' than bagel for me, but a good fresh product is a good fresh product IMO. I must give them props.

                      What A Bagel
                      2279 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C6, CA

                      1. re: Restaurant Dish

                        This place is awful.

                        We were six on Saturday around noon. Place was mostly empty.

                        THE SERVICE: This is their main problem. We arrive and are greeted by a seemingly friendly guy who starts with the "ok, this is how this restaurant works... " business. They have a uniquely stupid system. In a nutshell, the customers must get up and fetch what they want. First, you wait in line to order. Then, your food comes. If you want a coffee, get up and get it. If you want a glass of water, get up again and get it. Finished your water and want more? You guessed it: get it yourself.

                        Strangely, they have wait staff moping about. But they are there only to clear tables.

                        THE FOOD: mediocre at best. The coffee tasted like hot water. The bagel is a light bagel, somewhat like those at Tim Hortons. Lox and cream cheese were both good. Prices were high.

                        THE FINAL INSULT: Had to line up even to complain at this place. The place was full of complainers, all moaning about the atrocious "system" and service. The guy was obviously stressed and frustrated, so he just lashed back: "the doctors in the area need their food quickly and this system works for them", or something like that. Quite incomprehensible actually. I guess if you're not a doctor in a hurry, this place will be very annoying.

                        We will, obviously, not return.

                        1. re: Fwagra

                          Ok, so it's not a restaurant, but a cafeteria-style place. That's fine. Service is a lot faster that way. I doubt I'll go, since I already love the bagels etc. at BW, Gryfe's and Haymishe. But, it is what it is.

                          1. re: Yongeman

                            No, Yongeman, you're not getting it. It's not a cafeteria either. You line up to order. But, you don't get your food. You just get to order. They bring the food later.

                            At a cafeteria-style place, you at least return to your seat with your food, after lining up.

                            It is indeed what it is: just another guy who thinks he can run a restaurant but can't. Happens every day.

                            1. re: Fwagra

                              I agree with most posters...Went to the place Saturday morning at 7:45 and it wasn't even ope!. Woman unlocked the door for me to tell me that the bagels wouldn't be ready for another 30 minutes....drove off for my Bagel World bagels!

                              Twisted Bagel
                              3500 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6A, CA

                              1. re: Ridley

                                New developments. There are " for lease" signs in the south windows.
                                There had been an "under new management" banner on the east side, but gone now. I went in, my guess is that there is a temporary operator., Latino. The baking still didn't look like anything good, but at least looked as if someone had beaked before.