George Restaurant on 111 Queen St. East in Toronto- seeking info
And a crap shoot it was.
So 8 of us had the tasting menu. Of course my spouse an omnivore had the regular tasting and enjoyed it, I had them modify seafood instead of meats.
Firstly, I the restaurant layout is poor. When dimly lit and consuming alcohol, it was difficult to find one’s way around making bathroom trips unnecessarily silly for some guests. The décor was average for an expensive restaurant, from what I could see since it was quite dark.
Overall in my opinion not good value for the price. Our main waiter was competent but the various others who delivered plates not very confident and one snooty. The sommelier was pleasant and accommodating.
My 7 courses consisted of 5 fish dishes, all very bland, even insipid. 1 scallop dish which was under cooked and slightly cold. And a cheese dish to finish. My desert were both too tart tasting lemon based deserts, I found them inedible. Ironically my spouse received a choclate based set of desserts and they were fine.
My spouse and other guests who order omnivore dinners got lobster and shrimp dishes. Why I was stuck with 5 very dull fish dishes is stupefying when others were getting better plated seafood.
In retrospect for the outlay of cash, I should have by fish dish 2 asked the waiter to stop with the fish already but I was curious to know where this was headed and whether I would have found 1 interesting way for them to serve fish. I had too much faith.
That said, all the other guests seemed satisfied. I would never recommend this tasting menu.
My spouse, though the food catered to his palate, agrees it was too pricy and he would seldom say that about food he enjoyed as he did. He'd eat there again if a client was treating him. I would not go back if you paid me.
So sad to hear such negative review on George!! Sigh!!
A couple of years back, the 'old' Splendido under the helm of David Lee and George under Lorenzo Loseto were my two favourite fine dining establishments in town for innovative and beautifully presented and yummy tasting menu. ( I've posted photos of many a meal on facebook ). At that time, they were the closest one can get to taste Michelin calibre western food in town. Since coincidentally, both chef Lee and Loseto were trained under the Master Michelin 3* chef Anton Mosimann, a lot of their dishes reflected the trademark of the master. (IMHO, Anton Mosimann is in the same league as other master chefs such as Paul Bocuse, Michel Bras, Raymond Blanc, Joel Robuchon....etc).
Wonder if the economy downturn and constant turnover of kitchen staff have anything to do with this deterioration? May be its about time we have some infusion of fresh blood, new ideas and new eateries from celebrity chefs like Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Gordon Ramsey. A Bouchon or a Cafe Boulud would be nice!
I've only been once, but really enjoyed the tasting menu. Myself and my SO liked how we each were served different dishes, which is something I haven't seen in a while.
If I remember correctly we were served a total of 16 dishes between the two of us without a single 'miss'. It's a pretty popular place so if you want a full review you could probably find one in past threads. I was thinking Stoned wrote one a while back but I could be mistaken.
The tasting menu is loooong. Like 3+ hours. Ours was more like 4 hours, and it wasn't a busy night. So be prepared for that.
I did a report on a night at George about 6 weeks ago.
Have to say that we were pretty underwhelmed - disappointed, even. With both the food and the service.
We went later on a Friday night and the place was far from jammed. Our waiter was surly and absent. Most of our dishes came cold and had that look of sitting under the lamp too long. All of the food tasted the same, with little distinguishing flavour. We were actually fidgeting to get out of there. No atmosphere or desire to linger. Interesting looking room, but sterile and indifferent atmosphere - from both staff and customers. For the cost, we should have spent our money at Auberge or Jacob, or almost anywhere else.
It feels over-rated and under-achieving...
Great service, nice room. The food is generally very good, some may have choosing from their occasionally limited menu. I've generally been quite happy there and usually go a couple of time /year. Quite reliable. Dinner for 2 with a glass or two of wine will approach $200. Haven't been in about 3 or 4 months, so can't comment on current menu.
All in all, quite good for a special occasion.
Thanks for your post, good to know the atmosphere will be enjoyable.
I was put off by the weak "vegetarian tasting dishes are available seasonally" with no details at all on their website.
I prefer vegetarian and fish dishes and read their veg tasting menu was uninspired in a review on Trip Advisor. I am not looking forward to paying $70 for a vegetarian tasting menu with no descriptive invitation of thoughtful dish creation. I was reading their dinner menu and I found it limited and too modern for my palate, even in my omnivore days. But then and now intercontinental food would not be my first choice for fine dining.