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Dec 22, 2009 06:56 AM

Weezie's - meh

Finally got to Weezie's last week after long wanting to go there (per the great reviews on this board). I have to say I wasn't blown away, by either the service or the food. To start I had an arugula salad with garlic oil and radishes. This was fine in terms of taste, but WAY overdressed. - completely wilted and soggy. For a main I had the steak frites - a bit boring, but I figured a decent steak frites is a benchmark for a restaurant. The frites were amazing - salty and well-done, perfect. Great aioli along with them as well. The steak, not so much. It seemed like a fairly cheap cut, and was cooked really unevenly. I asked for medium rare, and it was well done basically 1/3 of the way in from each end and pink in the middle. Don't know how they managed that...

My companions had the following dishes: chicken pate, boudin noir, and scallops (can't remember what they were served with). The chicken pate order was huge, but strangely came with ony a few toasts. The other mains seemed to be enjoyed.

Skipped dessert, but had coffee. Service could have been more attentive, it was more indifferent than anything. Nothing really bad about it per se, but not really friendly.

Still, I will likely give it another try...might have been an off night?

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  1. My wife and I went a few weeks ago before a play at the Berkeley Theatre. It was a really good meal. My burger was amazing. best I've had in a long time. Perfectly cooked (medium) and juicy, with excellent frites. I had the same salad as you to start and it wasn't overdressed at all.

    1. Definitely an off-night. I've never had a mediocre meal or less than stellar service. Constance is terrific with seafood. I'd tell you what she served the scallops with, but then I'd have to kill you. Best you go and try them yourself.

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      1. re: Googs

        I know, I felt it HAD to be an off night with all of the great reviews. I will definitely try it again. Thanks for the feedback.

        1. re: sam_1

          Don't forget, it's not a blow-you-away kind of place. Just really good comort food in a cozy, neighbourhood joint.

          1. re: acd123

            I would second the comments from acd. Weezies is an enjoyable spot with good comfort food. It is not what I would consider to be a destination spot that I would go out of my way to visit. However, when attending the Berkeley Theatre (as mentioned above) we find it a good location for a solid, tasty, though uninspiring meal.

            1. re: cynalan

              i had a similar experience to the original poster tonight . ordered the steak frites and it was not cooked how i asked it to be (asked for medium well which i know tends to annoy some cooks but is absolutely still achievable) . the first few bites were fine but the middle was bloody , which i really dislike .

              the fries were not golden but brown and had obviously been cooked in oil that was too hot . the aoli was fine , although the garlic was barely detectable .

              didnt have time for dessert because we were going to see a play .

              service was very warm and friendly .

              i would go back because i like the simplicity of the menu , the owner and staff are pleasant , and its reasonably priced , but i am surprised at all the rave reviews .

              1. re: witloof

                The one thing I tell anyone I recommend Weezie's to for the first time is don't order the steak frites. While the frites are fairly consistently good so your experience with them is rare, the steak is oversalted and unworthy of Constance' standards.

                354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

                1. re: Googs

                  I had the steak frites, and it was really good. All of it. I guess I lucked out...

      2. Back to Weezie's for the first time in a long time and again, feeling kinda meh about it all. I had the octopus salad and it was a bit too fishy. I also has the mac 'n cheese and while it was good it was a bit dry. I think this place is ok but some of the shine has faded.

        354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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        1. re: JennaBean

          I was also there recently. We had the burger and the whole fish special. The fish was very simply roasted and well timed, served with a handful of salad greens. The burger came out well done and I was not asked how I would like it. In the past it has always come out a little bloody, which I prefer. Service was not very attentive and too slow!! We had to wait too long for everything. The chef/owner was there. I know this because she greeted us at the door and delivered our food. Sadly she seemed to be spending more time in the dining room than the kitchen.

          1. re: haggisdragon

            WHAT is going on there? That's not like her AT all. I'm going to drop in myself and see. Does anyone know if they've opened their grocery store yet?

        2. Has anyone been lately? It's been a while since I went last and am wondering if people are still having good experiences there. Am thinking of doing dinner there before a show in the Distillery in a couple of weeks.

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          1. re: sman

            We went a few months back and were severely underwhelmed. Service slow, food was luke warm and pretty bland. We were in the neighbourhood and some friends wanted to go. The burger was dry and the frites were limp and severely over-salted. We had been about a year previously based on the glowing recommendations from people on the board and even then we weren't terribly impressed. Maybe our expectations were too high based on the board. People were being so effusive about this Constance woman and her skills, hosting, etc...

            We felt it was a fairly generic place that offered no real surprises and did everything competently at best.

            1. re: sman

              If you're looking for alternatives, my current pick for a pre-distillery meal is Gilead Cafe.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Thanks for the update jamesm. And yes, Gilead is a good option. I think we'll just plan to do that.

              2. re: sman

                I went twice in mid-late December. The food was uniformly excellent both times, although the wait staff, bless them, was a little bit off one of the nights.

                Weezie's is still on my bistro short-list.

                1. re: biggreenmatt

                  I'd still endorse Weezie's over other choices in the area including Gilead.

                  1. re: Googs

                    If you have to be in the area it's serviceable but I would temper expectations. Even when it was apparently firing on all cylinders and were having heaps of praise laid on them it's not worth going out of your way for. Having said that I do remember that the dessert, a bread pudding type dish was actually quite good. It's also fairly priced so no complaints there. Everything else they do is quite average.

                    1. re: jamesm

                      It's a neighbourhood bistro, not necessarily a destination.

                      1. re: Googs

                        Thanks for your pov Googs. Haven't been in a year and half but enjoyed it enough then. I've got a few more Saturday theatre nights in the distillery this year so will go back to give it a try.

                        1. re: Googs

                          Headed there this Saturday night. Haven't been for a while but have always enjoyed it in the past. For those in a rush I am sure that if you tell the waitstaff you are in a hurry they will get you out of there quickly. Will report back.

                2. The food is still need to worry about that. Great bistro and always consistent.