Change of hands probably, the result not great, benefit of the doubt for the future? Old hands, pretty/average good, new hands not so much. Mediochre food, completely dreadful service 2 weeks ago. The city is loaded with other great food & service options. I do, though, have to respect anyone making an attempt in this tough TO market. I will give them another chance in a few weeks.
I know this thread is so old, but I really wanted to add my two cents about Nyood, having just visitied there for the first time this past weekend.
The food was pretty good. I have to preface this by saying I do not (unfortunately) eat any fish or seafood, so perhaps my choices may seem boring...
My companion and I had:
- candy cane beet salad - which was fabulously tiny. ridic, really. It was tasty too, so I was disappointed that they couldn't figure out a way to make this somewhat bigger in size.
- sicilian eggplant - i'm not a huge eggplant fan, but we decided to order this nevertheless and it was very good. again, sort of small, but the weirdness about this dish was simply that the menu describes it as served with 'buffalo mozz, heirloom tomatos and crispy mushroom'. this is a lie. there was about 4 tomato pieces on each eggplant, they were each the size of a pencil eraser and i think i spotted the buffalo mozz, which was the size of my pinky nail. WHY BOTHER mentioning? however, the dish was delish but the description peeves. no evidence of mushrooms.
- the iberico ham flatbread which was so delicious. The flatbread itself was perfect in texture and taste, though salting the actual bread proved to be unnecessary as the ham and cheese were already quite salty. Either way, this is a great dish.
- polenta. something about the 'spicy tomato' spoke to me, but it wasn't that great. skip this!
- striploin with onion rings. ok, the meat was only so so. kind of gristly (maybe that's the cut? not sure). there was chimmichurri on top that was virtually tasteless and a 'feta mousse' that tasted more like blue cheese. the onion ring were disappointing - lacking flavour and definately undercooked. quality onion was used, which is nice.
cocktails - A+! we had several pink ladys (excellent) and a couple of ginger martinis (i can't recall the name).
the service did not miss a beat. the room is gorgeous. love the details.
overall, pretty good. would go back for cocktails and munchies, but not a full meal again.
1096 Queen West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, CA
Went last night, just the misses and I, and truthfully we weren't all that impressed. The space was indeed nice (although I can't help to think that it's a little out of it's element for Queen West W) Service was ok, and even the food wasn't half bad. They had prix fixe menu available that offered nothing of real interest, so we went to the menu - the server said that 2 - 3 dishes chosen was typical for two to share. We ordered three, Tuna tartar, carpaccio flat bread and the polenta. After about 20 minutes she came back to inform us that the polenta hadn't set, and the cooks were not happy with it. So we ordered the short ribs. The warm meals came cold, and the cold meals came warm. As I said the food was ok, the portions were small however, and it really was not enough for two - And neither of us are use to large portions. Perhaps if they spread it out instead of plopping it down all at once. Drinks were good, but what you would expect for $16 each. There was a party of 13 year old girls at the table next to us however, and they seemed to be having a genuinely good time with the olives and straws.
I like Nyood. The food is creative and interesting, but not at the expense of being tasty. And I agree with estufarian that the service is an asset.
That said, I'm not sure it's the best place for a work dinner... but that could depend on your group. It is a small plate menu, so it works best for sharing and sampling. If you want a more classically paced dinner, of if you don't think your group would be into food sharing, it might not be the best choice. It can also get expensive (quickly, unexpectedly) because of the random sort of approach to ordering. The noise level can be a concern, but I think this applies more so to the weekend since I have been during the week and it has been very quiet. Cocktails and bartending are great. The space is gorgeous. if you do end up going, I like the spicy beef ribs, the roasted vegetables (sounds dull, but they're great), the flatbread pizzas are good for sharing, and the lemon brulee bombe is fantastique.