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May 3, 2010 08:28 AM

Worst/Slowest/Most Disappointing brunch ever at STARVING ARTIST!

So we went to brunch at STARVING ARTIST a long block north of Bloor at Landsdowne Ave.
From the time we ordered to the time our food arrived was 1 HOUR!!!!! No explanataions from the non-existant server, NOTHING!
Now this place has a good reputation, like it gets bigged up in NOW and has some good word of mouth. EXCEPT the food is mediocre! My 7 year old neice could make it because none of it was made using a stove! Just microwaves and bottled salad dressing! Oh and it seems 1 waffle maker for the whole restaurant that seats over 20. They don't use bread here, they use waffles which in concept is delicious, except so poorly executed it was extra disappointing because well, the menu reads great (burger sliders on waffles anyone?) and I wanted to support our local economy!

Ok, so Eggs Benny is 2 microwaved poached eggs (you can hear the microwave dinging in the back ground and the eggs are in that characteristic microwave poacher mold) on top of cold potato waffles (sounds great right? except they were cold) with from-mix hollandaise sauce. On the side is a scoop of grocery-store mayo potato salad (if that potato salad was actually "homemade" I would be embarrassed for the cook) and a handful of dried out mixed greens with a couple squirts of Kraft Raspberry Vinegarette (not dressed properly either because the vinegarette is pooled on the plate).
Multiply this sort of food for 5 people and it took them over an hour for them to "assemble" it.
The meal was only $9 (BTW the servers inform you it's $12.50 including tip, which would be a 25% tip. How generous of them!), but for $9, you could eat an amazing brunch at Aunties and Uncles and be served it with in 15 minutes!

Aunties and Uncles
74 Lippincott St, Toronto, ON M5S2P1, CA

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  1. Sounds like no wonder that they're starving.

    1. Sometimes you must suffer for art.

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      1. re: munchieHK

        just curious if you mentioned any of this to your server? was any effort made to correct things for you?

        1. re: xiolablue

          Unfortunately, learning to cook from scratch can't be done in half an hour. This truly does sound like food a starving artist might eat—at home.

          1. re: xiolablue

            Oh, the servers/staff knew! It wasn't just us, the other tables on the patio waited just as long too. When we were paying the bill, when they calculated that $9 + tax + 25% tip is $12.50, they apologized to one member of our group saying that they thought it was going to rain, so they were understaffed. For the record, there were 3 cooks behind the bar, and another person making drinks! I'm not sure how most restuarants work but I've been to excellent spots with only 2 cooks!

            1. re: mary sand

              I am thinking of Morning Glory on King East where I had a delicious hot brunch in a very small space with maybe only one cook (might have been two). Yes, it is possible, and yes, this Starving Artist place sounds awful.

              Morning Glory Cafe
              457 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1L6, CA

        2. Yeah the potato salad is straight from Ziggy's or Druxy's and the microwaved eggs are just weird hahaha. they seem like really nice people there, but the food just isn't hitting, step it up guys!

          1. I live practically across the street, and have gone ONCE, and never again.

            It sounds like I ate the same thing you did. Soggy, mushy, potato waffles with oddly perfect microwave eggs, a stingy and poorly made/bought salad, potato salad, and fruit salad. I also found the bacon to be cold, and would not describe it as caramelized, but rather... dipped in a caramel like substance.

            Found the coffee to be rather bland, especially after the owners rave about it. I don't understand all the people that flock here. I will admit though, brunch was terrible, but I've been curious about their dessert waffles for a late night snack since they serve until midnight...

            If I go out for brunch in the area, I go to Yasi's Place, west of Lansdowne on Wallace (a couple blocks away from Starving Artist). Its not a mind blowing breakfast but its a satisfying, tasty, quick, and an overall enjoyable breakfast.

            Yasi's Place
            299 Wallace Ave, Toronto, ON M6P3N2, CA

            1. I gotta say the whole "potato salad with brunch" thing just escapes me. I hate the combo at Aunties and Uncles and I'm not likely to be trying it here after your glowing review. Blech.

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              1. re: peppermint pate

                On the plus side, Aunties gives you other options as a side - and the food is great.

                1. re: peppermint pate

                  do you just hate potato salad in general or just with eggs?