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Jul 10, 2010 05:10 PM

House on Parliament-going downhill???

I used to like this place alot because although it has that laidback pubby atmosphere you could always count on the food being good.

I went today and it was embarrassing, the food seems a former shadow of itself and the service was terrible.

I witnessed our server eating/stuffing her face with at least two plates of food at the bar between servicing about 4 tables. Everytime she walked by her mouth was full or she was chewing and mumbled or grunted when we placed our drink and meal orders.

Also the washroom is tiny and disgusting.


House On Parliament
454 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A3A2, CA

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  1. Sadly, I would have to agree. I also used to go there all the time but my last few visits have been really... bad. The service was absent-minded and formerly good food was mediocre.

    On one visit there was a bug squished into the yolk of the boiled egg in my formerly favourite dish there - the spinach salad. I mentioned it to the aforementioned spaced-out server who told me it must have happened outside since I was eating on the patio. Bug squished into the yolk... like it committed suicide there. There was no offer of compensation of any kind and she just walked away. I have not been back since.

    But that bathroom - it has always been tiny, albeit not completely disgusting :)

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    1. re: kayehm

      Oy- I cant believe they pulled that line with you and didnt even compensate for their big mistake.
      I too have seen HOP go down hill. We used to be regulars.. and actually my last visit was fine.. but the time before that, I had really bad service...snobby.. forgot our app and when we asked about it, we got "oh, yah, sorry". Not even a "would you like me to bring it now?" or anything. Awful. I think HOP belongs in the "Places we loved before going downhill" thread.

      1. re: hungryabbey

        We went back yesterday afternoon - just for snacks and drinks. We ordered the samosas to share - they were not horrible (after sopping up the grease with a few napkins). But service... it still kinda sucked. It seems like no one there cares. I think this will be the last visit.

    2. Count me in as deeply disappointed too. I have lived in the neighbourhood for many years, and HoP used to be a reliable destination. But the last few visits (most recent not voluntarily), the food and, more importantly, the service has taken a real dive.

      1. Dang. That is my go-to pub when I'm in the neighbourhood and Sukhothai is closed. :)

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        1. re: Pincus

          If you just want drinks, Pincus, there are other much friendlier places in the nabe. The Cobourg and Samovar spring to mind immediately. If it's a patio you're looking for, don't forget there's Plum (don't eat there) and JamCafe. All of these places have better service and lack attitude.

          HoP, you're a PUB goddamnit! Your food doesn't have to be as good as it was in the Joan Olsen days. Just drop the 'tude.

          The Cobourg
          533 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X 1P3, CA

          1. re: Googs

            I know the HOP has changed the service sucks and the attitudes are the same...unfortunatrly the coburg is not much better..unless you order your drink and keep your mouth shut!!

            1. re: 0madness

              I was just at The Cobourg last night. I had a fanTAStic time. Service was friendly, the people were lively and happy. I'm certainly not a regular there. They've always been nice to me, though. It's never failed that I meet another person from the nabe and make a new friend. Last night included.

              The Cobourg
              533 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X 1P3, CA

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          1. I am very much a regular at the HOP and consider it to have the best pub food in Toronto - think Spotted Pig at half the price. It can be crowded and the service a bit abrupt but overall I believe the food and service to be consistantly good. A great neighbourhood pub..

            Spotted Pig
            23 Augusta St, Hamilton, ON L8N1P6, CA