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Jul 14, 2010 07:44 AM

MoRoCo - left hungry and broke

So I have been to this place a couple of times for work lunches and it's not great. But yesterday was the absolute worst. The food was bland and the portions were atrociously small for the price.

Four of us had salads as mains (they were listed as mains at least) plus a salad to share as a starter. Mine was the nicoise which turned out to be a tiny tiny plate of mostly mesclun mix, a grand total of 3 small olives, one (1!) small fingerling potato finely sliced, and four small and very very thin slices of seared tuna. Oh, and two tiny quail eggs fried (which were actually tasty). Everyone's portions were tiny. We were so hungry we asked for bread to go with our salads - they brought out sliced, stale-ish, white bread slapped on a plate with no butter or dips. No kidding - this was variety-store quality bread. And to make matters worse, they brought FOUR half slices -- 1/2 slice each.

We then ordered and split three desserts (the cake tasted like it had been in the fridge for awhile, the others were tasty but unremarkable).

So with coffees and cran/sodas the bill came to....get this... $185 before tip!!!!

I won't be going back there any time soon.

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  1. For salads, desserts, 2 slices of white bread and non-alcoholic drinks it came to $185?? WOW.

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    1. I've tried this place a few times, though not in the last 12 months. On one occasion, during a winter storm, our table of four was comped our desserts (three chocolate fondues). On another occasion, I did feel the portions were underwhelming.

      The chocolate truffles are fairly decent, but don't justify charging almost twice what Soma charges for theirs.

      1. Honestly, based on my previous experience with MoRoCo, the only thing that surprised me about this report is that you were there on two previous occasions and didn't have the same "Holy crap, how did that little bit of food add up to this outrageous bill?" reaction on those occasions, as well.

        1. Ditto. Overpriced and underwhelming. More went into the plating of may dessert then the dessert itself. If I remember right, this is one of those places which gives you a truffle with coffee, but also charges double so you end up paying for the truffle anyway. And the truffles are average. Finally, this place is competing with Via Allegro for how not to decorate a restaurant.

          Via Allegro
          1750 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M9C5H5, CA

          1. Why anyone would frequent this place is beyond me! Three of us walked in here curious about what new enterprise took over the former icii retail store. We thought why not get a tea and a dessert. They quickly usher us into an empty dining room, and asked us if we had reservations, and said "let me see what I can find". It was like a scene out of the movie "Life during Wartime".
            The space it utterly tasteless. Another reviewer on another website described it utterly brilliantly as being done by an amateur who 'graduated from the Bowmanville school of Cliched Interior Design'. It was obviously created to entice and scam people with no sense of quality.

            We opened the menu and were shocked. The selection was equally tasteless. The waitress desperately tried to hype up the menu by describing the chocolate burger and fries as "so fun, and so different, and people love it because it's sooo creative". Really? you call that creative? Price: $28.
            We opted to share a small banana split eclair ($14). This would normally go for $7 at most restaurants. We thought that having a tea and a bit of sweetness would satisfy our need for sweet after dinner. A pot of tea was $10. And by pot of tea, I mean water, a few mint leaves, and a small cookie on the side. Cookie was barely edible.
            Banana split - average at best.

            A large table behind sat down for dinner, and the chef came out to describe the menu, which sounded banal. He went on to describe the chicken dumplings as "kinda like the pork dumplings you get in chinatown, but made with chicken."

            It was fairly obvious that this place was out to fool the less intelligent among us. Anyone with half a brain, should stay away from this establishment. It's unfortunate that this place treats customers as idiots to be taken advantage of.

            stay away.

            99 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 3K3, CA