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Aug 6, 2010 07:53 PM

Scarpetta at the Thompson Hotel

Celeb chef no where to be found during the opening weeks.
Apps passable. The rest was far from it. Unfortunately it's a new place...the smell of varnish didn't help. That aside....a definite waste. His signature dish with goat was supposed to be "fall off the bone tender" but over-reducing the wine to a burnt residue created goat jerky. If he was on Chopped you know how this would end.....

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  1. Wow, the power of the web. I was stoked about checking this place out, now I think I'll wait and see what others have to say. My guess is it wasn't cheap either.

    1. You must have had bad luck because when we dined on Thursday Chef Conant was walking around greeting tables and the food was outstanding.

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      1. re: industrychick

        Same here. We had dinner Wednesday night. Conant all over the place. Food tremendous. The signature dishes like spaghetti pomodoro and polenta with mushrooms were as good as in NYC. Nice pheasant ravioli, super duck breast entree, fine desserts.

        I feared that he'd run into a bunch of haters who cant stand a "celeb chef". The man knows his food and the place is worth visiting.

        1. re: rsvp7777

          This is good, there is more feedback. What would it cost per person?

          1. re: rsvp7777

            what sea food dishes were there?

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            1. If they're making waffle-style potato chips with herbs like the Scarpetta in New York does for the bar, ask for some even if you go straight to your table.

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              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                I'll be going there on Friday for my birthday. I'll be sure to ask about the chips.

                1. re: TrishUntrapped

                  They had the chips at the bar -- with deep fried rosemary, basil, sage, thyme. Really yum with a cocktail before dinner.

                  1. re: EarlyDrive

                    EarlyDrive, was that at Scarpetta in New York or Toronto?
                    As of yesterday they are still not serving food at the bar in Toronto. The bar in Toronto is not inside the restaurant, but in the hotel lobby.
                    Hotel staff could not tell me when food will be availaible at the lobby bar.

                    1. re: tasoid

                      It was in Toronto, this past Friday evening. Heaping bowls of the waffle potato chips with herbs at the bar in the hotel lobby. I didn't ask if there was otherwise a food menu at the bar -- the chips were placed at the bar.

                      1. re: EarlyDrive

                        According to the Scarpetta page on the Thomson Toronto website, a selection of Scarpetta dishes can be ordered at the lobby bar starting at 4 PM each day - atlhough as tasoid notes above, this had not yet started as of a couple of days ago.

                        Once it does, though, it'll be a good option for people who want a taste of what the restaurant offers without splurging on a full dinner.