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Ace on Roncesvalles...anyone know what is going on?

  • Lazar Oct 6, 2011 01:49 PM

I was at Thai Chef on Tuesday in the hopes of trying to convince my fiance that there is good Thai food in Toronto (but I failed again...it is unfortunate that I just don't have a palate for Thai). As we left for the car, we could not help but walk by 211 Roncesvalles, the former home of the Ace Restaurant, the long closed chinese establishment that was built overtop of an original diner which I believe was called Ace Grill.

In any case, I notice a little 8.5" × 11" sign with a fancy ACE logo, saying opening soon.

Anybody know what is happening here? I am assuming that it will be a new restaurant, but any info would be appreciated.

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300 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville, ON L6J1J2, CA

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  1. A new resto is under construction and given how long it takes to open a resto in that part of town it might be open next spring. I looked in the other day and saw much plywood everywhere but that was about it.

    1. I just wanted to let you know that The Ace at 211 Roncesvalles has finally opened. I walked by today and the decor looks great - I look forward to checking out the food/service this weekend.

      1. I was at the Rusholme Park Supper Club on Sunday, and the guest chef, Sean Santos, is involved. I hear they kept the integrity of the space intact, but will be serving bistro/comfort food - steak frites, burgers, etc. Sean's food on Sunday was totally awesome, so I would head on in there!

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        1. re: eatravel

          Went last night. So amazing!,

          Appetizer was deep fried brussel sprouts yum

          I had the oxtail with black beans and okra fried rice, big flavours done perfectly. My husband had the fried chicken... I have had fried chicken in the south that was so good it made me cry... this was not quite there but it was the best fried chicken I've had north of Tennessee.

          Dessert was bacon and bourbon ice cream. Decadantly delicious!

          Wine list is very small but the selections pair nicely without overpowering.

          I'm afraid to say that this is the new must-try because I don't want to have to wait long for a table the next time I go, but if I don't say it someone else will.

        2. going to the ace tonight... is it true they don't take reservations? will we have to wait forever for a table?

          and more importantly, what's tops on the menu? dessert will definitely be the bacon icecream, but would love to get suggestions for apps and mains.

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          1. re: smartygirl

            This is Jeff Hopgood's restaurant. Article in the G&M today.

            1. re: EarlyDrive

              No, earlydrive, Hopgood's restaurant is up the road from The Ace.

          2. Went here for brunch on Sunday. It was OK, nothing spectacular. The menu looks very interesting - lots of variety, good mix of savoury and sweet, options beyond the usual benny - but it doesn't translate into anything special.

            Had the huevos rancheros and while they were fine, I'd rather walk a few more blocks and get them at Easy. Eggs were cooked perfectly, though, nice runny yolk. But the beans were underseasoned.

            I do like the portion size - fairly small, just enough to satisfy without putting me in a food coma or forcing me to take a doggy bag. And the service was lovely.

            I'll come back to try out more of the menu. For one thing, they have nutella pierogies on the dessert menu...

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            1. re: piccola

              Agreed....nothing at all special...great service.

              1. re: justsayn

                I agree that the food at brunch is not as good as the food at night. If nothing else, go there for dessert and get the brown butter ice cream. They also have a nice selection of scotch.

            2. just went today for lunch. had some quinoa with finely chopped greens in it. it was pretty nice, but 16 isnt the right price for this. this should be a $9 dish. i dont get it.
              also had swordfish on greens with a tomato sauce thing going on. it was good. nothing special.
              the service was very good, mind you.