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Ruby Watchco or Woodlot?

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weekerrie Apr 10, 2012 11:04 AM

I have made two reservations for this evening - Ruby Watchco and Woodlot. I have read the reviews, surveyed the menus and still can't decide. Here is tonight's menu at Ruby:
ROASTED MUSHROOM SALAD
Arugula, Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan Aioli,
Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

GRILLED VEAL CHOPS WITH SPICY MARINARA
Barley, Grilled Radicchio & Red Onions
Broccoli Rabe with Olive Butter
Heirloom Carrots with Pine Nut, Raisin & Caper Relish

RASSEMBLEU BY FROMAGERIE HAMEL
Spiced Pear Butter

TONKA BEAN SCENTED RICE PUDDING

Orange & Cherry Chutney

I have never eaten veal - seems like some love it and others hate it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. TorontoJo RE: weekerrie Apr 10, 2012 12:27 PM

    My preference would be Woodlot.

    Whichever you choose, please, oh please cancel the other reservation as soon as possible. It's incredibly rude to the restaurants to do this.

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      weekerrie RE: TorontoJo Apr 10, 2012 02:14 PM

      Point taken and thank you all.

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      stephen RE: weekerrie Apr 10, 2012 12:32 PM

      Best meal I have had in Toronto in years was dinner at Ruby Watchco in January...go!

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        JennaBean RE: weekerrie Apr 10, 2012 12:58 PM

        Woodlot would be my choice and I echo TorontoJo, please don't do this in the future. This kind of last min cancelling is what makes resto go the no reservation policy.

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          Herne RE: JennaBean Apr 10, 2012 01:01 PM

          I'd go with Woodlot primarily because I didn't get excited by the menu you posted.

        2. prima RE: weekerrie Apr 10, 2012 02:26 PM

          Most people who "hate" veal hate the thought of eating calves, not the taste/texture of veal. When it's cooked properly, it's a tender meat with a relatively delicate taste compared to beef.

          1. ComerDemonio RE: weekerrie Apr 11, 2012 04:06 AM

            I went to Woodlot last weekend ... Crostini with buffalo mozzarella, basil, and roasted butternut squash ... absolutely sublime. Sweat pea agnolotti with a lamb ragu and mint ... stunning. Add a bottle of Keint-He Pinot Meunier and you are done.

            I'll also chastise you for the double booking. Truly bad form.

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              LexiFirefly RE: weekerrie Apr 11, 2012 04:45 AM

              It's really nice to see that most people know not to double book! I've worked in several small restaurants who decided to stop taking reservations due to large number of no shows on friday/saturday nights. If a resto has under 50 seats (which both of these have) it's literally taking money out of there pocket!

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                themiguel RE: weekerrie Apr 11, 2012 06:57 AM

                Let me add to the chorus:

                Yes to woodlot, no to double booking - most especially at small, extremely popular places like Ruby & Woodlot but really to any place. Very poor form for the restaurant and other diners that can't get in.

                1. Flexitarian RE: weekerrie Apr 11, 2012 07:30 AM

                  I'd go with Woodlot too. I found (both times) that Ruby was too crowded, too noisy, the food oversalted, didn't like the share-y share-y communal aspect of having to split the servings and overall nothing special. At a much lower price point maybe.

                  As for the double booking this sort of behaviour just makes it worse for your fellow diners.

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                    weekerrie RE: Flexitarian Apr 11, 2012 10:47 AM

                    Again - point taken. In my defence, I would add that the double booking only existed for the sum total of 1 hour - when RW posted veal on the menu I booked Woodlot. If they had posted it further in advance, I would have cancelled earlier. But again - one hour.

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                      ylsf RE: weekerrie Apr 11, 2012 11:24 AM

                      So feedback on your meal last night? How was it at Woodlot?

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                        weekerrie RE: ylsf Apr 11, 2012 11:46 AM

                        Having read the reviews ahead of time, I did notice the tiny bit of grit in my crab salad and the heavy salting of my steak (although I like salt so no big deal). I found the dessert selection a bit bland. After eating quite a bit of the delicious bread, I had to skip the bread pudding, leaving me with the pavlova which I found too sweet. The brussel sprouts were cooked to perfection as were the sweet potatoes. The homemade sodas are also delicious if you are off the booze as I am. I still would like to try RW, but not on a veal night.

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                          prima RE: weekerrie Apr 11, 2012 01:43 PM

                          What kinds of home-made sodas did they serve?

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                            1sweetpea RE: prima Apr 11, 2012 01:52 PM

                            I love the concept of RW, but when I peruse the upcoming menus, none ever wow me. For the per-person price, I'd like to feel like I'm being presented with something I wouldn't whip up in my own kitchen. They don't have to reinvent the wheel, but I do think the ingredients and/or presentation should be a little special. Many of the menus sound really meat-and-potatoes to me.

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                              julesrules RE: 1sweetpea Apr 12, 2012 05:41 AM

                              I hear ya 1sweetpea. The concept might have had more appeal when I was single and didn't regularly do big family meals. But I can roast chicken quite well at home thank you. Now if it were duck...

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                              weekerrie RE: prima Apr 11, 2012 02:06 PM

                              Root beer, cream soda and cherry cola - they also had a honey hibiscus.

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                          ComerDemonio RE: weekerrie Apr 11, 2012 02:09 PM

                          Sorry for the pile on :)

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                            weekerrie RE: ComerDemonio Apr 11, 2012 02:22 PM

                            It's ok. If I had known, I would have fully explained in my original post. I waited for RW to post the menu - I saw veal - veal = baby cow and I called Woodlot. The only reason I hesistated momentarily was that I was taking my dad out and wanted to take him somewhere nice.

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