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Ruby Watchco or Woodlot?

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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. 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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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Point taken and thank you all.

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

      1. 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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        1. re: JennaBean

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

        2. 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. 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.

            1. 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!

              1. 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. 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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                  1. re: Flexitarian

                    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.

                    1. re: weekerrie

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

                      1. re: ylsf

                        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.

                        1. re: weekerrie

                          What kinds of home-made sodas did they serve?

                          1. re: prima

                            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.

                            1. re: 1sweetpea

                              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...

                            2. re: prima

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

                        2. re: weekerrie

                          Sorry for the pile on :)

                          1. re: ComerDemonio

                            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.