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Chocaholic Jul 14, 2012 12:02 PM

Went there to meet up with a couple of friends after work and we had shared some appetizers Summer Dip Duo, there was so little dip compared to chips, Shrimp a la Plancha was bland, Fish Tacos - very little fish, Crispy Calamari - this was the only dish that was good, Bruchetta - no fresh tomato taste, more like a pizza.

Overall very bland without freshness and flavour! And portions were really small.

And the cocktails and beers all seemed watered down.

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    stonerose RE: Chocaholic Jul 19, 2012 10:49 AM

    Overpriced, full of attitude, style over substance. Best left to the suits that frequent it.

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      grandgourmand RE: stonerose Jul 19, 2012 10:55 AM

      i'll give you the overpriced and style over substance...but i've never come across any attitude. it's pretty much on par to slightly better to other places downtown in the service department.

      a suit

      1. re: grandgourmand
        julesrules RE: grandgourmand Jul 19, 2012 11:55 AM

        I'm not a suit and I work nearby. I'm happy to eat at Rodney's for example, which is also quite full of suits at lunch time, but there's an aura about SoT and their door staff that is a complete and utter turn off for me. They may be perfectly nice people who provide good service however.

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          Wil RE: julesrules Jul 19, 2012 12:04 PM

          I've been there a few times now and whole heartedly agree, there is definitely a too cool for school vibe there

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          CocoaChanel RE: grandgourmand Jul 19, 2012 02:47 PM

          ITA with GrandGourmand about overpriced, style over substance/ lousy food.

          I have never been on the recieving end of 'tude there, at least not from the staff. I could see how on a Thursday evening, there is a too cool for school vibe on the patio by some of the patrons, but welcome to Thursday night in the Financial Distrtict. Meh, so what.

          And yes, the female wait staff do tart up, but they have gotten better at paying attention to female clientele.

          They have a nice patio, but that is about it.

          Another Suit

          1. re: CocoaChanel
            prima RE: CocoaChanel Jul 21, 2012 02:23 PM

            I didn't mean to touch a nerve. Sorry. As a former suit, I didn't mean to come across as insensitive to suits. ;-)

            I don't like it when establishments cater to male suits, to the point where femaie suits are sometimes made to feel comfortable.

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              CocoaChanel RE: prima Jul 21, 2012 08:29 PM

              Honestly, Prima - no nerve at all! :) I really don't take myself especially seriously as a suit. The female wait staff at SoT as well as Earls have toned down the addressing only the men/asking for mens' orders first/ignoring women patrons over the last year.

              The Keg on York on the other hand has gotten much worse. Mr. Vuitton and I were there about 6 months ago for a drink. Our female server did just about everything except straddle my husband. So when the bill came, I politely took it out of her hands and slapped my credit card down. She at least had the decency to look embarrassed.

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                prima RE: CocoaChanel Jul 21, 2012 09:01 PM

                Good. That'll teach her! ;-)

      2. prima RE: Chocaholic Jul 19, 2012 12:11 PM

        Their mojitos suck.

        It seemed management was encouraging their female servers on the patio to tart up their look for tips. While it might be a way to get more male suits to order more drinks, it turns off some female customers to the point where they'll avoid the establishment completely.

        I hate bars and restaurants that encourage objectification of their staff to increase drink sales. I don't really care if Hooters or Spice Route does this, but I don't think this kind of objectification of staff belongs anywhere near Bay St, although I realize it goes with the territory with most places that are popular with the afterwork crowd.

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          katbri RE: prima Jul 19, 2012 12:58 PM

          Don't go to Earl's!

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          CarNut RE: Chocaholic Jul 19, 2012 01:36 PM

          Guess it's a good thing that they'll be shutting down soon!!

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            bytepusher RE: CarNut Jul 19, 2012 04:51 PM

            They have apparently already identified a new location to move to nearby

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