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nevrenuf Jul 18, 2012 06:45 AM

Does anyone have a proper review on this place?

http://www.cafedulac.ca/menus.html

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    fryerlover Jul 18, 2012 07:04 AM

    I've never been, however there are some older reviews on the board.
    http://www.chow.com/search?query=Cafe...

    Hope this helps.

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      nevrenuf Jul 18, 2012 07:44 AM

      that's funny...could've sworn i searched...what the hell did i type??? lol

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        FrenchSoda Jul 18, 2012 04:58 PM

        The search will only pull comments within the last 12 months unless you expand it. It's possible they've improved over the past year, but I finally gave up on going. I always, always wanted to love the place (which is why I kept going!) but was always disappointed in either the food or the service each time. If you do go and it's improved, that would be great news for the area.

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          Derksen Jul 19, 2012 06:20 AM

          +1

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            archive Jul 19, 2012 12:27 PM

            +2

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              Dean Tudor Jul 19, 2012 02:43 PM

              +3

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                DDD Jul 19, 2012 05:52 PM

                +4

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                  iamafoodie Jul 20, 2012 09:17 AM

                  Sad to see an independent local restaurant that's priced for perfection appear to systematically deliver less. It appears they're doing all the wrong things to build their business.

                  To me, coupons and discounted meals with the associated rules are a sign of desperation and never attracts my business.

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                    iamafoodie Aug 18, 2012 04:15 AM

                    I heard that they have closed and when I called to check discovered their telephone number is out of service.

                    Humber or George Brown should offer a course on how to successfully plan and operate a restaurant. It's sad to see so many people destroying their life's savings on these dreams and adventures.

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                      Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 18, 2012 05:17 AM

                      It doesn't hav e anything to do with a plan. The whole thing was culturally misconceived.
                      Cafe du lac wasn't what the people want, if they do, it isn't at that location, it was too expensive for what it offered particulalry at that location and furthermore they cooked in a very boring and ordinary way and didn't give you enough to eat. There was just no reason to go there. But the basic reason has to do with location. In Toronto , only a chef with international celebrity can attract customers to a location like Cafe du Lac's.

                      As for giving the people what they want, in Toronto every good chef that I know who has tried to give his customers a good meal at a fair price has either failed or has met such little success that he has given up.

                      The correct business plan for Toronto is overpriced crappy burgers in a "with it" location.

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                        mammoth Aug 18, 2012 07:00 PM

                        I live in the area and when it first opened the food quality was really good although the service was pretty poor. After the original chef/co-owner left, the food quality and portion size went down-hill. With the new chef we noticed a huge difference and never went back.

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                          Derksen Aug 20, 2012 06:42 AM

                          I respectfully disagree Vinnie. The demographic for Cafe du Lac exists in the area, but they lack local support as people were turned off through service and/or food. Have a gander over their Yelp/Urbanspoon/Chow reviews.

                          If it is strictly a location issue, then why is Pulcinella bustling? Similar price-point in a very similar demo location.

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                            FrenchSoda Aug 22, 2012 07:45 PM

                            Agreed, I think the area is ripe for that level of dining. Even just take a look at the Longbranch/Mimico thread on this board, it's one of the longest threads. There do seem to be a lot of foodies here in Mimico. There's a lot of development money being poured into the area as well, look at the upgrades to Sherway mall, even. The area is very much on the way up.

                            I was thrilled about Cafe du Lac opening, I even continued to go back a number of times after disappointing experiences, hoping that the service and food had improved.

                            And I do feel for them, they were very lovely people. But there were major issues with both the food and the service that weren't corrected.

                            Having said that, I'd really love to see another nice little restaurant start-up in the area.

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          T.O. Diner Nov 18, 2012 03:13 PM

          I, too, was sad to see Cafe du Lac go, but echo the comments about food and service. Owner/operator trying to be all things to all people and not succeeding on any front. I must say I've been consistently impressed with Pulcinella. They've got a new menu and although we go there frequently I hadn't realized I'd welcome some new menue choices until they were in front of me. Would be nice to have a more extensive wine list, but the food and staff much more than make up for it. Everyone who whines about wishing they had a great neighbourhood place, put your money where your wine is and try this one.

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