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Bistro 699 - Danforth is exploding

millygirl Aug 16, 2012 07:58 AM

I just noticed the signage up this AM.

Near Pape - in the newly renovated storefront right next door to the new bicycle shop. South side.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Just the word 'Bistro' has me excited....

Anyone else have the inside scoop?

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  1. Baelsette RE: millygirl Aug 16, 2012 10:30 AM

    Saw that today too, very exciting! Will keep my eyes posted to see if any info goes up.

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      millygirl RE: Baelsette Aug 16, 2012 10:42 AM

      Thanks Baelsette and too bad about the other. wink wink

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      dalton48 RE: millygirl Aug 16, 2012 04:36 PM

      I was excited, but two things are tempering my expectations -- 1., the chairs -- have a look, they don't look promising, and 2., they were serving gyros throughout Taste of the Danforth. I would love to be pleasantly surprised!

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        millygirl RE: dalton48 Aug 17, 2012 03:18 AM

        Oh crap!! I did not know this.

        Never mind then.

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          earthmomma RE: millygirl Oct 5, 2012 09:38 AM

          Does anyone have an update on this place? I can't tell if it's open or not...or find any word about it online.

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            Googs RE: earthmomma Oct 7, 2012 07:17 AM

            Watch this space:

            They're not listed on DineSafe yet so, at a rough guess, they're not open yet.

      2. Baelsette RE: millygirl Oct 11, 2012 05:31 PM

        They have a sign up now....... hate to judge early but based on the sign not looking too promising. Has musical notes and looks very cheesy (just my opinion, I hope I"m proved wrong).
        I hope I look back on this comment and think just how wrong I was to judge.....

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          millygirl RE: Baelsette Oct 12, 2012 06:51 AM

          Unfortunately I have to agree. Sad to say it's not lookin' to promising over there.

        2. Baelsette RE: millygirl Dec 5, 2012 04:33 AM

          agreed and agreed......

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            Tor.hound RE: Baelsette Dec 29, 2012 10:07 AM

            So anyone got any reviews to post yet?

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              szw RE: Tor.hound Dec 29, 2012 10:22 PM

              Danforth is exploding! haha

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                millygirl RE: szw Dec 30, 2012 07:57 AM

                Oh god, don't remind me. I wish this post would just go away!!

                I was so naive :(

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            Foodie27 RE: millygirl Jan 2, 2013 07:18 AM

            I visited Bistro 699 over the holidays and it was great! It is traditional/authentic Greek food with a modern twist. The menu will change from time to time with seasonal ingredients from what I was told. But all in all we enjoyed our meals.

            A few comments about some posts below - the chairs....was there something wrong with them? Quite comfortable and really just standard dining chairs. The decor - its very cosy with a warm tone to it. Maybe musical notes is not your thing but not a valid reason to say "it's cheesy".

            I didn't know they served gyro during Taste of the Danforth but my guess would be that a) gyro is an authentic Greek dish and b) the restaurant is located on the Danforth so c) naturally it would be something they serve to patrons wanting an authentic Greek dish.

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              prima RE: Foodie27 Jan 2, 2013 07:55 AM

              Gyro is a Greek fast food that's become popular over the last few decades. I wouldn't consider it to be an "authentic Greek dish" in the same league as Greek classics such as moussaka, dolmades or roast lamb. While gyros might be tasty, they're the Greek equivalent of hot dogs- something people eat when they're in a hurry, after the bar, near the bus station, at the beach, etc.

              If they served gyro during Taste of the Danforth, they served it because they thought it would sell well, not because they were hoping to sell Torontonians an "authentic Greek dish".

              What isn't cheesy to you might be cheesy to others. Musical notes do sound a little tacky to me. Most restaurants on the Danforth have tacky/cheesy/gaudy /Greek God-y decor elements. Doesn't hurt their business- sometimes adds to the charm.

              What Greek dishes did you order at Bistro 699 over the holidays? Which dishes (other than gyros) would you recommend? Are there any traditional Greek dishes on the Bistro 699 menu that aren't found on the menus at Pantheon, Mezes, Pan, Megas or Avli?

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                millygirl RE: prima Jan 2, 2013 08:09 AM

                Foodie27 I'd be interested to know what is the modern twist that they bring?

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                  Foodie27 RE: millygirl Jan 2, 2013 08:28 AM

                  Their seasonal ingredients incorporated into their dishes. Greek food essentially is marinated with oregano, olive oil & lemon....you'll find that at any Greek restaurant. I noticed Bistro's menu has different marinates and ingredients.

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                  Foodie27 RE: prima Jan 2, 2013 08:19 AM

                  I'm Greek so clearly know what authentic Greek dishes are. Yes gyro has become popular and it is a quick & fast food option but nonetheless its a Greek staple. Somewhat difficult to serve mousaka or roast lamb during Taste of the Danforth.

                  Gyro on the spit, similar to Alexandros on the Danforth is authentic as opposed to Chicago gyro which I was told is not what they served. At the end of the day, any business on the Danforth aims to serve quick & fast authentic food to make money during Taste of the Danforth.

                  Agree on the decor in most places on the Danforth being cheesy and gaudy. Most of the restaurants have been there for years and have not re-modelled, which they should (especially the washrooms!) I do think most people go to certain restaurants for the food and not the decor though.

                  I didn't mind the musical notes on the wall, and I also noticed a piano in the back so perhaps they have somoene who plays during dinner.

                  Not sure what was there before but the space was re-modelled nicely.

                  Gyro is not on the menu actually. It was probably just served during Taste of the Danforth. I had a shrimp appetizer with couscous and tomato sauce, eggplant dip and their signature salad and for the main courses we had the seafood pasta and grilled chicken dish. My husband and I enjoyed it and we typically eat at many restaurants on the Danforth so this is one we'll go to again.

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                    prima RE: Foodie27 Jan 2, 2013 08:46 AM

                    Thanks for letting us know what you ordered. We love details on this Board.

                    With all due respect, I don't consider gyro to be a Greek staple.

                    I look fwd to trying their melitzanasalata in the New Year.

                    Louis, Messini, Maras and Folia also serve stacked on the spit 'authentic' gyros in your neighbourhood.

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                      Foodie27 RE: prima Jan 2, 2013 08:55 AM

                      Not too crazy about Messini but Folia is really good as well. Haven't tried Maras yet.

                      The gyro/souvlaki at Kalyvia is excellent as well.

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                        prima RE: Foodie27 Jan 2, 2013 09:01 AM

                        I'm not crazy about the gyro at Messini or Maras. I like the pork souvlaki sticks at Megas and Zorba's.

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                          Foodie27 RE: prima Jan 2, 2013 10:58 AM

                          I agree, the quality of the meat at Messini's is questionable too. If you haven't tried Kalyvia's gyro or souvlakia, you should :)

                          As for Bistro 699 comparing to Pantheon, Megas or Mezes...I wouldn't say it does at this point. They mentioned that they are still finalizing their menu and that the chef is from a restaurant in a well known hotel in Greece so his creations are a bit different yet trying to stay authentic as well.

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                            prima RE: Foodie27 Jan 2, 2013 11:10 AM

                            Thanks Foodie27. I've usually ordered the pikilia at Kalyvia.

                            I hope Bistro 669 does offer some less common, authentic dishes and some creative ones. I liked the contemporary dishes that used to be found at Lambros and at Pan (before it changed hands).

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                      julesrules RE: Foodie27 Jan 2, 2013 05:14 PM

                      What's the signature salad?

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                  Foodie27 RE: millygirl Jan 3, 2013 07:00 AM

                  It was mixed greens, pomegranate, raisins and pieces of parmesan with a honey dressing.

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                    julesrules RE: Foodie27 Jan 3, 2013 08:44 AM

                    That does sound good, and seasonal - I was worried it would be village salad with winter tomatoes ;)
                    I don't care about the decor so much, it's just that as a local always looking for family-friendly places I really could not figure out what this place was (cafe? restaurant?) and what type of business they want to attract. I don't think every new place needs a twitter feed but something to encourage me to take a look (posted menu or hours... People in the window seats who actually have food or drink).

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                      Foodie27 RE: julesrules Jan 3, 2013 01:42 PM

                      I totally agree with you. It is a family friendly place, their menu has a good variety of options. Also noticed some sandwiches on the menu so a good lunch spot if you work or are in the area. It's still new so I'm sure in time people will migrate that way.

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