Hey! Rod Bowers new Roncesvalles location
Has anyone been? Any details? I know it is open but the internet doesn't seem to know anything about it...
They opened during the Polish festival and then reopened on Friday night. Went in for dinner with the family and the place was slammed. On top of that their a/c broke which didn't help much. Food was good but needless to say the temperature didn't make it the most enjoyable of experiences. He's got some pastas, a few sandwiches, a fish dish, couple salads etc. It's gonna do take out in about a wk or so i believe. A few beers on tap as well and a juice bar too. Also they do baked goods and coffee etc. He's making good use of the space. They also did a nice job on the room. Prices are decent, he's also gonna do a kids menu but they hadn't launched it yet when i was in. I'll go back in a week or so, great new addition to the 'hood : )
So I dropped by for brunch this weekend. I was in the area and ended up parking close by there and we were walking around checking out the options and passed by here so we gave it a shot.
I had the smoked ham hock with 2 fried eggs served on beans. I also had a kale juice (mixed with some other stuff, they have a juicer on site). My friend had the daily quiche and a coffee.
I enjoyed my meal and my friend seemed to like his. Price was around $10.50 per entree for brunch. I probably wouldn't order the same thing again though because there wasn't really much ham in it.
I got a donut to go and my friend had a cookie. The donut was really dense... too dense...
Anyone been for dinner? Bowers was there on the Saturday when I went.
We went the first week it was open (breaking my cardinal rule of never going the first few weeks a new restaurant is open). We were shown to our table and informed by our server that he was going to blow us away. They were out of wine - not his fault - so we ordered our meals - salads plus entrees. He brought cutlery and then forgot about us. When we informed the manager that we felt we'd been forgotten, the manager corrected the situation immediately, got our order into the kitchen, and took the salads off of our bill. Well handled. The server didn't bother to apologize or even acknowledge that he'd screwed up.
The salads were very good - excellent kale caesar - very lightly dressed yet flavourful. Can't remember the other salad but it was good too.
Very underwhelmed by the pizza and the burger. My brother-in-law enjoyed his spaghetti & meatballs.
Took forever to get the bill - actually considered leaving without paying it, and I used to work in the business - this was such an awful service experience that it was laughable. Kind of like watching a train wreck in slow motion, knowing it could have been avoided, but it was too late.
It would take a lot to get me back in there again - maybe a deathbed promise... Yes, he did blow us away!