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Sep 25, 2012 07:17 AM

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...

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  1. Someone posted this link in the other Hey Meatball thread (for College Street location). It was from a few months ago but gives you a bit more details (larger space, licensed, etc):

    1. 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 : )

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      1. re: dannyboy

        Good to hear it's open finally. I didn't realize it was focusing on sit-down type experience so your info is very useful. Gonna have to get in there in the next couple of days.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: ylsf

            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!

            1. re: hungryjoanne

              Curious to see Amy Pataki's review of this place :)

              Anyway, we had our own little service issue, it wasn't a huge thing but my friend had ordered a glass of milk and the server totally forgot it... Took a while to get it even after reminding her...

          2. Brutal review in The Globe today. No stars. Apparently I'm also internet broken because I can't seem to find a link to this review either. Sorry.

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                1. re: TorontoJo

                  "It came as cold as a bus stop bench in early February. It was the colour of pallor mortis and tasted like Kraft Stove Top stuffing. It was the sort of dish you want to chase with tears and a litre of Stolichnaya."

                  hahaha. i like this guys style more and more

                  1. re: disgusti

                    I have to think he made up that phrase sometime in the distant past and has been looking for a review to finally deploy it on.

                    Oh and "the colour of pallor mortis" is redundant

                    1. re: bytepusher

                      Can't decide whether the writing of CNS or Margaret Wente irks me more.

                      I wish Rod Bowers lots of luck with his new place. I'm going to give it a try after he's had a little more time to work out some kinks.

                      1. re: prima

                        Agree with that. Sounds like he's off to a tough start, i wish him well too...

                    2. re: disgusti

                      I had a good laugh when I read the Stoli comment too.

                  2. re: LexiFirefly

                    Yeah just saw CNS tweet about that. I guess I made out lucky with my brunch there. He had three dinners and one brunch there too, plenty of chances!