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Oct 2, 2012 12:38 PM

Keriwa cafe - no longer serving a la carte dinner service

" On Saturday August 6th, we will be serving our last a la carte dinner service after that we will be serving tasting menu’s select evenings of the month. Tasting menu’s, in keeping with Keriwa Cafe’s philosophy, will change monthly and reflect the best of what Ontario, and Canada, has to offer. In addition to tasting menu’s Keriwa Cafe will be a private dining, special occasions and events centre. From time to time we will host special culinary events featuring the best and talented individuals in the industry today.

Reservations are available for our first tasting menu that will take place October 13th at 7 PM and can be made by calling us at the restaurant at 416.533.2552. If you would like to subscribe to our mailing list of our upcoming tasting menu dates and culinary events please send us an email at . As well please check our newly revamped website for more information at . We look forward to seeing you at Keriwa Cafe."

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  1. Interesting! Thank you for the info!

    1. Big mistake, in my opinion. Although it makes economical sense for the restaurant, part of the fun of eating out (for me and many others, I'd presume) is to choose from among a variety of menu options. I've rarely been happy with tasting menus; the whim of a particular chef on a particular day is not necessarily what I want to eat. I've never gone to Ruby Watchco for this very reason.

      1. I've had a few tasting menus at Keriwa. They were extremely over-priced, so caveat emptor starting Saturday. The last straw was when they asked me to pay $600 for 4 people, 5 courses each, ignoring two simple requests I made (Chocolate and Fried bread, which they were serving that night). After that, I stopped going all together. They were asking for more money than Splendido, and serving 5-10 courses less. Absurd.

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        1. re: justxpete

          Just so I'm clear, they charged $150 for 5 courses? That would be an average of $30 a course which is more than what many restaurants charge for a main. Please tell me you forgot to mention the wine pairing.

          1. re: dubchild

            No. We had a bottle of wine and four cocktails. The first bill the presented to us was $800.

        2. I just re-read the original post. No more a la carte only tasting menus on "selected" evenings. So that means they are closed except for private parties, special occasions and selected evenings. Am I drawing the wrong conclusion that they are done and just riding out their lease/selling the place? I'm trying to get my head around how this works, unless the demand for a private space is so great or they are now caterers.

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          1. re: dubchild

            this makes me very happy...i can't wait for a real restaurant to take over the last visit had only 2 salads and 2 cold soups available.....

            1. re: dubchild

              Aaron Bear Robe's (chef/owner) wife is pregnant with their second child so he needs to spend more time with his family. By only really being open one night a week with the possibility of events the other nights, it will definitely free up some time for him.

              I enjoyed my dinner here very much a few months ago. It's a shame to go wholly to a tasting menu since not everyone can afford it, but I can see his point too in wanting some time off since restaurant life can be so demanding.

              1. re: bluefirefly

                It may free up some time for him, but unless he's got a tonne of private functions, it'll be hard for him to put food on the table or by diapers running his business this way.

            2. Thanks for the post, but, when you copied and pasted that they had a typo. Says "August 6th". I was confused by that date but it it suppose to be October 6th. Probably too late for you to edit it.