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"Valdez" by Steve Gonzalez opening.. in a month?

Probably more like "soon", but...

http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/fo...

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  1. Congrats to him. Hate to say this, that 2 yr delay didn't do him any favours. The landscape has changed a lot in that time.

    Also glad he ditched the generic hipster "Bushwick" name.

    Looking forward to eating his food. I wish him the best of luck

    1. That is a giant resto for your first solo gig. His overhead is going to be really significant. That's a go big or go home move for sure!

      And +1 on the new name. Bushwick was terrible IMO.

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      1. re: JennaBean

        I am wondering what kind of arrangement they have because the "Uniq Lifestyle Entertainment Group" is involved in this new restaurant and they owned Cheval before. I was thinking the same thing that it is quiet a large space. I am guessing they might be hoping to turn it into a restaurant/event space and end up having a lot of private parties in here (especially during TIFF/Fashion Week/etc).

        I saw Bushwick at some Pop-ups before and I had no desire to ever try any of their food, largely in part to the name :) Had no idea someone from Top Chef Canada Season 1 was involved with it either.

        Funny how things change, in this article he was talking about a 50 seat place, no partners, etc:

        http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

        Excited to see what he makes of the new place though.

        1. re: ylsf

          It's been open for a couple of weeks. Tried it out when it opened and had to walk out. All of the (available?) 2-tops were barstool seating and my companion has a back problem and needs a 'proper' seat, which they couldn't provide. Went to Beast instead and had an excellent meal there.

          1. re: estufarian

            Blah, that is annoying... I like places with proper seats too.

        2. So, how come their website can't say anything about the menu or anything about the resto? http://www.valdezrestaurant.com/

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          1. re: stevedominic

            You just have to try it!!

            Seriously though has anyone been? The Yelps are coming in pretty favourably, on the balance.

            1. re: stevedominic

              With some places the menu changes so often, it's a pain to keep it up-to-date. This may be the case.

            2. Went here Saturday night, the place has a great ambience..the food was okay but nothing exceptional. Would I mind returning? probably not but would I be in a hurry to reserve again... not really. We ordered:
              - the shrimp ceviche ( it was pretty good but we had eaten the ceviche at seven lives earlier in the day so we could not help feeling a little undershelmed)
              - the chicken croquettes (weakest dish of the night)
              - chimichurri beef skewers (for me this was the dish of the night because the meet was very succulent)
              - the empanadas (these were a good snack)
              -duck confit fried rice (good flavours but a little bland)
              My cousin thought the food overall was lacking a little salt and I thought it could have had more spice or a kick to it....the bill with 4 glasses of wine was 108 (excluding tip) which I thought was decent for an eatery in that neighborhood.

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              1. re: akhorasanee

                Yea never bothered writing on this place because it was too new, but I wrote them off as no potential. The food was so BLAND, and the place had no energy, I just wrote them off! Decent execution and fair pricing but most everything lacked flavour - through and through. Sorry to see this is still mostly the case. Sounds like the vibe picked up.

                Has anyone tried the rooftop bbq on the weekends?
                Anybody have a great meal there?

                1. re: justsayn

                  I stopped there for a drink and a bit of food a while back... I didn't like the stool style seats... and we felt like we were being rushed out... The waiter came way too often asking if we wanted to order more/etc. Got pretty annoying... At the same time no refill on water glass. There were seats available too, it wasn't like there was a line of people waiting to get in. That turned me off the place.

                  I am curious about the rooftop BBQ though and curious to hear more as I have seen it mention on BlogTo, etc