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justxpete Oct 23, 2013 12:35 PM

Going on Tuesday. Anyone been? Any recos?

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  1. grandgourmand RE: justxpete Oct 23, 2013 01:05 PM

    I've been for lunch a couple times.

    It's a beautiful space and the service is pretty friendly. I think it's the guy that used to be the chef at Reds who is at the the helm.

    For some reason I can't open the online menu...don't remember exactly what I had for lunch on the outside patio, but it was good. Light flavours, reasonable portions. Actually, for a change I found the mains better executed than the apps (we had a group and shared a few). Dessert was good too.
    Sorry, not helping you much with the details here. It was a couple months ago.

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      bluefirefly RE: justxpete Oct 23, 2013 01:11 PM

      There's already a thread with a couple of reviews here. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/909163

      I went about a month ago for dinner and it was a beautiful space, though I think price is a bit on the higher side. They even offer valet parking out front.

      Food was delicious and beautifully plated (I had the ling cod which is no longer on the menu, and dining companion the lobster roll), but dessert was a bit disappointing, so much so that I can't even recall what it was... some sort of pie I think. The waiter sold it based on the description but the reality did not match expectations.

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        justxpete RE: bluefirefly Oct 23, 2013 01:16 PM

        Fyi, The Chase Fish & Oyster is a different restaurant from The Chase.

        There are no threads specifically on The Chase.

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          bluefirefly RE: justxpete Oct 23, 2013 01:24 PM

          Thanks for pointing it out. I must have read too quickly the first time around.

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        JennaBean RE: justxpete Oct 23, 2013 01:20 PM

        Been once, not my thing. Far too many suits in one place. I left Bay street years ago and I don't like being reminded of what I once was! ;-)

        My main was meh at best. Three sad scallops cut in half and grilled it appeared. To me a scallop needs a pan sear making a nice crust. No crust to be seen. Also seasoning seemed to be missing.

        I didn't pay so I can't comment on the price.

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          grandgourmand RE: JennaBean Oct 23, 2013 01:35 PM

          just because you didn't pay doesn't mean you can't comment on the price. unless you just pointed at stuff and somehow managed not to see the prices

          if the "meh at best" main was $25-$30...i think the comment would be negative.

          i liked what i ate there, but it was expensive (and I didn't pay).

          your antipathy towards Bay streeters has been noted (previously too, i think). all i can say is "if you prick us, do we not bleed?"

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            JennaBean RE: grandgourmand Oct 23, 2013 01:44 PM

            I don't remember how much the main was but I would assume it was $30ish. I don't have a problem paying $30 for a main and I think that $30ish for a scallop main in a higher end place is about right so no comment there either.

            But I think the food was meh at best. I just don't know why you would a) cut a scallop in half and b) grill it. It was weird to me but it didn't taste bad it was "ok".

            And "antipathy" is rather understated in regards to my position.

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              justxpete RE: JennaBean Oct 23, 2013 01:45 PM

              lol, I'm rather enjoying this exchange.

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                grandgourmand RE: JennaBean Oct 23, 2013 01:58 PM

                fair enough..my point is simply that if you think the food is subpar and it costs $30 the easy comment is "overpriced". hey, i wouldn't go there on my own dime, so i'm not defending the place. though i did enjoy my food.

                whatever, it's not a major issue. besides, I need to get back to counting my money, verbally abusing my underlings and philandering. (that was for justxpete's entertainment btw).

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                  justxpete RE: grandgourmand Oct 23, 2013 02:04 PM

                  Given your respective reviews (as well as others, including Amy Pataki's) and CNS's glowing (and on-going) reviews of all things imported, I'm beginning to think he has ulterior motives (in a positive way).

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                    grandgourmand RE: justxpete Oct 23, 2013 02:06 PM

                    you lost me

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                      justxpete RE: grandgourmand Oct 23, 2013 02:16 PM

                      Well, you are saying it's good, but not great, Jenna is saying it's not good (at all, really), RP is saying the same as you... Amy Pataki's review wasn't favourable...

                      ...but CNS thinks it's one of the best restos in the city (by way of his three stars)

                      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/f...

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                        MissBingBing RE: justxpete Oct 23, 2013 02:40 PM

                        Makes sense to me.

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                          justxpete RE: MissBingBing Oct 23, 2013 02:42 PM

                          how so?

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                          grandgourmand RE: justxpete Oct 23, 2013 02:42 PM

                          ok...so what are the ulterior motives?

                          ok, so have the menu open now. the main i had isn't even listed anymore (at least they change stuff around). so i really can't recall what it was, but do remember enjoying it. the person i was eating with had the scallops (same as jennabean) and said it was amazing. but she also thinks honey crisp apples are the cat's meow, so her tastes are suspect (in my books, at least).

                          the one thing they tried to push was some sore of special appetizer that was hyped up and wasn't anything special, after all.

                          oh, and my second meal was actually at the oyster bar. i had oysters, tostada and something else. pretty good. but, it didn't pass the "would i pay with my own money" test.

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                            justxpete RE: grandgourmand Oct 23, 2013 03:03 PM

                            Honey crisp apples are the best apples in existence. I side with Jenna.

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                              grandgourmand RE: justxpete Oct 23, 2013 03:46 PM

                              you're like newman splitting the bike in half.

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                                justxpete RE: grandgourmand Oct 23, 2013 04:05 PM

                                Ooh! My cocoa!

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              radiopolitic RE: justxpete Oct 23, 2013 01:39 PM

              I thought it was alright but not worth the price. Had the octopus app and the scallop main.

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                Dean Tudor RE: justxpete Oct 23, 2013 07:46 PM

                Drinks and wines are pricey.

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                  ylsf RE: justxpete Oct 31, 2013 10:12 AM

                  Justxpete, any follow ups? Planning to go on Saturday night... Part of me if more looking forward to seeing the space vs. the actual meal. I can't justify spending $70 on a roast chicken so not sure what I will order but would definitely be interested in your review and dish recs.

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                    justxpete RE: ylsf Oct 31, 2013 01:13 PM

                    Get the chicken. It was amazing. Service was competent and friendly, space was nice, but had a bit of that "I'm here to be seen" feeling to it (unfortunately). Place cleared out around 9pm and it was much more tolerable.

                    Food:

                    Chicken was amazing. I'd go back just for it again. Mushroom flat bread smelled great but was bland; house focaccia (complimentary) was excellent. Most disappointing were the sides and apps. Had the "gnocchi" was was filled with ricotta and overly puffy - was pretty odd. I wouldn't order it again. Also ordered the brussel sprouts which were good conceptually, but were well under cooked (they could be described as al dente) and weren't seasoned properly. The only thing that saved the meal was the chicken, and everything about it was excellent. I don't think $72 for it is unreasonable by any means.

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                      ylsf RE: justxpete Nov 4, 2013 08:59 AM

                      I ended up ordering the chicken on your advice.... In my head the price seemed out of line, but, in the end, it was a good dish and a very large size portion. If I went again, I would probably share that dish with like 3 people. They plate it out for 2 people (for others who haven't been) after bringing it to the table whole to present. People on our table ordered the halibut as well and it was also a generous size portion split into 2 plates.

                      I agree with you on the gnocchi. I have had better "ricotta" gnocchi and in general not my favourite style of gnocchi either.

                      Overall, a good experience and the space really is beautiful. I don't say that often about restaurants. We were there on a weekend night and although it was packed it wasn't overwhelming for me in terms of busyness.

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                    Apprentice RE: justxpete Mar 12, 2014 09:52 PM

                    Called, spoke to someone and reserved a table. Then a couple days prior they left vmx not as a reminder but asking I return the call to confirm the reservation. Then they sent an e-mail reminder of our reservation. All good. We arrive, place is loaded with bay street douches...and they made us wait 40 minutes for our table - despite the comps (after my bay street friend turned on his bay st doucheness "this is unacceptable, we better be treated very well"), I will never return. Food was meh.

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