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Oct 23, 2013 12:35 PM

The Chase

Going on Tuesday. Anyone been? Any recos?

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  1. 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.

    1. There's already a thread with a couple of reviews here.

      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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      1. re: bluefirefly

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

        There are no threads specifically on The Chase.

        1. re: justxpete

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

      2. 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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        1. re: JennaBean

          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?"

          1. re: grandgourmand

            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.

            1. re: JennaBean

              lol, I'm rather enjoying this exchange.

              1. re: JennaBean

                fair 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).

                1. re: grandgourmand

                  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).

                    1. re: grandgourmand

                      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)


                        1. re: justxpete

                 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.

                          1. re: grandgourmand

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

                            1. re: justxpete

                              you're like newman splitting the bike in half.

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

              1. Drinks and wines are pricey.