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Mar 5, 2014 09:12 AM

Edulis Sunday Lunch - Any reviews?

Hi Folks - My bday is approaching and I was thinking about Edulis for dinner but noticed when I made my reso that they only offer a "Sunday Lunch" which is a set menu.

Anyone have any reports?

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  1. I have been a long time ago. It was very sloppy. Feels like they take all the leftover and turn it into a set menu. Oh wait....that's like most brunch in this city.

    1. That's too bad. I was hoping for the best as Sunday options are always limited.

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      1. re: JennaBean

        I REALLY wouldn't put much stock into a comment like that - I'm not even a brunch guy but I can name off ten good options that have nothing to do with "taking all the leftover and turning it into a set menu". That's downright ignorant to say. I also can't offer firsthand experience with edulis on Sundays but I do recall hearing good things from a number of people

        1. re: disgusti

          Lunch is their general term but it is an evening reservation so the brunch comment is irrelevant really.

          I'm already not keen on the idea of a four course set menu for my bday dinner as I would like something a little grander but the options are limited. Unless I get some sort of first hand review that says it is on par with their usual offerings it will be a pass and I will have to find something else.

          1. re: JennaBean

            We had the four course set lunch as a lunch quite a while ago, as a lunch it was fantastic, but it sounds to me that it would lack the grandness you are after.

            1. re: JennaBean

              Just call them and ask what lunch entails and, if it's not sufficiently grand, see if you can do something grander. They're pretty accommodating there, and I've met very few good restaurants unwilling to go a bit bigger (especially for a bit more money). I'm sure they'd do the duck press with advanced warning.

              Never done the brunch, but Edulis for dinner is dope. Talk with them and see if they'll do a little bit more for you!

              1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                Normally I would BUT the BF is a chef and he HATES these types of requests. His words not mine "who thinks they are that entitled?"

                So in this instance, that's not really an option. I may end up at Chiado again. Not the worst option but I was hoping to switch it up a wee bit.

                1. re: JennaBean

                  Jacobs & Co is beckoning!

                  And yes, haven't been to Edulis for brunch but have heard good things. A few recent meals there were spectacular.

                  mmm... jacobs & co...

                  1. re: justxpete

                    I was just there... actually twice in Feb. I feel like I've eaten enough red meat for a few months... My MS doesn't dig the iron so much. If only that weren't the case.

                    And that just about sums up my "champagne problems"

                    No sympathy for me!

                  2. re: JennaBean

                    Fair point, but Edulis is pretty open that they welcome these requests on their website:

                    "Our strength at Edulis is cooking for you – listening to your preferences, aversions, appetite, and making you a beautiful feast. We are always happy to let you know the beautiful ingredients we have in house if you prefer a simpler meal. A nice piece of fish? A plate of roast porcini? With pleasure! Otherwise, most guests enjoy putting themselves into our hands and letting us take care of the menu."

                    And they do take requests for the duck press in advance, which is as grand a meal as I can imagine (kay, not quite)!

                    1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                      Oh I know that they are open to it. It is that I have to live with (and then listen to the rants) of a crazy chef who would not be good with it at all.

                      I've looked at all the menus online and they look ok. I was just hoping for a first hand raving endorsement ;-)

                      1. re: JennaBean

                        Chef wife life, am I right? *eye roll* sometimes I want to do what I WANT to do! Can we just enjoy, please? The conversation before every special occasion out EVER!!!! :) sorry end rant. :)

                        1. re: LexiFirefly

                          Ahahahah!!!! It is so true. I love him to bits but fer f sakes.

                          1. re: JennaBean

                            It takes a special kind of person(civilian) to be in a relationship with a chef... :)
                            Could be worse right?

                            1. re: petek

                              I had some good training. My grandpa was a chef and I remember going out to dinner with him was always hilarious for me as a child because he was so seriously disappointed in everything that graced the table and wasn't afraid to let you know. As my nana would turn redder and redder I would laugh louder and louder.

                              As I type this out, it feels like karma may have something to do with all of this! ;-)

                              1. re: petek

                                I'm not even a civilian! :) could be way worse, I could be with someone that doesn't like food. :)

                    2. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                      Sample lunch menus are on their website.

                  3. re: disgusti

                    This thread was confusing... For those reading this now, JennaBean's comment was in response to brushfire below and the other comments flow from there.

                    1. re: disgusti

                      I said most. I can also probably name 10 more places in Toronto that doesn't use leftovers for a set menu. I didn't realize edulis offered lunch for dinner whichwas why i was refering to sunday lunch/brunch. If you've ever heard cooks talk about brunch you'll know what I'm refering to. Just take all the leftovers and put it into a frittata.

                      1. re: brushfire

                        This is a bit misleading.... if a kitchen bought a case of cauliflower on Tuesday and had two left on Tuesday you can bet that the veg of the day of the soup will be cauliflower. If on Sunday they have peppers and broccoli in the fridge yes it will be in the frittata BUT what do you want them to do throw it away just to buy brand new peppers? I guarantee if the have half pot of pasta left it will not be on the brunch the next day...(but it may be the staff meal that morning!) there is a big difference between effective use of stock and using leftovers

                        1. re: pourboi

                          Yes misleading perhaps but that overcooked salmon from the buffet last night might be in the fritatta too. Wait a minute. That old salmon is still consider part of the stock right? So using that old salmon is the same thing as effective use of stock right? Who's to say what is considered leftover and what is considered "stock". All I believe is that a lot of them do use leftovers.

                          And really what kind of restaurant has half a pot of pasta cooked in advance? If it's cooked in advanced to be reheated the same day or the next day is that considered stock or leftover? What about the noodle in the chicken noodle soup? Cooked to order? or reheated out of a container that was cooked yesterday?

                          Anyway this has nothing to do with edulis. My impression of the lunch was that it was different from the quality of their dinner.

                  4. I have had 2 wildly different experiences with Sunday lunch at Edulis late last year - the one on November 3 and one on December 8.

                    The first lunch was wonderful - warm, attentive service, a good variety of textures/tastes in the dishes (the menu is still online if you want to check it out) all of which were tasty. We really didn't want to leave. Ever. And were completely stuffed.

                    The second visit in December was a huge change - indifferent service (last server MIA; this server approaches our table and just says "You know there's no choice, right?") and a menu that was an homage to Zuni cafe but that really fell flat in both the flavour and technique departments. It may be that this kind of cooking is not quite in their wheelhouse, but my most vivid memories are of a large serving of completely tasteless gnocchi, a giant dish of oily mackerel (probably ok but not my thing), and being served a half raw roast chicken as the final savory dish. I left hungry and apologizing to my guests, all of whom felt similarly.

                    Not sure I would recommend it based on that kind of inconsistency for a special meal, but if you get lucky then it will be wonderful. Everything is served family-style, fyi.

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                    1. re: Cat123

                      Thank you very much Cat123. I'm going to cancel my reso.

                      1. re: Cat123

                        Can you describe each of your server(s)? I have a hunch.

                        1. re: justxpete

                          It's been a while but to the best of my recollection the first was male, tall, dark hair, always smiling and very professional. The second was female, petite-ish I think, long dark hair, sullen (obviously).

                      2. do they ever have veg options at edulis?

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                        1. re: helenhelen

                          Haven't had lunch there but have been once for dinner - my husband is a vegetarian and they prepared veg options for the tasting menu. We let them know when making the reservation.

                          1. re: sman

                            great to hear that! do you recall the kinds of dishes they prepared for your husband?

                            1. re: helenhelen

                              Oh my memory isn't that good! He eats diary and eggs now so there was an egg dish with black truffle and cream - I remember this as I was served the same.

                        2. Well the Sunday search is off! I'm not sure if hell is freezing over or pigs are about to fly, but it looks like I'm having a bday dinner on a FRIDAY!

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                          1. re: JennaBean

                            OMIGOD!!! Congrats! I got mine on a Saturday this year. It was so nice! :)