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Restaurants to avoid

octo

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My girl was in town for the weekend so we celebrated Valentine's on on Saturday night.

I took her to Casa Barcelona 2980 Bloor St West (at Royal York).
I picked this place because I knew she wanted to try it and I knew they had live entertainment. When I made reservations the guy on the phone told me they had a guitar player.

Seeing as it is a Spanish restaurant I was expecting a guy playing classical spanish guitar and since it was Valentine's weekend I definately expected romantic music. The guy was a cheesy mariachi that walked around playing at different tables. When he came to our table he played LA BAMBA!! WTF? Not only was it the worst rendition of La Bamba that I'd ever heard but it was completely inappropriate for a couple having a Valentine's dinner.

Let me back up a little.

When we walked in I told them I had reservations and they seemed a little flustered, like they didn't know what to do with us.

The hostess looked around for a table and came back and escorted us to a table at the back right in front of the opening (cause there was no door) to the kitchen. That right there pissed me off. What the fuck is the point of reservations if you show up and get the worst seat in the house?

She sat us down and we were left on our own to read through the special printed out Valentine menu. It consisted of 8 or10 prix fix combos that ranged in price from $80-$120 for two people.

By the time our waiter (and i'm using the term loosely) came over to ask if we wanted anything to drink, we had already decided which combo we were going to have. Half of the combos included suckling pig. I had never had suckling pig but my girlfirend had, and she hadn't liked it. We chose our combo specifically because it didn't have suckling pig.

Casa is a tapas style restaurant. They bring you a variety of small dishes to share. Our tapas included a fried potato rolls (can't remember the sauce but it was good), (dry) crab cake with mayo sauce that had a nice fiery kick, (over cooked)shrimps and scallops in saffron sauce, lamb stew, paella, beef tenderloin with mushrooms and a salmon dish.

Tappas are great but they brought them all so fast that we didn't get a chance to finish any of them before they got cold. The dishes were brought out by 3 different servers who at no time bothered to introduce themselves or welcome us. When we finished our Sangria we didn't know who to ask for more. At no time did anyone ask us how our meal going or if we needed anything. We got ZERO service.

What pissed me off (second most) is that one of the servers came out with a suckilng pig dish. She brought it over to our table and mumbled to my girlfriend that they had run out of Salmon but she'd brought us suckling pig instead. Before I knew what had happened she plopped the dish on the table and left. I was so pissed. They had just made a substitution with out asking us if it was ok or giving us a choice. I was ready to make scene but my girlfriend told me to forget about it. The pig sucked. Bland and flavourless.

Jose Calderon (spanish Raptors point guard) was sitting next to us with what I'm assuming was his date and another couple. At the end of their meal their waiter brought them the bill and each girl a small gift bag with something in it ( i couldn't make out what it was). I got excited because I figured they were giving all the ladies a little Valentine's gift. But they never brought my girlfriend a gift. She calmed me down and said they were probably getting special treament cause he's a baller. Fine. As we're walking out I see every girl in the joint has a gift bag. WHAT THE FUCK. I felt so gypped. I asked the hostess where my girl's gift bag was she acted like I was speaking a foreign language. My girlfrined saw that I was steaming and rushed me out the door.

So in sum: Shitty seats, ZERO service (ignored would be a better term), so-so food that was brought out in a rush, bad entertainment, insultingly unprofessional by replacing our dish without asking us and stiffed for a gift. I am never going there again. EVER!

I get better service at Vesta Lunch at 3am even if I'm drunk and obnoxious.

And Jose Calderon was not getting much better service. I don't think they knew who he was. So it just a bad service type of place.

Do me and yourself a favour, Don't go there!
 
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basketballjones

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man, i would call the place back and tell that to the manager/owner... might get some of the problems fixed or at the very least some free dinner coupons or such that you can then sell on the buy/sell/rent forum and profit
 

Bass-Invader

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When we went to Barcelona we got the worst service I have ever had at any restaurant. The waitress must've been pissed off at something that day because she literally slammed each tapas down on the table and stormed off after each drop. She said absolutely nothing to us after we ordered. The punk dishwasher kid kept eyeing my girlfriend through the back door from inside the kitchen creeping her out. Finally, the tapas themselves were mostly tasteless. I don't understand how they get off charging 10 bucks for such tiny portions while putting what must be little to no efford into giving them flavour.

Anyways, it was a terrible experience. Afterwards we left, and went up the street to Sushi 2 Go to get some real food. Sure, the sushi wasn't mindblowing, but it was better than anything we got at barcelona.
 
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deevah

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amato's @ yonge b/tw college & gerrard
friendly thai's on yonge
red lion pub on jarvis
tony tomato's (or whatever the fuck it's called) - the italian buffet up on woodbine (?) in richmond hill
 

Beats-Mistress

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How Ironic?...Isn't this one of the places (Royal York place) that got a high rating from torontodines or is is toronto.com...can't remember but I remember seeing a lot of gold stars to it when I was searching out for a spanish restaurant known for their flamenco shows...and I am almost certain that I remember seeing on the outside of their window some kind of Toronto Star Review clipping.

Newayz..if I were you...I'd call the owner and let them know everything you just wrote out...and tell him that your going to be contacting the Toronto Star and tell them that you have a friend who writes for El Popular....remind them that this kind of bad service doesn't deserve to stay in business

Hopefully the owner is willing to make amends and offer you a free dish or discount on the next visit.

Even if you don't go back..make them spend their stamp money or fax you this promisery and give the discount away to someone else who feels like trying out the food on a flamenco night which I think is only on Fridays or is it Saturdays..I can't remember anymore.

Cheers
 
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lucky1

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Originally posted by HouseHeadSacha
frankie tomatto's.
isn't this place a buffet? I remember going there and thinking it was ok... its at Steeles and dufferin or something right?
 

sheik rock

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Friendly and Mr. Greeks.

I don't know what happened to those places but thy're ass now.

Go to Messini if you want cheap greek food.
 
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trinitydub

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Originally posted by lucky1
isn't this place a buffet? I remember going there and thinking it was ok... its at Steeles and dufferin or something right?
hah, that's vinnie zucchini's

frankie tomatto's = steeles/woodbine
 

TaCk OnE?

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Originally posted by deevah
friendly thai's on yonge

friendly thai anywhere is terrible...worst thai food ever. (and if you like it, you have a hillbilly tongue)

sushi time on queen street....has to be the single most repulsive sushi I've ever tasted....we ate there once and it stank so bad and tasted so aweful I only ate half, and got so sick that I didn't eat sushi for two years...the thought of it made my head spin...

then, recently I actually ordered it again cause it was the only take out sushi menu we could find...oh my god...how can anybody fuck up sushi so hard....god, fucking puke.
 

lucky1

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Originally posted by trinitydub
hah, that's vinnie zucchini's

frankie tomatto's = steeles/woodbine
I don't get north of bloor much...lol

yeah Vinnie Zucchinis is good. we went there to celebrate my highschool graduation.. Damn that was like 10 years ago now..
 
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