Supposedly Suvai is under new ownership after the aforementioned teething troubles and some nasty court cases involving the staff. This info comes by way of a relative, who lives closeby and goes so often they have her drink order ready as soon as she sits down.
I ate there a couple of years ago and hated it. The food, the service, it all sucked.
I'm happy to say that I ate at Suvai yesterday and had a lovely meal. The room is small and cozy, which I like. Bread was delivered hot to the table, and butter was at room temp. Starting off well.
They tried to upsell us on wine, which was annoying. I know what I like to drink--just leave me be with my bottle. Other than that, the service was excellent: attentive, professional, and fun.
Starters were all good. I like their take on 'deconstructed' Caesar salad. Dressing is good and garlicky. My fellow diners had an assortment of soups and salads and all were tasty.
Mains were all excellent as well. I had the seared halibut, which was incredible, served with risotto and steamed veggies. Steaks were all reported to be excellent. Vegetarian pasta (for the veg among us) was full of flavour and fresh veg.
Dessert menu was limited, but there was a nice assortment nonetheless. Orange cheesecake, chocolate cake, or ice cream with fruit. They were all very rich and very good.
Does Suvai still need a little work? Yes. The restaurant could use a fresh coat of paint and some new tables. I'm told they are planning to spruce up the restaurant soon, so I'm looking forward to dining there again once the renos are complete.