It's hard to find a great Vietnamese restaurant that offers good food and great dining experiencce since there are so many around.
In North York, there are so many Viet restaurant that offers cheap eats..Having said that, often the food and service is of course inconsistent. The cleanliness of the place is also inconsistent.
I stumbled on this restaurant through an online review service, at first i was not convinced because it is called Forget Me Not Cafe, catchy name but is it a cafe or restaurant? I decided to try and boy was i surprised. It is a nice looking restaurant, the decor is simply relaxing, the service was great. Did not rush me to order, food came out in reasonable time and bill came when we asked for it, not like some places where we are rushed out.
Let's talk about the food..Oh my..I am a huge fan of Bun Bo Hue but could never find any place that make it right..I am now a fan, the Bun Bo Hue was greattttttttttttttt...the spiciness of it was just right, just as it should be, you can tell that they make it as it should be and not to change the taste to suit those who can't handle spicy food. I was greatly satisfied after my bowl.
I had to bring my parents and they loved it. They told me, this is what it should be like, you can't even find it this good back home (Vietnam of course).
We also had PHO and springroll and the fresh rolls and we are blown away by the aunthenicity of the flavours.
I am determined to come back and try all of their dishes but their main staples have fulfilled my love for Viet food.
I almost forgot to mention, their washrooms are clean and smells good too. Says alot about the people that runs the place.
I hope they continue to make this food, for i have a new Viet place to go.
Bakery Garden only has one location, at Bayview Village in Toronto. Their website advertises their omelettes and other items at a lower price than the restaurant actually charges. This is false advertising. Also, their website advertises a coffee loyalty card. I have been to the restaurant (which is really just an over-priced fast food place), many, many times and always bought coffee. I was never advised by staff of the coffee loyalty card. I only heard about it this week because I happened to check their website.
What good is a coffee loyalty card if the customers aren't told about it? I can't believe how many times I bought coffee and was never advised. Also, why are the prices on the website less for the same items in the actual restaurant? Lastly, Bakery Garden has not responded to my inquiries - obviously, they don't care. Fase advertising for both the fake coffee loyalty card and the website claiming their menu prices are less than they actuallya re.
Went with a friend today for a quiet coffee in the "lounge" area that is furnished with couches (ripped and dirty) and a fireplace. Despite sub-freezing temperatures and falling snow there manager/owner refused to turn on the fireplace, claiming it was broken. When I saw that the pilot light was lit in the fireplace, I asked again. The owner/manager claimed it was giving off a smell and that a repair person was on the way. I suggested he might want to turn off the pilot if that was the case; he just shrugged. This should have been our clue to leave, but we had already settled in.
The place was empty. We ordered coffee and sat for about 1/2 hour. The waitress asked us if we wanted refills, and while we weren't finished the cups we had we both said "yes" for a top up to reheat the cup. When we got the bill, we were charged a total of $7.23. When we asked we were informed that each coffee was charged individually at $1.60 (with a hint that it might be because we didn't order food, although this isn't clear). This isn't a huge bill, but it is pretty high for two people ordering a cup and a half of coffee. We not told, nor were we given the choice to opt for food or decline the refill, and we were not happy.
When I asked to speak to the manager on our way out, he refused saying he was "busy". The place was still empty. I returned a few minutes later to speak with him, but he was rude and dismissive, saying only that the place was a "restaurant" and he had no need to inform us as to the establishment's policy. He said he didn't care that we were upset, didn't feel a need to have told us, and didn't care if we returned.
As it happened we were scouting the location to see if we could have some recurring group meetings in the space. He didn't know this, nor did he care. Clearly it isn't going to be our choice. I hope it isn't your choice either. There are a myriad of other friendly and comfy lounges and coffee shops in the area that are better choices.
This owner has no respect for his customers, and is happy to drive away the few he has rather than do what he can to ensure we return. Overall, a horrible experience.
Horrible service save for maybe one server (the others are completely clueless). The manager is rude and disrespectful. I've never been to a place with such bad service and regardless of complaints, they do nothing to try and appease you to win back your business. The entire chain is not a very good one at all but this is by far the worst location.
I have gone to the Tim Hurtons on Yonge and Broadway for a long time. The people greet you but they are not clean in their appearance. One guy has a dirty nose one time and was cleaning it, I made a report but that did not change it. Then a man who helps on weekends and dresses in blue as he is one who helps clean the place, does not wash hands to handle coffee to people. The men scratch themselves and then help you. I avoid them helping me anymore, they have a new girl who has a mole on her face. she is new. I asked to please have a coffee and a croissant, I did pay in cash and said thank you to her, instead of giving me my coffee and croissant, she took a croissant in a bag. went to the back, stayed there and after a minute a guy came to take over, I am not sure he was told to help me as I had to tell him I had paid and was waiting for my coffee and croissant and that the person just took off. He gave me my coffee and suddenly she came back with the bag and the croissant but I did not take it at all. I told him to please give me my croissant so he gave me a new one. I told him she went to the back and I had no idea what had happened when she took it there. She said nothing but I am sure she went to the back to do something to it. I do not appreciate this from this people, I always say please and thank you, I am never rude to them. The fact that she took it with her and left me just there and came back with it clearly states she did something to it. If this people have issues with other costumers they should do it to them not to the next person. I will not go there until the owners do something about this people. I do not report them there as I do not wish nobody to lose their jobs, we all need them but they need warning and to be trained properly. It is not a good feeling to go in and know they are going to handle the food we pay for this way at all. It is gross.
I've been ordering from Bings Wok for 2 yrs. It's the best in east york. I like how they cater to my dietary needs with no problem- (vegetarian w no msg and allergic to shellfish). They have quite a few vegetarian options as well. I love their curry dishes, cantonese chow mein and singapore noodles are great+anything with the black bean sauce is very tasty.Ive been in to pick up, the place is a hole in the wall but kitchen looks clean and the family is very kind.
In any restaurant I go to, as soon as you're seated someone gets your drink order. The server in this restaurant managed to get other people's drink order who came after us before asking us. In fact, the server didn't even approach us for 30 mins and I had to stand up, call the manager so that someone help us. When she finally did take our order, instead of bringing our drinks, she proceeded to walk around asking customers for coffee refills. It would have been fine if she was by herself, but the manager was right behind her too standing around doing nothing. This possibly is the worst service ever. Food was nothing special, mediocre at best, and it took forever to arrive. Do not go here no matter what, you'd get better service from the Mcdonalds across the street.
Incredibly fresh food at a good price. Take-out buffet, you chose what you want and how much you want. Usually enough left over for another meal. The nicest thing is that the staff really appear to be happy that you came in and that they appreciate your business. Will always go here now. Enjoy!
As part of the whatTOdo team one of our members evaluated Casa Barcelona and here are some of their thoughts: The service has not yet been perfected but Eduardo Riviezzi who is the owner and chef of the restaurant is very delightful and eager to accommodate all of your cravings. There was barely a moment when our glasses were empty. I was very pleased of how Eduardo would visit each table just to find out if everyone was satisfied and happy with their food and service. Also, he was very welcoming to every guest.
The menu was long but offered a wide variety of different appetizers, soups, salads, and main dishes. The restaurant also had a long wine menu and desert menu offering different kind of meals and drinks for the individual to choose from. The menu was lengthy, and so it gives an extensive assortment of different combinations for individuals who are picky at what they want to order. It took us a while to choose what we wanted to eat since we are not aware of the different meals. Furthermore, for the real wine enthusiast, Casa Barcelona offers a wide-ranging collection of Vintage wines in the restaurants private cellar.
We started the night with ordering some of their famous tapas. We ordered green Spanish olives stuffed with Cabrales cheese and Shrimps wrapped with bacon, and drizzled with olive oil. We also tried the chef's pick of Pan con Tomate. These tapas ranged from $6 to $9 each. The servings/portions of these appetizers were perfect size, perfect to enjoy with a good red wine. For the main dishes we had Paella traditional and Paella de las Ramblas de Barcelona. These meals ranged from $30 to $40 each. Overall, these main dishes were a bit greasy and expensive, but overall they fill you up quickly. It is perfect for an individual who enjoys seafood. For dessert we had Churros con chocolate and Churros con dulce de leche. The dessert in general was good. It was not too sweet but perfect with a coffee as well as the serving was reasonable.
Casa Barcelona is a small cultured restaurant. Based on our visit we discovered that their target market is mainly family-oriented and 35+. The decorations and atmosphere of the restaurant were quite unique and had a cozy sensation to it. Tables covered in white tablecloth and seats were comfortable. The walls were backlit by a soft yellow light, which really created a welcoming and warm feel. The tables are also positioned in a way for easy passing. For a Friday night it was not busy, but reservations are still preferred.
We also experienced a night of belly dancing and the traditional flamenco dancing. The performances were keeping us entertained while we were enjoying the wine and waiting for the food. The music was pleasurable; it was at a comfortable volume that allowed for conversations, without the need of shouting across the table. Overall it was entertaining.
Prices range (per person) from 25-100.
Price range (per entree) from 20-40
If you don't want to swallow a fly by accident I suggest you don't go there. They are EVERYWHERE! Health inspector has already been called a couple times. No cleaning gets done there, nothing is maintained. Don't waste your money! Go to Starbucks across the street, at least they have standards and their employees are trained properly. These people don't know what they're doing. If you have children or are elderly please don't put anyone's health at risk by going there. If any of you knew what went on behind the scenes, you would all vomit and run as fast as you could.
I LOVE this little restaurant! The food is FANTASTIC and so are the people who run it! Super friendly. The food is really flavourful and well-spiced. Although you don't go to this restaurant for the ambiance, it is great to be able to watch your food being cooked. The Bean Sprout is all about the food, the people, and the buffet! Such a great meal for the price, too!
We've been loyal customers from pre and post-reno times of Sushi67. Outstanding at every level - fab. sushi, sashimi and rolls. We've tried and loved - Manhattan Bridge, Roncy, Greenvalles, Sp. California, Dyna, Unagi Fire, W. Vietnam, Salmon AAJ, Rainbow roll + the 30-35 pc Sashimi Moriwase. There used to be a beet-goat cheese salad that doesn't seem to be on the menu any more....too bad, it was delish. Post-reno; they've got a 24-hr notice for big sashimi trays to keep it fresh. Worth the extra effort. All of the food (take-out only) is so presented so well; great attention to visual detail. We'll keep coming back for more!
It was my first time, and i loved it. It is a best place to hang-out with friends,its clean, the food is delicious especially the chicken wings , with more than 50 flavors ( well it was very much hard to decide on the sauce, so its better to have a proper look on the menu before ordering) and the service is good too, the girl was very polite and we received everything ( food and drinks) on time..I would definitely suggest to check this place out.thumbs up, will definitely like to go again more often. CHEERS!!!!
AVOID! The establishment was clean and that's all the good there is to say. Service was average, nothing outstanding. Wings were super dry and not well seasoned. We returned a set of wings and received ones that were worst! The owners of this establishment should be ashamed to charge customers for their subpar food. They need to visit the other Wild Wing locations to see what the wings should look and taste like. Don’t waste your money, stay away!
The food is very lightly spiced to cater to non-indians who do not know the authetic preparation. here we go:
*palak paneer...all liquid. You need a spoon to eat this soupy stuff
*raita....... sweet as burfi
* lamb..... you need shark jaws to swallow it
* house full,,,, served by owner and one person -running like they should roller skates
* service........All attention to incoming customers,Once you are in forget even geting a look from servers
* first used plate... let it sit there .You had Enough!
*tandoori chicken..... wait till we bring 6-7 pieces with house full.
*all dishes..... lots of gravy. go fishing for solid stuff.
We have been going here since they opened around 10 months ago.
My husband loves the snapper which is deep fried and served in a Tamarind sauce (you have your choice for the flavour of the sauce). It is absolutely delicious.
Their cold rolls are wonderful and lately they have served them with a peanut/coconut sauce (that may have some tamarind in it as well) - very lip-smacking.
Their mango salad is one of the best in town. Their vegetarian tofu dish is just wonderful - multi-coloured veggies in a lovely thai sauce.
The decor is calm, the waiters are more than helpful. Major thumbs up!!!!
Lovely store, great staff but the layout of the couch and chairs leaves it impossible for me to sit on the couch and enjoy the fireplace.
For the rude dude who spread his crap out like he was living there,
You really need to plug in ALL your electronics?!
Not to mention that slouching in your chair and talking loud makes you look like a loudmouth twit.
To the guy using the handicap seating and could clearly see that I could use it?
The street person living on the corner has more manners than you.
So many people are "plugged in" now a days that they have totally tuned out everyone around them.
Please arrange the couch and chairs so EVERYONE can enjoy the fireplace.
Standing drinking your coffee totally blows.
My husband and I decided to go to Algeno for dinner last night. We have frequented this resto for a number of years. While the service has always been rather uneven at best we have done our best to overlook it because the wood-oven pizza is good if a bit pricey for a strip mall joint. After last night, I doubt that we will ever return and here's why...
The service has hit an all time low. We arrived at the resto at 5:10 pm to find the door propped open and went inside. We barely made it 5 paces inside before we are rushed at by a woman saying stop - we're not open yet. We were the ONLY people in the place. We gently reminded her that the resto opens at 5:00 pm for dinner. She then told us it wasn't 5:00 yet and then asked us the time when she saw our confused expressions. After we told her that it was actually 10 past 5, she said bruskly - "You don't have a reservation do you?" We replied that no we did not. She then said - "I have to check my reservations before I can give you a table." She disappeared for a minute and when she returned she began throwing "Reserved Signs" on various tables. After that she pointed to the 3 remaining available tables telling us to choose one. Because it was raining, cold and a bit windy outside, the open resto door was allowing the cold damp weather inside. As a result the tables that we were offered would have been draughty. When I asked her if we could have a table next to the open kitchen , so as to avoid the draft, she said NO. I then politely asked if she would be kind enough to close the door so that we would be comfortable while dining. To that she replied NO, claiming that it would be too warm. Meanwhile we're finding it cool inside even though we have not yet removed of coats. That was the final straw.
Obviously, Alegno does not need the business of customers asking for even the slightest accommodation in terms of polite service and comfort while dining. So we beat a hasty retreat and vowed not to return. After all, it's not like they're the only pizza resto in the north Toronto area.
This woman really needs to take a course in hospitality. I cannot help but wonder if the business owner has any awareness of just how poor the service is at Alegno. It has never been good, but this was the worst we've ever been treated there.
You've gotta try this place. It's fairly new, only few months..Place is clean, nice looking but the best is the food. I ordered the crabmeat udon and i have got to say, by far this is the best i have ever had. The udon came out hot and tasted delicious. I have had this dish at many Vietnamese joints but never this good.
The place wasn't busy but i think, i should say, it will be busy. The food is soooooooooo gooooood.
All the seafood was amazing- perfectly cooked, but the homemade pastas had a strange texture imo. A bit spongy. The server doted on us and explained the menu very well to us. We sat on the patio at first and then came inside for dessert, since it was getting cold out! All in all, I would definitely come back for the seafood!
|2.||2 Or 3 Pizza & Wings|
|4.||Forget Me Not Cafe|
|7.||Frank's Pizza House|
|8.||Bakery Garden Cafe, The|
|10.||Pizza e Pazzi|
|13.||Rally Sports Bar & Smokehouse|
|15.||Premier Donuts & Deli|
|17.||Pho Mi Asia|
|18.||Mama Mia Empanadas|
|19.||Eglinton Grand, The|
|20.||Bean Sprout, The|