We decided on this little place on Day 1 of the Olypics - it had a TV and had space....on a night that downtown was packed, we should have known something was up.
The service girls REALLY tried....but they didn't speak English! Warning sign #1. #2? When she couldn't answer a menu question, the manager was 'too busy' to come out and answer. The manager was an angry-looking dude who did a lot of yelling..#3. By this time, we were warm and dry and decided to give it a shot.
The drinks were cheap and decent, so no complaints there. The fettucini alfredo, touted on the menu as 'the best in town', with chicken was on special...that is until the waitress told me it was actually 'more expensive' than the specials board said. Instant Olympic upgrade per chance? When I said "unacceptable" she asked the manager (of course) and he 'made an exception. The best in town pasta??? It was bad. Like really bad. It was almost comical. The spinach salad? Overdressed, underwhelming.
Bottom line: skip this obvious tourist trap if you want something other than a quick sandwich in the middle of your shopping day.
We wanted to have a quick lunch before continuing with our Olympics activities for the day. This restaurant happened to be right where we were loitering so we thought we'd give a try. We were disappointed with our food but it was no big deal.
When we asked the waitress for our bill, she said we had to pay at the cash register. When we looked at our bill, we noticed that all the prices were either $0.50 or $1.00 more than what was shown on the menu. When we inquired about this, the man at the cash register told us that these were "service charges". They had the nerve to add another "service charge" at the bottom of the bill. We complained and forced him to write up a new bill with the correct prices.
It seems to me that this man thought we were tourists who he could take advantage of. Having been a tourist numerous times myself, I absolutely despise such behaviour.
We have to make sure restaurants like this do not survive in our city.
First of all, I have to give a disclaimer and say I am only vouching for the sandwiches, not the pastas, because I have not tried those. That being said, I have been going to Taf's since 2004, always getting the chicken or tuna foccacias, and they are amazing. The foccacias are grilled to perfection with a generous dose of chicken or tuna, filled with tomatoes, spinach, cheddar/mozza, mayo and dijon. The exact combination of ingredients varied throughout the years. The sandwiches come with a mixed green salad with some pasta, lightly dressed with some oil/vignigrette. One could also go for the special with the tuna foccacia, which comes with soup of the day. Great value, 7.95 I believe. The cornbeef isn't bad either, but I'd recommend the chicken or tuna.
The waitresses are usually seemingly international students, but communication has never been a problem. They're always friendly and polite. The atmosphere is quite festive at times, at others loungey and downtempo. It's a nice place to hang out if one wishes to get away from the unbearable bar crowd that fester in the downtown area. And the price for food is unbeatable. The usual bar prices feel like robbery by comparison.
In regards to the other reviews, I honestly can't comment on them, the prices have not changed in all this time I have been there.