Avant Gout is a small Morroccan/French restaurant that recently moved to Yongue street, in the Rosedale area. Last night my wife and I and another couple,decided to try it based on a very favourable recomendation from a regular.
As I write this I count myself lucky that I am not still sitting there.The meal took approximately two and a half hours.
This is a small "neighbourhood restaurant" not a fine dining experience that one is supposed to enjoy over a few hours.
Now to be fair, the place was packed with what looked like regulars from Rosedale,well put together types who the wait staff seemed to know and greeted warmly.
For us it took fifteen minutes to get our drink order in
Our waiter was pleasant but somewhat uninterested and busy with his other tables.The food was tasty enough. I had grilled calamari and Steak Frites. Others at the table had halibut, Pasta,Salad,another type of fish and the soup of the day.
We literally waited thirty to forty five minutes between courses and this leads to another issue. The portions were very small.
The fellow that had tha agnolotti was literally given six pieces. It looked like a children's portion and if you saw the guy it was served to, you would know he ain't no kid. In fact he has a sizeable appetite.
So,you get a small course,become hungrier after eating it,wait forty minutes still getting hungrier, get another small course, eat that and leave unsatisfied.
The fellow mentioned above went home and had a bagel with cheese.
I don't think I would go back but I also don't think, judging by the crowd that they need my business.
As stated the food is fine but there are a whole lot of restaurants in the GTA with fine food that will not be unreasonable with the portions or service standards.
I understand the concept of the tasting experience and not necessarily going out to eat myself into a stupor(although I have no objection to this)but I do think it is fair to ask that if I pay well for a meal that I do not leave hungry. Perhaps I am just hopelessly plebian but if I am I do not think I'm alone.