Restaurants & Bars Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bar Mercurio - review

fortheloveoffood | | Apr 2, 2007 01:46 PM

After having read excellent reviews of Bar Mercurio's pizza on CH, we decided to give it a try on Saturday night. Having never been and not knowing anything about the restaurant, we were firstly shocked at the pricepoint for their pizza's - $16-$20 - and none of the ingredients were all that exotic/rare so as to justify the prices!! But I guess that was our mistake - we just assumed that it was a pasta/pizza joint with typical $11-15 pies... oh well. First we were offered a table immediately in front of the entrace, which we refused, but the hostess found us another table - it wasn't a whole lot better. We were seated it a very claustraphobic corner with little to no air circulation. While we received prompt attention at the outset, the service got progressively worse throughout the evening. We had to ask several times for our water glasses to be refilled, and our meals took a particularly long time to be served. There was a lack of attention from our server(s) throughout the meal.

As for the food, we shared the ceasar salad - which was nicely presented (and split into 2 for us which is always nice), and tasty albeit a bit pricey at $9. This was made up for by an abundance of fresh shaved parmasean on the salad, however.... My pizza (with gorgonzola, apples, honeyed walnuts and carmelized onions) was admittedly quite tasty and I really enjoyed the cracker thin crust. That said, I can get a fairly similar and even tastier pie at Terroni for less $$. My husband was not so enamoured of his pizza however - and although the crust was good, I have to agree that the tomato sauce was rather lacking in flavour and none of the toppings (mushrooms, roasted red peppers (?) and chicken) made up for this lack of flavour.

Over the course of the evening, our little corner got progressively hotter, and by the end of the evening we were suffering tremendously... (partially due to the fact that our water glasses were rarely refilled, and when they were it was with luke-warm water). We asked for the cheque and advised our server that we were overheating so we wanted to leave forthwith - notwithstanding our servers assurance that the cheque was on the way, we waited another 10-15 minutes before it arrived... All in all, while the food was OK, the inflated prices and lousy service will keep us away in the future.

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