So friends and I decided to try out Cluck, Grunt & Low today (the Bloor location). We sat down with low expectations since the reviews have been pretty mediocre plus they were doing an all-you-can-eat brunch. Our low expectations weren't low enough. First off, the service was bad. I had to go get a pitcher of water off the bar since we couldn't get anyone's attention after we'd declined alcoholic drinks. And I overheard multiple instances of rude, abrupt comments from servers to other customers. Just not good.
But since it was buffet, service wasn't a huge problem. And we expected not to experience their best, since the food was sitting out as a buffet but the issues we had with the food weren't buffet issues. Both the baked beans and the potato salad were undercooked. I like the crunch in my potato salad to come from celery or onions, not the potatoes! The cornbread was overcooked, burnt on the edges, and the biscuits were hard as rocks.
Most of the food was bland and not worth going out of your way for.
I'd love to tell you how the actual bbq was but the only evidence of it was beef brisket. I'd expect no ribs on the AYCE due to the economics, but no pulled pork or chicken or wings? The brisket was definitely not falling-apart tender like I'd expect from the smoker, and its flavor primarily came from the sauce the slices had been tossed in. There was also bacon labeled as coming from their own smoker but none of us could discern any difference from what you'd be served at a greasy spoon. There was ham as well, plain chunks of the same stuff you get at the grocery store.
So in summary, almost no bbq and bland, often undercooked sides. I was disappointed not to taste the pulled pork but can't say I'm likely to go back try it.
Cluck Grunt & Low
362 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X2, CA