Had dinner at Mistura with 2 friends last night and must say, with a couple of highlights, it was a very disappointing experience.
The highlights: highlight 1: the calamari was outstanding. Deep fried in a tempura batter, beautifully presented - perhaps the best fried calamari I've had in years. Highlight 2: a lovely pre-dinner cocktail.
1. one of our party was brought the wrong main dish. Not sure there's ever an excuse for that. There was an 'oops', but not the level of concern we would have expected.
2. my main was painfully salty. And understand, I *love* salt. The sauce was basically inedible. When the staff came to remove my half eaten plate they did ask if everything was ok, and I clearly said that the dish was incredibly salty. He asked 'the sauce or the rabbit?' I said 'I think it's the sauce'. Him: 'ok'.
That was it. 'ok'. No 'can we bring you something else?' No, 'I'm terribly sorry - I'll be sure to let the chef know.' And not that a free drink would have fixed things, but had one been even offered it might have made me at least feel like someone actually cared.
3. the service was, on the whole, bleh.
I have to say, there are too many terrific restaurants in Toronto to go back to one where not only was the food poor, there was no sense that anyone gave a damn about it.