Had two birthdays to celebrate, we deliberately waited until Winterlicious was finished so we wouldn't run into rushed or bad service. Was a family dinner, ages range from 13 to 82 (82 year old is the biggest foodie of us all!). When our party of 9 arrived at 7 pm at the Globe Bistro (our first time), our waiter told us this was only day 2 of their new menu, and to bear with them. Guess that should have been first clue. He advs'd that they had gone to tasting/tapas style, and that we should consider one plate from each of the three courses.
Some of us ordered all 3 courses, some went with just 2. But we sat for 1.25 hrs with no food other than the bread and a tiny portion of butter and hummus to share between 5 of us at each end. Service was extremely uneven; a number of times only half the table got serviced, and we had to call them back repeatedly to get refreshed water, or a missed order. When food did finally arrive, they couldn't get the plates to the right diners.
The tastes were all there, litte foam and molecular happening, the food was good, but for what they're charging I shouldn't be paying for research to find it. Bloor & Danforth ain't Eigensinn, chef ain't Stadtlander, so it's not like we're getting the reputation or the real estate treatment.
I had the lamb chop and 48 hr sous vide lamb shoulder. Waiter claimed there was about 4 oz of each, I think maybe he needs a new scale. The chop is the size I would use for passed hor d'ouevres at a function, i.e. roughly 2 bites, and the shoulder piece was about the size of a silver dollar, maybe 1/4" thick. 5 baby carrots atop 2 tbsp of mashed potato, and that was $24. And it didn't arrive to me til almost 9:45, us with our 7 pm reservation.
My sibs had the Vanilla Glazed Yarmouth Lobster Salad, $20 for a plate that looked like an albino rabbit had done some nasty business on it; again, the taste was there, but honest to goodness, that presentation was just nonsense, and $20 a complete insult.
Desserts: I had the bread pudding & banana ice cream; the ice cream was a knockout, which was good cuz the bread pudding was way too dry. My folks had the sticky toffee pudding; a dry crumbly pudding, barely enough sticky toffee to snort with a straw. Niece had the expresso sorbet, it was dreadful, none of us (including this coffee addict writer) liked the taste, texture was like they used coffee grounds in it. When they put down the cheese plate for my sis at the end, they finally had to call over the owner to identify the cheeses because neither waiter could. To his credit, it was finally evident when the owner spoke that HE is passionate about food, but he's got a very long road ahead to get that message out over top of this kind of abysmal service and pretentious menu.
We're generally a pretty tolerant group; we eat out A LOT. Everyone had checked out the previous online menu, and were primed for a really interesting meal. Sadly, the Globe really blew it. Something is really wrong that after $750 worth of food and bev, by the time we got home @ 11:30, everyone had to chow down a bowl of cereal cuz we were all hungry.
So, I guess that will be both times we go to Globe Bistro: first...and last.
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