On two visits, two weeks apart this month, we were AWED by most of the dishes coming out of Yours Truly's kitchen. Exquisite presentations, brilliantly balanced, complex, and surprising flavours, quality ingredients. A few of the dishes were merely very good, and yes, the desserts are still the weakest component, but I've found that to be the case in many small restaurants that cannot justify a fulltime dessert chef/patissier on staff.
And yes, a few of the attempts, some of the risks, fail. A man's reach should exceed his grasp, n'est-ce pas?
There is more imagination, more creative genius, on display here than in all of TOronto's other kitchens put together. Sure, some diners may not enjoy the "display" of genius, and may prefer less ambitious, solid , honest-to-goodness food, of which Toronto has plenty.
I re-read the original thread and clearly this is a better-run restaurant than the one that opened.
Service from our two designated waiters on the two visits, with assistance from the rest of the floor staff and from an occasional cook/runner from the kitchen, was consistently smooth, knowledgeable, patient and friendly.
I've read several complaints about the portions, but I thought they were fair for the price, with the hours of artistry and prep thrown in for free, making the value sensational. If you want more food, or don't enjoy small plates, do what some others here do.....order an extra set. Yes, order THREE $ 45 dinners per couple. Double up on the same item to get a more substantial amount of what you love, or diversify your risk by ordering a greater variety.
Among us we ate 28 different dishes (not counting amuses) and do not understand why there are not crowds lined up. If you enjoyed Lotus when you and Susur Lee were both yet young, get over here before the chef moves on. To Barcelona or New York.