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Spendido disappointing, disappointing, disappointing


Restaurants & Bars Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Spendido disappointing, disappointing, disappointing

Steve Skidd | | Jan 5, 2010 12:05 PM

Our family of 4 1/2 foodies chose Splendido this year for our special Christmas dinner. We ordered the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings and naturally expected great food, great wine and great service. Sorry to say we got none of these.

The worst of it all was the service. A big part of the magic of a chef''s tasting and wine pairing at a good restaurant involves at least some explanation and perhaps even discussion of the food, how it was prepared, how the ingrediaents combine to create something special and the same for the carefully selected wines.

We received hastily delivered plates of mystery food, most with no explanation at all; and our wine was delivered on a cold silver trays, already poured, no bottle in sight with the waiter occasionally barking out the vintner, the year and the varietal before running off to the kitchen or someone more important than us. No descrption of the wine, no expanation of how it accented the food,

As for the food it went from mediocre to bad. We started with fois gras and brioche paired with a walnut apple salad served with a ho hum Candian Vidal. OK maybe, but not great. We hoped things would pickup.

Next we were served seared "Blue eyed tuna" (really tunas have blue eyes ..thank you for that Mister Waiter) with some over cooked, oily rapini and Krinos style kalamata olives right out of the jar -yuck. Downhill we went until our1/2 foody couldn't take it any more, asked for some wine and decided to leave.

The main course of blood pudding, sweet breads, steak and some french style fatty duck concoction lefts us all with a bad case of the meat sweats.

It really hurt to fork out over $900 for this gong show. Honest you have been warned!

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