After many years of near misses, I finally made it to Splendido, which likes to proclaim itself the best restaurant in Toronto. To say that the evening proved a shock is putting it mildly.
I won't go into the specific dishes we ordered, except to say the one person ordered the tasting menu and the rest ordered off the regular menu. I'm not going to get specific because there is no need since the food was uniformly bad to mediocre, consisting of bits of this and that, mostly overly spiced and seasoned and all unimpressive.
I walked away the general feelings at it was basically a theater and not a restaurant. They make a great show of fancy names, of fancy presentation on bizarrely shaped plates, and of fancy dressed teams of smiling, obsequious waiters. Food is secondary not the real point of it all. I was prepared for the obscene prices, but I wouldn't go there again if the food was 1/10 the cost.
In sum, Splendido is essentially a scam. I really don't understand how they get away with it year after year and no one blows the whistle. I guess Splendido Has No Clothes.