Restaurants & Bars 37

Okay Okay = NOT Okay

idnas | Dec 9, 2007 02:20 PM

Based on recommendations from hounds in the "best pancakes" thread, my companion and I headed to Leslieville this morning for brunch at Okay Okay. I would not recommend it to others looking to enjoy breakfast.

The food was very good, including the promised fluffy pancakes with blueberries in the batter. And for most of our visit, the service was good.

But we won't be going back. Here's why...

Immediately after we finished our breakfasts (2 full orders wolfed down by my companion, one by me), the waitress told us we'd have to settle the bill and move to the counter to finish our tea because "someone else needs the booth". Not so much as a "would you like to order anything else?" or "would you do us a favour and move to the counter?". We were quite simply evicted from our table.

Now, I could understand if we'd been there an overly long time (i.e. if we hadn't barely finished cleaning our plates), or if there'd been a line at the door waiting to be seated. But in fact, there was no line and the only people waiting to eat were seated at the counter, which had 4 more stools free.

Some might find it acceptable to evict diners so that later diners could have the booth, but I don't. The newcomers could have been served at the counter, with the option to take over the booth when we left.

As it stands, we simply settled the bill and left -- permanently. This incident completely undid the good experience we'd had thus far, when the restaurant made it clear that our business was less valued than that of the newcomers. With so many great restaurants in the city we have no need or inclination to return to one that would treat us that way.

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