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Bymark- Review | Feb 23, 2007 11:41 AM

A group of 5 of us had dinner at Bymark the other night. I had heard good things about the restaurant and the steaks especially.

From the start I wasn't impressed.
The entry way was like walking into a subway station. A dirty old set of stairs. The big wood sculpture looked completely out of place.
We were sat at a bench table and I was surprised to see rips in the upholstery and even worse the seat was covered in crumbs. It wouldn't be an exageration to say that the bench seats hadn't been cleaned in a week.

Service was average to below average. Actually it was below average for the prices being charged.

I ordered the "poutine" to start. Very disappointing. The fries were greasy and the bernaise sauce had very little flavor and was under seasoned.
Also at the table we had:
The characutiere platter, it was good but nothing spectacular.
The lettuce wraps, awful. The cod was far from fresh.
The caramelized squash & duck confit risotto, excellent. Probably the best dish of the night.
The seared foie gras, no complaints other than it was under seasoned.

Three of us had the 16oz. dry aged rib eye. The steaks were very good and cooked to our specifications but the side dishes were weak at best.
One had the roasted artisan chicken which was well prepared and one had the daily special which I don't recall.

The desserts were average.

We only had a couple of glasses of wine for the table as there were a few non drinkers.

Total bill was a little over $650

Price for me isn't really an issue but product and service is and Bymark failed on these counts.

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