Returned to Splendido last night- first time since the new management. Still looks like a poorly lit basement. Overall lumination is adequate, but no feeling of life or sparkle. Met in an unpleasantly breezy fashion at the door. The reception area doubles as a common computer station for the waitstaff so a hurried work atmosphere greets you on arrival and a delay while the greeter waits for the waitstaff to clear. Questions begin within a microsecond of being seated, what kind of water, what food allergies etc. Might seem solicitous but perhaps a moment to settle before the barrage might be better. But then again there's two seatings as we've been informed and it's clear throughout that we're on the clock. The menu is clear enough but the waiter assumes we can't read. There's only six oysters he tells us . Later, would we like vegetables for the table? No, otherwise we would have ordered them. But he does ask us to "pardon my reach", a phrase which grates in a diner, and is unacceptable in a place with pretensions. The food? Marginally acceptable. Greasy pappardelle, gluey risotto with the lobster. Overall, no better than most undistinguished Toronto restaurants can produce at a third less cost. Finally the bill arrives unasked moments after we've finished dessert. No opportunity for digestif. Time to go. Amateurish throughout.
88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA