Posted on 11 / 11 / 2007
Le Commensal in downtown Toronto is a classy spot, in my view. It's clean and pleasant. They lost a part of the restaurant when they made it into a breakfast section that is therefore closed after their breakfast period. I used to like sitting in there before that change. And, with the pricing of the breakfast items, which are so so, I'm not sure I'm happy with that change.
The restaurant has appealing, tasty items on offer, but they don't do much in the way of experimenting. And some of the items could stand to be improved.
The food will never be hot. I'm not a frequenter of buffets, so I don't know whether that's the way all buffets are.
They serve quality beer and dynamite fresh squeezed organge juice.
The staff are perfectly friendly and helpful, although a (rare) new item on offer looked to me like it might be spicy warm, which prompted me to ask about it. The woman categorically stated it wasn't spicy. Well, It wasn't too spicy for me to eat, but it wasn't without heat. Items that have spice/heat should 'always' be marked as such. I have chronic heartburn and don't need the aggravation of having to eat food that's not good for me just because I can't afford to throw it away.
The washrooms are pristine and comfortable. And on some nights, you can hear live piano, which I enjoy. Otherwise, They don't offend you with foreground, funky music, something that it's almost impossible to avoid these days.
The coffee is a blind spot here, as it is in most places. It may or may not be good. It's hard to tell because it's so weak, you can't taste the coffee in the coffee. To me, The cup of coffee I have with my meal makes a big difference. I love coffee. It's next to impossible to find good coffee, even in Toronto's highly rated independent coffee shops, and that's mostly because everyone serves hot water with just a hint of coffee in it. And no one wants to hear about it when you point it out.
relaxing environment, tasty food, comfortable washrooms
food is never hot, coffee is far too weak, breakfast section doesn't work