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“An Interesting Experience But Not Worth The Prices” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Luke's Gastronomy - CLOSED

Luke's Gastronomy
264 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1B5, Canada (Downtown Kingston)
(613) 531-7745
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Price range: $10 - $15
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Kingston
toronto
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“An Interesting Experience But Not Worth The Prices”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We had not read the reviews prior to going but were told we were in for an experience-and it was. The resto has a very funky look to it as described in other reviews here with tables separated by muslin cloth hanging from the ceilings and art on the walls done by the chef/owner we'd assume (given they were signed Luke's). Don't think any of the fixture wires have been cleaned as you could see dirt/dust hanging from them. Serivce was good albeit slow. Luke's mom explained all the dishes and and took us through the ingredients and thoughts behind each plate. The food itself was very good but remember, we'd call this "molecular" food where meals are deconstructed into their basic elements and re-fused together-not for everyone's taste/pallette. Pork Belly pizzas were good as were the beef cheeks. As expected, portion sizes were small, but again, that's what one should expect. Wine list is exceptionally limited and not worth the price. Menu is very varied and "fun" f you are adventurous but when you put it all together, not worth the prices. I could see the resto havn a good run in Toronto before potentially becoming a fad and then slowly fading away-these are Toronto prices!. We would not go back but for those who are adventurous (and we are), worth at least one visit but be prepared to shell out some dough.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Swansea, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Awful, just awful ...... don't go there!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Awful, just awful .... the place is extremely grubby and had a musty, unpleasant smell, The attitude of the waitress was utterly unwelcoming even though we were to be the only diners. Walls decorations were tasteless amateurish daubs. Tables were separated by floor to ceiling offwhite hangings with all the look and appeal of slightly used bandages.

So ... not a great ambiance then but surely the food makes up for this ? Well ... some interesting flavours, here and there, in minute propertions but you have to be exceptionally pretentious to wax lyrical about a massive overdose of mint in one dish or a topping of potent pepper in another that all but killed my taste buds for the next few hours. Fun to read the classic pretention shown in some of the positive comments here implying that '.... you plebians do not have the taste, culture or sensitivity to appreciate the food at Lukes'. Maybe not, but I have the taste, sensitivity and culture to recognise brutal overseasoning when I am assaulted by it.

Any positives? Well, if you've recently completed an anger management course then Lukes is the ideal place to test the results when you take in the $12 + tax they charge for a mouthful or two of very ordinary Merlot.

We didn't leave the surly waitress a tip but we will leave readers of this review with one - DON'T GO THERE !

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“How is this place still in business?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

To be fair, the experience was absolutely horrible. The lone waitress (who happens to be Luke's mother) wasn't as rude as others have indicated however, the service was still less than stellar. The atmosphere was horrible, it was dark, dirty and the hygiene of the place is questionable. The food was incredibly over priced and of poor value. I feel the the majority of positive reviews take pity on the fact the "chef" is a kid. This "restaurant" is perpetually on groupon as there is no traffic whatsoever. STAY AWAY

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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“Interesting experience but would probably not go back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Each table is surrounded by walls of muslin cloth giving you the feeling of being in your own dining room which is great. The food was very ingenious but not very substantial. Although we did not feel hungry at the end we did so 2 hours later. The place is a little too expensive to feel that.

Visited May 2012
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Kingston, Canada
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“Amazing taste and very unique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

You may find this to be the most unique taste
& food experience ever!!!
Do not expect to be filled up & eat like a pig. You are here for an adventure. An adventrue for your taste buds. Eat slowly, and eat small bites. Savour the roller coaster ride your taste buds will take you on. Go ahead...it's mind-blowing. Try and figure out the various, complex tastes...you may recognize a few...but just let it happen.
KEEPING AN OPEN MIND IS KEY! You are eating real food, painstakingly crafted --- no artificial crap or factory food here. It's all local and prepared by one man...a very talented young man. Some ingredients, spices, spreads, etc. are labour-intensive to construct (or deconstruct). It's artsy and it is presented as such. You will enjoy this if you have a diverse palette.
Wow...what a ride in my mouth! And I ate enough to feel satisfied.
You must try their Reisling- very nice wine from the family vinyard. It helps settle your taste buds (kind of like resetting them). This was a terrific, outstanding, and unique experience...and it will be for you too if you have the right mindset. By the way, the decor was not bad...just funky.
And Luke's Mom was nice - but I kept my questions short...remembering this is basically a two-person operation.
Half these bad reviews are by people who are too narrow-minded to experience something totally different. My mother and I had a great experience and will go back again!
Yes... it was a little expensive, but certainly worth it.
Thank you Luke and Family!!! Keep it up.
A real gem - - - right here in Kingston!.
VERY ENJOYABLE!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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