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“Just great” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'ouvrier Kitchenbar

L'ouvrier Kitchenbar
791 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1V2, Canada
416-901-9581
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Ranked #342 of 6,796 Restaurants in Toronto
Cuisines: Eclectic
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Toronto
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81 reviews 81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Just great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012 via mobile

In a non descriptive area of Toronto, an amazing resturant, fantastic food, good wine selection, great staff, from the hostess to the servers, price which is affordable. This is one great resturant.

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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Toronto
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere, Slow Kitchen”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

I really like that this new restaurant is on Dundas Street West, helping to transform that part of the city into a chic area of trendy eats. We went there for brunch after my husband and his friend had dinner there. My husband thought it was pretentious, had bland food, slow service. Hiis friend thought it had a wonderful atmosphere and good food but agreed service was slow. I had to find out for myself and went there with four others. We all liked it very much.

The restaurant is one big open room, casual, and hip, designed to be utilitarian but so much fun. They have a wall with just hooks where you hang your coats. There is a "wing" of washrooms. Not male and female. Just four nicely put together individual cubicles for common use, which is the way I like it. Tables and bar counter were wide and spacious. The serving staff helpful, efficient, and pleasant. The brunch menu contains some usual items like bacon and eggs, plus unexpected items like fresh oysters. Everything was fresh, artisanal, and delicious. I love their scones with homemade jam and creme fraise, and their smoky, meaty, smoked bacon. My BLT was wonderful to hold, bite into, and savour.

The only thing we didn't like was waiting 40 minutes for the kitchen to come out with our food. Despite that, I would go back again.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto
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“Innovative and Delectable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

Wonderful menu, wonderful execution and many pleasant surprises. Service was impeccable and friendly! We tried the Cauliflower puree, several salads – favorite being the delightful combination of several flavour surprises… fennel, cucumber, feta and pomegranate to name a few. The burgers were fabulous and the fries sublime, the char was a delight and the ricotta mushroom ravioli with brown butter, bacon and parsnip chips was inspired! The deserts did not disappoint as menus often do. The flan, the brownie and the Lemon cake were each and every – wonderful! The decor is amusing and thoughtful. The only complaint is that the big round wooden table we had splintered a bit and snagged our sweaters, but this can be fixed – the food is divine!!! GO!!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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“New and interesting on Dundas St West”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

We were directed here by someone who had read a very positive review in a Toronto magazine. It's opening is a sign of the revitalization of Dundas West.

The place has a minimalist look to it, like a converted retail space in an old building. Furniture is plain tables with modern but comfy chairs.The floors are smooth, unpainted concrete, and the walls are plain white. The back wall is a huge photomural of Canadian Army cooks from WWI. The center of the space has a lively square bar. The crowd is generally young professionals and college students. Background music was modern, Bonne Hiver I'm told.

Service was attentive, and their mixed drinks are good.

The food is very good and innovative. In our group we had one appetizer of pate with crostini and smoked ham croquettes with pickles, a hot and sour soup, and tuna tartare. All three were excellent. For mains we had: duck confit with spinach, accompanied by mushroom garlic cream sauce; grilled scallops with mushrooms and fresh corn and jalapenos; and a very large burger with excellent frites. You can read the menus on-line. All the food was tasty and well presented. The ingredients were outstandingly fresh.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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