I don't eat as much as I used to, so I had to return to e11even to be sure that this restaurant is as good as I thought. I was at a convention, and the restaurant is very convenient to the Air Canada Centre. But, whatever your opinion of the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans, this is not a place that hordes of rowdy young people will go to celebrate a victory. This elegant restaurant caters to an upscale crowd and the prices -- while not exhorbitant -- reflect that attitude. They have an extensive list of wine and spirits which you can choose from their I-pad menu. One ounce of good single malt scotch may be $16. They also have Louis XIII cognac for $300/glass. You can buy a glass of a good wine for less than $10, but let's face it, this is not where you are going if you're on a budget. The ambiance is inviting and quiet, with jazz playing in the background. The tables are well-spaced and the seats are comfortable. Just incidentally, if you judge a restaurant by how clean the bathrooms are, you're going to love this place. The women's bathroom has been judged the best in Canada. Both bathrooms are beautiful and extremely functional. But back to the main attraction. We met the hostess, several waiters and waitresses, and the manager. Everyone was was attentive, solicitous, and helpful. In general, people in Toronto are more polite than anywhere I've ever been. The staff at e11even are proof of that generalization. When I asked about the qualities of a local wine, the waiter brought me a sample to taste. Our wait staff were very helpful in choosing our meals. For example, I had the lingcod, a fish with an assertive flavor served with an assortment of wild mushrooms. This combination was wildly exciting to my palate, but I had already been warned that most people thought the flavor too strong. Not fishy, mind you. More like the oily mouth feel of mackerel. It was a perfect melange for me, not encumbered with unnecessary mashed potatoes. The lobster roll was also excellent. The fries were excellent, and the cole slaw made more sophisticated by the absence of mayonnaise. At another meal we enjoyed the seared tuna salad and the maple burger, an incredibly juicy hamburger accompanied by maple-cured (Canadian) bacon. The entrees were also visually stunning. These excellent meals did not come without cost. You can expect to spend a significant amount of money even without an appetizer, dessert, coffee, or wine. On the other hand, you do get what you pay for. The fact is that Toronto is an expensive place to visit as are most of the restaurants. For my part, I was on vacation, and I do not regret a thing.
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