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“classy and rustic with simple food”

Cafe Chopin Restaurant
Ranked #5,193 of 8,996 Restaurants in Toronto
Cuisines: Eastern European
Neighborhood: West End
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Neighborhood: West End
Reviewed November 11, 2013

When I walked in I immediately noticed the hot red seating and really classy ceilings of this hidden spot. When I ordered the Polish Plate for two I was really pleased at how simple and filling it was. My boyfriend and his family had been to Café Polonez (another Polish Restaurant) a few months earlier this year and he said the plates were crowded with the side salads and not seasoned as well as Chopin's and it was over priced for the food that comes with it. Chopin's PP2 came with cabbage rolls, pierogi, potato pancakes, tasty Schnitzel and two small plates of a trio of delicious yet simple sorowki (salads) were given separately as an opening to the dish. Il'l be definitely coming back to try out the other appetizing options.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

The old historical Roncesvalles Polish Village started its long transition in the late 70's and through the 80's into the more cosmopolitan and gentrified neighbourhood it is today. Pope John Paul II's dining at the old go-to (and sadly departed) Sir Nicolas Tavern during his 1984 visit was about the time the Cafe Chopin popped up and it has managed to survive for almost thirty years.
That might be because the old standard eastern European schnitzels (although the lunch-time portion has diminished to the size of your hand) are thicker, meatier, nicely breaded and therefore more tasty than some other venues serving the similar cuisine. The accompanying salads; carrot, purple cabbage and cole slaw, are fresh and flavourful as well which makes up for the thick and rather flavourless mashed potatoes.
The cabbage rolls were very disappointing. Bland and mushy rice with no meat taste or texture on the palate was not complemented one bit by the creamed "tomato" sauce.
And the desserts were embarrassing. The cherry strudel was certainly not baked on site and maybe not even on Roncy! At best it was store-bought although I have tasted better from Loblaws. The attempt at dressing the presentation up with a few pieces of fruit and chocolate drizzle introduced great expectations but they turned out to be a let down with a damp crust and little fruit filling.
Although obviously a popular local spot this garage door roll-up fronted space offers nothing I would return for.

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