In reading other reviews, I always take into account a) how many reviews this person has written; and b) the reviewer's location. In the case of Toula, I find that most of the reviewers who absolutely RAVE about it are from Toronto, and have written 1 review. Hmmm...You set up an account on Tripadvisor, live in Toronto, and ONLY chose to review this 1 restaurant?? Hmmm... makes me think some of these are from employees or managers of Toula.
Anyway, Toula is one of those restaurants that could have been so much more. We (family of 3) arrived without reservations, at about 8:00 p.m. on a Tuesday night. The place was about 1/2 full, but a party of some sort (baby/bridal shower, etc...) was wrapping up and taking up at least 5 tables of 8 people, so we were asked to wait in the cozy little 'lounge' area. Not a problem. 2 couples were there already, and we chatted a bit about the spectacular view, etc...
The 2 couples were seated pretty quickly, which left my wife, my son,and I to hold down the fort in the lounge. I could tell there was some issue with the bill from the bridal/baby shower folks...they were speaking in a foreign language, and then attempting to translate to English for the manager. It turns out (I asked the manager later, as I am a nosey American) what the fuss was with the large party. Well, it turned out, they all wanted separate checks!!! Can you imagine? At least 40 people, and probably 35 of them wanted separate checks... so it took an army of servers standing at the register trying to get it right. One of them told me later that the average tip was 5%. Unbelievable...
So, anyway, this is why I'm rating Toula a 4 star rather than a 3... becuase I knew the story behind our lengthy wait in the lounge. The manager even sent over 3 glasses of champagne for our troubles. Very nice. Especially considering my son is only 16 (we didn't realize this was an 'adults only' restaurant). Good thing he looks like he's 19!
I had to try the crab cake/halibut appetizer after the waitress raved about it. Good, but (2) small (1 bite) portions... $15.
My son ordered the seafood linguine, and gave it a (teenager's I'd-be-happy-with-Taco Bell) thumb's up. Cost: $27. His Coke was $4.
My wife and I split the Chateau Briand for two $95. It was cooked to a perfect 'medium' (I would like it a little more rare, but my wife would run screaming). Had a good crust, and was a very flavorful cut of beef. Was it worth $95? No... very small portion (probaby 6 ounces apiece) with a few veggies on the side. My wife's add-on salad looked very good. $7
My 2 Beam & Cokes cost $11 each, the same with my wife's rum & coke. They were strong, and in standard high-ball glasses.
The wife had dessert, but I can't remember what it was...figure $14
Great views of the harbor, and the city at night really sparkles. Very flavorful food. Very nice waitress and manager...complimentary champagne. The bread doesn't need any addtional butter...amazing as is!
Portion sizes were small. The place looks a bit dated...we were told it used to rotate? THAT would have been awesome.
Tons of construction outside. Obviously, not the fault of the hotel or restaurant, but added to our frustrations coming and going.
I would recommend Toula, but go in understanding you are eating overpriced food, for the priviledge of being on the 38th floor above the harbor.
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