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Review of Cafe En Passant - CLOSED

Cafe En Passant
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Me and my boyfriend bought a groupon for $52 for a three course meal. The food was mediocre at best, We ordered crisp calamari, escargot (which was greesy to my taste) for appetizers. Entrees were nothing special and what pissed me off the most was the dessert which i ordered a crepe and it was literally served with a plain piece of crepe dumped with nasty raspberry sauce and whipped cream on it. Is this what French people eat? Last but not least, we expected to pay a tip and tax prior coming to the restaurant but what we did not expect was a 15% service charge in which the waitress insisted that it was her boss' policy to include a service charge to our bill. So we ended up having to pay $22 more + the $52 we already paid for the groupon so it was $74 in total that we had to pay for this average restaurant when we could have went to a place a LOT better for that price. Thank you groupon for ripping us off.

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank foodiehc
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English first
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Perfect Place on a Cold Night”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

My wife and I have been to the restaurant a few times but after we moved it has been over 5 years since we were last there. We were pleasantly surprised at how great the food still was.
Our waitress was excellent and when she brought the food to our table, it was still pipin' hot.
We definitely were full when we left the restaurant with "doggie bags" in tow.
This time we won't wait 5 years to return.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank pademo57
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108 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Average experience ...”
Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

I don't know how best to describe my dinner at the Cafe. I left full but not gastronomically satisfied. I've never been to France so I don't know what traditional bistro food is like so I can't thoroughly compare. I had the arugula salad -- simple, salad, chèvre and salad dressing .... The salad wasn't dressed but the dressing was good. Then I had the steak with apeppercorn sauce ... The steak was cooked medium well to well. It the medium I ordered. The garlic mash was good .... The steam vegetables were regular. The apple pie didn't seem fresh (my wife's crepe was good though). Overall I had enough food to eat. But I did not enjoy the food as well as I would had I gone to a steakhouse. Probably won't return. Tried it only because of the groupon. Btw. Service was inconsistent ... Had to ask for my water bottle as per the groupon it wasn't just brought over like the other table. Saw faces being made by the staff at the counter when my server took the pucks of chèvre that we couldn't finish and placed it Ina to go container ,,,, bu I give them benefit of doubt. Maybe they weren't grimacing at what I had asked them to do ...

Visited November 2013
Thank KCFoodLover
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly good”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

A little remark about the area - Richmond Hill is about 50 kilometers from downtown Toronto, and there are no other French restaurants and cafes in the vicinity.
Naturally when we booked a table ( an online deal) we did not expect much, as we had an average ad below average experiences in the other restaurants at this area. Again - for gourmet French food one has to drive to downtown or North York ( the bill will be 8-10 times more over there).
When entered were pleased to see white crispy tablecloths and cotton napkins, which you would not normally find in a café.
Food was quite good, well above our expectations. The portions were well ABOVE the average, would they serve half of them, we would not complain.
I would say that you get this kind of food in a French rural restaurant in France - it is not a gourmet food, but a home made type of food. The waitress confirmed that everything was made from scratch.
Retro French songs were played in the background, which was very nice.
The service was very attentive.
Service fee was included in the bill, but we were thinking to tip more than that.
Would go back when feeling lazy to drive downtown.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Natalie V
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Richmond Hill, Canada
Level Contributor
52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“You make up your own mind!”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

A promotion on the computer for a "Fixed price, 3 course meal - Value $104.00 for $52.00.

The appetizer (escargot with mushrooms and blue cheese *) we found to be TOO Salty and Sandy and mentioned it to the server, when asked if everything was O.K.

* Note: This was recommended to us, however were told later that it was NOT part of the Fixed Price menu and that it cost $15.00 (or something like that). My coupon was on the table.

I asked if the menu given to us had any restrictions on it.

OOOPS!!! There was another menu.

I had shrimp in a mushroom sauce, with rice and vegetables, Tasty but nothing special.

Not having room for dessert, I asked to take it home.

We ordered a cocktail and had a bottle of the HOUSE wine.

When the billed arrived, Tax -- Yes

BUT, the gratuity had been added automatically. No! No! No!

We didn't just mention this to the server . . . . . . we had a conversation.

We owed $99.00, for a total value of $200.00.

At this point I said - "It will probably be a long time before we ever come back again".

We paid with a credit card.

Who carries that much cash around . . . . NOT ME!!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank jackieb348
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