Originally Posted by eg1
What do you make of Joanna Kates' (Globe and Mail restaurant critic who just retired last week) farewell barb that all of these new Toronto restaurants are all the same?
I read that article the week prior but if I recall correctly, her complaints were poor decor, a no reservation policy, somewhat dodgy service and a menu focused on carnivores. It's ironic considering she raved about Grand Electric, Hopgood's, etc., but ultimately it's a changing of the guard that started with James Chatto leaving Toronto Life.
As with life, social media, twitter, all of that, I think it's downright impossible these days to build a fine dining instutition that will last for decades. Chefs change, they get bored, people get bored of the food, whatever the reason so why invest in fixtures that will last a century. A restaurant popping up for a year and then disappearing is actually part of the norm. I'm pretty sure that Acadia won't be as spectacular now that Matt Blondin has left. And the queues for Black Hoof won't be as long now that every third establishment is rolling out a nose to tail menu.
This week's review is about The Grove. I wouldn't mind trying it but I read somewhere the portions are tiny.