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The Grove
 
416-588-2299
1214 Dundas St. W. ,
Toronto , Ontario M6J 1X5

43.649420 -79.423200
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Ben Heaton bills his Dundas West room as a British pub, but Toronto has never seen a Firkin like this. For one, there’s not a Union Jack or footie-blaring flat screen in the place. For another, the food is delicate, colourful and ingeniously evocative of old-school English cooking, yet too restrained to ever be mistaken for pub grub. Take toast, the cheapest of British bar snacks: Heaton’s consists of fried brioche crowned with butter-poached lobster claws, creamy sweetbreads, dainty puddles of hollandaise and clouds of lobster bisque foam. Black pudding shows up in airy wafers on devilled eggs. Yeasty marmite and stout create a high-impact marinade soaked into a silky, slow-braised beef cheek. Even clotted cream makes an elegant appearance on a Bakewell tart dotted with marmalade. If this is the new British cuisine, we say, long live the Queen.
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Grove dinner by Big D from TO on 2014-01-13

Overall Rating: 6.3 (out of 10)
Food: 7  | Decor: 5  | Service: 7

"I'll start by saying, upon going to, I was exciting about the hype and upon exit I was disappointed. Quaint but noisy.
We opted for the 4 items ( $50), 3 savory and 1 dessert. We tried to pick different dishes. All items were presented very nicely on individual plates and served in sequence. All unique flavours and tastes. However after 1.5 hrs, the golf ball size portions forced me to opt for the next level of 7 ($70). Another 2 Savory and 2 dessert. Tried a second beef dish. Including a couple of nice craft beers, the bill exceeded $150?? The Grove may have its place in the guide, but value is suspect at that cost?"

- Big D

RIP-OFF by ES from Toronto on 2013-11-28

Overall Rating: 5.0 (out of 10)
Food: 3  | Decor: 5  | Service: 7

"One bite portions, tough lamb and wines marked up 300%. Don't even think about going as it's a total rip-off. Would not be surprised if they do out of business soon."

- ES

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Had high expectations by AKW from Toronto on 2013-02-25

Overall Rating: 5.0 (out of 10)
Food: 7  | Decor: 5  | Service: 3

"I had high expectations for this restaurant based on the reviews and my love for anything English. I was sadly disappointed. Firstly, our table was something you'd find in your backyard in the summer - it connected in the middle and kept pulling apart so that there was this gaping space in middle and since there were 4 of us at the table, I kept having to pull it back together. Secondly, the service was some of the worst of seen for this calibre restaurant - unfriendly and completely unaccomodating. I cannot eat cow's milk - butter and goat cheese is fine. Amazing restaurants like George do whatever they can to accomodate but The Grove simply stated that it was in most dishes and that there was nothing that they could do. We even ordered the Tasting Menu - the chef has complete flexibility there - and still, I had to have dairy in everything. The server was unfriendly and didn't even try hard. She kept flipping her hair - something I expect at a fast food restaurant, not here. Perhaps I sound harsh but this was so disappointing and although not that expensive, it was not worth the money. I was still hungry afterwards! Very disappointed."

- AKW

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