Sunday, March 30, 2008

Not quite Revelling at The Rivoli

Rivoli on UrbanspoonYesterday my girlfriend and I headed to downtown Toronto for an afternoon with my sister.
We headed to Indigo Books at the Eaton Centre for a while and then off to the "Blue Banana" for a little artisitic browsing.

Following that we walked down Spadina Avenue to Queen Street for a little dinner at The Rivoli Restaurant (334 Queen Street West, Toronto). The three of us arrived and were seated by 5:15 P.M.

The waitress took our drink order (1 Coke and 2 glasses of tap water) as we perused the menues. When the waitress returned with our drinks we were informed the kitchen doesn't open for dinner until 5:30 P.M., so if we wanted to order anything off the dinner menu, we would have to wait fifteen minutes to place our dinner order.

What type of kitchen at a downtown Toronto restaurant opens at 5:30 P.M. on a Saturday night for dinner? Apparently this one. One would figure the kitchen would open at 5:00 P.M. for dinner in order to take advantage of the people who are out enjoying the downtown nightlife with a dinner followed up by other activities. But I digress....

Once 5:30 P.M. rolled around, we placed our orders:

2 orders of Rivoli burgers (topped with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and dill pickle served with choice of salad or hand cut fries or sweet potato fries).

1 order of PAD THAI - rice noodles stirfried with chicken, shrimp, sprouts, scallions, egg, peanuts and chilies, in a sweet and sour sauce.

Once the food arrived, there were issues with my sister's Rivoli Burger order. She had requested no pickle (there was a pickle) and the wrong fries were included. The waitress quickly replaced the fries and I removed the pickle.

Other than the wait for the kitchen to open at 5:30 P.M. and the screwed up burger order, the dinner was quite nice and the food was well presented.

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