But still. I thought it sucked.
Problem 1: Terrible service. While the wait staff were really pleasant, they took forever (like, over an hour) to bring even our appetizers. The actual dinner wait was epic too.
Problem 2: The concept doesn't really work, in my opinion. You order meat or fish. It comes on a hot stone and sort of cooks in front of you. In their own words "your meat will never become overdone" but I beg to differ. My steak was woefully overdone in MINUTES. Had I known how quickly the stone would cook the meat, I would have removed my steak from the tablet as soon as it arrived on the table. Even the two minutes it took for the waitress to provide an explanation of the whole deal was long enough to ruin my meat. I was unimpressed.
Problem 3: WAY too salty! My cooking stone was covered (and I mean COVERED) with rock salt. It was all over my meat in a really overboard sort of way. And I LIKE salt. I have been known to eat STRAIGHT salt. (I have a problem. My arteries are hardening as I type.) But this amount of salt was too much even for me, and that's saying a lot.
Anyway, all in all my visit to Stonegrill was a serious bummer. In addition to the aforementioned complaints, portion sizes were tiny for the price. I got about three mouthfuls of soup, and four bites of veggies along with my teeny weenie (super salty, overdone) steak.
It's a well decorated, trendy space with nice atmosphere, but frankly, when I go out for dinner, I'm more invested in the food. This place let me down.
Stonegrill on Winchester
51 Winchester Street
Toronto, ON M4X 1A8
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