Friday, 17 May 2013

142 Cumberland St. Toronto, On., M5R 1A2, (416) 968-2828 

Went to Hemingways on a Thursday night in May.  Located in Yorkville (where there is a car show everyday) it has a couple of different patios that are heated and always hopping.  
We arrived at around 6 pm and were seated inside, since it was rather cool and windy on the patios.  We waited for my son Mark who was going to join us.  While we waited my wife and I were imbibing in a nice California Cabernet.

The inside can be quite dreary compared to the outside, but as time went on it got extremely busy with large groups of people.  We began with appetizers including; calamari and escargot.  When Mark arrived he added an order of sweet potato fries to the mix.

The calamari were quite good, but the accompanying sauce was overdone with garlic.  The escargot arrived rather cool and the bread was stale.  The sweet potato fries were very good.
For mains my wife ordered the salmon, but it was tough, overcooked and too salty (worst salmon dish she has had in a restaurant).  

My son ordered the butter chicken and rather liked it.
I had the veal parmigiana special with spaghetti.  This dish was very ordinary - but was only $12.99, which should have tipped me off.

We have been here before a number of times, but never for dinner.  We won't be back for dinner again.  Maybe for appetizers.  The food was very bland and unimaginative. The service was average. The appetizers are the only items worth eating here, and even they are hit and miss.  Good place to hang out sometimes but skip the food.  There are better places not far away where you can get much more value for the money.

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