Introducing: E11even, MLSE’s attempt at fine dining
MLSE’s Maple Leaf Square follow-up to Real Sports Bar and Grill is E11even, an unpretentious spot also in Maple Leaf Square designed to fill the void of fine-dining options in the waterfront area. It should be an easy task, considering it’s next door to the ACC and in the same building as the newly opened Le Germain hotel.
The decor—dark wood and sleek leather banquettes—and executive chef Robert Bartley’s gourmet comfort food menu are meant to appeal to a wide group of diners.
“It’s the type of food you want to be able to cook at home—all recognizable dishes with recognizable flavours. Classics, executed well,” says Bartley. “To me, this is a great representation of North American cuisine, and we think people will love it.”
Such standbys as shrimp cocktail, crab cakes and steak are on offer. But there’s also the rich lobster cobb salad ($34) with blue cheese, buttermilk dressing and a whole lobster tail, and the tuna tartare ($18), a small tower of glistening fish and avocado served with celery-salted house-made potato chips.
Wine is a big focus, with over 3,500 bottles stored in a glass-encased cellar (diners peruse the lengthy wine list via iPad). An There are over 650 bottles on hand with more than 30 wines offered by the glass, ranging from $9 to $90. So while pretentious may not be the aim, indulgence is.
E11even, 15 York St., 416-815-1111, e11even.ca.
14 thoughts on “Introducing: E11even, MLSE’s attempt at fine dining”
Overpriced is the word. Good service there but the pricing is way off beat. Why do Toronto restaurants who serve good food, with not ONE single michelin start choose to overcharge on their food ? OK, rip me off on the wine , but the food ..come on!
Go visit Europe and Asia with numerous michelin stars and compare the price.
hard for restaurants in TO to have michelin stars when the guide doesn’t rate the city… good criticism.
sounds like you’ve traveled a bit. you fancy hun.
Another “CRITIC” that did his/her homework to the fullest.
Around the ACC location (=) BIG RENT! Plus, incredible high energy bills, taxes, etc. etc. WE LIVE IN TORONTO after all!
If you feel ripped off every time you eat something better and/or more expensive then a Harvey’s burger then I would stay home and cook my own food. Regards, Pierre.
Grow up people….and you wonder why Michelin dont rate the city ? Trust me, we have the best restaurants here in TO, love this city… and know when to pay top $$$ for great food, service and ambience. Pierre, you sound like a Arbys burger, not even a good harveys. You think high rent, energt bills is an excuse for high overprice price and mediocre food ? think CANOE dumb bell – would pay $300 for that frigging view – awesome, what am I paying for the ACC and next door to the highway ? Way too much! Consumers dont care about your high rent/bills.. thats your business to do your homeowrk before you open to the high rents, dick!
LOL…..CRITIC, try the spell checker sometime, it really works. Regards, Dick
Best cheeseburger I’ve had in a long time. It was expensive at $17.00 but it beats so many of the nouveau faves of the year items on most restaurant menus.
Agree – BEST Burger I have had in a long time, perhaps ever!!! I am so tired of eating out at places and paying for mediocre food. e11even’s menu is exciting and so worth it – I’ve eaten there twice and I can’t wait to go back.
Had friends go. Won’t be back. Way way over-priced.
Staff right out of Bartending school. Lame.
Went last night and loved it. Great service, great food. No, not cheap…but you know that going in, so why complain?
We feel we got our money’s worth. Really wonderful evening.
Went last night ~ Incredible atmosphere and finally a restaurant that pays attention to not only good quality fresh food but attentive service! Can’t wait to go back and enjoy a night with friends in the lounge!
“we have the best restaurants in Toronto?” maybe if you’ve never been anywhere else… I believe that the restaurants in Toronto are generally crap. pure crap. obviously there are some great ones, but mostly crap. crap crap crap.
Went to e11even last night for a girl’s night out and had a fabulous time. The service was 5 star. The sommelier was very helpful at helping us decide on our wine selection (and did not steer us to the $100+ bottles). I had the prime rib ($29), and it was easily the best I’ve ever had. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Absolutely loved this place. Yea, yea pricey but well worth the experience. If you’re on a budget then you must stick to a budget restaurant. Cost is well within reason so treat yourself there — you’ll be glad you did.
I was highly UNIMPRESSED by the service and the food was mediocre. I came at 1 pm for lunch so they weren’t busy, yet the servers couldn’t get our orders right. The servers neglected our table for long periods of time and we had to walk up to the hostess to order. We asked for separate bills at the beginning of our meal and then got one bill at the end. When we received the separate bills (after reminding the waitress for a second time), she charged the wrong amounts to our visas. She also refused to change the charges for us, which is customary for any other restaurant to do.
They also OVERCHARGED my visa by 40% and REFUSED to decline the payment and then recharge my visa for the proper amount. They also didn’t apologize. I wouldn’t recommend giving this place a try.
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