Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I'm not the first to know there's just no gettin' over you

So this past weekend, I met up with fellow Toronto bloggers Helen and Kevin to get our grub on! We decided on a place called 7 West, a cafe that's actually open 24 hours. This is within walking distance of Yonge/Bloor station, in case you were wondering. The outside looks very appealing with it's curved awning and lit archway.

Photo taken by Kevin

It's actually very small and narrow inside, with three floors to choose from. We went all the way to the top, and got seated in the enclosed patio. Don't worry, the heat was turned on for us! We shared a bunch of dishes, so I'll give some quick pros and cons:

Nachos - Single serving of tortilla chips, tomatoes, melted cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole & jalepenos

Pros: tons of dips, crispy whole wheat chips
Cons: most of the chips were the size of a finger nail so it was really hard to eat, cheese got really hard when it cooled down

Proscuitto Panino w/ side of chips - proscuitto with bocconcini cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado spread

Pros: avocado was really creamy
Cons: sooooo salty, even for proscuitto

Penne Arrabiata - Italian sausage, red peppers, onion & garlic in a spicy tomato sauce

Pros: right amount of spice, bread was really soft
Cons: penne was a bit too firm

Sicilian pita pizza w/ side salad - plum tomatoes, garlic, goat cheese, kalamata olives, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese

Pros: dressing had the right amount of tangyness, thin pizza crust, tons of sauce and cheese
Cons: cheese turned a bit hard when dish cooled down

Chocolate banana cake

Pros: incredibly moist, very light icing in between the layers, banana and chocolate flavours did not overwhelm each other
Cons: side of cake was covered in chocolate chips, which some may find too sweet

Service: 2/5
Servers seemed so nice in the beginning, but that easily changed. They even told us to move out of the way for a larger group that was coming in (Helen and I were trying to take a picture of the room). Once the larger group were seated, most of their attention went to them.

Quality: 3/5
Don't get me wrong, everything tasted good, but nothing stood out. I honestly thought that the salad was the superstar.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Three floors to choose from, variety of different types of seats (chairs and tables, wooden booths, cushioned booths, picnic bench). Although it was a cozy place (which I normally love) it can get quite tight in terms of seating if you come with a group larger than 4. I'm sure it would be a lot better if you came in the afternoon, or on weekdays.

Price: $$
I don't think a single dish was more than $13, but if you're interested in a drink, a martini was 10 bucks!

Overall, food doesn't matter as long as you have good company! :) Looking forward to grubbing out some more in the future!

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The Little Dust Princess said...

I always thought of Kevin as brutalturtle. Never as "Kevin". Sounds so foreign to me. LOLL The nachos look really yummy, but the rest don't. LOL Maybe it's just the poor photos..I mean no harm though, really!

Great review, btw. : ) And did I forget to reply you on something? I don't even know. I'm losing track of all my comments.

xx The Little Dust Princess

Elle said...

Wowzers, you guys devoured everything! Good talk with good company makes up for anything dull.

Pamela said...

I've been here before. I liked it but some of my colleagues thought "bleh" however, i definitely agree with you about the service.