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Location: 735 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON
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(416) 860-1551
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Website: http://www.habitatlounge.com/
Cuisine: Eclectic  Lounge  

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reviewed by pigg,   visited on 2006-12-05 ,  overall
Agreed on the 24-hour pork, it's great.

I like the kaiseki but you're right - it's mostly just a fun stunt, e.g., pretty and something to talk about, rather than delicious.

I've found Habitat *extremely* hit-and-miss: some nights have been fabulous and others pretty bad. Mostly the variability's been service-related - I've been ignored between courses for as long as twenty minutes, had dishes entirely forgotten, waited way too long for the bill, etc. Some waitstaff have been very knowledgable and smart about the food; others don't have a clue. I think a) the staff are hired mainly for hotness, and b) at a certain point in the night, they seem to start drinking and socializing with each other - honestly.

So Habitat can be very good but I'm not sure I'd cross town for it. If you do, my advice is to keep your expectations in check, and come with tolerant friends ;-)


reviewed by super,   visited on 2006-11-07 ,  overall
Was there last week.

While the kaiseki (chefs tasting menu) is very impressive to look at, we thought it was more style than substance.

Portions are very small. We ordered the 5 dish option as an appetizer for table, and u would be very hard pressed to split any dish more than two ways (ie each is about two bites).

i would reccomend against ordereing the kaiseki as your dinner unless u aren't very hungry (brings to mind that A & W commercial)

Having said that, the traditional appies and mains were outstanding. I had the 24-hour pork and the berkshire pork and was very impressed.

overall good experience, but i would stil rather go to Susur or Lee

reviewed by canncuk,   visited on 2006-10-26 ,  overall
Yummy and lovely, chic, relaxed atmosphere with a very informed wait-staff. Quite a bit less 'chi-chi' than some of the other places, but I kind of think more relaxed can be a little more romantic :-)

reviewed by Frenchie,   visited on 2006-08-25 ,  overall
we went to Habitat for dinner on saturday. It was DELICIOUS. I had the pork belly starter and the salmon after. The place was pretty quiet, so the ambiance was not the best, but I was very impressed with the food. I also got to be served in French, which I appreciated.

reviewed by foodhunt,   visited on 2006-08-17 ,  overall
We went there a few months ago and we were pretty impressed.

I would agree that the kaiseki dishes are rather small. We each ordered the 7 course option and we were still hungry. So we each ordered an additional appetizer and dessert.

We had the most amazing apple cake (unfortunately it's not on the menu anymore). It was so simple but so delicious. It was definitely one of the best desserts we ever had at any restaurant and that includes top restaurants like Susur and Perigee. What really stood out was the deep fried sugar coated sage leaves. Yum!

Overall, we would still pick Susur or Perigee.

visited on 2005-10-27
This is one of our favourite places to stop for a drink or have a fabulous dinner without paying a fortune! Absolutely love the menu and ambience from romantic to hip and happening!

visited on 2005-10-15
Habitat deserves a new review. The food is spectacular and the best value in town. Try the Kaiseki taste plates. The 24 Hour Pork and Beef de la Parilla are two of the best dishes in the city! Excellent wine list as well.

visited on 2005-05-24
Two of us had dinner and both really enjoyed each dish we had (I had 3 small dishes and my friend had 1). Service was fantastic. My only negative comment is that the bathrooms need a little "warming up" - they're in the basement and feel cold and neglected in terms of design.

visited on 2005-03-28
The food was superb, in fact I dine out frequently and I was deeply impressed, on par or exceeds Susur. The staff were very accomodating, knowledgeable and diligent. (kevin does a fantastic job). I'll definitely be going again. -Antoine

visited on 2005-03-21
the food was FUNKIN' UNBELIEVABLE, i would follow greg into any back alley to eat his munchables...this place rocks for all us beatiful people...but don't show up as i want this nugget for myself. viva the spicemeister. and all his duckz. good eats good times!!

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