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This week on DineSafe: Amaya Express, Dumpling Queen, Honest Ed's, La Tortilleria, Rock Lobster

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 21, 2014

dinesafe torontoDineSafe didn't hand out any red cards this week but of the yellow cards distributed, more than a few were repeat offenders -- not to mention there were a lot of crucial infractions doled out. Amaya Express and Honest Ed's were both cited for inadequate pest control, for instance. And La Tortilleria racked up two crucial infractions for lazy hand washing and failing to maintain foods at an acceptable temperature.

See the rest of this week's roundup here.

Amaya Express (1574 Bayview Ave)
Inspected on: January 14, 2014
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 2 (Minor: 1 Significant: 1)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

Berber Social (49 Front Street East)
Inspected on: January 13, 2014
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 7 (Minor: 3 Significant: 2 Crucial:1)
Crucial infractions include: Employee fail to wash hands when required, Operator fail to maintain hazardous food(s) at 4C (40F) or colder.

Honest Ed's (581 Bloor St W)
Inspected on: January 16, 2014
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 3 (Significant: 2 Crucial:1)
Crucial infractions include: Operator fail to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated

La Tortilleria (1009 Dufferin St)
Inspected on: January 13, 2014
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 4 (Significant: 2 Crucial:2)
Crucial infractions include: Employee fail to wash hands when required. Operator fail to maintain hazardous foods at 60C (140F) or hotter

Rock Lobster (538 Queen St W)
Inspected on: January 13, 2014
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1 Significant: 1 Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Operator fail to thoroughly cook hazardous food item(s)

La Prep (207 Queens Quay W)
Inspected on: January 13, 2014
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 1 (Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Operator fail to maintain hazardous food(s) at 4C (40F) or colder.

Dumpling Queen (649 Yonge St)
Inspected on: January 17, 2014
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 5 (Minor: 1 Significant: 4)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

Swiss Chalet (3253 Bayview Ave)
Inspected on: January 17, 2014
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1 Significant: 2)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

Discussion

14 Comments

:-o / January 21, 2014 at 07:00 am
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Apparently, as a result of extreme coolness, a "Food Handler" of theirs failed to wear headgear!
Mouse / January 21, 2014 at 08:50 am
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:-O - it is a bit more serious than that "Operator fail to thoroughly cook hazardous food item"....think that rates a caution.
Rex / January 21, 2014 at 09:26 am
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Amaya again.
Lost Appetite / January 21, 2014 at 09:32 am
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Amaya is ALWAYS on this list and La Tortilleria on Dufferin has made an appearance more than once. Ewwwwww. These two are officially off my list of acceptable eating places! In fact, as I recall, quite a few Amaya's have been on this list. Shame about Rock Lobster. I haven't eaten there yet. I hope these restaurants really realize that people do take into consideration what comes up on Dinesafe. It definitely colours where I will and won't eat.
2little2late / January 21, 2014 at 10:56 am
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Amaya is off my list for good. And I'm no longer in a rush to try Rock Lobster. Failing to thoroughly cook hazardous food item is concerning.
yt / January 21, 2014 at 03:36 pm
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La Tortilleria on st clair was shut down from, iirc, a rat infestation. I used their bathroom once in the basement, and they had all the flours just sitting on the ground. I'm no restaurateur or food inspector, but that just seems like a pretty obvious recipe for disaster.

I wish it wasn't so, because these joints supply like...i dunno...a bunch of places that use corn tortillas around the city.
Chester Pape / January 21, 2014 at 09:23 pm
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So here's the reality check, any restaurant that serves ceviche can be dinged at any time with "Operator fail to thoroughly cook hazardous food item(s)" based totally on the whim of the health inspector. Keep in mind that in health inspector speak "hazardous food item" means, all meats, all eggs and all dairy
mp / January 21, 2014 at 09:26 pm
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yt, none of the Tortilleria locations make their own tortillas. They're all made at the main location on Kipling, which, thankfully, has yet to make an appearance on dinesafe, and delivered daily
Joshua Keil / January 22, 2014 at 01:03 am
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Come on, guys! Do you really think that all restaurants in this city follow the "rules"? Of course not... Do you see the "hot dog guy" on the street washing his hands before prepare ur hot dog?????? HAHAHAHA just in your dreams...

I do not want to defend any of those places. However, I'm pretty sure that the employees of these restaurants use st least a disposable gloves before prepare your meal.

Let's face it, the instructors of the TO health department are super picky with every little thing.

Joshua Keil / January 22, 2014 at 01:09 am
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ops! *inspector
Amanda / January 22, 2014 at 01:10 am
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What I don't like about these 'alerts' is that a lot of the restaurants that are on the lists are guilty of unlucky timing or an inspector in a bad mood. Anybody who has ever worked in the restaurant industry knows that something as small as dumping coffee down 'the wash sink' or not having paper towels right beside the sink is a potential for a yellow or red. Don't make these restaurants go out of business because blogTO makes a sweeping list that looks horrible on everyone. Do your research. Go to your favourite restaurant and find out why they got what they did.
Kathy / January 22, 2014 at 07:38 am
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Isn't that a second yellow for Rock Lobster?? Come on guys get your &^%) together or hire a proper Kitchen manager
yt / January 22, 2014 at 09:58 am
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mp, that doesn't explain to me why there were 50lb bags of corn flour in the basement. i don't think they were for retail, so at some point, i would guess they were being used to make tortillas...whether on site or off.
west side foodie / January 24, 2014 at 02:32 am
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Was at rock lobster tonight, it wasn't at ossington, it was at queen location. The server said it had nothing to do with food being served to guests. it was because the chef didn't have a hat on, and a test burger (the health inspector asked them to cook) was cooked 98% and not 100%. she said that the next day the health inspector came in and everything was fine. I eat at the ossington one more (closer to where i live), but ive been to queen and like different menu they have there. I'd go back again , and will ask what happened more when there.

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