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Hush Restaurant

Posted by Libby Roach / Reviewed on December 5, 2011 / review policy

Hush Restaurant TorontoHush restaurant is nothing new. Well, that's not exactly fair, it has only been open 4 weeks, but following the popular Moxie's formula, you feel like you've been here before. Exposed wood beams, the soaring brick bar and dark moody palette that has become as ubiquitous as the always über good looking wait staff.

Hush Restaurant TorontoOur sever Chris could easily pass as a mini Tom Selleck, charming, friendly and moustached. He suggested we start off with the featured cocktail, a pineapple mojito ($4.50), which we eagerly watched him beating the pineapple into pulpy submission. We attempted to order the Slider Flight ($13) but were told that due to menu re-tooling (apparently the sliders were not up to snuff for management) have been pulled.

Hush Restaurant TorontoWe then opted for the Tempura Wonton Shrimp ($10) and the Lobster and Shrimp dip ($14). The crispy coated deep fried wonton shrimp were accompanied by a swipe of Sriracha, and a few odd drops of crème fraiche and super salty ponzu sauce for dipping.

Hush Restaurant TorontoServed fondue style, with a little tea light to keep things warm, the Lobster and Shrimp dip looked good. Turned out, it was pretty bland. The crispy wontons (yes! more wontons!) were a nice side, but the flaccid and somewhat soggy grilled bread missed its mark.

Hush Restaurant TorontoFor our mains, my partner ordered the 7oz Tenderloin ($23) served with fingerling potatoes and seasonal veg. I chose the Manhattan burger ($13.50). The steak was served a perfect medium rare, with some lovely grill lines sealing in the juices. The side veg and potatoes were a nice touch, and the perfect amount of food.

On the other hand, I think the poutine ($2) ate my burger. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. The poutine was outstanding, beefy gravy, loads of peppercorns and mushrooms and very squeaky cheese. The burger, with two types of cheese, bacon and toppings were outdone by the side. The burger wasn't juicy, but wasn't overcooked either.

Hush Restaurant TorontoWe wrapped things up like I normally do after a good meal. Start a small fire and burn things! Okay, I normally reserve that for camping, but Hush brings the fire (and cozy ambience) tableside with a mini campfire experience ($13). Marshmallows, chocolate, caramel sauce and a single strawberry that I quickly yoinked.

Hush Restaurant TorontoIn the end, if you're stuck on the King West strip, either stalking Tiff stars or hitting the theatre, you could do a lot worse than Hush. Our total bill was $100, the portions were decent and the service really down to earth. Much like their sweet campfire.



mike in parkdale / December 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm
that 'campfire' setup looks nice. I would have yoinked the whole thing ;)
More Meat Please / December 5, 2011 at 02:08 pm
The pics may be deceiving, but those portions look small - especially in relation to the price.
mike / December 5, 2011 at 05:39 pm
I think these guys are the guys that did M:BRGR... the food is mediocre at best... I had the fish and chips when I was there, and the fish was so dry and had way too much batter. The steak that my girlfriend had was very bland...

ken / December 5, 2011 at 07:58 pm
I tried the place out last month with a couple friends and we all loved the food but the portions were way too small.
Sandy / December 7, 2011 at 01:50 pm
Had a great meal with all my friends at Hush last nite, Its our new hang out! My husband and I live in the area and have been several times? Brunch is great , big selection, shrimp and poached salmon...yummy!
Natalie / December 12, 2011 at 01:55 am
I wouldn't go there again.
We sat at a table that had a cool draft blowing on us the entire night. Next, our appetizer showed up lukewarm. We had the poutine and while the taste was great, we could not get over the fries being so cold. Once we started paying attention to the servers and the kitchen (which was in plain view from our table) we realized that the servers and hosts were chatty and often stood there neglecting finished dishes. I witnessed them ignore a sandwich and fries for a solid 10 minutes.
The manager added to this by standing around the kitchen sipping on a mug of something, not assisting the his understaffed employees.
Finally, employees out of uniform/off shift walked in and out of the kitchen with their casual clothing and backpacks to get food. I know this is something that often happens at restaurants, but its just not appealing to watch, especially after paying a $90 bill.
It has the potential to be a great place, but they really need to pay attention to details. Customers notice.
JB / January 31, 2012 at 03:18 pm
Was here on a Wednesday night recently, with a friend who was visiting town and insisted on staying close to his hotel. (I wouldn't normally choose the Entertainment District as a place to eat). Hush is one of if not the only restaurants on this strip not to have somebody standing outside trying to entice people in, which I thought was a good sign. Inside the restaurant looks great - really nice atmosphere and lighting, nice decor and stunning looking waitstaff.
Sadly the quality of the food didn't live up to the setting. We had the lobster dip for beginners, and it was tasty for about two bites, and then it was just too rich and stodgy. For mains I had some kind of curry dish, which was messy looking and tasting... a mishmash of vegetables, some of which were undercooked, drenched in a heavy and creamy coconut sauce. It reminded me of something I would make at home when trying to use up ingredients. My friend had a 10 ounce steak which was served with potatoes and horseradish, which looked better than my choice but he was underwhelmed with it for the price. Nothing in the selection of desserts enticed us to try them, though the picture of the campfire dessert on this review makes me regret not trying it.
The drinks list is broad and interesting but pretty overpriced as you might expect for this kind of place.
Overall I left disappointed as I had been so pleasantly surprised walking in to the place and was happy until our food arrived. Sadly as I say, the food was not up to the setting or the price!

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