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Le Petit Castor

Posted by Staff / Listed on January 11, 2009 / review policy

Le Petit CastorLe Petit Castor has opened in the old Thai Magic location in Rosedale and already has locals clamoring to get a table on Saturday night. This is THE place to see and be seen at the moment. The owners have done wonders making the place over into a cozy but stylish "gastropub", complete with rather pricey favourites like chicken wings, steak frites and mac and cheese.



Sarah / June 18, 2009 at 06:02 pm
I accidentally cast a 2/5 vote when I meant to cast a 5/5. I think this place is fantastic. It's intimate and cozy yet lively and social. The atmosphere is great and the food is delicious!
Ivan & Brusheila / July 22, 2009 at 12:07 am
Hello! the food here is the best of Toronto, Mariano and Sarah do a great job, I hope we can go on tour this winter will send a big hug from Puerto Vallarta,Mexico and we hope to be in touch soon.
John Stewart / November 22, 2009 at 10:47 am
My friends had a very bad experience there and will never go back. The doorman behaved like an incredibly surly and arrogant sod toward them. When he wrongly accused my friend of being impaired because she tripped on a grate that caught her heel, she argued with him, and won the astounding reply that she should be at home looking after her children, not out at a restaurant with her friends! Unfounded judgement on patrons from an unterclass doorman? I relayed this to a colleague in my firm and they had a similarly unpleasant experience with the thug at the door. An email on this to the manager, Roxanne Chapman went unanswered. My business (and that of my colleagues) will go elsewhere.
John Stewart replying to a comment from Ivan & Brusheila / November 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm
The food here is the best of Toronto ? Where do you normally eat? McDonald's? The Salvation Army soup kitchen?
ncm / March 3, 2010 at 07:27 pm
This is an email to the owner of LPC -- with no response and still no resolution.

I am writing to you to review the events of January 29, 2009, my only visit to Le petit castor. I arrived for a 7pm reservation at 7.15pm, 15 minutes after my fellow diners. I went to the booth we were assigned, table 20, and greeted my friends. I was then approached by the hostess/server who offered to take my coat. She at no time made any mention of the lack of a secure area or coat check, or point out that she was only offering to hang my coat on unsupervised hooks that are accessible to all guests as well as staff. We ordered dinner, ate dinner and paid, our bill totalling $360.70 plus gratuity. At this point, we went to retrieve our coats and it was then that I realized my coat had not been placed in a coat check. My coat
was nowhere to be found, the employee who took it unfortunately could not remember where she put it, said she logged it, but it showed two places where it could be. It was in neither place, nor was it on any of the other hooks in the restaurant. After an hour-long search, I left the restaurant without a coat. To this day, my coat has not been found or turned in.

You, as the employer and owner of Le petit castor, are responsible for the actions of your staff. You stated in a letter to Sean O’Shea of Global Television that “Le petit castor does not have a coat check. We don't have room for one. We have coat hooks that people can use but they are responsible for their personal belongings.” I’m concerned that you are not aware that I did not hang my own coat. In fact, your staff offered and took my coat and hung it up. She took the responsibility by offering to take my personal belonging in the first place. You also state, “And since we don't have a coat check we don't have a record.” This is something else that has not been acknowledged or brought to your attention – your staff logged it, therefore this is a record and by doing this you have assumed responsibility. You point out in your letter, “we would be out of business if we handed out money to people without a record of anything”, which makes one wonder whether this has happened before, and if yes, you still had your staff offering to take coats/and or personal belongings, and establishing a system by logging the location of said items. I am victim of that negligence and am without a coat, one that retailed for $590.00, plus 15% taxes, totalling $698.50.
Geez replying to a comment from ncm / February 8, 2012 at 08:24 pm
It happened in 2009 and you're still going on?! Get over it!
tablogloid replying to a comment from John Stewart / February 22, 2012 at 05:19 pm
Your starting to act like the doorman, John.
hillary / May 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm
been in a few times for a drink late at night. every time, had to sway the doorman to let us into the "private party." anyway, despite the asshole at the door, i always had a great time. tonight, i went for a bite to eat and some drinks... HORRIBLE. servers were indifferent, lacked any kid of table service skill, were rude, acted like my friend and i were an imposition. the patio table was filthy. ordered scallops which were for real, no bigger than then tip of my thumb. forgot out salad with no apologies. anyway food was just as bad as the service. i won't be back. i waned to love it and ignore the awful comments but i should've just believed everyone!
Laura / August 16, 2012 at 03:06 pm
I was there on Wednesday night with a friend. The service was kind of slow but friendly enough. We each had a $14 blueberry mojito which was alright. We shared spiced olives which were tasty. I ordered $20 fish tacos which turned out to be a lot of money for two small tacos which were tasty but not filling. I had to order fries as a backup. My friend had the mac and cheese and it seemed decent but not amazing. We skipped dessert and ordered coffee and tea. It seemed to take a while and the coffee arrived cold, but they were apologetic and offered to take it off the bill. The vibe in the place is pretty good. It seemed to turn into more of a suits hangout at the bar around 9:30. Good place for girls to pick up guys in suits if that's what you're after!
Ender Berett / August 22, 2012 at 05:44 pm
It's really nice to know that there is another good, upcoming place to go! I may not know exactly what a caster is, but I do know that this should work fine! Thank you for all of the reviews!
Sean / October 21, 2012 at 03:42 am
Don't know... the cover picture makes the place look deserted.

Worst still, the first 'comment' posted here was in 2009 and the place still doesn't have a web page. Got to wonder.
Noholdsbarred / January 31, 2013 at 10:28 am
Regarding the person who was told she should be at home with her kids, and the guy whose jacket was stolen, possibly by staff.

It's too late for you, but people need to respond to this crap appropriately. Stop it with your useless letters and online complaints.

You tell the idiot bouncer that he's violating the human rights code and demand a response from management. When you don't get one, you file a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (very easy) and wait for them to take care of things. Several months later you have $5000 and their name publicly identified as bigots. And they have to go through the hell of trying to figure out how to response.

Coat guy, the employee obviously took responsibility for your coat and failed to warn that it wasn't secure. They owe you a coat. Coats, especially if you are a typical LPC patron, can cost thousands of dollars. You send a demand letter with a statement of claim that you say you will issue if you don't get the $5000 for your lost Burberry in 10 days. They don't reply? Taken to court, get a judgment, and garnishee their meager profits or put a lien on their trust fund Muskoka cottage.

Make them spend thousands of dollars and hours as payment for what they did to you. Or, if you want to be nice, Twitter about it widely for a good public lashing and give them a day or two to make good before you go legal.

Hardball people, that is how deal with shitheads.
Noholdsbarred / January 31, 2013 at 10:31 am
Furthermore, places like the Toronto Star eat up stuff like this. "Mom told to get back in the kitchen by Wealthy Hipster Bouncer."

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