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Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Posted by Meaghan Binstock / Listed on July 15, 2010 / review policy

Mildreds TorontoMildred's Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village is the offshoot of the highly regarded Mildred Pierce which operated on Sudbury Street for seventeen years before closing its doors. Having never been a customer at the original location, I had only heard of the place's fantastic food and loyal followers. Mildred's reputation seems to have followed her to the Hanna Avenue location, and my friends and I decide to see what one of the finer dining options in Liberty Village has to offer.

Mildreds TorontoMildred's interior is sleek and modern, with very high ceilings and a large open kitchen. The sweeping space with its industrial feel is still quite welcoming, but we select a seat on the small patio looking onto Hanna Avenue at the border of Liberty Village's North end.

Mildred's intriguing menu is segmented into categories: small mercies and big plates, raw, indulge, and burgs/dogs/'zza. References to 'gramma's recipes' and variations on dishes such as poutine and pizza suggest the chef's soft spot for classic comfort food with a gourmet twist.

Mildreds TorontoOn this very hot day the big plates seem too heavy, and instead we opt to try a number of smaller items which lend themselves well to sharing. We begin with the bread and olives ($3.50). Various types of crispy Thuet bread comes sided with a small dish of tasty white bean puree, topped with olive oil and a sprinkling of tiny olives.

Mildreds TorontoTonight's soup special is a fresh pea soup served cold ($6/cup). The bright green concoction arrives in a tea cup and saucer, a smooth puree with whole green peas and a sprig of parsley floating on top. The flavours of the peas, fresh herbs and citrus are bright and intense, and the soup is creamy but very light. Refreshing and impressively full of flavour, this is a great summer soup.

Mildreds TorontoThe next dish to arrive is the handmade ricotta gnudi with spinach ($13). The gnudi, dumplings similar to gnocchi but made with ricotta rather than potato, are light, fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth. Prepared in a delicious and simple garlic-infused sauce of olive oil, tomatoes and spinach, this may be my favourite dish of the night.

Mildreds TorontoGnocchi poutine ($14), a combination of two very different classics, is too intriguing to pass up. It arrives steaming in a small cast iron skillet, and looks so delicious we can barely wait for it to cool. Replacing the expected fries with potato gnocchi makes this dish even richer than usual, and the dumplings are topped with melting cheese curds and salty oxtail gravy complete with tender, fatty pieces of the meat. Light fare this is not, but it is pure comfort food.

Mildreds TorontoOctopus with chorizo, paprika and tomato ($13) is nicely cooked and fairly tender, sided with crispy pieces of buttery grilled bread, but it is the tomato sauce that makes this dish.

Mildreds TorontoFrom the 'Indulge' section of the menu, arancini with saffron, chorizo and manchego ($12) is a take on the Italian dish of bread-crumb coated, fried rice balls, but with a Spanish twist. It arrives in the form of one golden fried ball in a pool of spicy tomato sauce. The crispy shell is filled with fragrant rice, gooey cheese and sausage, and the spice of the sauce compliments the flavours well.

Mildreds TorontoThe final dish to arrive is the flatbread ($16). Homemade dough baked to order is topped with tangy goat cheese, caramelized onions, arugula, raw mushrooms and lemon zest. A thinner, crispier crust would have made this dish even better, but the combination of the goat cheese and caramelized onions is very tasty and the freshness of the arugula and mushrooms make this is a light, hot-weather-friendly pizza.

We finish our meal with Gramma's Ontario strawberries with shortcake ($9 - top photo). This simple classic is decently prepared, but a little dry and bland in flavour. I'm not convinced my grandmother would approve. Compared to the rest of the meal, the dessert falls short of our expectations.

Mildreds TorontoA passion for food is very evident in the unique offerings at Mildred's Temple Kitchen. The creative dishes showcase fresh ingredients and unexpected flavour pairings while maintaining a sense of comfort food. My friends and I leave the restaurant discussing all the items we would like to try the next time we visit, a definite sign of a good dining experience.

Photos by Taralyn Marshall



MilDREAD / March 2, 2009 at 04:34 pm
I wish there was a 0 or a negative Star rating in the drop-down because that is exactly what Mildred's would get from me.

Maybe the restaurant is doing unbelievably well even in these economic times that they don't need or want the business from everyone. I cannot even comment on their food because I never tasted it and even if I did then no matter how good the food would be, it wouldn't make up for the negative first impression the restaurant staff makes on you.

A group of us from different parts of GTA (some of us drove for over an hour) got together for a Sunday Brunch recently. We had heard so much about the place and were super-excited but the excitement died off very fast. The place was extremely cold not just temperature wise but service wise as well.

They have a ridiculous seating policy and extremely snooty/bitchy hostesses one of which was the manager. We were apalled at the lack of respect, politeness, customer service at this place inspite of our patience. They apparently don't seat you unless all of your party is present.....fine, that must be there policy but they neither state that on their website nor inform you about it on the phone i.e. if they even bother to pick up their phone and if by chance they do answer then god forbid if they even answer your queries with patience. Its easy to imagine what expression the person on the other end of the phone line has while they impatiently answer your call. In person, their impatience echoes with their phone demeanor.

They are like a factory conveyor belt that has to keep going. They are in such a rush to just keep filling the seats in their restaurant that they don't really care about the people who will fill those seats. Even if you are missing 2 people from your group of 7, they will not seat you. They cannot add two chairs to your table even though you have now been waiting for 2hrs. Nor will they give you a table with 2 extra chairs despite the fact that your 2 people are on their way trying hard to find the place since it is hard to find. They won't seat the 5 people present because they want the business of all the 7 people at the same time.....unbelievable. It's not like we are lying to get a table, afterall, what would we accomplish by hogging two empty chairs.

Then they have the nerve to give you a ridiculous argument that does not make sense at all. If your 2 people arrived late and you are done eating earlier, then you will be taking up those valuable 5 seats that other guests can use while you chat with your 2 friends who were late and are still dining. So we ask.....What if all 7 were there but ate slowly and just sat in those 7 seats chatting for 3hrs...then what? Well, the answer is "that is different" the heck is that different? What a ridiculous explanation/justification to support a crazy seating policy.

Finally, all 7 of us are there and we tell them that we are leaving and in return the manager just snobbishly says "Ok, I will cancel your table then".....excuse me, did we even have a damn table in the first place? If we did, then how come 5 out of the 7 of us were not seated.

A restaurant's product is it's food but it's basic purpose and duty is to provide good customer service because that is how it will attract business but then again like I said before maybe Mildred's does not need the business from everyone. I am a customer and I demand respect and good customer service and I don't think it is too much to ask for afterall isn't that the duty of a restaurant....why else would a person go to a restaurant on a freezing cold day after either being on the subway or driving for over an hour when they can cook or order in? I don't care how good the food is claimed to be, if the service is horrible then that place is not worth my time.

Maybe my friends and I do not fall in the clientele category that Mildred is catering to but I say Mildred's Temple is NOT a temple worth my worship....!!!!!
abc / March 24, 2009 at 12:13 am
I don't work for the restaurant, but in the restaurant's defense, you should be angry at your two friends who made you wait two hours and not be angry at the restaurant. I'm sure the restaurant was able to fill the seven seats while you watched during those two hours. Your reservation was for seven people, so the restaurant is not going to seat you for a table of five and move you to a bigger table if your two friends show up. A restaurant's product is its food and they don't have a duty to provide good customer service.
Disagree / March 24, 2009 at 12:25 am
I never cease to be amazed by how many selfish people like MilDREAD exist in this world. Only egocentric fools can blame a restaurant for not allowing you to squat at 7-person table for 2 hours while other waiting customers starve. Good customer service means good service to ALL customers, including those in waiting. I hope I never have to wait 2 hours for brunch because some restaurant's staff catered to the demands of 5 self-absorbed individuals and their 2 delinquent friends. To my mind, there is no doubt the staff at Mildred's Temple Kitchen did the right thing in this instance.

suresh_p / April 8, 2009 at 04:27 pm
"I don't work for the restaurant" makes it seem as though you do work there, abc. I also noticed that both 'abc' and 'disagree' have comments posted on the same date and time....kind of odd?

I've been to Mildred's and the staff were in fact snooty. in fact, we had all of our group there and still had to wait a long time to get a table, so I can sympathize with mildreads comment.
also, our server didn't look like he wanted to even be there! most of the people waiting for brunch were the 'condo crowd' type, which i guess what they want to cater to ? i wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.
ButterManiac / April 10, 2009 at 01:28 am
Went there for lunch last week. Ordered 2 lunch specials. First meal was heavily buttered chicken sandwich which comes with popcorn salad with liquefied butter dressing. Second meal was heavily buttered slice of breads, excessively buttered scrambled eggs mushroom and regular salad with liquefied butter dressing. Yes, A LOT of BUTTER on everything, even salad dressing! Gross! Service is okay. Each meals is $14. I don't know butter cost so much these days... Bad food. Not going back there for sure.
Terry McSorley / April 28, 2009 at 09:50 am
I eat at Mildred's quite often and for one, the food (in my opinion) has always been delicious. I do agree that some of the staff are a little bitchy/not very attentive. However, the food is so good it doesn't really bother me. If they are slow with my food, then I get angry.

As far at the seating goes, if you 2 of your people are late it's not the restaurants fault. Get angry at your friends for making you wait 2 hours. To be honest, I would have ditched them after 20 minutes. Trust me the pancakes you missed out on are heavenly.

M Skinner / May 27, 2009 at 01:22 pm
Just checking out the comments and the website before having dinner there this evening. Not a good recommendation I'm afraid.
I certainly hope abc doesn't work there with a comment like "A restaurant's product is its food and they don't have a duty to provide good customer service". Any business will not last long without it!
If you refer to their website there are comments like "served with pleasure" "offers warmth, great service and culinary memories" Maybe everyone there should be retrained in the corporate philosophy they are presenting to the public.
Hope I'm pleasantly surprised this evening and I can give a postitive report!
rachel / June 21, 2009 at 03:05 pm
I've been a few times and both the food and service has been okay. Nothing stand-out, just okay. Wouldn't hesitate to go back, but also wouldn't go out of my way to go there.

As for not seating you until your entire party is there- that's nothing new. Dr. Generosity, Eggspectations, and many other restaurants have the same policy. The first poster in this thread is ridiculous and obviously doesn't get out much.
L Floyd / September 17, 2009 at 11:40 am

Wow!! - I hope that you are not typical Torontonians. I recently travelled to Toronto and used some of my hard earned money to eat at this restaurant and this is the complete opposite of my experience. You clearly don't get out much! Maybe it is people like you that give Toronto a bad name in the rest of Canada. Go Mildred!
S Taylor / September 17, 2009 at 01:22 pm
There is a zero and its you!
libertyvillager / January 29, 2010 at 05:41 am
well guys.. not complaining.. because Mildred is closing!!!
joeyd / March 2, 2010 at 04:28 pm
I was here last sat and I agree the service was absolutley horrible. We waited over 30 mins even though tables were available and no reservations were in sight. The staff have a serious ego complex and should join the rest of us on planet earth. ( you know that place where we try to be nice to each other???) the food medicore at best. I would not return and for that price I recommend everyone to take there business elsewhere.
Alison D. / March 16, 2010 at 02:46 pm
It Was Awful, We Will Never Go Back

It was a horrible experience. I was taken there on a date and could not believe how bad the service was. When my gentleman friend finally waved over a server we were treated like dirt. Which coincidentally matched that flavour of the food, dirt.

The only good part of the evening was that I was able to see his better character in handling a truly abysmal situation and being forced to pay for it.

Never will either of us set foot in there again.
Alison D. / March 16, 2010 at 02:48 pm
It Was Awful, We Will Never Go Back

It was a horrible experience. I was taken there on a date and could not believe how bad the service was. When my gentleman friend finally waved over a server we were treated like dirt. Which coincidentally matched that flavour of the food, dirt.

The only good part of the evening was that I was able to see his better character in handling a truly abysmal situation and being forced to pay for it.

Never will either of us set foot in there again.
JohnB / March 16, 2010 at 03:14 pm
I must look like the condo crowd, or something, because the food and service I've had has always been steller. We even made the mistake of dropping in on a Winterlicious night, and they went out of their way to accomodate us, even though it was pretty obvious there were extremely busy!

I love going to their brunch... mmmm... amazing food!

Now I have a problem... how do I get rid of my condo crowd look!
leo / March 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm
ALISON D. Go back to McDonalds
Urban girl / June 15, 2010 at 04:41 pm
MilDREAD: You are the sole reason as to why suburbanites should not eat in the city.
Bee / July 15, 2010 at 02:29 pm
I took my parents here for mother's day brunch and watched as all the other mothers got a box of something and a nice chat from the staff at the end of their meals and mine did not. As we were leaving, LITERALLY walking out, someone approached my mother and gave her a box. Not a great impression. Yes, I should have pulled someone aside to ask about it, but I honestly didn't want to have to. Petulant? Probably. But the experience soured me on the restaurant, and I had been a die-hard fan.
Marc / July 15, 2010 at 09:25 pm
Yes, a place like Mildred's is going for the condo crowd alright - the box mass produced-cookie cutter condo type of condo that has people who live in it who after work go "I'm too lazy to cook" yet have bad taste or no ability in their solutions or options. Which is why Mildred's food (and they probably don't care) is like plain take out, or goods from the frozen section at the nearby Metro supermarket.

And yes, restaurants are not just about the food, but it's the customer service and the EXPERIENCE as well. That is the restaurant formula. Don't be in denial.
HUK / July 16, 2010 at 09:22 am
I had dinner here last winter and found the service and food to be spot on and friendly and I enjoyed my experience very much. If I lived closer I would definitely have dinner there again.
Mike / July 16, 2010 at 09:56 am
I went there for brunch and also had a snooty hostess. service was ok. food was good, well seasoned, but a bit on the heavy side.
Eve / July 16, 2010 at 10:01 am
Given the comments here about the service, it would be interesting to hear from the reviewer about her experience. Some of these comments are over a year old. Has the service improved?
Parker / July 16, 2010 at 10:35 am
Great pics, looks delicious. I love Mildred's and have always found the food and service stellar. I don't get the hate upthread, which sounds hyperbolic and distinctly suburban. I guess the fraus should stick to Montanas.
June Li / July 16, 2010 at 10:50 am
Won't deny that brunch at Mildreds' is crazy. I avoid brunch everywhere in the city 'cause of this...

however, I live on Queen and often make the short trek down to Mildreds' for dinner. patio is great and service has never been off. I guess for some peopleit is, but service for me is always reliable. And yes...the gnocchi poutine tastes even better than it looks! Great pictures blogTO.
Alison / July 16, 2010 at 10:52 am
I had a meal there for summerlicious with friends from Chicago. We chose it because they said they would allow us to bring a dog (though, because of the silly laws, she had to stay just off the patio area) they were very nice and brought the dog a bowl of water. The food was amazing. The Berkshire meatballs were one of the best things i've eaten. My friend from Chicago is a travel and food writer (who's eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world) and she was impressed by the meal.

Sully / July 16, 2010 at 10:56 am
I'll have to join the "loved it" chorus: My two meals there were fantastic and the service offered us was excellent (maybe a touch slow on the second visit).

I suspect that the original negative comment was by someone who's basically rallying the troops to come in and add to the bashing of the restaurant. Just figured I'd weigh in on the other side. In fact, I think I may go there for dinner tonight.
kstop / July 16, 2010 at 11:31 am
Even the most laid-back downtown places have to run a tight ship reservation-wise. It's the only way to do business. Seating the entire group for brunch is pretty much standard as a result. Best bet, if you have a big group like that and you want to do fancy brunch downtown, is meet somewhere else first where they don't mind you hanging out (pub, coffee shop etc), then go eat.

I'm tempted by the review, and not at all put off by MilDREAD - this is the reality of urban life. The more tightly packed you are, the more social conventions you have to deal with that.

Never been / July 16, 2010 at 11:40 am
I've never been to Mildred's, but the first comment in this thread is pathetic. If two of your friends are two hours late for brunch, I would hope you a) blew them off and ate some pancakes; or, b) gave them a deserved tongue-lashing when they bothered to show and not blamed the restaurant for not seating you.

A restaurant is not a public library or your living room. You can't expect to sit in one for hours, flapping your gums for free.

Alison D., your food tasted like dirt? Really? Have you ever tasted dirt?
corona / July 16, 2010 at 11:51 am
i've only been once but i have NO complaints. we ended up having to wait past our reservation time (it was during winterlicious) and i was getting pissy until the manager/staff/owner (someone) bought us all drinks and then put our orders at the front of the line so we didnt have to wait. everything was awesome and i will go back!
Gloria / July 16, 2010 at 11:59 am
How odd. My boyfriend and I have been going to Mildred's three years running (old and new locations) for the 'licious seasons, and every time we've been treated well. Maybe not ravingly friendly, but definitely professional and courteous -- server and hostess. Never felt snubbed or ignored.

We're not particularly impressive-looking people either -- just a couple of university students. Who knows, maybe it's because we don't shun alcohol with our discount meals, and we tip well?
corona replying to a comment from Gloria / July 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm
Gloria, oh i wasnt complaining! i was pointing out that they treated us well! as in, there was a delay so they hooked us up and now we fully intend to go back. thats how you keep customers!
shank / July 16, 2010 at 08:05 pm
I'm so glad that someone finally did a proper review of Mildred's! This place has amazing food and it's only understandable that you have to wait in the line up on the weekend. I've always wondered what the dinner is like, and this makes me want to go back right away. Try out the brunch - i recommend everything - and go as early as you can! Oh and the one time we couldn't get in because it was too busy, they gave us a free gift certificate, so I have to say their service is beyond awesome!
Gloria replying to a comment from corona / July 17, 2010 at 02:04 pm
Oh definitely. Part of customer service is appropriately handling problems! I wasn't replying to you directly.
Minty / July 17, 2010 at 04:18 pm
I just came upon this thread and I am shocked at the negativity here. We had a wonderful dinner experience at Mildred's. The atmosphere is beautiful, the service was great, and every item we ordered was delicious. There was not a single negative thing I could say about Mildred's!

MH / July 17, 2010 at 05:25 pm
The review surprised me, because I had assumed from the name that this place was vegetarian. Is 'temple kitchen' a pop-culture reference that I'm missing?
MTM / July 17, 2010 at 06:45 pm
I'v been going to Mildred's for years and have always found the service to be great. Mildred who started this post must be a huge dick-a-sauras. I could only imaging the other side of the story and the host or hostess trying not to bitch slap that whiney bitchy me-me person.

Long live Mildred's Temple Kitchen
Foodie / July 20, 2010 at 11:39 am
This restaurant is very uneven when it comes to food quality, food creativity and service. I have been there several times having lived in liberty for many years. I really like the dining area, which is probably why I kept going back, but the wait staff is clearly inexperienced or some straight out don't care about how they treat customers. The food is also hit or miss, they pitch some really bland dishes as 'comfort food' which really miss the mark.

On service, I once had a great time there since my friend and I were in for a late dinner on a slow night. The service was good and all the food I ordered seemed to be great, yet my friend wasn't really impressed with her choices. Fast forward to a busy Saturday brunch hour where the food took ages to come and my credit card disappeared for a good ten minutes which left me fuming!!!

As a result I don't go there anymore, its not really worth it to me. Dining out is not only about the food, there are a million other places that serve delicious creative food with an attention to the overall experience. I wouldn't go out of my way to discourage anyone to eat at Mildred's but I can speak for my standards and this restaurant does not make the cut.
SPARK / July 21, 2010 at 09:26 pm
To all, I run a consulting company for the entertainment and hospitality industry and so I decided to see the restaurant for myself. Side note: there is no difference between suburban and urban people, suburban dwellers just are not accustomed to rudeness of the city which is uncalled for anyway. So I would agree with the very first comment posted about this topic, the restaurant needs major improvement. If the staff don't seem to want to be there, then they shouldn't. If they are stuck-up on the ceiling, then they need to come down and even if all of your people are not there, the table for 7 should be ready either way and the rest of you should be seated on time. In other words, even if you just want to have a glass of water or paying for the most expensive meal on the many, this is still a hospitality industry and they shall please you, until your demands do not start to sound a bit ridiculous. No one pays for rudeness and stuck-up attitudes.
Joe-E. / July 23, 2010 at 02:04 pm
I travel to TO often and have enjoyed great food and great service most of the time. Any server acting snooty with us gets the trick tip: A glass of water turned upside down on the table with a loonie in it. No way you can get at it without a soaking. This would be a fine lesson for some of Mildread's sub-par service staff. Remember, your patrons can shut your kitchen nightmare for good, girl.
Jane / October 4, 2010 at 02:47 pm
I think it should also be mentioned that they have an amazing bathroom. I found a sick blog that profile neat bathrooms in restaurants and bars. They've got photos up on it. Just one more reason why you should go!
RRFGB / October 8, 2010 at 10:15 am
We had brunch and experience the worst service and meal at Mildred's Kitchen, we saw our waiter when he took the order and saw him again when he came by to tell us we paid for the wrong bill.
The tea pots had no lids and off course the tea was cold the coffee was cold as well we had to send it all back they ran out of teaspoons and asked if we could use a soup spoon to stir our coffee, the food was not good at all the potatoes on our plate with our eggs were fridge cold I am not kidding what a dissappointment and we were treating our kids who was visiting from out of town this was an expensive brunch and very, very dissappointing.
Adam H. replying to a comment from SPARK / March 7, 2011 at 02:02 pm
You run "a consulting company for the entertainment and hospitality industry" and you make dumb statements like how the city is rude?

Yeah, that's believable.
Fan / March 13, 2011 at 10:40 am
bertyvillager / JANUARY 29, 2010 AT 5:41 AM

well guys.. not complaining.. because Mildred is closing!!!


You're an idiot.


Mildred's clearly gets a lot of flack for the service - something I will relay to the staff - however on a FOOD blog, the focus should be on the cuisine. I understand service is part of the eating experience, but bitching about your absent server shouldn't eclipse the fact that the food is delicious.

The previous Chef made the core menu with Donna (owner) before the launch, and it's taking the new Chef until now to make changes. The pancakes have not changed (they are WONDERFUL), but the current talent is trying to sway Donna to be a little more creative. She's not easy to convince.

Of course the resto has problems - anyone in the industry knows and understands the more scandalous side of the profession - but they are doing what they can in this fickle business to please the masses.

If you are a snobby "foodie" (who actually knows next to nothing about real food) and want to waste your time bitching about service and recommending patrons go somewhere else, it's your prerogative.

The rest of you (who have a genuine affinity for excellent ingredients in non-pretentious dishes) PLEASE visit. In the food, you will not be disappointed.

porker replying to a comment from Joe-E. / June 7, 2011 at 09:43 am
you are an unbelievable asshole. don't come to Toronto for dinner. we don't want you.
Maureen replying to a comment from porker / June 7, 2011 at 03:12 pm
Touchy aren't we, little porker? Sounds like you got wet one day. Watch out, he may be sitting at the table right across from you.
Jake / June 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm
My girlfriend and I just got back from a great night at Mildreds. The Gnocchi poutine dish was outrageous. It was one of the most decadent things I've tasted in a very long time. My girlfriend had the chicken Biryani - it was subtle and sophisticated, just as it should be.

The service was actually the best part of the evening (and that's saying something because the food was great). Maia - she's the perfect server. Smart, funny and insightful.

Definitely check it out.
If only / June 22, 2011 at 03:07 pm
If only the server wasn't a complete bitch.

Went for brunch and had Veda's choice which was amazing.

The server on the other hand didn't bring milk with the coffee, when we asked for sugar she brought over empty packets from another table and continuously made faces at our table. Very unpleasant and rude server, seems as though she felt she was too good to work there.

Hopefully management can hire better servers because the food was great!
Maureen replying to a comment from If only / August 2, 2011 at 02:53 pm
Hey, If only...I bet you that your server's nickname is 'porker'. Were there any water stains on her?
Tyson / September 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm
I've had the pleasure of eating at some of the best restaurants in Europe and N America and the globe for that matter and I can honestly say this place is mutton dressed as lamb. Place looks fantastic but that is about it. Unattractive, bland food is what I was served.

It is bizarre that so many people have so many strong feelings for a restaurant that in all honesty does not have much soul to it. The childish comments on here from people who either claim to be foodies or are " so city/urban " that the place is good is simply wrong. Yu don't know what you are talking about. Also there is no need to insult people (unless you are creative with it as I am insulting you and your intelligence) because they don't share your option of a restaurant. Small minded Torontonians thinking this place is the centre of the universe or staff, as it appears, sticking up for themselves. In the big picture Toronto is not a great place for food and this restaurant is a prime example of that.

I have tried it on 2 occasions as the first time I went I was hoping it was a one off poor effort but I was sadly was let down horribly both times. I can honestly say I wont be going back or recommending it to anyone.

Also the service was horrible and to the people who claim service isn't involved in a eating experience you are living in an ignorant little bubble that and not in touch with the quality restaurants in Toronto and the rest of the world. You probably don't eat out that often at good restaurants. Seriously, if you are that foolish/uncultured or uneducated in the ways of fine dining or even good food and food experiences, please continue to go there as I will be pleased to know that you are all contained in one restaurant, as a result I will not need to be around you.

One last point regarding not seating your potential customers. Not seating a party when a couple of members are missing is foolish, but so is waiting 2 hrs (sorry as I feel your pain), you should have left as soon as the words left the hosts mouth.
Karim / January 30, 2012 at 01:41 pm
Great brunch!!!
Ace McNugget / October 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm
Agree with the first comment here - a good restaurant is more than just good food- it's about a warm, relaxing and comfortable atmosphere which isn't helped by snooty servers.
Ed replying to a comment from Fan / December 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Thanks! We'll go there and expect to pay for good food served with a terrible attitude. I am sure it will taste great anyway. We can hardly wait to put up with bad service while we swallow their grub... that's our definition of living it up!
Marvin replying to a comment from Ed / December 10, 2012 at 09:46 am
Well, Ed, if that is the case and the food is the star of Mildred's Temple Kitchen, then they should turn it into a self serve restaurant. Screw the servers and their attitudes. NO TIPS for you.
Paul / February 24, 2013 at 02:55 pm
If someone in any setting is disrespectful to you, you can communicate it nicely to them and solve it immediatley. They will then be very respectful. Just be calm and positive. Ive never ever had any customer service issue and im 63. Btw the food is just ok.
Charlotte / June 20, 2013 at 10:53 am
Wow, lots of ridiculous comments here.
To MilDREAD (and those who agreed with her/him), I hate to break it to you but any restaurant you go to in the city has the same seating policy. Hate to bring up the "city vs suburbs" argument but there IS a vast difference. The city is BUSY, especially for a place like Mildred. Most popular restaurants cannot make accomodations for a large group like in your situation. Based on your tone in your review, I suspect that you and your guests were not very polite to them either.

I love how posters always feel the need to tell others right off the bat how they've dined in Europe and all over America as if that makes your opinion more valid than anyone else's. Get over yourself.

Now, I'll give an honest and objective review about the restaurant:
Food - decent but nothing spectactular.
Place - nice decor, simple and clean, nice patio
Service - ok. it's not the best but not the worst. we never have any problems with tables or reservations. We order our food, eat and pay. I generally do not have any problems with servers. The only time I see a server/manager giving attitude is when entitled customers give attitude first for some ridiculous reason, probably like MilDREAD there.
Jay / July 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm
I am certainly glad that, as with movies, I do not totally let myself be guided by "reviews". A friend made the reservation, and since I had not heard of this establishment, my research brought me to this page. I was considering changing our choice, but am extremely glad I did not. My experience could not have any more opposite many of the comments made here. Staff were friendly, attentive, (almost too much)knowledgeable, and Micheal the manager on duty, went above and beyond.
We ended up doing what I refer to as share/graze and had the gnudi, mussels, warm beet salad, crab/salmon cakes, calamari, and smoked salmon ceasar salad. All were excellent, but the gnudi was spectacular! No, I do not work there. I would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant and will definitely be returning.
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Great pancakes. Awfull service.
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Louise replying to a comment from MilDREAD / August 18, 2015 at 06:12 am
As someone who spent the summer working at a popular restaurant, I have to say that it was people that you that made my life miserable.

Mildred's is one of the most hyped restaurants in Toronto right now. This is well known. It is well known that you have to, for brunch, wait up to 2 hours for a table, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A LARGE PARTY.

You say you are from outside of the downtown core, so maybe you do not know this, but 7 people is considered a large party for almost all downtown restaurants. It's incredibly difficult to seat because it's an odd number, and it's much larger than the average party of four.

To be honest, it's ridiculous that you would think it would be less than a two hour wait at A) an extremely popular restaurant at B) it's busiest time of the week with C) a large and difficult to seat party.


Why? Because they're trying to deal with the fact that so many people want to eat there. Why would they seat your party of 5 when they could be sitting the probably dozens of parties of 7 they have on their list.

If they did not accommodate your demands (yes demands, you sound like you were rude), it was because they were trying to accommodate the rest of their list. If they had sat you as five it would have taken up space that other parties of 7 could have had, or parties of 2 and 5 respectively.

Adding two chairs to a table of 5 later completely messes up the orders of an extremely busy kitchen, and makes the floor that is already difficult for waiters to navigate harder.

I am writing this in an angry tone because I can tell that you made the lives of the staff that work their very difficult. With a restaurant like Mildreds, neither the manager or the hostess makes the seating policy, and if they were terse with you it is because IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRYING TO EAT THERE. You were one of probably a list of 30 hungry parties. They didn't answer their phone because they were dealing with the large number of in person people they had to deal with, they sounded impatient because they were stressed out of their mind trying to accommodate everyone.

I quit my job as a hostess this summer (at a restaurant with a 2 hour wait list) because of people like you. People who would get mad at me for trying to do the best I could with a waitlist of over 50 people, who didn't understand that with a restaurant that popular, you have to be prepared to wait.

I hope you don't intend on going to other popular restaurants in this city.

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