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Pour Girl

Posted by Angelina Purpura / Listed on July 18, 2012 / review policy

Pour Girl Singapore NoodlesPour Girl has arrived to fill a watering-hole void on College Street. Formerly Molly Bloom's, the building is prime real estate for its proximity to U of T's sprawling downtown campus. The new owners have cleaned the patio up and are renovating the upstairs, but inside there's already no mistaking it for the old pub.

Pour Girl SangriaAs a campus bar, Pour Girl aims directly at student wallets. Pitchers max out at $14 each, great for a round of post-class drinks with friends. The beer selection is decent, featuring some local options, and their cocktail menu is broken down into seasonal recommendations. I could not pass up the opportunity to have a full pint of the amazing sangria ($5.75), and will definitely be back for a pitcher of that.

Pour Girl InteriorThe prices are dirt cheap for food too, with nothing on the menu for more than $8. Generally speaking, what you you get is good for the price point. When it comes to service, however, they're still working out some kinks. We had a weird moment when the server tried to bring out all of our food at once. The table was too small for two appetizers and three mains, but when we asked them to stagger things they insisted on bringing it all out. Especially weird given how dead it was inside.

Pour Girl HummusIt would be an understatement to call the menu eclectic. It's a hodge-podge of crowd pleasers from salmon fillets, to pasta, to Asian-style noodles. We ordered the Hummus & Pita ($3.80) to start, along with Fried Tofu ($4.30). The hummus and pita were nice, but the tofu was on the bland side, leaving us to dip rather indiscriminately in the accompanying sauce.

Pour Girl Fried TofuFor mains we ordered the Crispy Chowmein ($7), Singapore Noodles ($7), and Gnocchi ($7). The Singapore Noodles (top image) looked the best, but despite the colourful plating, the dominating taste of turmeric made the dish a total let down.

Pour Girl Crispy ChowmeinThe Chowmein was the tastiest of the three, though most of the flavour came from the sauce. The noodles were heaped and crunchy, but the plate needed more meat to be a full meal — presumably a direct result of the low price.

Pour Girl GnocchiThe Gnocchi offered some middle ground. The sauce was heavy on the garlic (so, not date food) with lots of veggies and meat to soak it up. But the gnocchi itself was thick and gluey; every bite became pasted to the roof of my mouth. We tried to end the meal on a sweet note, but they don't carry any desserts, not even ice cream.

Pour Girl ExteriorThe food isn't too different from what you might get in a food court, but the drink menu and low prices should ensure that Pour Girl carries the location's history as a student hangout. Those nostalgic for Molly Bloom's, on the other hand, will want to look elsewhere.

Discussion

24 Comments

L. / July 18, 2012 at 02:34 pm
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Went there last week at night and thought it was pretty cool. A really great and relaxed atmosphere. Definitely a good student hangout for those watching their wallets. Also, the decor is decidedly more feminine than Pour Boy - which makes sense.
valerieinto / July 18, 2012 at 03:21 pm
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In all the Green Room offshoots, the service is usually...er...idiosyncratic, so I don't see that changing with Pour Girl, which I've been to a couple times now. Get your beverages, enjoy your company on the patio, and everything else will come when it comes. :-)
Cyril Sneer / July 18, 2012 at 03:55 pm
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Just noticed the switch-over a few days ago and was wondering when this place would show up on here. Good to see a not-terrible review.
Tibor Juda / July 18, 2012 at 04:49 pm
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That's not what I would call "dirt cheap". It's more like "reasonably cheap".
getwhatyoupayfor / July 19, 2012 at 04:20 am
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You are reviewing a dive bar with shitty food that's dirt cheap. The fact that you are appalled they wouldn't stagger your appetizer with the main is hilarious.
Tiffany / July 19, 2012 at 01:53 pm
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Despite the great prices, the food servings were so small I wouldn't have mind to spend more money to feel full off of one meal. I understand it's a grunge bar/restuarant for university/college students but when I went a few weeks ago my friend and I were the ONLY ones inside and the service still took forever and a day. Overall, not much different from the other locations and I still plan on going for an occassional patio beer after work.
Ace McNugget / July 19, 2012 at 06:32 pm
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Laughably bad review- Angelina has some ridiculous delusions of being a fine food reviewer. But this is a place she describes as dirt cheap! Terrible way to end the review as well- you like ice cream, they don't sell it- get over it!

P.S. amateur blogger photographers- STOP taking pictures of food/anything with that godawful inappropriate narrow field of focus- it means you can only see a fraction of the dish!
dine in Toronto / July 20, 2012 at 12:51 am
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It is really a great place for a dine. Thanks for the pictures and rates! It really inspire me for a try. Would surely go there. Keep posting.
TDotRome / July 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm
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Did the reviewer actually complain about tofu being bland?....umm, it's tofu.

And, peeps, do we have to split the hair of "reasonably" and "dirt" cheap? Whateves. $18 for a pitcher of good beer (eff Bud!) and a grilled cheese are about as good as it gets. Who cares if the portions are small? So are the prices.

I can understand the service seeming haphazard. The place was still being set-up inside, when I was there. But, my waitress was attentive and nice.
Anna replying to a comment from Ace McNugget / July 20, 2012 at 05:46 pm
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After your comment, I went through this "writer's" other reviews. If blog TO keeps dispatching this particular reviewer to new venues, they seriously risk undermining any credibility they have.
Graham / July 20, 2012 at 07:17 pm
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Pour Girl and Pour Boy are associated but neither place are owned/operated/mananged/controlled by anyone involved with the RedRoom/GreenRoom/Nirvana or Java House.

Please remove your negative comments and direct link to the GreenRoom Dine Safe. I don't feel that is fair.

Your BLOGTO did the exact same thing with Pour Boy 2 years ago.

It is difficult enough to run a restaurant/bar without you trying to destroy the reputation before it has a chance to establish itself.

THE OWNER
Kevin / July 21, 2012 at 01:00 pm
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I want molly's back.

THE REGULAR
Billy replying to a comment from Kevin / July 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm
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I agree, Molly's was much better than this Green Room clone/franchise.
Derek Flack replying to a comment from Graham / July 23, 2012 at 11:31 am
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We have provisionally removed that reference while we investigate, though it'd probably be a good idea to explain this to your servers, as they seem to think that there is an ownership connection.
SBW / July 24, 2012 at 04:18 pm
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Hey, if these girls like to drink a bit, then I am so willing to check them out!
Hannah / August 6, 2012 at 01:48 pm
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I think the place has excellent food with a great atmosphere. Every time I go I find the servers to be pleasant. I would recommend the place if you are looking for a laid back restaurant with cheap food and drinks.
ernie / August 13, 2012 at 08:02 pm
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I was at your pour boys restaurant a while back with a party of 10 people as i said to you before the service was excellent the food was great i highly recomend it.the prices are very low im not from toronto im from out of town.I will be going toronto again soon but i want to go to pour girls this time and see your new rest. good luck on your business im sure it will be sucefull like pour boy congradulation to you i will be seeing you soon ty
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Jeanett / June 20, 2013 at 09:12 pm
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Great drinks- But don't Wat here!!! Cheap drinks but terrible food!
Clay / September 13, 2013 at 04:10 pm
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I the BLT, it was great and included yam fries and a garden salad, all for $7. Awesome caesars and a great selection of beer on tap. Wonderful staff, comfortable environment, great drinks and prices.
Kei / November 17, 2013 at 06:51 pm
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It really sucks that they won't separate the check and the tip is automatically added on. Makes it especially had to separate the bill.
rocky raccoon / March 27, 2014 at 10:31 am
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Seeing as this place is closing now, can we have Molly's back?

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