Bent
Bent

Bent

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bentrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6473520092x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, International
  • Executive Chef: Susur Lee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Inventive, special menus from world reknowned chef Susur Lee

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bathurst
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bent
Superstar chef Susur Lee designed the menu and still oversees the kitchen but hands over the reins to his sons Kai & Levi Bent-Lee. In this up and coming Dundas west neighborhood the boys have chosen a laid back vibe emphasis on great food and imaginative drinks. The decor also a family affair designed by the boys mother Brenda Bent and her partner Karen Gable.
Critics agree Susur Lee has done it again! Favorites include Tuna and Watermelon Ceviche, Chicken Dumplings, Slow Braised Five Spice Short Ribs, Kale and Tofu Salad, a decidedly Asian flare with house brewed sake. A lively environment with great service
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Bent reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (119)special occasion (70)hot spot (70)neighborhood gem (63)great for outdoor dining (53)good for groups (42)romantic (36)late-night find (16)notable wine list (14)vibrant bar scene (11)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wow factor!
    Onthetown
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Every bite is a delight! Loved it. Awesome ambiance too! Wait staff was just right - there when we needed it and gone when we're chatting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious
    LiciousFan
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Two of us shared delicious Cajun Shrimp & Vegetable Fritters & Fried Jerk Chicken appetizers, & Caribbean Pan Roasted Salmon. Spring Vegetable Orzo was tasty, but not a WOW like the rest of our meal. Dessert Trio was yummy! Service was excellent - like how all the servers seem to help one another seamlessly. Friendly & attentive, but not intrusive. Team work that really works! Noise level is still high & can be difficult for conversation at times. But still love coming back to BENT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • summerlicious and then some
    mdio21
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Went for Summerlicious, but couldn't resist trying other items off the regular menu after reading the descriptions. Everything was great! Staff was attentive but not overbearing. Will return soon! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Summerlicious I've had
    TheFifth
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We went here for Summerlicious and we had the best food experience. Venue, nice & vibrant. Service- mostly friendly, our waiter could be a tad more cheerful, he looked like he really didn't want to wait on us. Food, Delicious! Aps, we had Cajun Shrimp&Veg Fritter and Fried Jerk Chicken. Both were really tasty, but the fritter was the star! Main, we had the steak (the other options had ginger w/c we don't like). The steak was smaller than usual steaks but that's ok. It was ok. However the beef empanada-like pastry that came with it was a real treat! The mustard & the sauce was good too.Dessert trio, the spring roll elevated the Filipino dessert (turon which is similar to it) to a whole new level!Totally unexpected. The Mousse was heavenly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing evening!
    ChefsWife
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My husband and I were there to celebrate our ninth anniversary, and everything about our evening was absolutely perfect! Our server and bussers were very attentive at all times. Loved our little table on the patio! We decided to go with the summerlicous menu, and we were not disappointed at all. Everything was cooked to perfection, flavours were amazing in every dish. We will definitely be returning very soon!! Thank you Bent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious 2014
    misscarlito
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great food, went with a group of ladies and we all enjoyed our food. Especially liked the trio of desserts. The restaurant got quite busy near the end of our meal and we had to wait 25 minutes after the bill came to settle with the waiter. Otherwise, a very enjoyable first-time experience at Bent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for summerlicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The place has an eclectic decor and high energy, but the sound reverbs off the tiles and it's hard to hear. We went for Summerlicious, a great way to try new things, but wouldn't recommend it. The choices are limited and the food even smaller. My husbands main included one small piece of steak (where a normal portion is usually 4 - 6 slices) and one agnolotti. He left hungry and a little deaf. The wall of small toys behind us was also a bit strange...didn't get its connection to the rest of the space. The food quality is good and interesting. Just go on a normal day and pay full fare.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another hit for Susur Lee
    Queensshopper18VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have been enjoying Susur's food for over 30 years! We started at Lotus, then followed him to Susur's, the to Lee and now to Bent. We love his food! Susur's attention to detail, the marriage of his spice choices, the way the simplest of foods is presented - all makes for a great chef, great food, and a great food experience!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Patrick B
    PBes
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    One of the best meals I've had. Great place to dine in Toronto!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unexpected delights
    live2eat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was surprising and tasty, both in description and execution. Combinations of tastes that we did not expect, made the dishes deep and delicious. Also surprisingly filling; adding one more dish to the SUMMERLICIOUS menu was enough for two big eaters. Loved the spice crusted tofu and the watermelon gazpacho. Drinks and wine very expensive, however and we could afford only one. Nice to see the owner hanging out as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Jason
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have been to BENT before but this time is for summerlicious. We had three people so it was perfect that we were able to try three appetizers and three main courses at the same time. He summerlicious menu was not as great as their regular menu though. The watermelon and cucumber soup is a bit odd and it is the only thing that I didn't like for that night. All three main courses were excellent. I think the curry is fabulous and the salmon is my favorite of the night. Desert is ok. I'd prefer to have one desert with more substance and character than have a combination of the trio though. Overall, I'd say the food is great and it is worth the money and the waiting. I will certainly go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Fantastic food!! The flavours were incredible! Duck confit spring rolls and pan roasted salmon (summery, spicy with citrusy and tangy) were amazing - great cominations of flavours in both dishes! The gin sour was perfectly balanced an went down very easily as well! The service was unbelievably fast (possibly would have been unsettling, except for that it was dinner time and the food that came was so delicious). My only complaint was that one server introduced himself as our waiter and while he returned a couple times thoughout the dinner, every dish and drink was brought and explained to us by a new person each time. Thanks for a fanstastic meal! It's been a while since I've felt that a restaurant has truly lived up to its hype!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • simply wonderful
    epd117
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Travelling for business, I wanted to take advantage of the summerlicious program. As a solo traveler, I am often seated by the bar or in a dark corner somewhere. Not here - all of the staff were incredibly friendly and attentive. And the food - especially the shrimp and vegetable fritters were to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Asian fusion
    TheTDotGuy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Went with my wife for Summerlicious. Excellent value for $35 with appetizer, main and dessert. Inventive Asian-inspired menu in typical Susur fashion. Although nothing was mind-blowing, the flavour combinations were solid. We enjoyed the flavours here better than our experience at Canoe (also for Summerlicious), which was also a good but lacked dimension. The hostess had the typical Bent snobbery but our server was sweet but inexperienced and fumbled quite a bit when clearing our plates in between courses. The decor was interesting with a mesh between Asian and hipster. Would come back again for the regular menu next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food and service
    Nikole
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Went for Summerlicious which can be very hit or miss- the staff did not treat us differently then any other customer (which is not always the case during summer/winterlicious) they were wonderful, informative and super friendly. The food was also amazing, beef and salmon cooked perfectly and so much flavour in all their dishes. Great whites on their wine list too. Will definitely be going back to try some other dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavour Heaven
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    First time here, I would definitely recommend. The dishes were all unique but not intimidating. All the dishes were really good and flavourful. There wasn't one stand out dish, they were all equally good-we had the tuna ceviche, chicken dumplings, short ribs, kale salad, lobster tacos & signature dessert. We sat on the patio so the atmosphere was relaxed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 100 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 290 reviews are from the Bent reviews archive.
  • nothing off at bent
    firegal
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    the only thing bad here is how long it took me to get a table, bcuz its so popular. creative cocktails, amazing food and the decor is trippy. awesome spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place for foodies
    doboshtort
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We loved it!In 4 people with one bottle of red wine and one of sparkling and about 10 dishes - we paid 335 including tax and before tips - so not bad at all -about the same you would spend at Keg-plus, instead of a large piece of meat,potatoes,salad, you get to try a few outstanding dishes. The portions are small- designed this way,you can experience a few of them,I loved this. Our favorites were the Peruvian ceviche and the duck rolls - but you may have other favorite. The waiters were very attentive and kept on filling up our glasses whenever they noticed they were half empty. I admit, not for everyone, if you are the meat and potato type, don't bother. Also, keep in mind, prices are higher, however, quality of food is higher, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Good Restaurant
    liminal
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was excellent. Interesting flavours and textures expertly prepared and presented. The service was mediocre. There were some simple mistakes: we were asked twice in a row if we wanted drinks; had to find the waiter to order a drink after sending them away for a few minutes to decide; the last dish before desert took too long to appear. There was also one mild disappointment: the wait staff were informed of a birthday and did nothing about it -- just a candle in one of the deserts we ordered would have been nice. I'd definitely go back for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • inventive
    yvrgirlVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Tapas style, server recommended 2 plates per person and that was the right amount for sharing them all. Food was inventive and interesting, with great flavours and textures. Nice outdoor seating. Kitschy decor. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3rd time's a charm
    MrFrodo
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to Bent - while each time was good, this most recent visit was the best - they have worked out some kinks and the servers were better than the last few times. The new patio is a welcomed addition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    bmmpt
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First dish, the duck confit egg roll was 5 stars. It was my first experience with Susur's food and given his fame I expected the following courses to at least come close to the first, but honestly the other 4 courses were just 3 stars at the most. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still drooling about our meal...
    Foodie27VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We went to Bent last night for a special occasion meal and we decided to get the Chef's Menu (he chooses everything!) and it was amazing!! We even ended up ordering the dessert twice because the first time so was delicious. Go to Bent. Service is amazing. Food is out of this world. It's not just a meal, it's an experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the dessert!
    MWS27
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent food. The dessert dumplings were deadly!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SEVENTY MINUTES FOR TWO COLD DISHES
    MUSHYSPAPPYVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Disgusting service. Grossly over priced. I asked the waiter to ensure that the dishes did not arrive at the table together. Twenty minutes later the Sashimi Tasting had not arrived. The server kept coming by the table saying "soon" and "it was coming". It was a cold dish. Six pieces of fish on ice. It took 30 minutes to arrive at the table. The second dish, also cold, took another 25 minutes to arrive at the table.... After waiting 25 minutes for the Chicken Dumpling we asked for a manager. After five minutes a manager showed up. By this time my patience was exhausted. We asked for the bill as we were leaving. His comment was "We're overwhelmed tonight." We left.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unbelievable!
    VCB89VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I felt like I was in New York! What an atmosphere! Loved the terrace, and the inside of the restaurant was great as well - extremely trendy. The food was excellent as well. I found the service a touch slow, but it did not ruin our experience. I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food. Ambience needs work
    LuvLee
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We celebrated out wedding anniversary at Bent. The good and service were spectacular however the ambience needs work. The tables are pretty much on top of each other and the noise level was way too loud(felt like I was yelling a few times). We waited for a while for our food (the neighbour table had ordered after us and got their food before us) and then it felt like everything came at once, leaving us with dishes practically I our laps. The special touch they did for our anniversary was very thoughtful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible Timing
    DanLVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Every time I've made a reservation at Bent my group and I have had to wait between 25 and 45 minutes AFTER our reservation time to be seated. This latest reservation the excessive wait was unacceptable. They made no offer of drinks or anything to keep us happy while we waited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved this Place
    Clark007
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    First visit was a real good experience. Offered indoor or outdoor dinning. Choose indoor. Spacious and beautiful decor (found the photos in the restroom weird) Food great. Interesting and graciously served. We're not rushed in any way. Would totally recommend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    ashjk
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We did the $85 tasting menu and it was amazing... The lobster tacos were out of this world and every dish was better or equal to the last. We were happy to be inside and enjoy a more intimate dinner but look forward to experiencing the fun energetic outdoor area. Our waitress was such a sweetheart we will request her section in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    amazing, each thing on the menu was better than the previous! so yummy, really quite loud, but the food makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Empecable service
    Southern2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Beautiful food presentation, the best staff on hand that i have ever had the pleasure of serving me. The food is perfectly prepared and melts in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good chinese fusion
    VivianVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    service is good but waiting so long time portion is small as always food is good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Tasting menu was delicious and there was a good buzz in the restaurant. Wish the tables were a bit further apart, but nothing new in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced for quality and portions
    FoodieFoodie
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I was a bit disappointed in the quality and portions for the price. The food was good but not great to justify paying $50 per person. For example, I ordered one of the shashimi dishes that came with watermelon. I ended up getting 2 pieces of shashimi and 10 pieces of watermelon in the dish. I ordered 4 dishes between two people and was still not full. I would not come back here but it was a good experience to try it once. The place was also empty on a Wednesday night. My suggestion to the owners is you have to re-assess your pricing strategy because there are many great restaurants out there that off much higher quality and greater portions for a better price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Bent was incredible - the food was pure delight, the service was excellent, the decor fun and funky. We loved the lobster caviar salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at 91 Decibles
    powerboss
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is obviously a trendy restaurant but the noise level inside was unbearable. Should have gone for the outside patio. The tables in the restaurant were small and it made food placement a bit awkward because they bring the entire Bento Box at once. I have eaten at other Susur restaurants, such as Lotus and Susur's. Both of those restaurants were outstanding. The price point here was significantly lower than the other two. So you do get what you pay for. There were a lot of interesting items on the menu. I got lazy and ordered the Bento Box, plus lobster taco's and fried chicken dumplings. Lobster taco's weren't bad but not spicy enough for my taste. I've had better dumplings at PF Chang's. Nice place but far from outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't pass this up
    Blissinmymouth
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our meal was wonderful. We had the bento box -great for sharing and allows you to experience the amazing ability of how Susur lee combines ingredients to create bliss for your taste buds! Service was good, explaining many of the dishes as they came out. Very noisy... Hard to hear voices of waiter and on company at times but I think that is due to small size of restaurant. Don't pass up the desserts...plain heavenly. Added bonus of see Susur there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, Very poor service
    PhilipToronto
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was delicious, but I can't say it was a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our server seemed nervous, and was unable to raise her voice for us to hear her adequately. Whenever food arrived, the server rattled off a high-speed description, way too fast for us to absorb. And obviously they had learned the information by rote rather than understanding what they were saying... because as soon as we asked a question they said "Sorry, I don't know, I'm new here." There was even one very awkward moment when one server was trying to help us choose a bottle of sake when other servers arrived with food and started describing it, requiring us to divide our attention between multiple people talking at us! Unable to relax and enjoy ourselves.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable but loud
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Dinner at Bent was quite enjoyable except the noise level really is too hard - we had a later reservation (8:30 pm) so the crowd thinned out as our dinner progressed and we could converse more easily at the end of the night. The food and service were excellent. We especially enjoyed the lobster tacos, jerk quail and trifle dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.