World Class dining experience!
How do they train their young staff to be soooo good! They all seem think the same. My friend's fork dropped, 2 waiters grabbed a quick fork from an adjacent empty table to bring it to her...in an instant!
Perfect service. Wonderful food - fit for foodies. Fun wine list with knowledgeable waiters (no need to "call" the somelier) and really warm decor.
Not cheap, but this kind of experience....comes at a price you are fully willing to pay..
Well done....a great Toronto experience for locals and visitors.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I celebrated a friend's birthday
I celebrated a friend's birthday at Bent and it was a great selection for a celebration. The food was delicious, as were the drinks. And I LOVE the easy access to street parking - this feature cannot be underestimated in terms of overall enjoyment of the evening.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and atmosphere.
Great food and atmosphere. Server was knowledgeable and friendly. The offer a complimentary dessert which is a nice touch to finish off your meal.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Birthday Dinner
Took my wife to Bent for her birthday and the experience was great. Fantastic food, great service, and great ambience. It's not what I would call a "romantic" ambience because it is rather loud, but in a good, energetic way. Creative and tasty food that is good value for the money.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been an avid follower of Susur Lee since his days at Opus. Always enjoy dining at his restaurants. Especially this one! His son's are following in his foot steps. I commend them on their management skills, and being on top of their game. Love this place. Will be going again soon.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tapas style so you expect small portions but when you are 4 people its really hard to portion out some of these dishes.
The sushi taster was especially tiny for the price.
But the food is incredibly tasty!!!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding, compliments to the chef. Our experience was great, the noise level at times was very high, but is the sign of a vibrant restaurant. The staff were all wonderful and even went the extra mile to respond to my silly request.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impecable service & fabulous food
Always delicious, interesting and creative fare. Great service with warm hospitality, never feeling rushed nor waiting for attention.
Once you eat at Bent, you'll be hooked.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really great food...but really loud. The service was fine, but we did feel a bit rushed at one point. Our first 2 dishes were brought to us simutaneously. The quality of the food made up for it and we look forward to going back and sampling the rest of the menu.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kids were away at camp so my wife and I decided to have a special meal at Bent. The service was excellent, great recommendation to go with the tatsing meal. No decisions from us required and all the top menu items were included.
Awesome to see Susur there. Both my wife and I are big fans having seen him on Top Chef Masters and it was great seeing him do his thing and teaching the upcoming chefs.
The braised Beef ribs served at the end of the tasting menu were absolutely amazing.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
BENT is BEST!
Since their opening last year, I've been wanting to try Bent. The food was exquisitely delicious - beautiful ingredients in the Tuna + Watermelon Ceviche and the Sashimi Tasting was incredible. You can see Susar's influence with richly complex flavours in every dish. Service was led by Olivia and everyone works together to make the dining experience fantastic.
8/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
GREAT DINNER - MUST TRY!!
IF WE WERE TO SUM IT UP IN ONE SENTENCE...."CANT WAIT TO GO AGAIN"
EVERYTHING WAS PAR EXCELLENCE....FOOD,SERVICE,AMBIENCE,WINE...AND DESSERT
MUST TRY THE PERUVIAN CERVICHE AND TOFU / KALE SALAD AND THE DUCK ROLLS!!
JUST MELT IN YOUR MOUTH DISHES....GREAT JOB BY SUSUR AND THE BOYS!!
A THUMBS UP ON ALL FRONTS!!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cocktails were insanely priced
Cocktails were insanely priced ($20.00) which was not listed on the menu. Food was fantastic.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my top five meals ever....
I visit Toronto for one evening every few months. Has always been hard to find a spot close to downtown that serves fun and fantastic food. Bent was perfect in both location and food for me. Being a vegetarian I ordered the Kale and Tofu salad. I am not a fan or tofu or kale. This was amazing, though, and I ate every bite. Also had another vegetable dish that was fabulous, too. Fun place, our server was great and informative, and met Susar Lee. Not one complaint and I can't wait to go back. My new favorite spot in Toronto.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal I've had in T.O for years
I don't really consider myself a 'foodie', but I do love good food (without the pretense). I've come to expect good meals at restaurants in Toronto, but for 'truly' exceptional meals, I generally lean on my travels to other cities including London, Paris and New York. For this reason, Bent definitely caught me off guard and left my expectations in the dust. From the initial warm, friendly and responsive service, to the yummy, not-too-strong but not-too-weak cocktails, we knew it would be an epic meal. The duck and goat cheese spring rolls were by far my favorites and were really out of this world (I thought to myself, I wish I could eat these forever and not get full!). Everything was perfect - I will definitely be back!!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in Toronto! Food is incredible! Pricy but you'll get for your money!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect little spot!
This was a great find! Excellent dishes with some creative and expertly pulled off flavor profiles! Easy to order too much but none of it was regretted as every dish was strong. Didn't partake of the bar scene that night but the drinks looked creative as well. Great late night ambiance especially when the weather is nice and the doors are open. Not suitable for children. Waiter was a little flippant but won't hold the whole restaurant responsible for him. Would definitely go back again :)
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and amazing
Great service and amazing food! definitely worth a visit
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Did the tasting menu at servers recommendation, which was great. So loud it was hard to hear at a table of four.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to Bent 3 times
I've been to Bent 3 times with different friends. Every time, I have enjoyed the food, the service is friendly and the atmosphere is lively. We found that the portions were good size for sharing. My favourite dish is the lobster tacos.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
AMAZING! went for mom's family dinner and really enjoyed it. got the chef's tasting menu and each dish was better than the next. the use of flavors is out of this world. #1 recommendation for Toronto restaurants. I like it much better than Lee's. We went at 6 and it started getting busy and noisy around 8.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
recommended by a friend
We arrived a bit early before opening (6pm). The entire team was huddled going over the game plan. This was a very good sign. They executed well as the service was first rate. Server made recommendations based on her own experiences, nice atmosphere. The food was adventurous but tasty. Portions were a bit pricey but expected. I didn't care for the ceviche (my wife did) however the other dishes esp, lobster taco and the ravioli were a "hit". Everything was fresh and good choice of spices and garnishes.
I'm a fan of Lee restaurant however this was a nice experience.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
All around good dining experience.
All around good dining experience. Food and service were excellent. Better wine selection by the glass for the price charged would have boosted the rating.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
different and delicious
we ordered 8 different dishes and enjoyed them all. the white fish special, lobster taco and duck spring rolls were my personal favourites. ended with the yummy moist chocolate banana cake.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting food with great flavour
We had a great dinner. Food was very interesting, portions sizes were reasonable and every dish had the Susur trademark presentations. Food came a bit quickly at first so we had to ask them to slow down the service. Restaurant is extremely loud though.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great evening at Bent
The experience at Bent was great from the beginning to the end. The service was perfect, knowledgeable, attentive,quick and friendly. The food was superb, everything we ordered: lobster tacos, sashimi taster, beef carpaccio and beef ravioli, as well as desserts that were absolutely fantastic, was made to the perfection. The wine and drinks selection was not extensive but I loved the choices. As for the price, it was pricey but justified. I would definitely recommend Bent to anyone!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was REALLY good, although it took a while to come out of the kitchen. Will definitely come back to try more!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food not overly expensive
This place is definitely a special occasion place for someone of my means but the food was terrific for the price. Two of us left stuffed and the bill was under $100. Two being satisfied in what I consider to be a high end restaurant for less than a hundred bucks (neither of us had alcohol) is ideal.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a wonderful dining experiance at Bent. The decore is beautiful and comfortable. the service was friendly and efficient. we ordered salmon tartar and it was perfect. The sashimi tasting was fresh and inventive. Chicken dumplings with the parm emulsion and maple chipotle dipping sauce was amazing! my only issue was the shrimp ravioli was very tasty but the shrimp was over cooked. just a tinge. it was still amazing. all around very good experience! I will recommend!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid Food and Service
Started with the Lobster Taco Wrap. The lobster was well prepared, the salsa has just the right amount of kick.
Next was the sashimi tasting plate. 5 different offers, all excellently prepared and presented. The charred scallop with yuzu pepper and salmon with gravlax marinade were fantastic. The lobster lacked depth and was rather plain. This particular plate was difficult to share.
Mains consisted of the Braised Short rib, and the Bison striploin. The short rib was the clear winner of the evening. Perfectly cooked and well spiced. The rutabaga puree had just the right amount of truffle oil. Duck fat potatoes were perfect.
The space is very comfortable however with all of the hard surfaces, it gets quite loud when full.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, Everything was Excellent
My husband and I ventured here for our anniversary and couldn't have been happier with the choice. The food was incredible, the cocktails/beer yummy and the service was impeccable. We'd definitely recommend it!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went to Bent for our anniversary and the experience was exhilarating. The complexity of the flavours overwhelmed us and we enjoyed and savoured evey dish. The most notable dishes were the tuna watermelon ceviche, the braised beef ravioli and our on delicious chocolate banana cake dessert. We will definitely be back to relish in the genius and creativity of Susur's masterpieces.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service
Really enjoyed our meal at Bent, but left still feeling hungry. Portions were minuscule and we went out for something else to eat afterward. Excellent wine list, which was likely why our bill was so high. Overall good experience, just don't show up really hungry.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bent is best kept secret
I had been wanting to go to Bent and finally did with my foodie friend from Victoria. We cannot wait to go back again!
We jumped at the chance when offered the tasting menu and am really glad we did.
There were 5 courses served. Each dish was impeccably put together both in the complexity for the palate and esthetically for the senses. Each dish was created around the season's freshest ingredients and combined to create tastes and textures that transcends any particular cuisine.
We so appreciated the imagination, thoughtfulness, and dedication that Chef Lee puts in ensuring that every dish delivers an unforgettable dining experience for us.
Thank you to the master!!...and thank you to the great staff too!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great tasting food, well prepared and presented. Attentive service. However, tables very close together, restaurant needs more space for such a popular restaurant. Will return!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is really a great place.
This is really a great place. The food is wonderful! We loved everything. The only problem is the excessive noise level. You can barely hear yourself think, let alone have a conversation with other people at your table. It's not very pleasant to leave a restaurant and be hoarse from shouting to make yourself heard over the din...
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
group birthday dinner
...fantastic! We were a group of 9, and enjoyed the chef's tasting menu. Everyone was left satisfied! We had a few allergies in the group and the staff and chef were VERY accommodating. The service was amazing also.
I can't wait to go back to try some of the same dishes again, but definitely looking forward to some new creations, also!
The lobster taco and spicy tuna ceviche were some of my favourites!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty food in a loud but good spot
I went with my wife on a Friday evening and we both enjoyed dinner. The Peruvian ceviche is a must. The service was outstanding. Everything was very good; however, very loud. I think being loud is just a trend in TO and should change.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wouldn't change a thing. It
Wouldn't change a thing. It was a great dining experience.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met all expectations
We were exited to finally eat at Lee's 2nd restaurant and were not disappointed. Our server was excellent with helping choose our selections and each one had it's own merit.
Fantastic presentations, flavour and flow to the service.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went to bent for the second time. Food was excellent. We ordered 4 dishes to share and dessert and we were content. There were two of us dining. The lobster tacos were really good and the beef short rib was so delicious! We had a rice dumpling dessert. I don't remember exactly what was in it but it OMGOODNESS!!!!! I would definitely go back.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very enjoyable, but two hr warning
We really enjoyed everything we had- spicy tuna and watermelon ceviche, kale and tofu salad, sashimi platter and the fish special. Also a very tasty dessert with chocolate, raspberry and nuts. Service was polished, professional, but casual. Wine list interesting enough. I came in feeling a bit apprehensive, having been through the unpleasant experience of getting a call from the restaurant asking me to call back and confirm reservation, which I did, to then be told that table will only be held for 15 mins (fair) and that we would only have the table for 2 hours. As it turned out, that rule wasn't enforced - good thing, as we weren't quite done yet. Being told that before we even arrive always leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding food & great cocktails
Fabulous lobster tacos, tuna ceviche with watermelon & oyster shots are just the start of a wonderful dining experience. The short ribs and lamb are melt-in-your mouth tender and tasty. And then there's the sashimi...Attentive service and wonderful drinks round out this near-perfect night out.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty, interesting dishes.
Tapas/Dim sum style dinning was very enjoyable. My companion and I probably eat slightly less than the average person. 4 dishes in total, 3 of the ~$15 dishes, one of the $30 and a dessert was more than enough. All the dishes were enjoyable. Had the Quinoa with Nuts, Octopus with Potatoes, Scallops with Tomato crust... can't remember my first dish!
Place was a bit too noisy for quiet conversation, but some people might like that. That is why Ambiance is only 3 star for me. The setting is nice, but just a bit too noisy.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very loud! Hard to hear person
Very loud! Hard to hear person sitting across from you.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
the menacing call 24 hours
the menacing call 24 hours before the booking about the table being given away if I was 15 minutes late was not apppreciated -but fortunately was in sharp contrast to the relaxed and welcoming experience on the night .
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food but
the food was exquisite but we found it way too noisy. I also had to ask for another glass of wine - food service was fine and the staff were nice but not as attentive as I would expect. Again the food was excellent but due to the noise I would not go back.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was outstanding and
The food was outstanding and the service impressive.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bent-o Box delight
We were fortunate to get a last minute reservation for our group of 4 to the semi-annual Bent-o Box event and it lived up to the hype. The Bent-o Box gave us a chance to share and try an assortment of different and interesting things. The box was heavy on seafood- octopus, lobster bisque, shrimp dumpling, oyster shot etc. We also ordered the chicken dumplings which were tasty and the short rib pasta which was good but on the rich side for most of us. Overall experience was great. The space is cool, crowd young and chic, great food and it was nice to see Susur there that night.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Looking forward to Bent 3
We preferred the food, in terms if quality and dish combinations at Bent 1, but given there was a power outage, the crew did a fantastic job!
When the lights came on, my wife and I realized that the ambience was better with candles and low overhead lights. Something to consider for future..
Our waitress was awesome!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM