Nick & Nat's Uptown 21

21 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 2W6
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Nick & Nat's Uptown 21 (519-883-1100) - Display Ad - Daily Prix Fixe Menu 2 out of 3 stars in Where to Eat in Canada Culinary Guide, 2011-2012 Dinner Tuesday to Saturday 5 pm 519-883-1100 21 King St. North, Waterloo www.uptown21.ca Fresh Local Ingredients

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Best local bistro in town

After repeatedly going for Brownbag Fridays we decided to have a full dinners, so four of us had the prix fixe on a Friday night. The experience: It was busy but service was wonderful - friendly and attentive throughout. Drinks and first courses came quickly, but everything was nicely spaced to have a relaxing dinner (about 2 hours total). Appetizer #1 was a duck prosciutto plate with pickled shallots; looked like it was smoked in-house and was delicious. #2 was fresh raw oysters with their own cocktails sauce, comparable to ones I had in New Orleans recently. Next, the soup was mushroom, leek and garlic and the salad was greens with beets and feta. Both were great but the soup especially so--flavourful and delicious. Main #1 was pork belly with roasted squash and a caramelized onion jam. #2 was whitefish with mashed potatoes and bacon-roasted broccoli. (In the future all my broccoli will be bacon-roasted.) For dessert, eclairs with poached pears. Creative cocktails and well-paired wine too. I had a lemon drop with cardamom to start, and wines paired with each course (prosecco for the oysters, fielding pino grigio with the soup... and a red that i forget with the mains). Nick and Nat's is consistently my favourite restaurant in town, so I'm not sure what happened to the previous reviewers but it's not representative of the 4-6 times I've eaten here.

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Horrible Cheap Food at High Price

Went for Tues Tapas based on the high rating, which I now realize was due to reviews from 2010! Fine Dining? There was not a dish that I would ever actually order or want to repeat. The service was excellent and attentive - the food was a mockery. Pickled vegetables, HOT olives! (GROSS). The best thing was the salad to begin and the ice cream at the end. Some of the "fine dining" dishes we were seved... onion BREAD PUDDING!, lots of rye bread with cheese, 4 one inch square slices of thin beef rolled around pickled carrot, two tiny bites each of grilled pork, ditto tasteless poached trout. A large plate of POUTINE a.k.a. French Fries with sauce. (Really??) Roast rhutabaga in maple syrup, cold rice and beans, Roast beets... UGH! When we finally gave up anf asked for desserts, the first thing out was 2 chocolate chip cookies. Every dish was cold except for the hot olives. NEVER AGAIN!! Cheap awful ingredients poorly cooked. Bread and potatoes - What a waste of money. One glass of Sangria, and 2 dinners $90.00 before tip.

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Awful food and service, save your money and go elsewhere

I went to Nic & Nat's Uptown 21. The food and service were terrible when I came on Nov. 8 2012. My friend and I both ordered the lobster and shrimp and when it came out, the lobster tail had no taste and there were tons of potatoes floating in a red spicy broth. And the shrimps were not fresh. The waiter was horrific, he disappeared during our entire meal and never checked on us, we couldn't even find him. He wore glasses, dark hair and a bit weird - he started the evening by asking us . My friend is a prof at Laurier U and was shocked. I replied with a smart answer since he seemed to look down upon us. When the waiter finally came around to take our plates away, I told him how bad the food was. He didn't apologize but had the nerve to say: I guess you want your bill then. No offer of a complimentary dessert or a I am sorry. I was horrified. He then proceeded to tell the or who stuck out his head from the cooking area to look at my friend and I. What horrible manners. He was too shy to come out and talk to us. Don't come here. Being a Montrealer, I can tell you that this place isn't anything impressive. Because of the waiter's attitude and service, I am never setting foot in here again.

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Worst service

Let me talk about the quality of food first, I had pre fix menu (Pear and cucumber Salad, Meatballs risotto , and Apple puss pasty with goatcheese) Honestly speaking, The pairing of the desert is very very weird, its as if I mixed together sweet and salty cheese.. weird pairing. Nothing thattt great, meatball and blue cheese risotto from my opinion, do not go well together, and the risotto was slightly undercooked. NOW LET ME GET TO THE SERVICE PART: I've never encountered such a terrible experience in my life before, and i didn't expect to get treated this way, especially in Waterloo, where this is not even a big city, stress level is not as high. Food was mediocre, nothing spectacular, service was extremely slow. I don't know if it has anything to do with our age (below), the server told us to "LISTEN, YOU NEED TO RELAX", I mean who speaks to customers this way? I only asked her to split the bill for us and she said: "You should have told me earlier, this is a fine dining restaurant" I mean, I've been to 3 star michelin restaurants, and servers attitude was nowhere close to hers. Worst part is, I talked to the manager, and she sided her and said: "she's one of the best servers we've ever had, she's been working with us for a long time", didn't apologize, basically accused us of lying to her. The chef also forced us to leave the restaurant and never come back... What happened to Professional Business etiquette This article is genuine and I did not twist anything, it was my personal experience.

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terrific tapas

My girlfriend and I decided to celebrate Christmas by trying the tapas Tuesday's at Nick and Nat's. We were astounded with the variety and presentation. Each dish was absolutely to die for, and it kept coming! The service was friendly and fun, and the atmosphere was bustling with lots of people and good music. I definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for great food and a night to remember!

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One of the best in Uptown

Nick and Nat are a dynamite combo, serving up fantastic meals with outstanding service. How many restaurants serve free bacon, simply because they "love your choice"? I don't even eat pork, yet I love the whimsy of this! It's a strong menu, full of fresh and often local ingredients, spanning the gamut from the classics to the truly creative. Cheddar and squash ravioli with a maple gastrique? Devine. The specials are always intriguing, and not just limited to food: I've had some amazing cocktails here. This is usually the place I recommend to out-of-towners looking for the best the city has to offer: even my rather muted father gave this place thumbs up. Very high praise, indeed.

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tastey

Taste of India in London, Ontario The food was great...fresh and made to order. Now when the food is made to order there is a little bit of a wait for the food but it is worth it. Just order the elephant trunk (yummy drink) and relax. I also recommend the starter platter, it has a taste of most of the items from the starts...ummmm! I had the butter chicken with the light and aromatic basmati rice. Very good! Over all it was a great experience and I enjoyed the food.

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good food bad service

It was my gfs bday, we're both students at UW and I wanted to take her somewhere special, the reviews on this website made us want to go. The food was great, especially the salad. But the service was terrible! My guess: anyone who looks young enough to be a student gets treated like 2nd class.

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Favourite place in KW

Wife and I always celebrate here. Amazing food, great wine list and very affordable. Always sit at the kitchen bar and love the service. We get the terrine every time and usually eat about 4 apps instead of mains, but any mains we have ordered have been great.

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a wee culinary adventure

Three of went for all you can eat Tapas Tuesday last night...what an excellent, stress-free dining experience! You don't even have to decide what you want to eat because they just keep bringing you small plates of every variety, including desserts. Nice touch with the check at the beginning of each diner's allergies and food dislikes, which they have listed on the paper under "fake allergies". :) We wanted to get through 20 dishes like the reviewer before us but had to wave the white flag at 18. Along with a nice bottle of white and a waiter who served up a good side of personality, this was a fun evening...and it won't be the last!

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Disappointing end...

After all of the rave reviews, my friend and I were excited to finally try this place out! Calling to make a reservation proved difficlut, I left a message but had to call back anyway as nobody returned my call. The atmosphere is nice, although a bit echo-y with the hard tile floors and wooden furniture. We could have made some new friends with how close the tables were to each other. The cod cakes were amazing, best fish cakes ever - nice and light with beautiful flavour. Not sure about deep fried tuna, the texture was a bit more rubbery than I would have liked. The cabbage on the plate was FANTASTIC, I pushed around the sticky rice and tuna to ensure that I captured every bit of the base layer cabbage. My real disappointment was the creme brulée. It is a rich treat that we don't have often so look forward to ordering in a nice restaurant. We could not have been any sadder. It was prepared in a long dish, which meant that it was not very deep. I can only imagine that their approach to torching the top was to put it under the salamander, based on the uneven top crust. The oddest part upon our first taste was that it was warmed all the way through! By being so thin in the dish, and the heat of the grill, it penetrated the entire custard. Not sure if this altered the texture, but even after we ignored it on the table for an hour (since our server had not come back anyway) and tried it again once cooled it was still not right. Although the entire dish had only a few nibbles out of it, our server did not inquire if there was something wrong so we can only assume he did not care to know. A disappointing end to an evening with such promise.

Price Range: $60per person

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Uptown 21 has quickly become my favourite place in town to get a gourmet meal. The menu changes daily, they use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, and the wait staff is very courteous. I can't express how nice it is to have somewhere to go where we can count on the menu offering something new each time we visit.

Price Range: $60per person

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The guy who ordered bacon for dessert We have...

The guy who ordered bacon for dessert We have never written a review but we do enjoy great food and great service and our experience at Uptown 21 was so outstanding that it inspired us to share our thoughts. The food is creative, fresh and beautifully presented and the entire meal makes our top-ten list of best dining experiences. The ravioli was flawless. The tuna and lamb were cooked perfectly; even the water was good. One of the draws to the restaurant was the free bacon “just because [they] love your decision.” However, of the dishes we choose, bacon was not a necessary addition as the flavours were all well composed and complete. I was determined, though, to have some bacon and, not having a sweet tooth, I requested bacon at the end of the meal. Intrigued and thinking on his feet, Nick, the head chef, responded to my request with enthusiasm that can only be described by eating his food. While bacon with sour cream gelato may not become a house special (though I recommend you try it if you have the chance), it was this decision and resulting interaction with the talented chef that solidified Uptown 21’s place as our favourite restaurant.

Price Range: $60per person

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We have just moved to the area, and we wanted to...

We have just moved to the area, and we wanted to go out for our anniversary dinner. The atmosphere is cozy and definitely not stuffy. The food is fantastic, I ordered the prix menu, so you get to try a few different things for a reasonable price. And it was fantastic, the flavors were incredible.. My other half really enjoyed his meal, and he said the salad was the best salad he's ever had. We would definitely go again. The only thing about where we were sitting was really close to the kitchen, which is great. It was the space of the seating, anytime you backed up in your chair you would hit the person behind you. Which is pretty minor considering we went for great food.

Price Range: $60per person

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This IS the best restaurant in K-W , handsdown...

This IS the best restaurant in K-W , handsdown. Fun, relaxed, and obviously well thought out. I felt it wasn't stuffy, but the food and service was polished. Funky, cool, clean and romantic. The music was ecclectic and fun, you can tell these people are trying to create a different and refreshing experience. Also keeping the old fuddy duddy's at bay. I am quite critical and frugal with my spending dollars, especially in these economic times but this is the place to be. Nice wine list, not a lot of pricey bottles, however the wine is on par with the food. Everything hit the mark, we have heard from numerous friends how great this place is and everyone was right! The best part was we were wandering Uptown loo, and decided on a whim to have dinner there(we had plans to go elsewhere) and we had the most memorable night out we've had in a long, long time. The only downside, is that this place is going to become really popular and there's not enough seats. Check this place out, be prepared!

Price Range: $60per person

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This place is fantastic, i love it, fresh local...

This place is fantastic, i love it, fresh local food, awsome wine list with a lot of stuff by the glass or a tasting menu to pair with multi course daily menu. I had beef cheeks with house pickle relish and can honestly say it may be the most memorable meal in my life! Service is friendly and capable of guiding you through the ever changing menu. I particularly enjoyed the music and decor, cool old school rock and blues music with odd tune i coulnt place, Brazilian music, beck, rolling stones and so on. So much fun i love it!

Price Range: $60per person

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