REVIEW: The Snooty Rooster

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 4 comments

The Snooty Rooster
300 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1(519)915-0478
Email: n/a
Website: n/a

Type of Restaurant: Tea House
Attire: Casual 
Prices: E- $6 M- $10 D- $4
$$- Affordable
Payment Options: Debit/Eftpos, Cash

Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Handicap Accessible? Yes.
Vegetarian? Yes.
Vegan? Not really.
Gluten Free? Yes.




Quality of Food: n/a
Service: 0/5
Originality: 3.5/5

I recently took on yet another job. This one is near the City Hall in Windsor, Ontario. As a result, you will likely be seeing quite a few reviews from downtown Windsor establishments. 

I had been to the Snooty Rooster in the past when I was craving an espresso. The guy working the counter was like, we don't do espresso there is Starbuck's right on the corner of Wyandotte and Ouellette. I found this response quite odd. He is directing me to the Starbuck's chain that I CLEARY knew was there, rather than recommending one of the locally owned coffee shops like MILK Coffee Bar, or the Coffee Exchange just down the road. Needless to say, I left that day and didn't go with his suggestion. But rather did my Coffee Exchange review that day.

I had about 30 mins to get to work, and thought I'd give the Snooty Rooster another shot seeing as I now knew they were a tea house and not a coffee shop. To be honest, it is a pretty cool place. They have a long chalkboard along the back wall which is their food menu that changes regularly. In the far corner, a play area for kids to keep occupied while their parents enjoy a tea or something to eat.

I made my way up to the counter and that same guy was working. I asked what sort of teas they have. He pointed in my direction to a table behind me, where the tea menu was located. I quickly placed my order for a Tanzanian Chai, paid, and made my way to the washroom. I returned to the counter and despite spending about 5 minutes in the washroom the tea was still not ready. The guy had only just then set the water to boil. I waited, and waited for that water to boil. I swear he must have put cold water into that kettle. The guy saw me anxiously staring and made the comment "I watched kettle never boils". I felt like responding, "No, a kettle that was just put on with cold water never boils". The kettle was finally boiling, and I had just 10 minutes to make my walk to work. The same worker was fumbling over something with a total disregard to the boiling kettle right beside him and despite knowing how anxious I was to take my tea to go. Long story short, I had to call the worker's attention to the kettle and asked if he would simply pour the hot water into my cup so I could take my tea and make it to work on time. 

The place is cool, has a neat concept, but their service really needs to improve or I wouldn't be surprised to see this place shut in no time. Windsor doesn't usually have a tolerance for poor service. To be honest, that second chance is all I am willing to give to this place. If you do decide to try it out, feel free to let me (and others) know what you thought by submitting your comment below.