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am trying to decide about a couple of different spots to eat while in Toronto for a weekend. am staying downtown. is Fat Cat worth the drive uptown?

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  1. imho, fat cat is one of those semi-hidden neighbourhood gems that many like to keep to themselves.
    comfy room. good service. personal cooking.
    to make it even more worth the trip, you can call them up and ask for a tasting menu.
    hope you have a nice stay in toronto.
    and hope to hear back about your meals.

    1. I haven't been, but considering the reviews, I say YES.

      1. Definitely worth the trip although I have lived in Toronto all my life and had trouble finding it. Look for Coronation Billiards and it is right near it.

        1. Just got back from a fantastic dinner at Fat Cat last night. We went with the slightly pricey (but justifiably so) Chef's selection du jour. about 8 courses of off-the-cuff prepared delight. Everyone enjoyed their meals, including dry aged rib-eye, rack of lamb, and duck. Eclectic meals with a flare for the creative (loved the use of the truffle oil), great wild ontario mushroom puree... I think the message is adequately conveyed without my rambling on much longer.

          Wine list - very good, Mathew recommended a great and surprisingly reasonable French red, despite an abundance of Californian on the list.

          This one was worth the drive from the beaches.

          Reservations are recommended as the restaurant is Very small.

          1. Thought I wrote a review a few weeks ago but can't find it.
            Was there about a month back.
            I found the food to be good, not excellent.
            Sorry that I can't recall what we ate.
            For the money, I would go elsewhere.

            1. Fat Cat is a great place! Always an amazing experience. Matthew is one of the city's most under-rated Chefs!

              Cool, warm comfortanble room...always great for dates or just a quiet yet fun night out. I highly recomend Fat Cat:)

              1. I am on their website and I cant seem to find any indication of prices.. also, whats the difference b/w their win bar menu, and their bistro menu? Can someone help me out here, possibly give me some discriptions of what you had and the prices? Im considering it for a birthday dinner

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                1. re: hungryabbey

                  There are two different locations - the wine bar on Roncesvalles and the Bistro on Eglinton. Different places, different menus. The Bistro is more formal and more upscale.
                  The Bistro is 'expensive for the area' (more so than neighbouring places) - but that's because the quality is also higher. By downtown standards it's a bargain. Expect to pay $150-$200 per couple (depending on wine cost).
                  But it's a small room, fairly narrow, so can get noisy. But it's been on my personal best list for a couple of years now and I often just let the chef choose what's freshest.

                2. Just to chime in...we tried Fat Cat Bistro for the first time a couple weeks ago and loved it. We found it the perfect mix of formal bistro with relaxed (but great) service and the food was very good. Planning to be back when I am back in town!

                  Great wine list but we didn't partake as I was abstaining.