Restaurants for one - recommendations needed
As I am single now (was married for about 5 years) and don't have a partner to join me for dinner, where can I go to enjoy a good meal, with a glass or two of wine/cocktails and a good book?
I have had good luck with the many sushi places around Toronto.
-I also like Real Thailand during off hours (after 2 p.m. and before 7 p.m).
-Ginger - vietnamese cuisine near Yonge & Bloor
Any other recommendations?
JK Wine Bar and Starfish. Sit at the bar, chat with the chefs (at JKWB) or Patrick, the owner (at Starfish) as he shucks oysters. Or just enjoy your book and the wonderful food and wine at both places.
This is a very good question. I'm in a very similar situation myself, and I think there are 2 types of solo diners: those who want to chat whith the staff or other diners, and those who prefer to sit somewhere quiet and relax with a book. I'm definitely in the latter category.
Although I enjoy JKWB and Starfish, those are not places to relax with a book - they're bustling and loud in the evenings. But JKWB is good in the late afternoon after the lunch rush - you can get a table and have a good leisurely meal, read and relax. I've also had good experiences at Yamato, Panagea and even Sassafraz (I know, I know...).
My biggest problem with dining alone is being rushed through the meal. With no conversation to slow things down, some restaurants will have you fed and hand you the bill in 45 minutes. I've found that most restaurants will accomodate you if you tell them that you're on your own, and you want a leisurely meal. Places that do tasting menus are also good, and I can particularly recommend Perigee and Splendido for solo dining.
All good points! I am actually of the latter category as well. I travel constantly to Chicago, and I've pretty much decided that I'll go to any restaurant by myself (and a book). Fortunately, I've never really been given the evil eye or cold shoulder by any of the staff. But I usually sit down around 6 or 6:30, so I'm not really eating into their peak periods.
if i want to read and eat in peace, i go here...
art square off of dundas across from the AGO has lovely crepes (I had a buckwheat tuna with cheese and an organic salad with their homemade herb dressing for $8.50), great illy coffee, dessert crepes or profiteroles and limited wine list. since they're a cafe, they completely expect people to sit around and linger. they also have an art space with couches that you could move to if you wanted. small outdoor patio without a view and front patio by the steps. close at 8 or 10pm depending on the day.