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Need a Toronto bistro type resto for Wednesday night...

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Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 04:20 PM

My Dad is taking me out on one of our monthly dinners, and I've been asked to pick the place. I'm clueless. Our regular haunts are Fat Cat, Browne's Bistro, and any Indian place that is half decent. Can anyone suggest a bistro type restaurant (think lamb sausage, beef short ribs, lamb shank) that is around the same price as Fat Cat's and Browne's? He balked at the cost of Scaramouche Pasta Bar and Grill, so more reasonable than that would be great.

Should be south of 401, east of Bathurst, west of Bayview if poss.

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    industry worker RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 04:23 PM

    I would say Le Paradis or Pastis Express

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      industry worker RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 04:23 PM

      I would recommend Le Paradis or Pastis Express

      1. midtowngirl RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 04:26 PM

        I would suggest Mirabelle Wine Bar on Yonge between Davisville and Eglinton. I had the sausage special last time I was there and it was delicious. And their $6 steak tartare is to die for! It's been getting lots of excellent feedback from posters on this board.

        1. pescatarian RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 04:28 PM

          If you don't mind going a bit south, what about P.J. Obrien's: http://www.irishembassypub.com/pjob/m...

          1. TOfoodie RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 04:32 PM

            Have you tried beerbistro?
            http://www.beerbistro.com/bb_1.php

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              ognir RE: TOfoodie Sep 19, 2006 08:42 PM

              You might want to read this before going to Beer Bistro:

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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              Lorenei RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 05:11 PM

              Oh you definitely have to go to the Rebel House ... try their house meatloaf ... to die for and GREAT service and ambiance. Yonge, near Summerhill.

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                ognir RE: Lorenei Sep 19, 2006 08:40 PM

                I second Rebel House!

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                oishi RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 08:10 PM

                Midi Bistro - Southern French fare (nice lamb shank). It's on McCaul at Elizabeth street. www.midibistro.com

                Enjoy

                1. superchick RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 08:12 PM

                  Marvelous Edibles on Laird, south of Eg

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                    Suburban Gourmand RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 08:48 PM

                    Thanks for all of the suggestions, they sound very promising! No-one mentioned Batifole...any reason why? I had that on a short list...

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                      embee RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 09:18 PM

                      If your "west of bayview" preference isn't cast in stone:

                      Batifole (just had an amazing meal there)
                      Smalltalk (on Bayview)
                      POP (Broadview/Queen
                      Joy (Queen near Logan)

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                        dinin and dishin RE: embee Sep 21, 2006 01:02 PM

                        Totally agree with Batifole and POP (I haven't tried embee's other suggestions). Be safe and make reservations for either of these tiny restaurants. To this I would add:
                        Avant Gout (Off Yonge at Summerhill)
                        Taboule (Yonge St) If you are feeling adventurous -- it's Lebonese.
                        Bar Mercurio (St. George and Bloor) - excellent thin crust pizza.

                        You'll also want to make a res for BM and AG.
                        You'll

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                        Suburban Gourmand RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 09:26 PM

                        Ah, sorry, forgot about my location rule! Thanks Embee. The location is flexible (just not OOT pls)

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                          Zengarden RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 19, 2006 11:21 PM

                          What about Boujadi? Middle Eastern. I believe that it is on Eglinton West between Allen Road and Bathurst.

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                            tuqueboy RE: Zengarden Sep 19, 2006 11:29 PM

                            to clarify the ``middle eastern'' description, they're moroccan.

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                              Zengarden RE: tuqueboy Sep 20, 2006 12:54 AM

                              Nice! I haven't gone yet myself but this is on my to try list.

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                            BRACAB RE: Suburban Gourmand Sep 20, 2006 05:46 PM

                            I would suggest the Town Grill at Carlton and Parliament

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