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

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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    BRACAB Sep 20, 2006 05:46 PM

    I would suggest the Town Grill at Carlton and Parliament

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      Zengarden 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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      1. re: Zengarden
        tuqueboy Sep 19, 2006 11:29 PM

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

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          Zengarden 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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        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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          embee 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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          1. re: embee
            dinin and dishin 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.

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            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...

            1. superchick Sep 19, 2006 08:12 PM

              Marvelous Edibles on Laird, south of Eg

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                oishi Sep 19, 2006 08:10 PM

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


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                  Lorenei 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 Sep 19, 2006 08:40 PM

                    I second Rebel House!

                  2. TOfoodie Sep 19, 2006 04:32 PM

                    Have you tried beerbistro?

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                    1. re: TOfoodie
                      ognir Sep 19, 2006 08:42 PM

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


                    2. pescatarian 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. midtowngirl 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.

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                          industry worker Sep 19, 2006 04:23 PM

                          I would recommend Le Paradis or Pastis Express

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                            industry worker Sep 19, 2006 04:23 PM

                            I would say Le Paradis or Pastis Express

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