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Sep 24, 2006 12:53 PM

near AGO

Meeting friends at the Art Gallery this week, and would love a restaurant fairly close bye for dinner.
Walking distance would be great.
Not more than $75. per couple.(could stretch it a wee bit).
Any type of good food.
thanks in advance.

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  1. Lots of choice. Hmmm, let me see:

    1. Asian restaurants along Dundas street (between McCaul and Spadina) and along Spadina. I especially like Mother's Dumplings on Huron Street.

    2. Midi Bistro along McCaul Street. Southern French fare and you can get a fixed price 3 course menu for $32 each:

    3. All sorts of restaurants along Baldwin Street: French, Japanese, Mongolian, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Vegetarian etc.

    Have fun!

    1. I definitely agree with the Mother's rec above. It's very casual, and extremely inexpensive. Look for a past review by me for some details.

      The restaurants along Baldwin are hit and miss in my opinion. The hits are: Matahari (Malaysian), Caffe La Gaffe (Italian-esque), Konichiwa (Japanese), Wah Sing (Chinese), Hua Sang (Chinese) and Eating Garden (Chinese). Any of these would fit within your budget constraints.

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      1. re: xtal

        i absolutely second Konichiwa (Japanese). they have a nice patio as well as resto. the sushi there is mmm mmmm good!

        1. re: chalenegirl

          An enthusiastic third for Konichiwa. Friendly service too.

        2. re: xtal

          I absolutely dare anyone to spend $75 per couple at Mother's Dumplings! I'll bet you couldn't even carry the TAKEOUT if you spent that much!

          That said, the dining on Baldwin is decent with plenty of choice as noted by others. I like Matahari Grill for Malaysian and Jodhpore Club for Indian on that strip.

        3. on baldwin i'm also a favourite of bodega (prix fix that would fit your budget) and bocca (you may have to be more creative here to fit your budget, but it can be done)

          1. it depends what kind of tone you want to set, but if you wanted to do something fun, low key and interactive you could go to korean BBQ (walk down mccaul street until queen, and it's on the east side right after the scotiabank).
            it's a do it yourself type meal, with a grill and everyone bbq's their own slices of seasoned meat (chicken, pork, beef, ox, ect). it's usually a new experience for most.
            of course this would only be good if you had no vegetarians in your group.
            beyond this there are lots of restaurants on queen street if you are willing to walk 5 mins.

            1. Midi Bistro sounds good, as we don't want an eat and leave meal.
              Just a nice quiet dinner and chat.
              I do want to stay within our friends' budget.
              Has anyone actually eaten there?

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              1. re: erly

                I have eaten there numerous times since it has opened. You won't be blown away by the menu, but I've never been disappointed with the dishes I have ordered. I have also brought plenty of people along and they have also enjoyed it. I would sum it up this way: tasty, simple and reliable.

                Ps I enjoy the profiterolles very much...but that's me