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Oct 19, 2006 02:15 AM

Where do you go for your b-day dinners? Looking for unique dining in TO. . . .

Its my b-day next week and me and the galz are gonna go out for a dinner . . . . I am looking for a unique place to dine, good eats, unique scene.
I was thinking either morrocan (sultans tent), but wanted to hear where others go to eat great food and hang out on those special nights out . . . .
Where do you go for your b-day?

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  1. Because of group size and some people's low budgets, last year I went to Le Paradis, and the year before, Phil's Original BBQ. I went to Sultan's Tent last month for a friend's birthday on a Sunday night, and the entertainment was slightly disappointing (only one bellydancer, who was definitely not Egyptian), with mediocre to slightly good food not worth the cost.

    Next birthday, I would consider inviting everyone to Batifole, or try a place that is new to me, such as Starfish, Tempo, Xacutti, Fat Cat Bistro, or Boujadi, all of which are on my must-try list.

    1. I have to recommend that you do NOT go to Sultan's Tent. Overpriced, not very good food.

      I'd go to the Foundation Room for drinks, then just a couple of doors down to JK Wine Bar for dinner (or vice versa).

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        toronto Jo- are we the same person? That's what I would write, without the vice-versa part- food at Foundation room= not so geat. Or i"d go to Lee which is what I did last year. Wait, that's not true- I threw a party at Wish- that was cool. Amuse-Bouche is a good one. hmmm. Now I'm thinking of where to go for MY birthday :)

        1. re: nummanumma


          Actually, my vice versa was misleading. I really meant "or JKWB for dinner first, then Foundation Room for drinks after". Not FR for dinner. No, no, no. But a nice place for drinks.

        2. re: TorontoJo

          Thanks for the honesty......maybe i'll skip the sultans tent then, I was hoping for some real belly dancers . . . . . .

          Well there are only going to be four gals so we are flexible, i have heard good thing about jamie kennedy's, so it is an option.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            i agree with the foundation room/jkwb combo suggestion and i'd probably throw czehoski into the ring as well. i like how the setting is different depending on the area you're seated in and they've got some tasty cocktails.

            the food is great, canadiana twists, and no one really cares how much you consume and will let you linger linger linger... i do however quite like queen st west a bit more because there are so many other places to bar hop over to within short distance that you can get a taste of a bunch of shops.

          2. Last birthday I took a group of friends to Ambassador for Dim Sum. Several had never been for Dim Sum and everyone loved it. I loved taking 8 people because I finally got to try all sorts of new things without having to forgo the/my usual favourites!

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            1. re: Atahualpa

              I passed by Lai Toh Heen today and after reading the menu and admiring the decor, decided to try a chinese banquet or dim sum party for my next birthday (either there, or in Markham, or at Lai Wah Heen!)

              1. re: Food Tourist

                I've been to Lai Wah Heen for dim sun and I really liked it. The offerings were all excellent and there was a complexity and gracefulness to dim sum that you don't find elsewhere.

                However, for my money, it isn't worth th extra cost. I go to Ambassador regularly and two people can stuff themselves -- stuff themselves -- for $30-35. Lai Wah Heen cost $60 for a decent amount. It is better, but, not that much better. Plus, I really didn't like the stuffiness of the dinner room for dim sum. There needs to be some bustle.

            2. Depending on budget and size of party, I think Mildred Pierce is the perfect special occasion restaurant. Magical atmosphere and food is always great. A bit on the pricy side but not outrageous.

              1. we are just a group of 4 ........... so its open game . . . . i dont want to go overboard in price. . . . just something kinda special and fun