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An alternative to The Drake please...

Tom Ripley Nov 1, 2006 04:41 PM

I am looking for a restaurant to take my 23 year old nephew to for his graduation from University tomorrow evening. I was going to go to The Drake but the hotel is fully booked for a private event tomorrow night. I was hoping someone could make an alternative suggestion. Looking for stylish and special, Downtown core preferred.

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    foodgangsta Nov 1, 2006 05:04 PM

    Maro is nearby, south of King St. Pretty new, stylish, located on Liberty St behind Lamport Stadium. Same people as Brassai I believe.

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      erly Nov 1, 2006 05:50 PM

      The Gladstone, is closeby.
      Old time updated beerparlour.
      Also a boutique hotel.

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        nummanumma Nov 1, 2006 08:37 PM


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        chowchow985 Nov 1, 2006 05:53 PM

        I've heard good things about Trevor Kitchen and Bar, though I can't vouch for it as I've never been there.

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          pimentdespelette Nov 1, 2006 05:55 PM

          You can be sure to find good food at The Fifth, which is stylish and pretty fun, or Sopra, which is the new place above Mistura, or at Rain.

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            Suresh Nov 1, 2006 06:05 PM

            Foundation Room
            Blue Point Oyster Bar
            Ultra Supper Club

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              cloverkill Nov 1, 2006 07:16 PM

              The Beaconsfield, it's right next door (well across the street) and I had a great meal there, very nice.

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                nummanumma Nov 1, 2006 08:40 PM

                I had a really bad meal at the Beaconsfield. Bad food, bad service. Granted that was last summer, but I haven't been able to bring myself to go back.

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                  cloverkill Nov 3, 2006 03:47 PM

                  I had the fish and chips there and I thought it was great, but maybe things have changed.

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                    deelicious Nov 3, 2006 03:48 PM

                    I think Beaconsfield is great!

              2. deelicious Nov 1, 2006 11:08 PM

                With your nephew's age and your choice of the Drake in mind, I can recommend a couple of places too.

                Although I love Gladstone for a good honest meal, it isn't anything at all like the Drake. Beaconsfield has unfortunately been through many chefs and I can say that right now the food is good again, but I would not reco that as a substitute in this case.

                I have not yet heard of Maro nor do I know much about Trevor or Sopra.

                The Drake is truly unique.

                I am with Suresh and I HIGHLY reco Ultra or Kultura. Leaning toward Kultura. These are both very cool to a 23 yr old and they are quite special. The food is great and guaranteed to please.

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                  pescatarian Nov 2, 2006 05:28 PM

                  I disagree re Ultra. Ultra patio is good in the summer for the young and stylish. When I've been there inside the rest of the year, it is not young and stylish at all.
                  Brant House attracts a similar crowd to the Drake and I think the food at both is equally good, not great, but good for the surroundings.

                2. pancake Nov 2, 2006 01:04 AM

                  Brant House . . . . similar, but more dancin' at Brant House.

                  Its always a decent time there, always packed!

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                    deelicious Nov 2, 2006 01:38 AM

                    Yes I thought about Brant too. Great fun place with decent enough food but for Uncle/Nephew combo? Depends on who they are...

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                      ddelicious Nov 2, 2006 02:56 PM

                      The Brant house has good food, but if you're not into the nightclub I wouldn't bother going just for dinner.

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                        pancake Nov 3, 2006 01:23 AM

                        true enough........i guess i misunderstood......i was thinking they wanted to eat and party, as oppossed to just eat.

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                      Suresh Nov 2, 2006 03:23 PM

                      Definitely not brant house for 23 year old...
                      not in my opinion anyway.

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                        miranda Nov 2, 2006 07:41 PM

                        I've been to Maro on Liberty St...cool looking lounge like ...great food...or what about Mildred Pierce...Miranda

                        1. thenurse Nov 2, 2006 08:42 PM

                          What about Czehoski, on Queen W at Palmerston?

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                            deelicious Nov 3, 2006 02:59 AM

                            Yes that is cool too. It was to be tonight...I hope he reports back!

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                            Tom Ripley Nov 3, 2006 03:58 PM

                            Thanks everyone for your suggestions. In the end I chose Bar One on Queen St, since my brother was insisting on paying the bill (and is not used to Toronto prices), I wanted the price range to be something he wouldn't have to take out a second mortgage on. We had a great time, it was the first time I had been there. My nephew had one of their pizzas, my brother and sister-in-law had steak and I had a delicious pasta with sausage and rapini. we started out with a tapas plate and two orders of a sensational grilled calamari. The prices were very reasonable and the martini's even better. We also had a litre of the house red which was a steal at $30. I will definitely go back.

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                              deelicious Nov 3, 2006 04:10 PM


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                                nummanumma Nov 4, 2006 11:20 PM

                                check them out for brunch as well- really good! I love the sausage hash -

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                                  deelicious Nov 5, 2006 03:05 AM

                                  The sausage hash is INCREDIBLE !

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