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Nov 1, 2006 06:49 PM

Dessert within proximity of Yonge & Eglinton

My hubbie is turning 40 in a few weeks and, as part of a smorgasborg of food events, I want to take him somewhere for dessert, which is his favourite part of any meal!


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  1. I hear great things about Celestin from people I trust. Have not personally been. I'd be curious to know your dining itinerary.

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    1. re: Googs

      Well, since we live in the Kawarthas and this is a special overnighter trip we are:
      1. Starting at St. Lawrence Market, just to browse, have coffee and enjoy food from that point of view!
      2. We are moving on from there to JK Wine bar for a light lunch
      3. Then we are going to have a Martini... somewhere downtown... (U/K where yet)
      4. Then we are having Afternoon Tea at 3p.m. at the Royal York (Yes, not the best, but we spent our wedding night at the RY and so it has ...fond... memories ;)
      5. Dinner is catered at home with the family - cumbrae farm meats and a lobster for the hubby! Shhh... he doesn't know this yet.
      6. I need dessert for just him and I............ that's where this post came in.

      1. re: kawarthagirl

        How lovely! What a nice birthday. If you aren't restricted to Yonge and Eglinton, I would strongly recommend you go for the dessert tasting menu at Perigee in the Distillery District. 4 dessert courses (with a couple of additional "small" courses thrown in) for about $40/person. Have it with champagne for a great close to your day.

        And for martinis, you might want to have them at the bar at Canoe. For a special occasion, you can't beat the view.

        1. re: TorontoJo

          I thought about that but I was trying to avoid the drive - we are staying in Leaside and while it is straight down the Bayview Extension, I was preferring the idea of staying little closer to home. What about North 44?

          1. re: kawarthagirl

            Your itinerary sounds wonderful. I think North 44 would be a fine choice for a special dessert in the area. I also second the rec for a (Grey Goose) martini at the Park Hyatt - they're sensational and the atmosphere is classic. Location-wise, it wouldn't work so well if you were squeezing it between JKWB and Royal York but if you were to go for a pre-dinner martini instead (which is when I'd probably prefer it), it would work nicely. Have a wonderful day!

        2. re: kawarthagirl

          Pravda is a nice place to have a martini - Wellington, just east of Yonge.

      2. I just knew you'd be doing something interesting.

        There's a nice place called Shilling's on the south side of Danforth just a few doors east of Broadview. It isn't too far off your afternoon schedule. You can dine in our take-out. I'm not sure if your dessert plans are a candlelit table for two or a candlelit hotel room so I thought I'd toss this in.

        Personal favourite martini with a view is the Roof Lounge on the 18th floor of the Park Hyatt on the west side of Avenue Rd just north of Bloor. Verrrrry romantic setting complete with sofas in front of fireplace. Great service and even better martinis. Straight out of our mother's eras in terms of decor so comforting in the extreme.

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        1. re: Googs

          Ive never seen this shillings place, what is it beside? Are you sure its still around?

          1. re: Googs

            Shillings is gone. Sad, really. They had amazing pastries, but no clue about how to run a business. The quality tanked so far in their final months that I didn't even miss them by the time they closed.

            1. re: embee

              Oh bummer. I knew it had been a while since I'd been to Shillings, but I didn't think it was that long. It will be missed.

          2. the "le royale" in celestin is heavenly! i'm not sure if they have a dine in place just for dessert though...