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Special 50th Birthday Dinner - need ideas!

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ciaociao Nov 12, 2006 05:22 PM

I am in charge of selecting a restaurant for my mother's 50th birthday party in a few weeks. I am a student so I am looking for something classy but affordable on my student budget! I am hoping to find somewhere elegant and fairly quiet with bistro-type food. Downtown location is preferable. We will be doing dessert and champagne at home so I am looking for great apps, mains and a bottle of wine for around $50/person. So far, I have thought of Bistro Tournesol, Batifole and Mildred Pierce. Any comments on these would be great plus any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. dlw88 RE: ciaociao Nov 12, 2006 05:42 PM

    If your mother has never been, Mildred Pierce is a fantastic atmosphere. It may run you just over the 50 mark.

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      ciaociao RE: dlw88 Nov 12, 2006 09:37 PM

      Nope - never been. It is definitely on the short list =)

    2. nummanumma RE: ciaociao Nov 12, 2006 05:59 PM

      Le paradis is right price -wise but I wouldn't call it elegant. quince would fit the bill, but is not downtown. Biff's?

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        ciaociao RE: ciaociao Nov 12, 2006 09:36 PM

        Thanks for the ideas! I read about Quince in Toronto Life and it sounds great. It isn't downtown but it is on the subway line, which could work out fine. I haven't been able to find a website for them though. Does anyone know if they have one? Alternately, can someone fill in any info on the menu, price etc.?

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          hungryabbey RE: ciaociao Nov 13, 2006 12:38 AM

          never been myself, but heres the website http://www.quincetoronto.com

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          KMary RE: ciaociao Nov 13, 2006 12:31 AM

          I would suggest Pallucci restaurant on Mount Pleasant--not quite downtown. Mount Pleasant and Davisville area. They offer pre-fixe menus starting at $35 per person including hors d'oeuvres! Depending on the number of people, they have a private dining room upstairs with a fireplace, TV, etc. I think for anything over 30ppl, they'll close the main floor for you. I ate there once and the food was great, the service was great--surprising in that neighbourhood!! Check out their website: pallucci.ca

          Hope that helps!

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            TwinklyTerrapin RE: ciaociao Nov 13, 2006 01:21 AM

            Batifole is easy to get to by TTC and all the appetizers and mains are the same price ($8 and $16, I think) so there wouldn't be too much sticker shock when you get the bill. Also, the food is great.

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