High-end food, "boisterous" atmosphere
My printer is coming into town for one of his "impress the clients" dinners. Typcially we go to steakhouses (Harbour 60 the last time, fantastic) because that's what he likes, but this time he has agreed to relax his restrictions. Just no sushi. Hey, he's from Winnipeg.
Here's the thing: when we all go out it tends to get a little, um, bawdy. Last time we were out a diner came over and demanded we stop dropping the f-bomb. Oops. An occupational hazard, plus we were somewhat tipsy.
So where to go? I was pondering the usual suspects for great food and wine - Splendido, Perigee, Canoe, etc. but am afraid that we'll be a little too much for the room, you know?
And please, no moderately-priced options! I can do that on my own...the whole point of this exercise is to see how high the bill can go, he sure bills us enough every month.
What about dining in the private room at either Splendido, Perigee or Canoe? That way, you still get the great food but nobody will be around to shush you.
Thought about that but no, we still want the atmosphere, you know?
I guess we need some place LOUD. Hmm...
Maybe one of the lounge-restos would fit the bill then...Ultra, KiWe, Trevor, Kultura? Of those, I've only been to Ultra and the food is quite good, though all of them have had good reviews on this board. I think a place that turns into more of a bar scene as the evening goes on would be a ideal for you and your noisy little entourage:)
It isn't super high-end, but it sounds like you would be unnoticed if you went to Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant at Queen & Leslie. The first time I went there on a Tuesday night a few years ago there was a table of guys for a stag type thing and they had a stripper at their table!! I was a little stunned, and even more so when she stood there at the end talking to one of the guys while she was casually putting her bra back on. I'd say at this place anything goes!
How many of you are there? If it's between six and eight, do yourselves a favour and go to Trevor for the Chef's Table tasting menu. You'll get a private space right across from the kitchen, and the chef will come up with kick-ass food. A colleague of mine went last Saturday and said it was incredible. It's $130-150 per person, depending on what they're making. Chef Josh Wolfe cooks rich, flavourful, meaty man's food. You won't be disappointed.