Nice but not an arm-and-leg expensive restaurants in the Beaches
Says is all in the title. I'm not as familar with that area of the city and was wondering if anybody had some ideas for a fairly nice comfy restaurant in the Beaches, or Beach to be politically correct. I am taking a former teacher of mine that I haven't seen for years out and want to be impressive and pick up the tab, but don't have massive bills to drop. Thank you in advance.
It'd probably be better to give us some sense of what "nice but not arm and a leg" should cost.
There's quite a few decent places in the beach(es), although I've never found one that I'd rave about (it may be there; I haven't found it).
Il Fornello, for instance, is nice, relatively predictable, and I'd consider it 'nice but not expensive'. I wouldn't rave, but I enjoy pretty much everything on the menu that I've had at any Il Fornello location. There's lots of things of that caliber.
If you don't mind straying out of the Beach(es), there's always Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant; you might consider that expensive, depending on how you order.
You're right, there isn't a lot of info online, but it was very nice food, relaxing atmosphere and reasonably priced.
Here's a little write-up I found online:
2222 Queen St. E.
Tues. - Sun. 10 am - 10 pm; Sat. and Sun Brunch 10 am - 4 pm, followed by regular menu
Hidden at the east end of Queen near Beech Avenue is a little gem called Pomegranate. This cute and affordable restaurant offers a high quality dining experience with fresh fusion flavour. Not only is the food wonderful, but the atmosphere is truly charming, clean and relaxing.
Ate at Pomegranate today. It was a mixed experience.
The service was extremely friendly and informed. The food was fresh and the quality was high. Prices were very reasonable.
The squash and lentil soup was good, as was the buttered whole grain toast served with it.
The Caesar salad was fresh and crisp and both salad and dressing were made to order.
The fettuccine with shrimps and scallops in coconut curry sauce was al dente and both shellfish were generously portioned, perfectly cooked, and very sweet.
This comes off as an excellent review, and I suppose it is, but there were also problems. While quality and cooking bordered on flawless, the actual recipes were not very good.
The Caesar dressing didn't really taste like a Caesar dressing. Although made before our eyes, it could have been bottled. Despite the excellent bread, the salad's croûtons weren't first rate. And the bacon, which I don't really like on a Caesar in the first place, tasted fake (though it could have been real).
The flavouring of the curry sauce was simply raw curry powder with a one dimensional taste and no spice heat at all. The sauce contained considerable cream, but did not taste rich enough to justify the caloric load.
I like Antoinete (sic, I think). East of The Fox cinema, on the south side of Queen; it's a small neighbourhood place with good pasta. Friendly service, unpretentious, quiet - I think it'd be ideal for two people who want to have a nice cheapish meal and catch up.
It's about 12-16 dollars for most mains, IIRC.
Be forewarned though - if they're slow, they sometimes close the kitchen as early as 8-ish.. So it's worth calling first.
Good luck :-)