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Anniversary Dinner

mamaD Dec 5, 2006 04:25 AM

Looking for a nice restaurant, good food, not a "scene" doesn't have to be hip, just has to be good, honest, fresh yummy food. Something memorable, romantic. Two babies at home, we don't get out much. I'm allergic to fish, so any place too fishy is out. We love different flavours, lamb, poultry, pasta, things that are different, not same old same old. Somewhere in the GTA, nothing too suburban
Help me chowhounds.


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    sherry f Dec 5, 2006 10:28 AM

    We love Sapori on the north side of Yonge, north of Lawrence. Wonderful Italian food and great wine list. The bread with the roasted garlic is fantastic, lots of non-fish options. Hopefully, Lawrence avenue is not too burby.

    Another lovely place is Il Mulino on the north side of Eglinton, about three blocks east of the Allen. Great Italian food, lots of choice, and again a wonderful wine list.

    I have not tried Chris Macdonald's new resto, but saw something recently in the Globe (I think). We absolutely adored Avalon, his old haunt on John Street downtown. Any hounds been there?

    Happy Anniversary!

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    1. re: sherry f
      AmandaEd Dec 5, 2006 02:55 PM

      Good call on Cava - MacDonald's new place. Really exceptional food and a wide variety of tastes! Not incredibly romantic, though, more of a hip wine bar feel. Still, it would have my vote. That or Batifole. That resto's top of my list!

      1. re: sherry f
        kasey j miller Dec 6, 2006 12:51 PM

        I second both Saporit and Il Mulion - both are excellecnt choices. Another good choice, but much more expensive, is Scaramouche. Ask for a table with a view. Corner House used to be a favourite of mine but I find their service has gone way downhill, the last 2 times I was there they asked me to leave so they could use the table for another party. I wont be going back any time soon.

        1. re: sherry f
          ognir Feb 22, 2007 01:22 PM

          I ate at Sapori recently and thought it was mediocre at best.

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          todc1996 Dec 5, 2006 01:19 PM

          sounds like amuse bouche (on tecumseh) or corner house (on davenport) would both fit the bill....both romantic with excellent food and not 'sceney'.

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          1. re: todc1996
            orangewasabi Dec 5, 2006 03:25 PM

            I haven't been to the corner house in ages -- what's the food like now? it was pretty banal when I was there, though the setting is romantic.

            1. re: orangewasabi
              estragon Dec 6, 2006 03:43 AM

              Corner House food is better than under the previous ownership - honest, properly made, but I can't say it's super-memorable.

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            mamaD Dec 5, 2006 01:25 PM

            On some friends suggestions we are considering Lolita's Lust or Mistura. Mistura's site doesn't have any prices listed is it crazy expensive? Any thoughts?

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            1. re: mamaD
              todc1996 Dec 5, 2006 01:35 PM

              haven't been to lolita's lust in years (since jonny k sold) so can't comment....it's definitely a very funky space and the food used to be good and fairly priced....haven't heard anything about it for ages....mistura is constistently excellent but the prices are definitely high.

              1. re: mamaD
                sherry f Dec 5, 2006 04:02 PM

                Mistura is great, but it is definitely a "scene" and is pricey. I am not blown away by Lolita's Lust, nor is it a romantic atmosphere.

                1. re: sherry f
                  spigot Dec 12, 2006 05:01 AM

                  Agreed re LL. It's more "edgy" than romantic, and better suited to groups than couples IMO.

                  I second kasey j miller upthread who recommended Scaramouche, if you feel inclined to splash out a bit. GENIUS service: you will be cossetted and leave happy.

              2. orangewasabi Dec 5, 2006 03:26 PM

                Auberge du Pommier is very romantic, good food too. And they'll take care of you if they know it is a special occasion.

                Perhaps too suburban, being at York Mills & Yonge? But easy to park at, if you're driving.

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                1. re: orangewasabi
                  88GK Dec 5, 2006 04:28 PM

                  Id choose Mistura over Auberge Du Pommier hands down.

                  1. re: 88GK
                    TorontoJo Feb 22, 2007 03:28 PM

                    And after dinner at Mistura, you can go upstairs to the Sopra Lounge to listen to live jazz and have dessert or an apres dinner drink.

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                  estragon Dec 6, 2006 03:50 AM

                  If you're willing to spend the money and want to get a great night view of the city, Canoe is one of the most romantic spots in town, with fantastic views. Auberge du Pommier is also a lovely place in winter, in more or less the same price range.

                  Less expensive but also great for a date is La Palette in Kensington Market, but since a staffing change in the kitchen a few months back, there have been some negative reviews on Chowhound.

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                  1. re: estragon
                    kasey j miller Dec 11, 2006 09:37 PM

                    FYI - Canoe is not open on the weekends. Wish it was, I love it there.

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                    jcanncuk Dec 6, 2006 03:09 PM

                    What about Habitat on Queen W? Intersting food, not too $$, and lovely amosphere. I would also rec. George.

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                    1. re: jcanncuk
                      spigot Dec 12, 2006 05:04 AM

                      Habitat is more expensive than it used to be and has VERY hit-and-miss service. Also, it's not particularly romantic.

                      I've never visited Rosebud on Queen; maybe those who have could chime in? Strikes me it might work.

                      And of course as always I'll proselytize on behalf of Pony on College: cozy, quiet, kind, attentive, and lovely food.

                      1. re: spigot
                        wilmagrace Dec 13, 2006 02:34 AM

                        Where exactly is Pony and what kind of food, price range, do you have any favourite dishes...

                        1. re: wilmagrace
                          estragon Dec 13, 2006 03:48 AM

                          College and Palmerston: http://www.ponyrestaurant.com/

                          1. re: wilmagrace
                            spigot Dec 13, 2006 05:30 AM

                            Duck quesadilla, cod and char are great. I think I've had good lamb there too.

                            It's a modest neighbourhood place -it's no Scaramouche, and it's not trendy- but I've always left happy :-)

                          2. re: spigot
                            TorontoJo Feb 22, 2007 03:30 PM

                            Re: Rosebud. I love it, but I'm not sure it qualifies on the 'memorable, romantic' criteria. It is a wonderful place for dinner, though.

                        2. estufarian Dec 12, 2006 01:12 PM

                          I'll add Linda's to the list.
                          This is upscale Thai food (e.g. duck breast in red curry sauce; soft-shell crab; even foie gras) all in a Bistro setting. And you choose your own level of spicing. Tablecloths and liveried servers.
                          Admittedly the entrance (through the Salad King downstairs) is anything but romantic, but upstairs is an oasis.

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                            Connoisseur Feb 23, 2007 10:00 AM

                            Vincent's Spot is in Scarborough. by the lake and the Bluffs Very cozy very romantic a diamond in the rough. Guaranteed to be a fantastic dining experience.
                            Outstanding! I have visited this restaurant many times. It is my favorite
                            You will not find a better meal in this city for this price!

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