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yummyyum Jan 7, 2007 04:26 PM

I happened to go by Baldwin last night and realized that I haven't been in the neighbourhood in years. What are your recommendations for a friend's birthday coming up?

  1. spigot Jan 7, 2007 11:55 PM

    I think Baldwin's overrated - there's such a diversity of restaurants in such a small space, it gives the illusion of endless, excellent choice. But really, most of the food is pretty average.

    Having said that, I have a soft spot for the Gaffe.

    But really, I'd skip it and walk a few blocks to Bellevue Diner; it beats the pants off Baldwin. Except on weekends, when I believe the Bellevue's main chef works somewhere else.

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      Tboy Jan 7, 2007 07:59 PM

      I second Caffe Le Gaffe - less stuffy that La Bodega, and great food. Midi is also excellent. Their lamb and mussels are fantastic :)

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        Romana Jan 7, 2007 10:43 PM

        I also think Midi is a great place with good food, pleasant service and good prices. The quiches, open face sandwiches and salads are all great.

        1. re: Romana
          Zengarden Jan 8, 2007 09:22 PM

          Has anyone been to Midi for lunch? Is it worth going to?

          1. re: Zengarden
            Romana Jan 8, 2007 10:04 PM

            IMO Midi is definately worth it. You can get a quiche and salad and frites for about $10. They always have quiche lorraine and a veggie quiche and sometimes a daily special quiche of the day. It is usually filled at lunch time and I have always enjoyed my lunches there. I recommend it....

            1. re: Romana
              Zengarden Jan 8, 2007 10:41 PM

              Do they have items other than quiche? Just looked at the menu online and it does not look extensive at lunch time.

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        tartetatin Jan 7, 2007 06:00 PM

        Around the corner from Baldwin on McCaul is a nice little french bistro called Midi - nice atmosphere and food and very reasonably priced. I don't know how many will be in your party - it is a fairly cozy, romantic place.

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          Romana Jan 7, 2007 05:57 PM

          I work in the area and frequent Baldwin street often. In my opinion the best restaurants are:

          La Bodega
          Caffe La Gaffe

          I also like Fujiyama but I don't think it is a great spot to celebrate a birthday.

          Bocca used to be good, especially in the summer with the great corner patio but last time I went everything was awful.....food, service, wait time....

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            childofthestorm Jan 7, 2007 05:46 PM

            Konnichiwa for excellent ramen and decent sushi would be a good choice, as would Wah Sing for 2-for-1 stir-fried lobster.

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              FlavoursGal Jan 7, 2007 04:43 PM

              Matahari Grill is a Malaysian restaurant that we've been going to for a number of years. The food is very good, although the prices have risen quite a bit in the past couple of years.

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              1. re: FlavoursGal
                ascendance Jan 9, 2007 02:20 AM

                Crap. And I didn't think Matahari was a good deal 10 years ago. But I guess you're spoiled for Malaysian food when you actually come from Malaysia.

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