Relaxed corporate dinner - best place to go?
Okay my chowhound friends, this one should be easy for you!
I have to arrange a dinner for about 20 out of town execs who will be staying at the Pantages hotel. Something relatively close by, excellent quality, elegant, but also somewhere that shows off Toronto a bit. Somewhere kinda cool. Somewhere other than the obvious choices e.g. Canoe, 360, etc. I want these guys to go home saying "wow, wasn't that a GREAT place to eat? Toronto is fantastic!"
If anyone has any ideas - I would love to hear it!
For a more casual, relaxed atmosphere, you can try the Academy of Spherical Arts. The Academy offers a few events that you can include as part of the evening's entertainment: scotch tasting, wine tasting, champagne and caviar tasting, beer tasting or you can bring in a jazz trio, have a pool pro demo-ing trick shots on the many pool tables they have, have a demo of cigar rolling, etc. I just had an event there and they treated us really well.
What about Starfish (Jarvis and Adelaide)? It's not really "see and be seen", but it is an excellent "secret" Toronto place - wonderful food, relaxed, elegant - and in the neighbourhood.
George also comes to mind, although I haven't been there in about a year.
Also, (always) Jamie Kennedy on Church.