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Relaxed corporate dinner - best place to go?

muckluckgirl Jan 9, 2007 07:43 PM

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!

  1. sloweater Jan 10, 2007 02:18 AM

    Go to Perigee...

    The tasting menus are innovative and well prepared; the room is intimate and not overly pretentious. Be warned, the price tag is comparable to Canoe. Not sure if they can accomodate 20 at one table.

    1. deelicious Jan 10, 2007 12:56 AM

      I would guess nearby Kultura would be the best bet.

      1. Rabbit Jan 9, 2007 10:24 PM

        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.

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          estragon Jan 9, 2007 09:07 PM

          How about Kultura?

          Also, Claudio Aprile's Colborne Lane is supposed to be opening soon:


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            courgette Jan 9, 2007 08:58 PM

            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.

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              todc1996 Jan 9, 2007 08:04 PM

              no brainer. perigee in the distillery.
              i believe there's a restaurant in the distillery that has live music. can't remember the name. maybe someone else can help me out.

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              1. re: todc1996
                paper_bag_princess Jan 9, 2007 08:29 PM

                boiler house?

              2. orangewasabi Jan 9, 2007 07:48 PM

                Senator? and some jazz with drinks afterwards?

                it's a block away

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                1. re: orangewasabi
                  estragon Jan 9, 2007 09:01 PM

                  There hasn't been jazz at the Senator in years.

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