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silentnoise Feb 15, 2007 03:13 AM

so i'm changing my mind about what i wanna do....i'm thinking of going to The Roof at the Hyatt during sunset (oh sky, please be clear)...and then going to somewhere with a private booth...my choices:

- savoy
- bravi (really want to try the elevator experience)
- nami (the tatami mats seem interesting, but it's not really private (for 2) is it?)

any other suggestions? i read on here about southern accent...but i think it's a little ways away...

afterwards, i was thinking of going up to canoe for dessert...do they let you reserve a table just for dessert and drinks? (i was thinking around 930-10pm...what's the crowd like at that time on friday?)...if that falls through, then i'm gonna take her karaoke'ing...heh...

  1. Googs Feb 16, 2007 09:06 AM

    Not too mention smoke.

    1. Rabbit Feb 15, 2007 09:46 PM

      You can always go outside at the Hyatt. It might not be the most hospitable in dead of winter, but I've definitely been out. View faces "dowtown," so you look over the ROM and toward the Bay Street city lights and the CN tower.

      1. Googs Feb 15, 2007 11:10 AM

        Other places within easy walking distance of the Park Hyatt Rooftop (excellent choice for romance btw): Truffles, Opus, Host Fine Indian. You would barely need your coat for the trip.

        Pangaea is a little further, but well worth the walk if your date is dressed properly.

        Avenues is comfy, but typically quite busy on weekends so not conducive to conversation... unless... you know... speaking directly into her ear is desirable... hmmm. Nope, personally I'd still wanna to be on the sofa in front of the fire at the Rooftop. You can catch the view outdoors and then warm up indoors. Yummy.

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        1. re: Googs
          silentnoise Feb 15, 2007 07:42 PM

          the outdoor patio at the Rooftop is open this time of year?

        2. t
          The Macallan 18 Feb 15, 2007 10:53 AM

          I have the answer. Hyatt Roof for cocktails...dinner at The Corner House (by the fire) and close by, then desserts in a booth at Prego della Piazza, or Pangaea for the best desserts in Toronto. All close by:) And if you're up for a real late night-cap, you can always head to Avenue at the Four Seasons and grab a comfy spot in the deep couches.

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          1. re: The Macallan 18
            orangewasabi Feb 15, 2007 11:36 AM

            great idea on the Prego -- why not there for dinner?

            I don't recall the seating at Opus, which is just around the corner, are there booths or just bench?

          2. s
            silentnoise Feb 15, 2007 09:22 AM

            well...the elevator is booked...
            don't think i'll be going to nami since we've done japanese quite a bit...
            leaning towards savoy...though still thinking about canoe...

            and yeah, 3 stops is probably one too many...definitely still doing the hyatt though...

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            1. re: silentnoise
              climacus Feb 15, 2007 10:48 AM

              Then skip Savoy and go straight to Canoe. You're saving $20 per main at Savoy, but the cab fare would cost you an extra $5-7.

            2. orangewasabi Feb 15, 2007 09:04 AM

              dude, that's a lot of stops.
              I agree with Pescatarian, that the food at Bravi is just 'okay' -- the elevator IS private though, and there is another 'celler' space that is enclosed on three sides but still on the ground
              I'm not a Nami fan at all
              If you're set on Canoe for dessert, then you could do dinner at Bymark so there's less commuting -- table 28 (I think that's the number) is bench seating where you sit in an L/corner and it is not visible from the door. (gets you closer together than a traditional booth, but still private).

              Seriously though, from a woman -- I totally admire your enthusiasm and how much you're willing to do but two stops is plenty, three verges on trying a bit too hard. Ya wanna be cool to go along with your locale choices, eh

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              1. re: orangewasabi
                pescatarian Feb 15, 2007 09:06 AM

                lol, I get the elevator now - I'm not usually that daft, but it was early in the morning

                I agree that Bymark is a good choice - better than the others - or I would suggest just going to Canoe - I think you'd have a fabulous time there even if you're not right by the window.

              2. pescatarian Feb 15, 2007 07:56 AM

                I haven't been to Bravi in awhile, but I don't recall their food being anything spectacular (what elevator experience?). The food is decent, nothing memorable.
                Nami is good (hasn't been my fave Japanese in T.O. for years though). The mats are better for larger groups. The do have regular booths that would be more private.

                1. Rabbit Feb 15, 2007 05:40 AM

                  Just a thought - but a three-stop date might be over the top (unless you pick places that are really close together or you're really, really into each other). You're obviously putting significant planning into a special evening, and I wonder whether it might be hard to maintain the vibe if you're spending all your time in taxis (especially in such unpleasant weather)?

                  But I think two stops are great - and I love the Hyatt.

                  Quite different atmospheres at your restaurant picks. I haven't been since it was Torch, but Savoy was ruinously reviewed here not long ago. Nami is good (make sure she's into Japanese!). Bravi would be an "experience," although I've only grabbed a quick pre-theatre drink at their bar. Southern Accent is quirky and fun (just like karaoke... ).

                  1. TorontoJo Feb 15, 2007 05:21 AM

                    Southern Accent is near Bloor and Bathurst, not far at all.

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