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Early dinner before Opera

malcolmjolley Feb 19, 2007 08:40 AM

Is there anywhere decent and quick around the Four Seasons Centre where we can dine at 6 to make the opera at 7:30? Will not be starving or looking for elaborate service, etc. At this point I'm thinking a burger at The Rex, but my wife would likely prefer something a little more refined...

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    h2o Oct 23, 2007 06:19 AM

    Any new suggestions? In the same situation as the OP this week, including my husband's Rex affinity. Last visit to Queen Mother was very so-so food and service and I think Amadeus is now closed.

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    1. re: h2o
      JamieK Oct 23, 2007 06:27 AM

      Going to see Figaro next week and was thinking about going to Amadeus. Anyone know for sure if it's closed?

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        pescatarian Oct 23, 2007 06:48 AM

        Yes, it's closed.

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      malcolmjolley Feb 21, 2007 08:30 AM

      Many thanks.

      As it happened we ended up at The Rex after all for a quick 1 hour turn around burger and beer dinner. It was great, actually.

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        mickeyj Feb 19, 2007 12:10 PM

        Japanese? Ematei is very close.

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        1. re: mickeyj
          kaka Feb 20, 2007 09:38 AM

          I agree. It should be one of the closest restaurant to the Opera House. The food is awesome too.

        2. Rabbit Feb 19, 2007 09:21 AM

          Perhaps da nu la at Richmond and Bay?

          Or (and I know I've pushed this one before), Amadeus at Richmond and York is really quite good.

          Monsoon, on Simcoe a little south of Richmond, might be more wife-worthy too (and you don't have to do full dinner - can always sit at the sexy bar and share a few apps).

          I always find pre-opera/theatre dining rough because I'm not really hungry before the event, but tend to become ravenous and distracted during. A luxurious problem.

          PS - nothing wrong with the Rex... it's one of my locals!

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          1. re: Rabbit
            pescatarian Feb 19, 2007 09:29 AM

            I agree that Amadeus is a good choice (especially if you like heartier fare). I was there last week for a private function and was very impressed with the food. If you are going to be in a bit of a hurry, I suggest going to the more casual side of the restaurant.

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            tochipotle Feb 19, 2007 09:07 AM

            There are a few good Indian spots across from the Queen Mother if you like - but I don't know about the time factor. If you need something quick, then Sushi Time is just down the street as well (south side across from the HMV). Maybe not the best sushi in the city, but personally, I find it reliable and fast.

            1. orangewasabi Feb 19, 2007 08:54 AM

              Queen Mother should do it - the thai dishes are great.

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