Hi! I was hoping you guys could help me out with some suggestions for a fancy dinner out with my boyfriend. I want to treat him out as a celebration for his new job, however we are both still in school and as such, a bit short on cash. I want something in the price range of 100$ for both of us including drinks, tax and tip. Is this possible? I dont want to do a BYOW since we go to those alot. Im thinking something a bit more upscale than what we are normally used to. Any type of cuisine goes: Italian, French, contemporary, fusion etc. However I would like to stay away from any greek, asian restos. What do you guys think about Cavalli? and Garcon? Are they wayy out of my range? I wouldnt mind going over 10-15$ above my budget. Any help would be appreciated!!
You should go to Pintxo. They have a format that is $28 - you get four pintxos, chef's choice and then a choice of one of the main plates. Ask the sommelier to find you a bottle around $40. The food is excellent and the ambiance lovely. It was voted 6th best resto in Canada this year for a reason. You might but your budget by $15 but it's worth it. You other option is just to eat pintxos (they are smaller than tapas) and I think the most expensive is $6, so you can make a long meal of many plates if you like as well and still be within your budget. www.pintxo.ca
Since you asked, both Cavalli and Garçon are out of your range unless you have only mains and tap water and share a dessert. In my opinion, scrounge up for the best bottle of wine you can afford and go to La Colombe, which is bring-your-own. The food is table-d'hôte, and delicious.