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TOfoodie Apr 16, 2007 11:10 AM

Has anyone been to George lately? I'm looking for a resto for my birthday in a couple weeks. My first choice was Globe, but they have soem charity event that has booked the entire place out...too bad for me :o(

Any recos Hounders?

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    markdsgraham Jul 11, 2007 07:38 PM

    Does anyone know if George will adjust for a vegetarian? I have a reservation for Friday, but I would hate to get there and have the guest of honour unable to eat...

    1. Fidel Gastro Jul 4, 2007 01:21 PM

      I really like George, I think its one of the better restaurants in the city. Whats sets it apart, however, is the fact that every single person I know that has been there thought it was spectacular, rarely does a restaurant appeal to everyone as much as George does.

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        jgloverwork Jul 3, 2007 10:30 AM

        $600 seems like a lot for George - You'd really have to be sucking back the expensive glasses of wine to get to that price point.

        They do have perfectly reasonable bottles in the $40 - $50 range.

        My girlfriend took me to George in May for my birthday and with two apps, two mains, a dessert, a bottle of wine and two glasses of wine was in the $225.00 range....

        Both the service and the food was fantastic. I would gladly suggest it for an evening of celebration.

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          TwinklyTerrapin Apr 20, 2007 12:38 PM

          George! George! George!
          I ate at Perigee for my birthday last year and it was...kinda meh...
          I ate at George last night and it was beyond excellent.
          At both places we had the six course with wine parings, but the service was more engaging, the wines were more interesting and the flavours were deeper and wider and more intriguing at George. It was a truly lovely meal (...and I swear I'm not being hyperbolic--the first bite of the foie gras course made me dizzy. So unbelieveably good...)
          Final bill for Perigee for two was $450
          Final bill for George for two was $400, and they knocked it out of the park.
          ...can't wait to go back when their patio is open...

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            DylS Jul 1, 2007 06:25 AM

            Thinking of going to George, having heard so many great things, but is it possible for 2 people to have a great meal for less than $400??!!, say $200 or even lower?

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              MMRuth Jul 1, 2007 06:30 AM

              I just posted this - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/41284... - two people (not me sadly) spent about $600, but based on the amount they drank, I would imagine one could have a much lower bill. Hopefully local 'hounds will chime in for you.

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                ace123 Jul 1, 2007 02:08 PM

                I'd lunch at George 3 days ago. The total bill was $145 before tips for 2 persons.
                We had 4x3oz wine, grilled asparague salad, olive oil poached calamari, baked black cod, pan seared mackeral (daily special), lemon tart, cherry clafouti (daily spacial), expresso & cappuccino.
                You can also check out the menu prices on the website.
                www.georgeonqueen.com

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            peppermint pate Apr 17, 2007 03:49 PM

            Here's another vote for George. We were there a few weeks ago - the first time in about a year - and we had an exceptionally good meal. We each had a first course, shared a second course and then had our own third course - though not huge eaters, we were still peckish and so we split a cheese plate and a dessert after that. Everything was delicious and the service was very welcome and friendly. The place was packed and some of the dishes took a long time to come out of the kitchen - you could see the managers jumping in to try and help speed things along, apologize for the wait, etc. We hadn't made a fuss about it as we were in a mellow mood but towards the end of the evening, they told us that to apologize for the delays, they wishes to comp our cheese plate, dessert and poured us dessert wines as well. They handled it very well.

            I would agree with orangewasabi that deciding between George and Perigee has a lot to do with the size of your group (unless you're in the private room at Perigee, I wouldn't eat there as more than a group of 4), budget (Perigee is pricier) and your preferred ambience (George is busier, buzzier and generally more fun whereas Perigee is quieter and more about the experience of the food/kitchen). Either way, happy birthday and have fun!

            1. orangewasabi Apr 17, 2007 09:23 AM

              I was at George a month or so ago, it was lovely. 3 courses plus dessert was a bit more than I had planned on eating, but the lemon tart was calling my name . . . and it was worth it. I highly recommend the half-pour wine pairings.

              the vibe is pretty relaxed and it's easy to kick back and have a good convo and meal. Picking between Perigee and George would depend somewhat on the size of the group and their pocketbooks. George is good value for money, Perigee a bit on the pricey side to me.

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                CChan126 Apr 16, 2007 01:03 PM

                I was at George a few weeks ago and thought the food was heavenly. It was one of the best meals I've had in a while. They subscribe to the "smaller plates" theory of dining. It's not tapas though. Essentially, they recommend 3 courses, the first course is about 3 oz, 2nd course is 4 oz and 3rd course is about 5 oz or so they say. I wasn't starving when I was there, so I only selected something off the 2nd course and 3rd course lists and it was the perfect amount. People with bigger appetites might find this challenging, although there is also a dessert course and a cheese course. The food is very creative and service was impeccable. Their patio is one of the most beautiful ones in the city, but it may not be warm enough in a few weeks.

                By the way, I also went to Globe a few weeks ago and didn't like it at all. I got a bit of attitude when I turned down the bottled water. (I had just read an article about an environmental movement against bottled water.) Food was pretty mediocre. For the same price, I'd rather dine elsewhere.

                You'll definitely have a better overall dining experience at George.

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                  TOfoodie Apr 17, 2007 08:55 AM

                  Thanks CChan126! I'm thinking George or Perigee now....

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                    CChan126 Apr 18, 2007 12:57 PM

                    That's a tough one! Both are fantastic but very different dining experiences. Perigee is entertainment, in addition to a meal. So, if you've got a number of people in your group, I'd recommend George. At Perigee, my friend and I sat around the long table that wraps around the kitchen. The focus is on what's going on in the kitchen. If you've got several people in your group, it'll be tougher to have a conversation. Also, Perigee is slightly more expensive than George. You really can't go wrong with either, for food, though. Hope that helps!

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                      estufarian Apr 18, 2007 01:02 PM

                      SLIGHTLY more expensive!!!
                      A factor of at least 2 times - maybe approaching 3 times.
                      Perigee is currently the most expensive place in town - cost roughly the same as Splendido and way more than Susur! And George is about half of Susur.

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                        Charles Yu Apr 18, 2007 07:21 PM

                        Agree!
                        I also find Perigee's food, though still good, has somehow lost the 'wow' factor. Wine pairing is also below par ( compare, say with Splendido's ). If given a choice, I would definitely go to George and, with the money saved, head out to Thuet for brunch on a Sunday!

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