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Toronto's Grande Dame??

Rabbit Apr 22, 2007 03:03 PM

Most cities seem to have an old-world, elegant, sort of "establishment" restaurant (or two)... but I can't think who might qualify in Toronto?

We definitely have some excellent places to eat, but I'm trying to think of the sort of place where you could mark a milestone and return twenty years later to find the place aging gracefully and still in good stead? Who is our "Grande Dame"??

  1. Rabbit Apr 24, 2007 04:17 AM

    What do you think of the hotel restaurants... Truffles?

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      kawarthagirl Apr 25, 2007 06:50 AM

      Definitely! Truffles is another good one. The hubby and I decided that the first thing we'll do after we win a couple of million dollars (HA!) is book in at the Four Seasons (Suite) and start with afternoon tea at the Lobby Bar, then move the Avenue for Cocktails, then go upstairs and change and then go to Truffles for dinner. Then all we have to do is roll up to our room and go to sleep... yes, sleep! (After all that... that might be the best we can hope for...) :)

      1. re: kawarthagirl
        The Macallan 18 Apr 25, 2007 07:27 AM

        Auberge du Pommier, Truffles, Scaramouche.

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          Fwagra Apr 25, 2007 07:24 PM

          Auberge?? A chain restaurant that is consistently inconsistent? Uh-uh.

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      TexSquared Apr 23, 2007 07:11 PM

      Hard to argue with Scaramouche and North 44, although N44 has been renovated extensively and doesn't look anything like it did when it opened (since you wanted a place that is "aging gracefully"). Could also include 360 as one of those places that is still around after 20 years.

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        zoohort2 Apr 22, 2007 04:37 PM

        Barberian's Steak House.

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          andjules Apr 23, 2007 03:42 PM

          Barberian's is really quite lame, except for the incredible wine list. Otherwise, it's a time warp of a steak house. Feels maybe like a nice hotel dining room in 1950s or 60s New York. Not in the good way.

          1. re: andjules
            Fwagra Apr 23, 2007 06:53 PM

            I agree. Barberian's is way past its prime, and very overrated.

        2. TheGloaming Apr 22, 2007 03:11 PM


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            Charles Yu Apr 22, 2007 03:17 PM

            Agree!! May be N44 as well?!

            1. re: TheGloaming
              kawarthagirl Apr 22, 2007 04:59 PM

              Definitely Scaramouche!

              1. re: TheGloaming
                Crepes Suzette Apr 24, 2007 06:57 PM

                Absolutely - Scaramouche!

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