Dinner by the Canon Theatre?
I'm going to see "We Will Rock You" at the Canon, and I'm looking for a place for an early pre-show meal. Was checking out One Up, but I haven't heard anything about it. Reviews? I'm hoping to stay up in the Yonge/Dundas area, but I'm having trouble finding something nicer than Mr. Greenjeans (ick!). I know there must be something.
All suggestions welcome! We're not picky eaters!
Mr. Greenjeans closed a while ago... Superior is right beside the Canon and specializes in pre-theatre dining. While not cheap the food is quite good. ( http://www.superiorrestaurant.com/)
Other options are:
Salad King / Lindas for Thai - lots of good reviews on this site
One Up - I have never been to but sounds from what I know like a 80's Italian place
Baton Rouge - get mixed reviews here but basically a ribs/ steakhouse place in a medium price range
Terroni on Victoria for nice pizza and pasta..
I was at One Up for my birthday party 3 years ago. For a dinner party of 30 they handled it really well. The service was attentative ( they created a speicial martini under my name!); the food is fusion, and can be hit or miss. I remember the mains are in the $20 range. Some creative entrees, but nothing wowed us. We did thoroughly enjoyed their martini and appetizer menus.
I can tell you what NOT to try:
Spring Rolls (shudders! i know people go there for their pre-theatre package, but the food is just Awful)
Superior ( expensive and poor wine list)
Japango at Elizabeth and Dundas. Excellent sushi at great price.
Matagali near Elm and Bay. Really friendly staff and cozy joint.
Salad King. consistent food quality and fast service. but i wouldnt call it a "nice" place.
The Senator is another option. It's not fine dining but pretty good food and right by the theatre's back entrance. I haven't been there for a couple years, but my dad and his wife went there before a show a couple months ago and enjoyed it. Their website is broken at the moment but should be at http://www.thesenator.com.
i had a fantastic dinner at savoy bostro a few months ago.
it's behind the cannon on victoria st.
we went when there was no show going on so it was slow- but the service and food was great. they do rely on the theatre crowd for the majority of their business so hopefully they give the same level of quality and service when they're busy.
35 elm is in the same neighborhood.
food was great- portion sizes were small (but not pricey) service was horrible though. i went there because they were hiring servers- i went to scope it out before my interview. i declined the position.
In the immediate vicinity of the Canon, my faves are Terroni (www.terroni.ca) and Salad King. There is also Golden Thai at Church and Richmond, which is also excellent, and a bit more festive than Salad King. (I haven't been to Linda, Salad King's fancier upstairs cousin.)
Terroni is where I usually go before a show for fast good food. I'd recommend getting a reservation if you can, or showing up at about 5:45--the place is crammed with a line-up out the door by 6.
I've also been to Superior for dinner before a show once--the food was expensive, pretty good, and scary fast--it took less than 10 minutes to get our meal.
What about Adega? It's on Elm between Yonge and Bay. Nice Portuguese food, mains in the $20-30 range. I really enjoyed the jumbo shrimp with piri piri sauce. And the appetizers are very good too. Oh, and they do nice lamb (very tender). Attentive, friendly service. Last time the server made excellent wine suggestions (my family is not very familiar with Portuguese wines, unfortunately). I haven't had dessert there, so I can't comment on it.