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85th Birthday Dinner

Hi Chowhounds,
My husband and I are planning an 85th birthday dinner for his mother, a very lively and contemporary woman, this September. There will be between 16-20 people and we are looking for up-scale, but not break the bank (say $100-$125pp before taxes and tip but including wine). A private room would be nice but is not esential. We were thinking of Il Mulino as a possibility. We're not interested in ByMark, North 44, Scaramouche or Splendido. Centrally located is preferable. Ethnic food not desireable. Good wine list essential.

Any thoughts? All suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Le Select Bistro has a room at the back which could be good for your party. We booked this room recently and the staff were all so professional, attentive and accommodating - our event went very well and we were really satisfied. They have a great wine list too. Vicki (who handles the bookings for this room) is really great.

    1. Il Mulino is a great choice, I was thinking of that before I read the body of your post.

      1. Globe has a private room upstairs that would be perfect. Great menu and service, excellent wine list.

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        Globe
        124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

        1. Fat Cat comes to mind, firstly because the size could even lead to a complete takeover (small restaurant), and the wine list is very good. Also significant chance that you could completely customize the menu, which takes the experience to a new level.
          www.fatcat.ca

          1. Mistura would be nice as well.

            And not to be snarky, but doesn't Italian count as ethnic?

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            1. re: TorontoJo

              Some really good suggestions folks. Thanks.

              I am going to Globe for the first time this weekend and will be sure to check out the room upstairs as mentioned. Le Select has not lived up to our expectations on a few occassions and a client dinner there for 14 (granted in the old location) was a disaster. Mistura isn't a favorite of ours. Fat Cat is an interesting suggestion though I haven't been there in some years. I'll swing by and take a look at the room and the menu.

              TorontoJo, yes, Italian is ethnic. I guess I was saying no to Greek, Indian, Thai, Malaysian, Ethiopian etc. Though I don't consider Il Mulino typically Italian if that's what you were questioning.

              1. re: GRobin

                Fair enough. :)

                Fat Cat would be a nice choice if they would close the restaurant for you. But you'd have to insist that they put a birthday hat on that incredibly cheesy gold Elvis head!