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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.

        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.

          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!

            2. I have been hearing good things about Quince in the Yonge and Eg area...they have a great website and it appears they have a nice private room...menu choice look bistro-like but a bit lighter...they have also been very nice any time I have called or emailed..they seem to book up quickly, so have look soon!

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              1. re: redhead

                Quince does great food at reasonable prices with unusually good service. The private room is downstairs, but looks quite attractive.

              2. My family celebrated my mother's 80th birthday with all her friends (mostly in their late-70s to mid-80's) and about 8 family members at her chosen spot: it was Ruth's Chris Steak House. There were 2 dozen of us-we set it up in advance with a narrowed selction from their basic menu and they were very helpful about keeping the portion control thing in check-older folks seem daunted by too much on a plate! They did a fine job in a semi-private room and we had a ball and came in on budget. In the Service of Celebration of a long-life, well lived, when my Mom died at age 90 last year, that party came up again and again as a high-point for The Old Pals as she called them.