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SF hound needs dinner recommendations

My wife and I and another couple will be in Toronto July 20 - 23 and we need recommendations for two dinners. Friday night we are meeting a friend that lives in Toronto and he suggested George. To me George seems pretty upscale and expensive. An older crowd and expense account type of place? We're looking for excellent food in a modern setting with efficient yet casual service. We will not wear jackets and will wear jeans. If you are familiar with San Francisco, the types of places we're looking for would be along the same lines as Delfina, Myth, A16, Slanted Door and Piperade...and not like Michael Mina or Fleur de Lys.

Has anyone been to any of the following?:

+ Globe Bistro
+ Colborne Lane
+ Trevor Kitchen & Bar
+ Kultura

Thanks...

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  1. FYI, Colborne Lane is more expensive than George.

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    1. re: skylineR33

      Is George a great experience? We have an outstanding restaurant in SF called Quince, but it is pretty full of blue-hairs most nights... ; )

      1. re: Husky

        Hello Husky,

        Yes, George is very nice in terms of food but for sure atmosphere is not a hip one. And it is really not that formal. I wear a jacket with jean going there. But if you prefer a trendy place (I am not familiar with SF too), Kultura is something not breaking the bank with a younger crowd, but with average food IMO. If you want both trendy and good food, Colborne Lane is my recommendation but it is on the expensive side. Crowd at George/Globe/CL are same age group.

        Maybe you want to consider Lee too, owned by Toronto's famous chef, Susur. I am not too fond of the food there at Lee but many people like it. It is also trendy.

        Hope this help !!

          1. re: Husky

            Opps, I mean jacket. I have corrected it, haha. I guess you don't need a ticket to get it there.

    2. I'm not familiar with SF, but I think that you could get away with jeans at Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar, so long as you're looking smart. The service is sometimes a bit slow, though.

      1. I haven't yet been to Colborne Lane or Kultura, but I know Globe and Trevor pretty well.

        Trevor is an underground space with a relaxed, funky vibe. The bar side is probably more your speed than the slightly more formal restaurant side. The menu (http://www.trevorkitchenandbar.com) reminds me a bit of SF's Town Hall or Salt House -- solid, rib-sticking food, great bar menu.

        Globe is visually the opposite -- soaring ceiling, lots of light -- and the food is also terrific. A focus on fresh local ingredients, simply treated. Great service. http://www.globebistro.com

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        Globe
        124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

        Trevor Kitchen
        38 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C7, CA

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        1. re: estragon

          Thank you...any other recommendations? We're staying at Hotel le Germain, but willing to travel!

        2. I love the Slanted Door. You're looking for something along the lines of
          :
          Lee (on King Street, west of Spadina)
          http://www.susur.com/susur_lite.html

          Globe (on Danforth, east of Broadview
          )http://www.globebistro.com/

          Beer Bistro (on King Street, east of Yonge
          )http://www.beerbistro.com/

          JK Wine Bar (on Church Street, south of Front
          )http://www.jkkitchens.com/v3/restaura...

          Trevor (on Wellington, east of Yonge
          )http://www.trevorkitchenandbar.com/

          Eggplant (on King street, east of Sherbourne
          )http://www.eggplanttherestaurant.com/

          Quince (on Yonge Street, north of Davisville
          )http://quincerestaurant.ca/

          No jackets required. Jeans are perfectly fine! Happy chowing.

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          1. re: fickle

            in addition to this good list, a funky vibe at the Drake Hotel.

            1. re: fickle

              Great list from fickle for what you're looking for. I would emphasize JK Wine Bar and Beerbistro as fitting your criteria AND being relatively close to your hotel. Trevor is a sort of a love it/hate kind of place, but it definitely has a modern, funky vibe. For me, the best part about Trevor is that it's a couple of doors away from the Reservoir Lounge -- a fantastic spot to hit for after dinner cocktails and listening to some great, live swing jazz or jump blues bands.

              I would normally recommend Starfish, but given that you're coming from SF, I will not recommend any seafood restaurants in town. :o) Well, except for Chiado, but it doesn't have the vibe you're looking for.

            2. Zucca at Yonge and Davisville is great.