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Mediterranean Grilled Fish

itryalot Jul 16, 2007 05:15 AM

Friends are going out to catch up with a friend who just did a tour of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece and to see pics from said trip. We all want to go somewhere that is a Medit type of cookery. Maybe for lunch maybe for supper.
The goal: Fresh grilled fish (not fried, grilled, pref over coals) served with EVOO and lemon.
Where is the best place for this?

  1. Rabbit Jul 16, 2007 05:26 AM

    We had fanatstic fresh fish grilled with EVOO, herbs and lemon at Zucca. There were several types of fish on offer. Also, really nice people running this neighbourhood spot.


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      The Macallan 18 Jul 16, 2007 06:05 AM

      I second Zucca for sure...or you can try Joso's for more of an exciting 'see and be seen' type deal, as well as Chiado or Vertical if you are doing lunch dowtown.

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      edibleTO Jul 16, 2007 08:43 AM

      Don't forget Phoebe's Zee Grill on Mount Pleasant for excellent fish, great service and very pleasant atmosphere.

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        robb Jul 16, 2007 08:49 AM

        I suggest Pantheon on the Danforth. Simple grilled fish the way you describe. Enjoy

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          dinin and dishin Jul 16, 2007 10:15 AM

          I can't agree with Pantheon, especially if they've recently been in Greece. I tried it based on several CH recs and was completely underwhelmed. I didn't have the grilled fish, but the rest of the menu didn't touch even the worst food I had in Greece. (not that there really was any)

          That said, defintely agree with Chiado or Zucca. I also recently had an amazing grilled fish at POP Bistro on Queen St. East. But Chiado would be my fist choice.

          1. re: dinin and dishin
            Pizza Lover Jul 17, 2007 06:02 AM

            Pantheon does grilled fish very well - I was there on Friday night and we thoroughly enjoyed a grilled sea bass which was also very reasonably priced. In addition they had a selection of mullets, red snapper and rainbow trouts

            The atmosphere is also very vivacious and lends itself well to groups.

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        mightycheesehead Jul 16, 2007 08:52 AM

        Definately Chiado - amazing whole grilled fish. Excellent selection of Portugese wine. Stellar service.

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          ddelicious Jul 16, 2007 09:44 AM

          Quince or Il Mulino. Chiado is a great option too.

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          itryalot Jul 17, 2007 04:57 AM

          I am making a list as I read' any more. These are all great. I will check out their locations; decide and then post back.

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            itryalot Jul 17, 2007 04:58 AM

            Chiado looks great but online loos quite formal. They were going for more rustic. What do you think now?

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              Snarf Jul 17, 2007 06:12 AM

              Another option would be Il Posto, which is in a courtyard off Yorkville, in Hazelton Lanes. A bit more pricey than what has been suggested (which are all good places, especially Joso's and Zucca).

              1. re: itryalot
                Nyleve Jul 17, 2007 09:13 AM

                Try Bairrada on College. It's a very informal Portuguese restaurant with a good grill and great patio out back. It gets mixed reviews on its piri piri chicken on this board, but I love the place anyway. The grilled fish is very good - and their sardines are delicious and cheap.

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                  lxcardoza Jul 17, 2007 09:17 AM

                  Hey itryalot: Josos on Davenport and Avenue Road is a great little gem with fantastic fresh frish med style and very eclectic surroundings.

                2. re: itryalot
                  hungry_pangolin Jul 17, 2007 09:22 AM

                  Depends what you mean by formal. The service at Chiado is very old school in a mediterranean (as compared to French) way, but I showed up without a jacket and tie one night, and had no problem. The vibe in the room is certainly not raucous - it is for 'adults' - but it's not a temple, either. It is, however, one of my favourite places in the city.

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                    itryalot Jul 17, 2007 12:43 PM

                    Then I don't feel so bad. We will be all adults and will not be wearing cut off jeans and tshirts, but don't want to dress smart casual. Some places online look more like a jacket and tie kind of place.

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                      itryalot Jul 17, 2007 12:46 PM

                      Oops- we DO want to dress smart casual.

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                        mightycheesehead Jul 17, 2007 02:21 PM

                        I was at Chiado a little while ago, there were actually some people in jeans. Nice, non-ripped jeans, but jean nonetheless. I wouldn't consider it "formal" at all. I think that I might have seen 1 suit jacket there. The waiters definately outdress the patrons. There is also a good level of noise due to talking/kitchen/music, so its not like it is quiet. There are a fair number of parties of 4+ people, usually celebrating something, so its actually a nice, celebratory atmosphere. As well, the chairs are really comfortable, so having a long, non-rushed dinner does not result in a sore bottom.

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                          itryalot Jul 18, 2007 08:00 AM

                          I am feeling good about that one then.

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                            skylineR33 Jul 18, 2007 08:09 AM

                            I wear jean + jacket when I go to Chiado. They have no problem. The servers at Chiado are very nice !

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                              juno Jul 18, 2007 10:18 AM

                              I don't know of any joint in Toronto nowadays that insists that you be dressed up. All you need is to be dressed up in your pocket - with either a credit card or ready cash.

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                                itryalot Jul 26, 2007 07:29 AM

                                I am fine with that then! We will be deciding at our coffee night tonight and booking for next week. I'll report back after dining.

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