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Aug 7, 2007 12:29 PM

Casual Lunch Date - University & Dundas

As the thread title states, I'm taking out a coworker on a casual - get to know you date. Looking for something in and around the University / Dundas area, but a bit of a walk is no big deal.

Not looking for anything fancy, just something cheap and easy. Exotic foods are a plus. Thanks.

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  1. Japango for Sushi is right there, Baldwin isn't far and has a variety...Queen & Mcaul has Indian, Korean BBQ, Sushi, people seem to like the Queen Mother (I've never been)...

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    1. re: Recyclor

      oops, I was too slow! I should just say "ditto above", and learn to be more concise.

      I saw David Miller at Queen Mother once when I was there. Not sure if that would attract or turn ppl off, with the recent events! He is very tall. Food is quite decent.

      I thought of Japango, but it's not that cheap, and I don't think much of their lunch sets. (need to try omakase still, though)

    2. Baldwin/McCaul, which is just NW of you, has a large selection of inexpensive eats. Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Korean, Japanese, etc etc. You can see what you feel like on the day of.

      on the north side of Dundas, across from the AGO, there is a row of houses that contain artsy cafes, and some serve sandwiches, crepes, etc.

      On Wednesdays there's the Farmer's Market at Nathan Phillips Square, or you can do something fun like rating the different food trucks for their fries or poutines -- I'd think that's fun, although very unhealthy!

      On the 8th floor of Simpson Tower (connected to the Bay at Eaton Centre, where you can also find the Arcadian Court), you can dine at Great Cooks on Eight. Nice view, not expensive but not especially cheap.

      If you don't mind walking, Queen Street, just west of University has basically everything...indian, japanese, fusion, cafes (Queen Mother).
      Not sure if you are picky -- are you looking for inexpensive and decent food, or inexpensive and very tasty?

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      1. re: jinxed

        rating poutines = good times...I second that!

      2. Thanks for all the prompt replies, I'll definately have to go walking along McCaul and see what they have to offer.

        The quality of the food really isn't that big of an issue, but the tastier the better. I think whats more important is the atmosphere, nothing overly fancy and serious. Rather, something simple where we can strike up a good conversation.

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        1. re: akaman

          In that case, how about Midi Bistro, at McCaul and Elm. Good lunch specials, lovely smallish room, definitely a good place to talk.

          1. re: estragon

            Ditto on Midi. Not that expensive and you will get a place where you can talk and focus on each other without undue distraction.

        2. I always love the chance to get to Spadina Garden, north side of Dundas just west of Bay (now that's got to be close to you!). I would say it's good for conversation at lunch as it is usually busy enough for there to be the right amount of ambient noise (so you don't feel as though you can be heard by everyone) but that isn't actually loud. Atmosphere is nothing special and very typically 'chinese restaurant'. I love the food there (a personal addiction to the spicy peanut chicken) and the staff are very attentive and helpful. I've even described the kind of dish I was looking for and they promptly made it for me, even though it wasn't on the menu. Very reasonable prices.

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          1. re: Julie McCoy

            Isn't Spadina Garden closed for renovations?

            1. re: cowhound

              I was there a couple of weeks ago, unless they are closed again?


              1. re: Teep

                Nope! They're open again. I ate there two days ago.

          2. Oh, and hey good luck!