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Aug 19, 2007 05:42 PM

Special Birthday in Toronto dinner?

A special birthday appproaches, I was thinking maybe Scaramouche as it has never let me down. I need quiet and really good food. Any other suggestions? NO to Canoe, Jump, North 44 all too loud

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  1. Can't go wrong with Scaramouche. Understated elegance. And fabulous food!!!!

    1. I found Scaramouche has the same noise level as North 44. The tables at Scaramouch are pretty closely packed too.

      I have recently tried Truffles which is great with the new chef ! Not sure how big your birthday party is, but there are round tables at the corner which is good for 6 people, or the table for 2 are also good for a romantic dinner. It is quiet with great food.

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      1. if you get an earlier reservation, Opus is very quiet.

        1. I second skylineR33's recommendation of Truffles!
          Ate there two weeks ago on a saturday night. Though the restaurant was full after eight o'clock, the noise level was very benign. Depending on the size of your party, you can opt for a table around the corner on the right hand side. Very secluded and cozy. As for the service and food. Both were top notch. I had two appertizers to start with, the seared foie gras and the lobster three ways. The former was nicely cooked with a nice crisp crust. The size, surprisingly generous. As for the lobster, they were spectacular. The tiny expresso cup of condensed lobster consomme was so flavourful that it almost blew me away, until I tried the butter poached lobster claw! So yummy! Didn't realize the claw can be THAT succulent! Had the seared tuna with roasted sweetbread for entree. Very, very nice except I found the citrus sauce to be just a touch too tangy. Otherwise a masterful dish. The dessert was very good also. The molten chocolate centre souffle was very addictive. However the white chocolate creation was just a bit too sweet FOR MY liking. The service was very attentive through out with the lady sommelier providing very friendly interaction and suggestion. I'm sure you'll have a lovely time! Enjoy!!
          Lastly, Splendido will always provide the best 'food/wine/service' combo! However, depending on the day of the week, it can get a bit noisy especially on a saturday evening. However, if your party is big enough you can always reserve the 'party room' next to the wine cellar at the cozy basement.

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          1. re: Charles Yu

            Not the best one I had, but I think the souffle is better than the one at Splendido ! It takes 20 mins to make so may be you want to order it a bit early.

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Hi Charles,

              How much would a dinner cost you at Truffles? two apps, 2 mains and wine lets say? thanks.

              1. re: cat

                I recall the two appertizers were around $22-25 each ( not bad for foie gras and/or lobster ). The entree was around $35. The most expensive entrees I noticed were the steak and the rack of lamb, both around $40. My gourmand friend and I shared a half bottle of Dr.Loosen Riesling Auslese 2003 to go with the foie gras. ($70). I then had a glass of Oregon Pinot Noir for about $12. Total spend for food, wine, tax and service was around $380 for the two of us. In your case, if you intend to skip dessert and just order a couple of wine by the glass each, Total bill should be less than $250 for two. A real steal, considering its Truffles!

            2. I like Splendido - the service is impeccable & it is very quiet. When you call to reserve they ask if it is a special occasion. They treated us so well. They gave us a quiet area of the restaurant. The meal was spectacular. David Lee is a genius. (Exotica Canadiana is still going on too... if you go, please tell me what you get... I would love to go but I can't justify spending the moolah.)

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              1. re: Apple

                It surprises me to hear Scaramouche being referred to as noisy. Although we've not been to Truffles, we have been a number of times to Scaramouche and found no problem at all with noise levels. Is it possible you are referring to the Pasta Bar?? Anyhow to each his own. In any event, we are going to Scaramouche tomorrow night to celebrate a special event. Really looking forward to it. They are currently doing a special August tasting menu with a sustainable seafood theme, that changes weekly. With accompanying wines, I believe the cost to be approx. $120 p.p. I know one thing for sure, I'm saving room for the fantastic coconut cream pie!!! Sommelier Ian Clarke really knows his stuff. I'm sure the evening will be quite memorable. I will report back.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    The noise level same as North 44 does not mean it is noisy, it is ok with me at least. But the tables at Scaramouche (I am talking about the main one) are considered close together.

                    1. re: skylineR33

                      Hey Tequilla, our dinner at Scaramouche was excellent. Truly memorable. I am going to post a review on a new thread. Stay tuned.