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Where to dine with a Pescetarian?

Need a place for a birthday celebration. Luckily this will take place just after TIFF so I don't have to worry about lack of available seating. Prefer a place where 3 women can relax and talk so no fast turnover and no noisy places although lively is just fine. MUST have a good wine list with a lot of selection by the glass. Decor is important to them and since it's not myyyyyy birthday I better consider that. A Mediterranean place would be ideal as long as it isn't Joso. While I don't mind the occasional boob in a room I really prefer when it's a person's attitude, not "art". I have a limit to my 'don't need no decor' level. Preferred grazing range would be Yonge-Eglinton to downtown.

BTW I put this into the search engine, but all I came up with is postings by Pescetarian. Something to consider when picking your handle I guess. No offense P!

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  1. What about a Portuguese spot for grilled fish and seafood? Try Portuguese as your search and lots of reviews will come up.

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    1. re: Zengarden

      Ya, Chiado might fit the bill... though it's out of your range.

      1. re: thenurse

        Thank you for the seafood suggestions. I had considered both Chiado and Starfish, To be more specific, though, we're trying to find a place where she has many options not just either seafood or vegetarian. Typically she's the one reduced to 3, 4 choices on a menu while I and my other friend go wild. It would be nice if the tables turned for the birthday girl.

      2. lol, thanks for the advice. Name doesn't even apply to me anymore, but I can't change it.

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        1. re: pescatarian

          I've seen current postings by someone who has amended their handle, so you might consider that (i.e., omnivore, formely pescatarian). Not sure how it's done, but the CH team should be able to advise you.

          1. re: MobyRichard

            Thanks, but I was advised once by the CH team that the only way to change it was to start a new handle.

        2. Here I go again... Quince on Yonge St south of Eglinton - they do wood-oven fish and various other yummy dishes, great sides, great vibe. Sigh. I gush.

          2110 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A5, CA

          1. Tabule or Zucca would be my choices close to Yonge and Davisville- both have great food and nice decor. If you're willing to head over to the Danforth, I'd suggest Mezes.

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            1. re: phoenikia

              I completely second Tabule or Zucca. Can't say anything about Mezes.
              Zucca is a little more upscale and IMO has more choices that fussy eaters will find appealing. The coowner of Zucca always treats everyone so well and I've never felt rushed. Definitely make a res though.

              1. re: dinin and dishin

                Agree with Zucca. They will usually have 2 to 3 fish specials to choose from as well as a number of vegetarian dishes. http://www.zuccatrattoria.com/

                They are pretty accomodating as well, so might agree to make something that isn't on the menu. But they won't compromise their dish to do so, which I like. For example, someone at my table asked for their special pasta, but without a key ingredient. The server checked with the cook who said that since this ingredient was essential to the dish it could not be left out. But he came up with a suggestion that wasn't on the menu to satisfy the dietary requirements of the patron. All of this was done is a pleasant professional manner - not snobby at all.

                1. re: Jean Georges

                  What about Globe...they have a great by the glass wine list. Mistura would be another option...it is lively but not too loud. Excellent fish dishes. I celebrated a birthday at Mistura recently and if you let them know ahead of time about the birthday they will put together an amazing desert platter. I am not usually fond of spectacles such as this but it really was well done. They served the desert (panna cotta) on a large white platter with a chocolate outlined rose running all the way up the side. Each leaf was done in a different color of coulis in such a way that it looked like stained glass on the plate. Very nice touch!!!

            2. The midtown suggestions look great. Are there any good places downtown?

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              1. re: Googs

                Rain would fit the bill, although pricey.

              2. Tom Thai does interesting things with fish at Foxley. And it's trendy.

                1. So after much thought, research, site inspections, and great help from the 'Hounds we decided on Mistura. Hey, she's a very special friend. Anything we should know about Mistura?

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                  1. re: Googs

                    Was recently there (during TIFF, bad idea, will chalk that one up to experience and steer clear of anywhere within 40 blocks of Yorkville next year) and had a fantastic buffalo mozza, tomato and bread salad app. It sounds very run of the mill, but tasted fantastic.

                    1. re: Googs

                      About Mistura... if you have time, do check out Sopra (the upstairs jazz club) for an after dinner drink or even dessert. Very pretty room.

                      Also, depending on your preferences, you might consider asking for a booth at Mistura? Oh, and the seafood mistura (a stew-y thing) is great.

                      1. re: Rabbit

                        You must try the lamb rib appetizer....it is amazing, and to tell the truth I'm not even all that fussy on lamb, but this truly is to die for. The meat just falls off the bone and the dipping sauce with it is deelish also. Whenever we go the lamb ribs and the beet risotto is a must!!!! I am so jealous. Speaking of Spora, Thursday night house band Erroll Fischer is very entertaining!!!!! Have fun and let us know what you think. You won't regret your choice Googs....but please....make sure you try the lamb ribs!!!!!!
                        Oh and like I said earlier up above, if you call them ahead and let them know about the birthday, they will decorate a desert plate like you've never seen before! I'm one of those that don't really like being centered out by the candle and cake thing in a restaurant but at Mistura it is done very tastefully.