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damadchef Sep 5, 2007 12:24 AM

Im planning a dinner for myself and a date in toronto this week - looking for a fun, hip place with some world-class food...prices are not a concern.

  1. Googs Sep 5, 2007 12:05 PM

    One in the Hazelton Hotel is definitely the place of the minute. A gf of mine & I were there Sunday. Hap'nin patio and a room most people would like plus great service. We already had dinner plans so only had drinks and apps. The apps were off the map great. First place in Yorkville that's actually worth the money they charge.

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    1. re: Googs
      Charles Yu Sep 6, 2007 06:04 AM

      Toronto film festival starts this week! Consider the hippest place in Yorkville right now, one might have difficulty getting a table at ONE.

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      todc1996 Sep 5, 2007 06:24 AM

      i would second the suggestions for colborne lane & trevor but would definitely eliminate cava...not hip & trendy - it's in a mall at st. clair & yonge....i would add kultura to the list though.

      1. j
        janetzuccarini Sep 5, 2007 06:09 AM

        Hi Damadchef: Here is my list of fun, hip places with great food:

        Colborne Lane
        Trevor
        Coca
        Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar
        Cava
        Lee

        If you would like to give you more details on any of these places, just let me know!

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        1. re: janetzuccarini
          Chester Eleganté Sep 5, 2007 08:57 AM

          Hasn't C. Aprile left Colborne?

          1. re: Chester Eleganté
            pinstripeprincess Sep 5, 2007 09:09 AM

            where did you hear the news? there's been a bunch of things flying back and forth about the hanif harji and claudio aprile pairing and i'm not sure what's the final say.

            http://chefdb.com/pl/5932
            has them both still there but the word i'm getting is that harji is divesting himself of most of his assets.

            this article alludes to what i've heard ... http://www.torontolife.com/features/f... but it's TL... so who knows when they heard what they heard and how much value it really has.

            as per the op... i personally did not enjoy my experience at trevor as i found the food to be rather lacking. coca's prices do not justify what is served (over cooked food that's meh), if you can ignore the mall setting cava can be quite good although expensive. the wine list was quite nice.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess
              pescatarian Sep 5, 2007 09:42 AM

              This is an excerpt from a Toronto Star article today about celebrity hangouts during TIFF in the Food section:

              Was Bar Crudo just a beautiful dream? The 1096 Queen St. W. restaurant was supposed to be a ceviche bar/hotspot, brought to us by Colborne Lane partners Hanif Harji and Claudio Aprile. Then Harji and Aprile apparently parted company. Neither side was willing to comment to the Star last week, but rumour has it they will collaborate.

              p.s. I was not impressed by Trevor either.

            2. re: Chester Eleganté
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              goodcookiedrift Sep 5, 2007 12:18 PM

              Claudio is still there when i was there. That was about a month ago. Guy is a great dude.

            3. re: janetzuccarini
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              janetzuccarini Sep 6, 2007 05:48 AM

              Sorry, I did forget to add One in Hazelton....it is the place right now. It is very busy right now for film fest.

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