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  • pjpj Oct 28, 2007 06:01 PM

I am taking my grandma to see a Saturday matinée at the Sony Centre. I am looking for a place to take her for lunch before hand. Criteria for Grandma is close distance (5 minute walk), good lighting (to be able to read the menu), not really loud, and not a huge menu (too much to read).
I was thinking possibly of Trevor, but I have never been and don't know if it would meet the criteria. Looking for advice on Trevor or other suggestions.
Thanks.

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  1. You might consider the restaurant in the Novotel hotel just around the corner. Very close, not loud, simple menu, good lighting. And good food.

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    1. re: JamieK

      If you wanna knock her socks off, Canoe is a lovely lunch with a great view. If you just want some delicious food, at a bit quicker of a pace, that will impress but not overly so, I'd suggest Biff's Bistro just downstairs from Canoe. Travel up the street a bit, and Bymark is another option (but a bit pricey) at approximately the same clip as Canoe.

      1. re: Bueno

        Not sure about Bymark but Canoe is closed on the weekend. Isn't Biff's across the stree from the Hummingbird?
        JKWB Is not far away on church street.

        1. re: Bueno

          Canoe is closed on weekends and is also not upstairs from Biff's. Biff's is on Front St. across from the theatre. Canoe is on Wellington, west of Bay St. in the financial district.

          Biff's is probably the best bet to please Grandma and they take reservations, which is a big bonus.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Err.. I was taking a little bit of liberty there in terms of location. They are ridiculously close to one another.

            I was not aware that Canoe was closed on weekends, though.

      2. I'd say Le Papillon (south of Front, on Church) or Hot House Cafe (Northeast corner of Front/Church). For more options, please go here: http://www.stlc.com/textonly/nbrhd_re.... I also heard of a lot of good things about JKWB.

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        1. re: chutchut

          Here are some other chowhound thoughts on Le Papillon:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/393848

          And let me also say that to add insult to injury, the chairs are incredibly uncomfortable!

          JKWB is great, but I'm concerned that grandma may not "get" the whole small plates thing. But maybe if the OP helps her order, it would be fine.

        2. I was at Trevor once for dinner, I recall it being quite loud and dim, as well as down a large-ish flight of stairs...might not be the place for gram's...what about Lucien?...are they doing lunch?

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          1. re: Recyclor

            the noisiest restaurant that I have ever encountered.
            Go, only if you want to sit in silence.
            Too bad, as we quite enjoyed the food.

          2. Biff's across the street is the perfect granny place. Quiet, mild spicing, "normal" food, comfy chairs, yet a bit fancy in a traditional style.

            IMHO, avoid Le Papillon -- horrid food, worse chairs or Hot House Cafe unless she likes generic-to-the-extreme food.

            Trevor is a bit echoy (and can be loud) imho, esp for a granny.

            1. I don't think Biff's is open for lunch on Saturday. Here's their hours of operation page -
              http://www.oliverbonacini.com/biffsmo...

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              Biff's
              4 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5J, CA

              1. If Biff's is not open, I would take her to Acqua. It's not knock your socks off food, but it's reliable, simple, not a lot of choices and it's in BCE which is well-lit.
                I would not take her to Le Papillon or Hot House.
                I do not like Trevor, it's cavernous, so-so, and I do not think it is a good place to take Grandma.

                1. The Irish Embassy is on the corner of Wellington and Yonge. Lighting is very good. It is loud during the week when fully packed, but I am not sure what it is like on the weekend. They take reservations - so you could ask them about the volume and crowds on weekends. They make an excellent Irish stew and also a chicken curry. While it is a pub, with pubish food, it is definitely more upscale.