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Nov 8, 2007 06:11 AM


Okay - I am taking someone to the ROM on Friday evening - yes, it's 1/2 price at night. And we wanted to get a bite to eat afterwards without breaking the bank.

I have booked at Jamie Kenney at the Gardiner for his prix fixe because it seemed reasonable - we're only looking for a light supper.

But now I've been reading that it's noisy beyond all belief, uncomfortable to sit there and the tables are really close, which my husband HATES!

So are there any other options that aren't Italian food, sushi or Cafe Nervosa? GAHK!

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  1. Studio Cafe at Four Seasons

    Caren's Wine and Cheese Bar:

    Flow (but it's expensive IMO)

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    1. re: pescatarian

      Thanks! We've done Studio to death... and Flow does look a little pricier, though nice. Caren's Wine and Cheese Bar looks super! Thanks for the info.

      1. re: kawarthagirl

        I haven't been to Caren's yet myself, but I've been meaning to because I've heard good things. If you go, I'd love to get your thoughts on the food there.

    2. maybe you should mosey on over to yonge street? it's cold but really not all that far and the plethora of current threads regarding bloor/bay and yonge/wellesley will certainly reward you with something more fitting.

      i generally try to avoid yorkville, but my only other suggestion for the area would be going to crepes a go go first (they close at 7, and then grabbing some drinks and a snack afterwards.

      a ha! it finally hit me, french. i've never been here and so i'm not recommending it per se but you can check out other reviews for jacques, . i've always been curious about their perched location and a good boite is always desirable.

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      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        Jacques is fantastic but beware the tables are very closely spaced. I've been many times for brunch but never dinner. It's also very small inside, only seats about 30 so reservations would be a must. If you go for dinner please let us know how it was.

        1. re: millygirl

          The 'tables really close' thing is a problem - he will shut down if he thinks someone is listening to our conversation... I went to Jacques for lunch once and I remember that about it..... What about Trou Normand? Anyone been there?

          1. re: kawarthagirl

            I went to the Trou Normand a little less than a year ago, and the experience was very unmemorable and not particularly worth repeating. Nice, cosy, intimate space, decent service, and very, very mediocre food in disappointing portions.

            1. re: vorpal

              I was there a few weeks ago and had the veal medallions. While it wasn't a particularly mind-blowing dish, it was far from mediocre. Ditto for my companion's roasted duck. French soup was terrific to start, and the creme brulee a nice finish. Good selection of calvados - a rarity in this city. Would I go back? Maybe. For Yorkville, this place is ok.

              1. re: spades

                Maybe they've improved in the last year and a half. When I went, I found the food quite boring, although not offensive in any way.

      2. Here are a few options that might work.

        Park Hyatt - Roof Bar has a menu with many small sharing plates that are reasonable and well-prepared. If you get there before 6 and are strategic, you could score one of the couches in front of the fireplace.

        The Host on Prince Arthur. Haven't been to this location in a while, but have tried the northern one recently and found it excellent. Beautiful room, as well.

        Cantine - Avenue Road and Davenport. While menu is predominately Italian, there are many other options. Area near the front has lounge chairs and plenty of space.

        Whle the food at c5 has mixed reviews, the bar looks like a great space for a bevvie. MIght be an additional stop, if you like.

        1. I haven't been in quite a while, but I'd advise against Trou Normande. I haven't heard anything good about it in years.

          1. I don't know if you've been to the ROM on a Friday night before, but I warn you the line-up is killer. After going to all the trouble of getting into the building you might just want to break the bank after all and go to C5. Not that I've been. Just thinking of your logistics.