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Nov 9, 2007 10:25 AM

Dinner on the Danforth tonight

Taking a friend out for her birthday tonight. Looking for a nice place along the Danforth with avg. $20 mains. Any type of cuisine. Thanks for suggestions!

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  1. If you want to push the price a little (well, closer to $30) Globe is a great experience.
    Sher-e-punjab does some good Indian food.
    Wander a little further south to Broadview and Gerrard for the fabulous Batifole. Reservations a must.
    For Greek food I like Pan and Lolita's, more for the atmospher than stellar food.

    124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

    744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

    Lolita's Lust
    513 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P5, CA

    351 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N7, CA

    Pan on the Danforth
    516 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P6, CA

    2 Replies
    1. re: Mila

      I think it would be hard to get away from Globe for under $150 for 2. You might want to consider Trappezi. I've never been but others have had good things to say about it. Nice looking place.

      1. re: millygirl

        Went to Trapezzi in January with the in-laws and keep meaning to go back. Decent food, decent wine list, good service and nice looking room (albeit a little dark). Not a huge menu, but should suit most tastes. They also do a $30 prix fix.

    2. a little further up the danforth is Ten feet tall which Ive really enjoyed in the past and you can certainly get away under 20$ for a main.

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      1. re: hungryabbey

        With all due respect, I would not consider Ten Feet Tall a special occasion or birthday dinner spot.

        1. re: millygirl

          I don't know, I think it depends on your expectations (and budget, age, etc). I've been to Ten Feet Tall for a birthday dinner and we had a lot of fun. I agree with you that it is not a special occasion destination spot (ie I wouldn't expect to go there for a wedding anniversary, let's say) but It suits fine for a casual fun birthday dinner.

          Ten Feet Tall
          1381 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

          1. re: millygirl

            oh perhaps you're right, its casual for sure, but a fun spot, it definetly does depend on the age

          2. re: hungryabbey

            Thanks! I was just looking at their website and their menu seems very interesting. Any particular dishes you'd recommend?

            1. re: LTL

              I have really loved the sweet potato fries with various dipping sauces, have had some good pizzas as well as I think a pasta called the voo doo pasta? or something. However, like Millygirl pointed out, this is kind of a fun neighbourhood spot, and while its clean, its not fancy or quiet even.. but the servers are great fun and its always a good time there

              1. re: hungryabbey

                That's fine. We're young 20 somethings so we're not looking for anything fancy. I'm split between Ten Feet Tall and Relish Bar.

                1. re: LTL

                  I wouldn't do Relish. I have not been impressed with the service/management, and I think it would be hard to get out of there full for $20 pp, since a lot of the tapas dishes are each in the $7-9 range, and the portion is quite small.

                  1. re: Tara9000

                    Didn't see your reply until after dinner, unfortunately. Decided on Relish and although the food was amazing, the service was horrendously rude!

                    1. re: LTL

                      what happened? and what did you have to eat?

                      1. re: hungryabbey

                        After being guided to our seats, our waitress gave us our menus and practically demanded we order a drink right away. Fine, we did. Then, she cited the specials of the night but keeping in mind that we were still settling into our seats and therefore distracted, my friend asked her if the soup that was a special was spicy. Our waitress got huffy and said if we wanted a spicy soup, look at the regular menu because the soup that was a special was obviously not spicy - all of this said to us as if we were a bunch of morons. Needless to say that did not create a great first impression. She then proceeded to revisit our table literally every 2 minutes for a total of three times to speed up our ordering process. Annoyed at her constantly interrupting our conversation, we ordered the following:

                        Grilled homemade pita stuffed with some sort of cheese - tasty but the edges were burnt and inedible

                        Roasted potatoes with garlic & herb aioli - loved the aioli but the potatoes were nothing you couldn't whip up easily at home

                        Grilled calamari with basil aioli - very good but again, burnt and inedible at some parts

                        Lobster pot-stickers with ginger scallion aioli - this was definitely yummy though the filling was miniscule and hardly overflowing with lobster

                        Pan seared pumpkin seed encrusted salmon with teriyaki sauce - great presentation and wonderfully executed. Salmon was perfectly cooked. Definitely one of our fav dishes of the night.

                        Pan seared sea scallops with a tomato salad - scallops were amazing and melted in your mouth. Highlight of the night!

                        Sambuca-infused creme brulee with blueberries on top and a hard chocolate bottom. This sounded great in theory but the sambuca overpowered every bite and the creme brulee tasted more like a heavy pudding.

                        Anyway, after we had put in our order, the waitress gave us a disapproving look and said she would leave us the menu because we needed to order more and there was no way we could only order this much. She proceeded to repeat this two more times while shoving the menu closer toward us each time. Now, had she been concerned that the amount of food was not enough for us (3 people), she could have just said that she was leaving one menu for reference should we decide to order anything else. However, her approach made us feel as if we had done something wrong and offensive - how dare we order so little on her watch?

                        Another great moment was when she refilled the glass of water of only one person at the table. Is it not customary to top up everyone's glass at once? The other person at the table and I both looked at the waitress a bit bewildered as she walked away since both our glasses were almost albeit not completely empty. She noticed us looking at her, sighed, whirled back, topped up our glasses, and replied nothing to our "thank you"s.

                        Final verdict - most of the food we had was good but because of the incredibly rude service, we will never return, not even for the two greatest dishes of the night. One more note - we DID walk out of there full based on those 7 dishes!

                        1. re: LTL

                          wow thats too bad. Scratch that one off my list for sure

                          1. re: LTL

                            that's dreadful

                            2152 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1K3, CA

                            1. re: LTL

                              What has happened to Relish??? It was once a delightful neighbourhood resto with remarkable food, good service, and very reasonable prices. After the Kates review the nightmare started and hasn't stopped. They seem to be overwhelmed by their success. At this rate they won't keep it. That would truly be too bad.

                              1. re: Googs

                                We went once and that was enough. It was about a year after it opened, we went for brunch and at that time they had a couch in the back of the restaurant. On my way to the restroom, lo and behold there's the chef sprawled out on the couch taking a little time out. Although the place was pretty empty, in fact we may have been the last table and about to settle our tab, I thought this was extremely strange. That, and they had the music blaring hard rock on a Sunday mid afternoon was enough for our group to say been there, done that...strike off the list! Oh and I almost forgot, the food was just okay - nothing memorable. Never did understand what all the fuss was about. Gio's is much better IMO.

                              2. re: LTL

                                We went Saturday and the service was fine. The server actually seemed more upset about a few minor slip-ups then we were.

                                As for the food - good not great - but I have to say, most of the dishes are not that easy to share. The squash crepe, for example, would be easier to share as ravioli (the crepe is limp and white anyway).

                                I did write a longer review with some details but accidentally deleted it.
                                I don't doubt previous experiences with the service, but I think there is some room for improvement here and felt it was only fair to post.

                          2. re: Tara9000

                            I know it's too late because you've already gone, but I would always recommend Trapezzi, on the Danforth. Great room, great service and really nice menu!


                            As far as Relish goes, we've been on several occasions and have always had a great time! Loved the food and, even though it was extremely busy, the server was quite nice.

                          3. re: LTL

                            I'm sure you'll have a good time...besides it's who you're with and what you make of it that counts!! And like Hungryabbey, says the food is good. Have a great time and happy birthday.