rosedale/danforth - mains avg $20?
here's the scenario:
- start point danforth (approx pape), end point rosedale subway station
- italian (i suspect this was picked as a catchall for preferences)
- main average $20
- group of 10+
- half the party will be dressed to the nines and the rest potentially quite casual
- saturday night
where would you go?
i'm willing to break out of the italian restriction just because i think my visitor is trying to accomodate a variety of palates. some searching brought up trapezzi and pastis express. other suggestions? not entirely greek focused would be appreciated though.
i don't personally like cafe nervosa and i'm a bit skeptical of toni bulloni.
If you go a bit north of Rosedale, there is Terroni at Yonge and Balmoral (just north of Summerhill) - well within your price range and they will accept reservations with a group that large in the side room. Other than that, I don't think there's any Italian on that stretch of Yonge Street - if you lift that restriction, then I would definitely recommend Pastis - ate there again recently and had a really solid dinner. There's also Amuse Bouche, though I haven't tried it since they moved to their new location. I love Cafe Doria for lunch but it's too small and too casual for your group.
I went to Caren's Wine Bar on Cumberland recently and was quite impressed, considering food in Yorkville is generally overpriced and underwhelming. I can vouch for Cantine - it's really good, but it's a casual atmosphere. Avant Gout on Yonge St. is even better and has a slightly more upscale feel. I've heard quite good things about 1055 on Yonge St. but I've never been. Also, Lakes on Yonge St. is supposed to be good, but I haven't tried it - it was featured on Restaurant Makeover a couple of years ago.
What about Seven Numbers at 307 Danforth Avenue? We've had very good luck with the food there. It's a pretty small space, though, so I'd make a rezzie for a group your size.
7 Numbers Danforth
307 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N7, CA