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Dec 20, 2007 08:42 AM

Looking for Restaurant in Annex

Hi everyone, I am looking for a nice restaurant in The Annex or along the Bloor Spadina area to take my Management Team for a nice holiday treat. We usually have a great time and enjoy the wine and exchange gifts. Any idea? Price is not an issue. I would like an environment where we can talk and laugh though.

Thanks Dee

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  1. If price is truly no option, then Splendido is my suggestion. I haven't been fortunate enough to swing a meal there yet, but I've heard nothing but praise.

    Alternatively, there are a number of pleasant restaurants on Harbord, including Olive & Lemon (Italian) and 93 Harbord, which serves Middle Eastern food. There is no restaurant that comes to mind on Bloor in the Annex that would be suitable for a business dinner, unfortunately.

    1. You might consider Le Paradis on Harbord, ot the Corner House at Davenport and Madison.

      1. Bloor St. in the Annex is indeed a wasteland. Better to try Harbord St. Splendido will easily set you back $200+ per person, but there are some mid-priced options there as well. 93 Harbord serves lovely North African fusion. Messis is a very popular Italian-leaning spot, and the brand new Bistro Tati (in the old Kensington Kitchen space) was packed when I tried to go a couple of weeks ago.

        Le Paradis is on Bedford, not on Harbord. Not my first or second choice for a French restaurant.

        93 Harbord
        93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

        Le Petit Castor
        Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

        1. Boulevard Cafe! I love it there and have always been treated so well by the staff. Diversity of choices for everyone and heat (spice) level can be adjusted to taste. Some great drinks as well. I believe you can book the upstairs room depending on how many people you have....

          1. I would second the recommendations to Messis or 93 Harbord. It would depend on what you guys feel like - Messis is Italian-inspired (pasta, meat dishes, nice wine selection). 93 Harbord is owned and run by a Persian couple, and that is the influence in the food, which is always great- they usually have a good selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, and they do lovely variations on desserts (I had a pear baklava that last time I was there - it was really really nice). In terms of atmosphere, these two places are comparable - nice, clean decor, and comfortable for staying and chatting - as far as I remember, I think Messis is a larger place. Prices are also comparable between these two.

            Olive and Lemon has a nice Italian menu (straight-forward, pasta and meat, nothing too experimental), the decor is a little more rustic. I don't think it's as large as Messis, but has a comfortable atmosphere too.

            I agree with all - stay away from Bloor.

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            1. re: Ariadne

              Not quite in the Annex but close enough - Mistura, if you can get in!!! We tried for a reservation the other night and they were completely booked solid. Stay away from Le Paradis, unless you wanna give your team a lump of coal.