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Apple Jan 4, 2008 01:07 PM

Looking for a recommendation on a great place for a memorable business lunch downtown. My initial thoughts are:

Canoe - but I am already scheduled to go there this month
ByMark - willing to try again but the Lobster grilled cheese I had before was dry & very so-so
Harbour Sixty - never been - heard it is very clubby (meaning not night club but private club)
Reds - I have been before - meh - nothing spectacular
Starfish - does oysters at lunch give the wrong impression?

I am putting it out there. Any comments or suggestions?

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    millygirl Jan 4, 2008 01:36 PM

    Have you considered George just for something different?

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      Apple Jan 5, 2008 05:37 AM

      I ate at George (for dinner) several years back and I didn't really think anything of it. If it were for dinner, this would have been a slam dunk for me. But my favourite dinner spots don't do lunch :( lol

    2. jhg152 Jan 4, 2008 02:34 PM

      Memorable and downtown don't quite go together in my book. I'm fond of Vertical, and Canoe, but Bymark doesn't do it for me.

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        miranda Jan 5, 2008 06:42 AM

        How about the restaurant in the Courts at Queen/University...excellent venue in the hallowed halls of justice....lawyers in gowns lunching beside you...very good chef....never had a bad meal there and price is reasonable....Miranda

        1. orangewasabi Jan 5, 2008 04:51 PM

          Memorable . . . business lunch is a really tough one. Memorable in what way? And for who?

          Ki is another reliable business lunch place for me with clients -- clients know it's a bit special, the food is tasty albeit pricey.

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            Apple Jan 6, 2008 04:42 PM

            When I say "memorable" I mean not run of the mill. Looking for a good meal, maybe a little indulgent.

            I had drinks at Ki on Friday and I quite liked the appetizers. (Didn't stay for dinner) - So I will put it on my shortlist! thanks.

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            goldw Jan 8, 2008 08:24 AM

            I would suggest Bardi's at York and Wellington.

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              Yum2MyTum Jan 8, 2008 08:58 AM

              I think Starfish is great for seafood, but you might be right - it might not be the most appropriate place for a business lunch. I would not recommend Ki unless you are going on an expense account (it sounds like you might be). The food is okay - but not nearly worth the price you will end up paying. I think Canoe is great - and I would second Osgoode Hall for a memorable (if not as upscale) luncheon.

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