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Jan 5, 2008 05:16 PM

Best Fancy Lunch in Toronto

Hey fellow foodies,

My better half just landed a new job and we wanted to celebrate by having a great lunch while the little one is at daycare. (Making it a lunch date takes care of the whole babysitting problem.)

Where would you go to have a really nice, semi-decadent lunch in central-downtown T.O.? I was thinking Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner - any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance for all your help!

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  1. I don't like Jamie at the Gardiner...big cold room...tables very is good ...but ambiance about the Rooftop Lounge at the Hyatt....great Lunch Menu...cozy fireplace.....Miranda

    1. Osgoode Hall! great food, lovely service and the other-worldly aspect of the lawyers and jusges in robes.

      The new cafe at the Gardiner doesn't appear to have the intimacy of the old one. It just looks soul-less and modern. Don't know about the food, was too bored by all the damn plates in the collection to want to stick around.

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      1. re: hoagy294

        I agree with the others that Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner is not decadent or remotely romantic. The only thing I can think of right now is the Corner House, which bills itself as romantic but may not be, um, decadent.

        edited to add - it's open for lunch only on Fridays

        Corner House
        501 Davenport Avenue, Toronto, ON M3R 4R6, CA

      2. What about Canoe? I'd think based on reviews that it is the best restaurant in Toronto that serves lunch.

        1. Well, by decadent - I meant not a soup and sandwich kinda thing. (ie. That foie gras or similar would be on the menu. Thanks so much for the replies so far.

          1. Crystal 5 (C5) the new restaurant at the ROM maybe? It's modern and romantic depends on your perspective, it's a very luxe but minimalist dining room.

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            1. re: artificialard

              What do you think the price range would be for lunch? Thnx!

              1. re: cinnamon_girl

                Not one of the current Top 5 list or anything but Jacques Bistro du Parc on Cumberland is a great little spot. The food is simply fantastic. Everything is perfectly done and the service is excellent. We love going there. Very french. Same family owned business, been around for probably something like 20-25 years. Starched white tablecloths, great view of yorkivlle. Lunch with wine would be roughly $100. They do an amazing homemade lemon tart which is a must have!

                1. re: cinnamon_girl

                  Hmm sorry I didn't get back to you earlier but I imagine starters and mains are in the 11-25 range for lunch?