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Need a special dinner place!

rsvp7777 Jan 8, 2008 12:52 PM

Two ex-Toronto couples (very good friends) are coming back from the west coast to join me and my wife for dinner on Mon. Jan. 21.
We'd like to take them somewhere new, comfortable, conversation-friendly, with great food.
The six of us have been a lot to JK Wine Bar, Batifole, Beer Bistro, Gio's, Thuet, Lee, Globe.
so we'd like to avoid them. (although we love them).
We also don't want to get into the Susur, North 44, Bymark, Canoe kind of place from a spending point of view.
We're coming from Riverdale, but don't mind going downtown or even - gasp! - West.
Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.

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    millygirl RE: rsvp7777 Jan 8, 2008 01:06 PM

    What about Mistura, or slightly less expensive, Pastis? Another thought would be L'Unita at Ave and Dav. All of these are comfortable, have great food and are conversation friendly.

    1. Recyclor RE: rsvp7777 Jan 8, 2008 01:08 PM

      How about Tomi-Kro, Coca, Noce or 93 Harbourd...(trying to avoid recco's for seafood)

      1. Rabbit RE: rsvp7777 Jan 8, 2008 01:24 PM

        Colborne Lane (although it might get pricey), Rosebud, I like the room at Sopra better than Mistura (just me), 93 Harbord's been on my mind lately too (gotta get back there)...

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          millygirl RE: Rabbit Jan 8, 2008 02:49 PM

          I love Sopra as well but for pure dining and conversation I think Mistura is better suited.

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            TorontoJo RE: Rabbit Jan 8, 2008 03:44 PM

            I'd throw out Rosebud's sister restaurant, Citizen, as well. Right in Riverdale, so you could potentially walk.

          2. JamieK RE: rsvp7777 Jan 8, 2008 02:49 PM

            The challenge here is that so many restaurants are closed Monday. For instance, I think 93 Harbord is closed Monday but not totally sure because they don't have a website, or at least not one that I can find.

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              Rabbit RE: JamieK Jan 8, 2008 05:12 PM

              Yeah, 93 Harbord is closed Monday... I walked by this week (which is probably in part why it's on my mind). Sorry for the bad lead, I overlooked the Monday thing.

              Lucien might be another thought.

            2. JamieK RE: rsvp7777 Jan 8, 2008 03:12 PM

              What about Imperia? It's new, sounds comfy and the food is good, according to the thumbs up from Googs on this thread -

              And it's open Mondays. Here's a review from the Globe -

              17 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W1L1, CA

              1. troublebunny RE: rsvp7777 Jan 8, 2008 05:10 PM

                Chiado is nice - it's in the west end w valet pkg. Or try Spuntini's in Yorkville for livelier place where a conversation can still be had. A bit star-struck owners though.

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                  LemonLauren RE: rsvp7777 Jan 8, 2008 05:22 PM

                  what about l'unita? i've never been, but others recommended it to me on this thread:


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                    millygirl RE: LemonLauren Jan 8, 2008 05:52 PM

                    L'Unita...that was the first place I mentioned at the very top of this thread :)

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                      JamieK RE: millygirl Jan 8, 2008 06:11 PM

                      and definitely open on Monday, according to their website....

                      134 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H6, CA

                  2. acorn RE: rsvp7777 Jan 9, 2008 01:31 AM

                    Had a very good meal at Quince on Yonge St. just south of Eglinton

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