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Feb 21, 2008 05:27 PM

Lunch downtown for important client

Help! I need to entertain an important client who I am picking up at City Hall just after noon. Where's a great lunch place within walking distance (or perhaps a cab) that won't break the expense account? Anything up on Dundas worth looking at? Jump's too loud and Canoe to snooty. What about on Elm? Thanks for your help!

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    1. .... Yikes.

      Moving on, some other options are One Up (Bay & Dundas). They have some 3-course prix fixes starting at $27 before tax, tip, & booze. Really mixed reviews here, but the space is nice.

      For really special ambiance, La Maquette at King & Church has pastas in the avg $15-range and entrees in the avg $21 range. A lot of posters think the food is just mediocre, although they seem to have had a recent turn for the better.

      1. I stongly second Osgoode.

      2. another option -- right by city hall -- Osgoode Hall -- beautiful impressive building and interior (take a look at the photos online) -- reasonably priced but good food. You need to make reservatons -

        Osgoode Hall
        130 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N6, CA

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        1. re: JamieK

          Really? i don't believe I've ever made reservations there.

          Lovely food though-there's something I just love about the impromptu-ness ( is that a word?) about eating crunchy french bread in a hall with book lined shelves on pressboard tables and chairs

          1. re: EPIcureanTO

            Osgoode for sure, you'll dazzle for cheap.

          2. re: JamieK

            oh sorry, I've not been there yet. I was going by advice that reservations are recommended. In any event, if I were entertaining an important client, as the OP indicated, I would make reservations.

          3. Try Lai Wah Heen if you don't have an aversion to Dim Sum. The dining room and service will reflect the importance of your client; it's not too noisy and the food is terrific.