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Feb 22, 2008 10:43 AM

Dinner Tonight

Horrible problem. I'm industry and have a night off. I want to go out to eat but nothing is really exciting me in the Toronto dining scene. Where should I have dinner tonight as a walk-in single at at the bar. I've already done Globe, Canoe, Colborne Lane, Cava, JKWB, Trevor, Czehoski, Splendido, the Spoke.

I want somewhere that will blow me away.

SOP is walk-in and say feed me whatever you want but bring a wine to match. Don't care about price point.

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  1. Hey Cam D! It sucks to be you :)
    Seriously though, how about Scaramouche, Starfish or Pastis??

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    1. re: millygirl

      North 44 dude! or Scaramouche.

      Mooo - lis - a Vent?? ; - )

    2. I (rather selfishly) would love a recent report on Lucien!!

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      1. re: Rabbit

        I was just about to suggest Lucien, which my party of four good eaters loved... but it was before Christmas, and I can't for the life of me remember what we had. All I can say is that it was interesting enough that I would happily sit at the bar and say "feed me."

        1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

          Thanks P. Still have not made it to Calestin but it's on the list.

            1. re: dragonflygrl

              I ended up being entertained by Mr. Millygirl with way too much Scotch in the system. I am going to follow some advice and sit at the bar on Tuesday at Lucien.

              1. re: Cam D

                Please report back about Lucien. I used to work with Simon, and am curious to see how his new place is.

                1. re: dragonflygrl

                  I'll chime in because I was recently at Lucien for dinner, and was pleasantly surprised after reading some mixed CH reviews.

                  "Beginnings" for the group (there were 4 of us), included the berkshire pork belly (x2), which is one of the best dishes I've had in a long time. The flavors were spot on. My husband had the octopus, which he thought was a bit overpowered by a smoke flavor, and the other diner had a seafood (scallop?) dish that I can't remember and didn't try.

                  "Middle" dishes were the pickerel (again x2) that was a tender, flavorful piece of fish, accompanied by very interesting flash fried broccoli. Others had the Quebec porcelait and lamb dishes.

                  My husband and I ended with the cheese plate, which was good, but didn't include anything mind-blowing from a cheese perspective, while the others has the apple fritters and "the good humor" ice cream bars (which was such a cute looking dish, if I can say that without sounding completely stupid...). The meal for the 4 of us was around $450, which included all mentioned dishes above, 4 cocktails, two bottles of wine, 2 spanish and 1 regular coffee. A very satisfying meal, in a beautiful looking restaurant. Service was wonderful.

        2. Cam D -

          Another recent report about Lucien made me wonder about your evening, so I bumped this thread. How did it go? I'm considering this spot for my sister's birthday, so I'm extra-curious.