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Casual dinner on Queen West (w of Bathurst, e of Shaw)

aml Mar 11, 2008 12:06 PM

Looking for ideas for a casual dinner located nearby the above captioned location. As much as I love NOCE, that is too serious for this particular Sat. night. There is about 8 people. Thanks.

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  1. TorontoJo RE: aml Mar 11, 2008 12:09 PM

    Rosebud! Wonderful, upscale comfort food in a cozy, non-pretentious setting. Call for a reservation, though -- it's a small place for 8 people.

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      thebutcher RE: aml Mar 11, 2008 12:09 PM

      Terroni (up stairs) has a big table at the back that is great for a large group of people.

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        alisonb RE: aml Mar 11, 2008 05:50 PM

        yep, second rosebud. you can also consider swan, czehoski (sp?) and the new indian place near bellwoods (sorry, don't know the name) - indus junction?

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          Kasia RE: alisonb Mar 11, 2008 07:05 PM

          i don't think swan can easily accomodate 8 people - most of their tables are booths (4 max). there is one bog table at the back but you'd probably need to reserve it. i concur on rosebud and terroni, and would add banu to the mix. i think only rosebud would require a reservation. also, how about caju?

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          chicapea RE: aml Mar 11, 2008 07:13 PM

          my preferred spot for that area is bar one. dined at rosebud once about a month or so after they opened and the meal was forgettable. Perhaps it was an off night but I haven't returned since.

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            torontofoodiegirl RE: chicapea Mar 12, 2008 07:07 AM

            SO and I recently dined at Rosebud for the first time and were totally wowed. The service, food and wine were all tremendous. I highly recommend the gnocchi with tomato and braised short ribs sauce (actually, I highly recommend everything, but that was my favourite).

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            grilledcheese RE: aml Mar 12, 2008 02:50 AM

            Noce is excellent. One of the best meals I've had in ages. It's right on the corner of Walnut St. across from the 7-11. Don't be put off by the drab exterior. It's lovely inside. Wonderful food and service.

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              Minnow RE: grilledcheese Mar 12, 2008 05:33 AM

              OP said that they know and love Noce, but it wouldn't work.

              Third ( or forth) Rosebud, but Coca might work as well?

            2. Recyclor RE: aml Mar 12, 2008 08:11 AM

              Irie could accommodate your group, I have had some good evenings there, fun vibe, food is good and well priced -- I think all mains are under 20$ -- + try the run punch, soooo good!

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                artificialard RE: aml Mar 12, 2008 06:12 PM

                Also recommend Rosebud for sure. fantastic service with heart and a menu executed with delicious care.

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