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InNOutBurger Mar 11, 2008 02:59 PM

I'll be in the Toronto area for one night next week and I'm looking for recommendations. It'll be a casual work dinner. Nothing super fancy or formal, but if you had to pick one place that we shouldn't miss for the food...where would it be?

Any recommendations are appreciated!

  1. sloweater Mar 13, 2008 06:28 PM

    If you're in the west end to begin with, Sushi Kaji is a good bet. It's some of the nicest sushi you'll ever have. Be prepared to spend some money, but it's money well spent.

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      grilledcheese Mar 12, 2008 11:23 PM

      Oh, I just saw that you're staying in Mississauga. Do you know Toronto's geography well? That's a looooong way west from downtown.

      Via Allegro is widely considered one of the best spots in the western GTA, but it might be too formal.
      http://www.torontolife.com/guide/restaurants/italian/via-allegro/
      http://www.viaallegroristorante.com/h...

      Otherwise, I think you are looking at a 30-40 minute highway drive into downtown for any of the places mentioned above.

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      1. re: grilledcheese
        pinstripeprincess Mar 13, 2008 07:37 AM

        doesn't via have two faces? one more formal and the other much less so? could still work really well.

        1. re: pinstripeprincess
          estufarian Mar 13, 2008 10:50 AM

          Didn't the OP want good food? Via Allegro has good wine!
          And assuming the drive in is along the QEW/Gardiner then we're only talking minutes between most of the Toronto suggestions.
          I still recommend Lee.

          PS JKWB never takes reservations that anyone here has reported achieving. I believe it's only for around 6:00. I recall a previous thread on this.

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            grilledcheese Mar 13, 2008 12:18 PM

            Yes, Lee is a very good idea too, assuming the OP wants to drive in town.

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        grilledcheese Mar 12, 2008 02:39 AM

        Oh God. Please don't go to the horribly mediocre Bloor St Diner. How embarrassing!

        It would be helpful if you could say what area of the city.

        Downtown, Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar is an excellent suggestion
        http://www.torontolife.com/guide/restaurants/bistro/jamie-kennedy-wine-bar/

        Midtown there's Mistura
        http://www.torontolife.com/guide/restaurants/italian/mistura/

        Further uptown, there's Scaramouche Pasta Bar & Grill
        http://www.torontolife.com/guide/rest...

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        1. re: grilledcheese
          InNOutBurger Mar 12, 2008 07:55 AM

          In truth...I don't have too much of a geography constraint. Easy to drive to in general is probably one criteria. We'll be staying in Mississauga, so maybe closer to the west side of town may be easier.

          JKWB looks like a solid pick and pretty easy to get to, so I'll give that a try. Thanks to everyone for the help!

          1. re: grilledcheese
            Googs Mar 12, 2008 09:25 AM

            Another thumbs down on Bloor St Diner. Typical Eatertainment mediocrity dressing itself up.

            1. re: grilledcheese
              InNOutBurger Mar 12, 2008 06:23 PM

              Unfortunately it looks like JKWB doesn't have any more reservations. Have you heard anything about Swan at 892 Queen St. W. | (Strachan Ave.) They don't have a website.

              1. re: InNOutBurger
                Rabbit Mar 12, 2008 07:15 PM

                Swan is a charming neighbourhood resto... nice comfort-foody-y menu, interior looks like a Hopper painting. Nice local place, but I'd question whether it's a destination, and I would not call it a "not-miss" for the food.

                PS - I do like the Swan!!

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                  grilledcheese Mar 12, 2008 11:15 PM

                  They are okay, but there are better choices. In additions to the ones I suggested above, there's Cava.
                  http://www.cavarestaurant.ca/
                  http://www.torontolife.com/guide/restaurants/spanish/cava/

                  The Rosebud is also good
                  http://www.torontolife.com/guide/restaurants/bistro/the-rosebud/

                  And Amuse Bouche
                  http://www.amuseboucherestaurant.com/

                  Some other interesting stuff listed here:
                  http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes...

              2. JamieK Mar 11, 2008 07:32 PM

                I agree with those above that Jamie Kennedy's wine bar fits your criteria -
                http://www.jkkitchens.com/v5/restaura...

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                Jamie Kennedy
                9 Church St, Toronto, ON M5E1M2, CA

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                  alisonb Mar 11, 2008 05:45 PM

                  Ditto on the JKWine Bar

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                  1. re: alisonb
                    littlegreenpea Mar 11, 2008 06:10 PM

                    Also agree on the JKWB.

                  2. Rabbit Mar 11, 2008 04:24 PM

                    Another vote for JK Wine Bar...
                    - agree that Bloor Street Diner is absolutely nothing special
                    - Rosebud is a charming neighbourhood spot, but not a destination, IMHO
                    - never been to Lee (although I think Susur is great)

                    JKWB gets my vote because it does pay attention to local and seasonal ingredients, small plates mean that you can try a variety of different tastes, good atmosphere and people watching.

                    1. JamieK Mar 11, 2008 04:21 PM

                      You'll be in the Toronto 'area'. Does location for your dinner matter? Downtown?

                      1. estufarian Mar 11, 2008 04:00 PM

                        Lee
                        It's the 'faster food' side of Susur (who is one of our top chefs).

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                        Lee
                        603 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

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                          passionate1 Mar 11, 2008 03:55 PM

                          Another option is The Bloor St. Diner, Manulife Centre(corner of Bay & Bloor)
                          55 Bloor Street West - Toronto

                          Check out www.eatertainment.com/restaurants/blo...

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                          1. re: passionate1
                            TorontoJo Mar 11, 2008 04:03 PM

                            There is nothing special about the Bloor St. Diner, especially if you only have one night in Toronto. It's a chain and very uninspiring.

                            Lee is a good suggestion. Other options for a local Toronto experience would be JK Wine Bar or Rosebud.

                            1. re: passionate1
                              JamieK Mar 11, 2008 04:03 PM

                              Bloor Street Diner is not super fancy or formal so you got that right but, no offence, surely it's not a "can't miss for the food" kind of place.

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