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Need Advice for Special Birthday Dinner - With a Twist

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Attknee Mar 16, 2008 06:15 AM

Hello Everyone,

Nice to be back.

I am charged with taking a good friend out for dinner on her birthday, funnily enough, April 1. The "twist" is that is has to be a place where she has never been before. So established places like Canoe are out.

So please help me out. Are there any relatively new places that really stand out? Leslieville would be helpful as she lives in the Beach, but anywhere downtown would be fine. No restrictions.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. TorontoJo RE: Attknee Mar 16, 2008 06:45 AM

    Have you been to Colborne Lane yet? Here's a review of a recent experience:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/496055

    1. Rabbit RE: Attknee Mar 16, 2008 06:50 AM

      Toronto Life's current issue has a cover story on the 10 best new restos of the year... you could check that out for some ideas.

      Colborne Lane is #2, and I'd definitely endorse this rec.

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        grilledcheese RE: Attknee Mar 16, 2008 10:48 AM

        Nyood.

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          todc1996 RE: Attknee Mar 16, 2008 12:19 PM

          not new, but has she been to tomi-kro?

          1. xssnrg RE: Attknee Mar 16, 2008 01:12 PM

            Have you been to Quince? It's great and may be out of her territory range as it's at Yonge & Eglinton - the food is great and ambiance very nice.

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              Attknee RE: xssnrg Mar 16, 2008 01:24 PM

              Hello and thanks everyone for responses. We have together been to Tomi-Kro (had all of the tapas, really good) and Quince, which is a place that I really love. I was at Colborne Lane almost exactly one year ago and was not inclined to rush back.

              Lucien has been suggested. It has mixed reviews here. Anything recent?

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                grilledcheese RE: Attknee Mar 16, 2008 01:53 PM

                Nyood = recent, and good, and interesting, and exactly what you are looking for.

                http://www.torontolife.com/features/n...

                http://www.martiniboys.com/Toronto/Ny...

                http://sweetspot.ca/content/view/4555/

                http://www.nyood.ca/

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                  phoenikia RE: grilledcheese Mar 25, 2008 03:44 PM

                  What dishes would you recommend at Nyood?

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                    grilledcheese RE: phoenikia Mar 26, 2008 06:50 PM

                    The pork roulade. The mushrooms & rapini. The flatbreads.

            2. JamieK RE: Attknee Mar 16, 2008 04:13 PM

              Not new but has she been to the Globe?
              http://www.globebistro.com

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                alltummy RE: JamieK Mar 16, 2008 05:25 PM

                how about Karuchie?

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                nowai RE: Attknee Mar 17, 2008 04:25 PM

                How about George?
                http://www.georgeonqueen.com/

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                  JToronto RE: Attknee Mar 26, 2008 09:27 AM

                  Is this a "fun group birthday" or a "romantic dinner for 2"? If the former, I really liked Coca (tapas place on Queen W., open about a year). If the latter, maybe Spice Room?

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                    Attknee RE: JToronto Mar 28, 2008 09:12 PM

                    I decided on Nyood. The dinner is on Tuesday. I will report back on how things went. However, while I don't eat pork I like Grilled Cheese's recs noted about. Mushrooms and rapini. Yum.

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                      millygirl RE: Attknee Apr 20, 2008 12:19 PM

                      Would love to hear how it went Attknee?

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