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Parents' 25th Anniversary

msprnt Mar 31, 2008 11:10 AM

My parents' 25th anniversary is coming up and my brother and I wanted to take them somewhere nice - just the four of us. Something mid-range, not super chique or fancy, but with warm ambience and great food would be appropriate! Any ethnic foods would be great as well! Where have you taken your parents for special occasions?

We live in Thornhill, so something in North York, Markham, Richmond Hill, or even Scarborough would be fine!

Thanks in advance!

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    torontofoodiegirl RE: msprnt Mar 31, 2008 02:52 PM

    I can't really help with reccommendations in the 'burbs, but if you want to come into the city, I think Quince (on Yonge, south of Eglinton) might fit the bill. It's got a warm, inviting atmosphere, reliable service, and great food at a more reasonable price than a lot of restaurants that might otherwise be appropriate for an anniversary dinner.


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      TorontoJo RE: torontofoodiegirl Mar 31, 2008 04:24 PM

      That was my initial thought, too, but didn't post because it was a bit further south than the OP's range. But it really is everything you're looking for, and doesn't require that you drive all the way downtown.

      A bit closer to the 401 is Sapori, an Italian trattoria. It's a nice, warm atmosphere, and the food is reliably good (the veal chop is very good, as is the whole oven-roasted fish). Great wine list (especially if you ask for the separate amarone list). If Luigi is working, he will shower your mother with "bella!". My mother-in-law was most charmed.

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        grilledcheese RE: TorontoJo Mar 31, 2008 10:38 PM

        Does Peter Oliver still have a resto up there somewhere?

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          TorontoJo RE: grilledcheese Apr 1, 2008 05:41 AM

          Yep. Auberge du Pommier is on Yonge, just south of the 401. And there is Oliver and Bonacini Cafe and Grill at Bayview Village Mall (Bayview and Sheppard). But I don't think either fit the OP's requirements. Auberge is very expensive (though it is a lovely, warm environment) and O&B Cafe is loud and bustling -- not warm at all, though it is a good price range.

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            grilledcheese RE: TorontoJo Apr 2, 2008 09:44 AM

            O&B is out of the question, I think. Just not fancy enough for the occasion.

            I've never been to Auberge.

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              books RE: grilledcheese Apr 2, 2008 10:00 AM

              What about Terra http://www.terrarestaurant.ca/home.html

              I have never been but have had a fair number of friends and family go and they have enjoyed their meals there.

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                torontofoodiegirl RE: grilledcheese Apr 2, 2008 10:02 AM

                Auberge is lovely, and very suitable for a special occasion, but it's also very pricy.

      2. Googs RE: msprnt Apr 2, 2008 02:53 PM

        What "ethnic" foods do your parents like? What's the budget per person? Does that include wine? A few more details from you might help us help you.

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          msprnt RE: Googs Apr 3, 2008 07:27 AM

          gah! i was over ruled .... and we went to a chinese place on hwy 7 ... nothing special ... but it was ultimately up to them ....

          i would like to take them to auberge or terra tho ... terra's literally one block away from us! .... hopefully on the next big family occasion; they don't like to splurge much, so i'll have to drag them literally next time! ... haha....thanks for the recs!

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