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Anniversary Dinner - Mistura vs Spice Room

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Yes, I know they are quite different. I haven't been to either and want to take my wife somewhere nice for our anniversary. I'm looking for a place that is romantic, isn't stuffy, and has interesting and fun food. I've narrowed my search to either Mistura or Spice Room. Appears that Spice Room is what I'm looking for, but would appreciate all of your thoughts. Also am happy to consider other spots if anyone has any further suggestions.

Thanks!

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  1. I would advise against Spice Room for an anniversary celebration. It's a stunning venue, but it's crowded, noisy, and brings in a clubby crowd. I've also heard some horror stories of people,(with reservations) waiting up to 2 hours to be seated.
    I have not been to Mistura, so I can't help you there.
    For fun food, I'd recomend Colborne Lane, (although it's not really that romantic.)

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    1. re: dragonflygrl

      I've been to both. Spice Room = hip, downtown-ish, but certainly not a lounge scene as decribed above. Mistura = older Forest Hill/Rosedale crowd.

      IOW very different.

      1. re: cowhound

        I would say that the crowd is mixed at Mistura and definitely not stuffy. Last time we were there there were a number of groups in the 25 to 30's.

      2. re: dragonflygrl

        I haven't been to the Spice Room but Mistura is one of my favorite spots. The food is always excellent, top notch service and the atmosphere is what I would call lively. The last couple of times I've been it seemed to be a bit louder than usual but it's not over the top. You have to try his lamb ribs appetizer. Incredibly delicious. Oh, and the beet risotto is also to die for. IWe've celebrated a few special occasions there and I highly recommend the place. How could I forget to mention the complimentary bread basket, homemade cheese sticks and antipasti. Yum. Now I have a craving.....have a great evening.

        1. re: dragonflygrl

          I was seriously considering Colborne Lane, but what detracted me somewhat was the price. Granted, they're all expensive, but to order 5 dishes or so per person at Colborne Lane would get quite a bit more expensive, no?

          1. re: SMOG

            It depends on how big your appetite is. On my visit, 2 of us ordered 3 apps., 2 mains and 1 dessert. To drink, we had 2 cocktails and 2 glasses of wine. We left fully satisfied. The total with tax,(before tip) was around $185.

            1. re: dragonflygrl

              After giving it a rave when it opened, Kates now dislikes Colbourne Lane

              http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servle...

        2. Mistura ALL THE WAY
          AND after dinner go upstairs for some live music

          GREAT MENU at Mistura.......love it there!
          Request a BOOTH!

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          Mistura
          265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

          1. Definitely Mistura. The Spice Room left a bad taste in my mouth.

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            1. re: KayceeK

              Agree. Mistura. Spice Room is not good.

            2. Mistura for sure. Nice room and atmosphere, excellent food

              Soice Room - great clubbish vibe, not romantic (if that is what you want for an anniversary dinner) and the food is "meh" at best

              1. The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail both reviewed Spice Room last weekend (June 14). The two reviews were almost identical..not good.

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                1. re: burlgurl

                  The two reviews you are referring to are of a bar/resto downtown called Spice Route. They are different entirely different places. Beware of people who condemn without having actually been there.

                  I've been to Spice Room, and many of his past restos. The food is as good and interesting as it was during the Sarkis era, and service in the last six months has been excellent.

                  I haven't been to Mistura personally.

                  1. re: Snarf

                    Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I chose Spice Room mainly because I decided I wanted something different and unique.

                    When we arrived, I was taken back by how small the restaurant was, as I was expecting a much larger place. But very nice overall. Service was attentive, fast and very pleasant. I would definitely not say it was 'clubby'. Most of the people there were well dressed and looked to be out for a nice evening. Large variety of ages. I'd say it was somewhat loud. I wouldn't consider it romantic, but romantic enough to enjoy.

                    We started with a mojito and a beer. Their beer selection is almost non-existent, which was disappointing. We were served coconut bread with hummus, both of which were delicious. They gave us another serving later on. We ordered the 'chicken salad' appetizer. It was a surprisingly large order of chicken thighs skewered with sugarcane. They came in a peanut sauce and came with rice, mango chutney and a mango salsa. The entire dish was absolutely delicious. Lots of flavours, all very well complemented. We licked the sugarcane skewers clean!

                    For the main courses, we had the snapper and the beef tenderloin. The snapper was preparred very uniquely - it was a fillet, but was kept in the shape of the fish with the bones removed. Definitely had some curry spices, garlic and ginger. Came with a rice and asian veg. The tenderloin came in a very rich pepper sauce, also veg and a pakora rosti. Had some seared foie gras on top as well.

                    Everything was perfectly cooked. Both dishes had phenomenal flavour and each segment complemented the others perfectly. The flavours all had a lot of dimension and we couldn't get enough. I'd say everything was somewhat spicy, which I liked, but could see some people not being able to handle.

                    For dessert, we split a dark chocolate tarte with a milk chocolate centre. It was simply exceptional.

                    Overall, it's certainly not a quiet place that's considered romantic. But if you want to try something different in an interesting setting, you won't be disappointed. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

                2. Just to add to my next posting - from everyone's opinions here, Mistura is certainly next on my list to try and am looking forward to it!