Group dinner, adventuresome palates, U area
I'm planning a dinner for a group of 15 or 20 of professionals who are meeting at the University of Toronto on Saturday, June 21. It's the first trip to Toronto for most -- we're from all over the U.S., from Seattle to New Orleans to L.A. to Boston to DC, and one member hails from Victoria.
My colleagues have suggested Moroccan, French, Chinese, someplace to get local walleye/pike/muskie. They'd be open to Tibetan, Egyptian, whatever isn't the same old same old.
Here are our constraints:
We need a place that's within walking distance (up to 25 minutes) or easy accessible on TTC -- but not too away far because herding these cats across a city can be a PITA.
The restaurant need to be able to accommodate our group (broken into smaller tables is OK) on a Saturday. I'm planning ahead so we can get reservations.
Price -- $35 or $40 max per person without drinks. But we want a place that serves alcohol.
We have two members who are mobility impaired -- so no long flights of steps.
There are several great options for you on Harbord, a pleasant walk from the University. Boulevard Cafe is Peruvian and has a wonderful patio along a leafy side street. It has a great casual vibe and very good pitchers of red or white sangria! 93 Harbord is more upscale, with a strong Middle Eastern influence to the food. After dinner, you could wander a block or two down the street and get dessert at Dessert Trends Bistro (beautiful desserts and house-made ice creams and gelatos).
I must admit a weakness for good sangria in the summer. Sadly, they are hard to find at restaurants. Happily, I make a mean sangria at home!
I need to get to the Harbord Room and try it out. There are so many restaurants on Harbord that I often find it easiest to go back to the ones I know.
I went to The Pomegranate recently & it was really fantastic - tasty Persian food and absolutely fantastic service. I'd say that's within walking distance of most parts of U of T.
When we went, they had a large group reservation. It was mid-week, but nevertheless - they would probably be open to it!
Depending whereabouts on campus you are, Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Museum is an option for a Saturday lunch. North of the campus on Queens Park (just south of Bloor). They can definitely accommodate your group. Really tasty, seasonal, local ingredients, good food and suggested wine pairings. Nice view. Elevator takes you there. Here's today's menu for a preview -
Call to book a group, contact info here -
Jamie Kennedy Gardiner
111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S, CA
L'Espresso in the Woodsworth College Building on the South-East corner of St George and Bloor is on the Main floor and also has a Private Patio...could easily accomodate your group ...need rez ....Miranda
PS...Dynasty Chinese is also nearby on Bloor in The Collonade. between University Ave and Bay St..it is on the 2nd floor but has an elevator...fine Chinese Cuisine...Miranda.