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Jun 5, 2008 08:09 AM

Dinner this Saturday at Yonge and Richmond?

I'm looking for a place to eat this Saturday night within a short walk of Yonge and Richmond. I can think of the following places:

- The Golden Thai
- The Florentine Court
- Eight Wine Bar
- The Irish Embassy
- Cafe du Monde
- Portico
- Steak Restaurant and Bar

My challenge is that one of our number is heavily pregnant and the places that I could vouch for are sort of alcohol-focussed, at least by name. And she doesn't eat beef or pork, or very intense flavours at the moment. So I'm at a loss.

Can anyone offer any suggestions in the area that are nice, aren't pubs, and have a good selection of chicken or fish-based meals?

Thank you very much!

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  1. If you don't mind walking a couple of blocks, there's always Terroni Adelaide (57A Adelaide St. East) just south of Richmond. Though, you may have to wait a while for a table. I know I had to wait about 1/2 hour last night and that was a Wed. night...

    Or further south to Yonge/Front at Biff's Bistro (4 Front St. E) . I think they have several fish/chicken dishes on their menu, along with your typical French bistro fare. I had their roasted artic char recently, and it was delicious.

    Beer Bistro (yet another alcohol-focused name) at 18 King St. E might be an option as well, as they have a couple of fish/chicken dishes to choose from.

    1. oh God. The Golden Thai and Florentine Court are crap! But I do second the recs for Biff's and Beerbistro. If you are keen on Thai, there is also Ivory Thailand (on Church and Adelaide). I've never been, but some people say Harlem (Church and Richmond) is good.

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      1. re: pinkprimp

        I was going to reccomend Harlem, but when I read that one of the diners was pregnant, I didn't think it would be suitable. While there are a few chicken/ seafood dishes on the menu, much of the food is fried or heavy. That combined with the huge portion sizes might give a pregnant woman severe indigestion.
        Don't get me wrong, I liked Harlem, I just don't think it fits in this situation.
        P.S.- Has anyone else been to Harlem and noticed the art on the walls? They are made entirely of hair! I'm serious. Human Hair! I was so tempted to make a "Waiter, there's some art in my soup!" joke. Didn't bother me too much, but I didn't notice until I had FINISHED eating.

      2. Another great Thai resto near there is Mengrai at Ontario & Richmond. I understand (although I may be wrong) that Ivory is buffet which may be less than desirable for your with-child friend,

        Not sure if you have a budget, but George is also nearby. You could wine-pair and she would get away with a lower bill so maybe consider yourselves even.

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        1. re: Googs

          I think Ivory Thailand is only buffet at lunchtime.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            That is correct. Buffet only on weekday lunches.

            Mengrai is nice too, but I find some dishes are hit or miss.

            1. re: pinkprimp

              Great suggestions everyone - thanks so much!

              I will have to check with her as to whether or not Thai just wouldn't be good right about now. I love George, but that might be a bit formal...and somehow I hadn't even thought of Terroni's. Sigh - too bad about the with-child part - I have been looking for any excuse to get back to Starfish for ages...

              Thanks again!