Two days in Toronto, where to eat?
I am going to be in Toronto next Friday, Aug 15th, for two days. I think I am probably only going to be able to get three meals in ( lunch and dinner Saturday, and lunch on Sunday.) I want to get the most gastronomic enjoyment out of those three meals! Any advise would be much apreciated! Price range is flexable, I would like to spend 60-80 per person for dinner, but I would spend more if it would get me much better food. I have no real ethnic preferences, but I would like to get one tasting or prix fixe meal.
here's a few places that sounded good (but im definetly not limeted to these):
Lai Wah Heen or Lai tei Heen (I would like to try some good Dim Sum)
Bistro 990 (right across the road from my hotel, but I think I might be able to get some better French food for the money elsewhere.)
If you were in Toronto for two days where would you go?
mmm, I can hardly wait. I am definetly set on Lei Wah Heen for lunch. Nota Bene sounds like a pretty solid choice for dinner, but I am half tempted to just splurge and do Perigee. If I do decide to go to Perigee, is the $90 "taste of Perigee" the way to go? Thanks for the input everbody...
Caution: The chef at Perigee changed a few months ago. I haven't been since the change, so can't comment on the food as it is now - but if you see a review that talks about an 'open kitchen' - it's an old review as they glassed in the kitchen before the previous chef left.
And Nota Bene has excellent food - was there last night (they've only been open 3 weeks and it deserves all the raves).
I've only been to Cava once and, while the food was perfectly good, it didn't blow me away...I wouldn't recommend it to someone with only a limited time in the city. It's at Yonge & St. Clair too; I think you'd want to be in a more interesting locale for possible after or pre-dinner strolling?
A few thoughts based on your list:
Lunch - I'd definitely recommend dim-summing... and Lai Wah Heen or Lai Toh Heen both do prix fixe menus. I've only been to LWH, but the food is really quite special. And it's appreciably closer to your hotel.
For the second lunch, I'd rule out either Trimurti or Sushi King on grounds of being just not that special or particularly "Toronto." You could probably get equally good Indian or sushi elsewhere. I also think that Bistro 990 is only OK, but if it's in close proximity it's not a terrible choice.
Dinner - Splendido and Perigee are top-notch spots, but I'd expect either to be (perhaps significantly) more $$ than your allotted budget (irrespective of whether you're allowing for tax, tip, liquor). Note that the Splendido people have just opened a second, more casual resto called Nota Bene. I haven't had the chance to get there yet, but reports on this board and from local food critics have been very good to outstanding. It would likely fall more within your price range. I can't wait to get to try this spot myself!