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ER2 Oct 8, 2008 09:05 AM

Two of us are planning to dine next week at one of the many restaurants on Harbord Street. It's an area we haven't visited for a long while now. Splendido apart, any suggestions about which of the many restaurants we might choose? Price no problem but we do like a place quiet enough for the two of us to have a comfortable chat. TIA

  1. sloweater Oct 8, 2008 09:36 AM

    While there are trendier choices on Harbord, I consistently have a good meal and service at Messis. The room is cozy and you won't have to shout to be heard by your partner. The wine list is decently priced too.

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      Davedigger Oct 8, 2008 12:39 PM

      My favourite on the strip is Boulevard Cafe. They usually have great specials, and their Salpicon de Pollo is to die for. Don't forget the fresh-squeezed lemonade!

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        SusanB Oct 9, 2008 11:09 AM

        I also really like the Boulevard. I think it's gotten even better over the years.

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        Rabbit Oct 8, 2008 08:22 PM

        I agree that Messis is a highly under-rated stand-by. It doesn't have the cool-io cachet of some of the other Harbord spots, but it does fit the bill as a cozy and romantic room where food and service are reliable.

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        hotpeppers Oct 8, 2008 02:40 PM

        Harbord Room at 89 Harbord is the way to go. I have been about 4 or 5 times and had an excellent meal everytime. great atmosphere, reasonable wine list and phenomenal food. they have a seasonally changing menu that focuses on local fresh ingreidents. you can check out their reviews online all glowing reviews by joanne kates, national post, toronto life, now magazine.

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          deabot Oct 8, 2008 06:41 PM

          I agree, I spent a few dinners at Harbord room this past fall/summer and it's fun spot to go to. Friendly staff, nice drinks/wine choices and a super yummy burger! Good cheeses too if you're into cheese plates.

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            pinkprimp Oct 9, 2008 03:41 PM

            I really like going to the Harbord Room for the cocktails! Especially after dark when the room is lit by candles.

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          Sooo Goood Oct 8, 2008 08:16 PM

          Harbord Room. Hands down. Order the burger - one of the best in the city.

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            LemonLauren Oct 9, 2008 06:08 PM

            just to mix it up, i'll put in my vote for 93 Harbord. a quieter room with professional service and really exciting food - mains like fish, pork, etc, prepared with middle eastern/indian influences and infusions that are really really creative. not over=priced for the experience.

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              allabouttheCHOW Oct 12, 2008 04:35 AM

              I agree with Lemon, 93 Harbord offers a fusion-esque spin on Middle Eastern cuisine with many interesting and inventive flavours/dishes. From what I recall, they don't actually have any signage, but large front windows.

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