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Fine Dining in Scarborough

Rcpaps Oct 31, 2008 08:29 AM

Now, I know some may see it as an oxymoron, but I am looking for fine dining in and around the Scarbrough area. It's me and my BF's anniversary and we wanted to go someplace nice and also close to home. Anyone have any suggestions?

  1. JamieK Oct 31, 2008 08:32 AM

    Scarborough's fairly large. Any part of it in particular?

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    1. re: JamieK
      Rcpaps Oct 31, 2008 08:42 AM

      Well further east closer to the birchcliff area is better, but right nwow, I'll take any suggestions!

    2. T Long Oct 31, 2008 10:49 AM

      Not in Scarborough, but still in the east end nearby are the School Fine Dining http://www.theschoolfinedining.com/ and Duncan House: http://www.davidduncanhouse.com/
      Also there are a few higher end Chinese Food places....eg the two Casa's (Casa Imperial is actually in Scarborough) and the place inside the Hotel at Hwy 7 and Warden (Empire Court)

      1. JamieK Oct 31, 2008 11:48 AM

        Okay, it's not fine dining but it's not bad (the crabcakes are good). For something different but romantic, consider Bluffers Restaurant at the bottom of Brimley Rd right on the lake. You won't be able to sit on the patio but you'd still have a spectacular view of the lake and bluffs and, if you're early enough and the weather is fine, a sunset.

        Just trying to think of fun or romantic alternatives to fine dining.

        7 Brimley Rd, Toronto, ON M1M, CA

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          geoprincess Oct 31, 2008 02:28 PM

          Vincent's Spot is yummy and good value -- it's at Kingston Rd and Midland. It's very old school with great service and interesting decor. I wouldn't classify it as fine dining but it's REALLY good (and not diner-like).

          Other than that, I don't know. I live just north of Birchcliff and we tend to head downtown.

          I think there is a roof-top Japanese place in the hotel at Kennedy and 401.

          There's also the The Old Scott House on Progress near the Town Centre.

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          1. re: geoprincess
            T Long Oct 31, 2008 02:37 PM

            The Old Scott House was being converted to a Baton Rouge....not sure if it has reopened yet...anyone know?

            1. re: T Long
              helen0505 Oct 31, 2008 04:48 PM

              Its not open yet. As for a great meal in Scarborough, I highly recommend Fratelli Village Pizzeria. Its not fine dining but definitely a great place for a nice date.


              1. re: helen0505
                Dr Butcher Oct 31, 2008 09:19 PM

                I'd second Fratelli, not fine dining but one of the nicer places in the east end. It can get very crowded for the dinner rush (5:30-8:00) so plan accordingly.

                It's a small place with very solid thin crust pizzas and some nice pastas. I've made comments in the site posted by helen0505.

                I like their calamari, and tiramisu. I'm not a fan of their caesar salad. The shaved parm is nice but the dressing, lettuce and croutons seem a little 'salad mix' to me.

                1. re: Dr Butcher
                  BokChoi Nov 3, 2008 05:47 AM

                  Hopefully this can help: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/569282


            2. re: geoprincess
              smr714 Nov 2, 2008 12:27 PM

              I second the recommendation of Vincent's spot. If you like duck, when you make reservations they will let you pre-order the duck and my family cannot get enough of it.

            3. sugarcube Nov 1, 2008 07:03 PM

              Fratelli Village Pizzeria

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                Googs Nov 2, 2008 03:48 AM

                sugarcube... on their website... Is THAT a wood burning pizza oven??? With regular crust pizza???

                1. re: Googs
                  Dr Butcher Nov 2, 2008 08:22 AM

                  Googs, it's a wood burning oven but their pizzas are thinner crust. Here's a shot of some leftover Fratelli - pepperoni, hot salami, hot sausage, ham and mozzarella, and a Milan's - chicken, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, red onion and mozzarella.


                  1. re: Googs
                    sugarcube Nov 2, 2008 10:37 AM

                    Where does it mention it serves regular crust pizza?

                    1. re: sugarcube
                      Googs Nov 2, 2008 10:48 AM

                      It just looks that way in the picture. It doesn't appear to be the Terroni pizza toppings on a cracker look. Even Dr Butcher's pic looks like a fairly healthy-sized crust. If that's thin, then it's the kind of thin I might be able to sneak past hubby.

                      1. re: Googs
                        Dr Butcher Nov 2, 2008 11:26 AM

                        Googs, not wanting to hijack the thread, if you're looking for thin wood oven pizzas a little further west, check out Calabria Bakery on Midland just south of Ellesmere on Thursdays and Fridays.

                        Excuse the pics they're cell phone shots.


                        1. re: Dr Butcher
                          Googs Feb 20, 2009 05:45 AM

                          I made a link!

                          Calabria Bakery
                          1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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                  jjmellon Nov 3, 2008 03:55 AM

                  I just ate at Mandalay for the first time in about six years (we've moved away from the area), and it was pretty good dining. It's on the north side of Lawrence just west of Markham Rd., across from Cedarbrae Mall. The place seats about 80, and they were full on a Saturday night. There is lots of choice in main course, it's not expensive, and the side vegetables (mixed roast vegetables) were well done. We had the two specials -- grilled pickerel, and lamb medallions with sea scallop -- both were good, but the lamb was better.

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                  1. re: jjmellon
                    jjmellon Nov 3, 2008 04:00 AM

                    Oh, I forgot, in spite of the name "Mandalay" the food is French-style cooking with a bit of Asian influence.

                    1. re: jjmellon
                      Googs Nov 3, 2008 04:39 AM


                      1. re: Googs
                        jjmellon Feb 15, 2009 11:37 AM

                        Googs, thanks for finding their web site. The pictures of many of the dishes make me want to go back soon, and we now live about thirty miles away!

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                          macandcheese4ever Feb 15, 2009 07:02 PM

                          For a great meal I go to Vincent's Spot on Kingston Rd near Midland Avenue. It's a family-run restaurant and the food is excellent. The fish and seafood dishes are out of this world. You never leave there feeling dissatisfied. Terrific place and really nice owners.

                    2. Finnegan Feb 24, 2009 11:25 AM

                      I'll second Fratellis...wood burning oven and great thin crust pizzas. Mandalay is a real gem...tucked away in a strip mall. The food is very good

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                      1. re: Finnegan
                        kweenshaker Feb 28, 2009 06:55 PM

                        I'm happy to hear that Mandalay is good again! I used to go with my Aunt on a regular basis about 10 years ago, but it went downhill to the point of being nearly inedible. I shall check it out again!

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