Dinner recs near the Madison
- Webdude Nov 21, 2008 11:09 AM
Looking for something cheap and cheerful for a small staff gathering (5-6 people) before a larger social function at the Madison this coming Tuesday, November 25. Only parameters:
1) Decent food
2) At least some veggie options
3) Not hideously priced - $20-25 pp, w/o alcohol
4) Walking distance (in November, mind) to the Maddie.
Try "SERRA" on Bloor Street West...it's good ...it's close...not cheap, cheap but I think quite affordable...it's very lively (sometimes too much so) and earlier rather than later is the best time to be seated. Close to the Madison as well...
SERRA 378 Bloor Street West ....just west of Spadina
If you are into Thai/Asian fusion, there are Thai Basil or Crystal Rolls 1 block west of Bloor/Spadina that offers a nice atmosphere and great food at a reasonable price.
I have eaten in both eatery many times and have enjoyed it a lot. Crystal Rolls has a quieter atmosphere/nicer decor, but I think their food is slightly better than Crystal.
A few dishes I recommend at Thai Basil is the basil salmon, pad thai, eggplant w/ minced pork and thai seafood fried rice. They also have great apps like thai bbq pork & spring rolls
I second PearlD's suggestion of Serra. The don't normally take reservations but call them, they might make an exception on a Tuesday depending on size of party. Very good italian and not too pricey.
Thanks, everyone. I did call Serra, and the answer was - as expected - no reservations. We couldn't really afford to leave it to chance. So I went with the By the Way - a little less exotic than Nepalese, which I plan to try some time (yum), and perhaps more to the liking of the less-than-adventurous in our crowd.