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Rain, George, or Perigee?

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stonedtoronto Dec 8, 2008 02:47 AM

Hi Chowhounders!

I am taking a friend out for a nice dinner. For myself personally, I'll eat just about anything. But my friend, she's wants to be a vegetarian, but most days, she'll eat fish, and some days red meat as well.

I know these restaurants offer good veggy options. I've heard mixed things about Rain, and mostly good about George and Perigee, but I am always willing to try a restaurant once.

Which of these restaurants would be a good pick?

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    likescrab Dec 8, 2008 06:09 AM

    Def Perigee. Call ahead and they'll more than accommodate you. They also have a byo license...one of the best meals i've had in Toronto was at Perigee.

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      gijoeanne Dec 8, 2008 12:54 PM

      I remember having a wonderful meal at Perigee as well, but that was over a year and a half ago, and I've heard that things just aren't that great since Pat Riley left...

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        likescrab Dec 9, 2008 05:51 AM

        The new chef at Perigee is fantastic, as is his entire crew.

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      exquisite Dec 8, 2008 06:21 AM

      I was taken to Rain a few months ago and was not impressed by their food. In terms of presentation, perhaps not so bad, but there is really not much to eat. If you read like 10 different ingredients in a main on a menu, you would think it's somewhat substantial, but no, I was able to have another full meal on top of what I had eaten (1 app and 1 main each). And I actually did! (went to Second City for a show and ordered a bunch of things)

      And I am not even a big eater.

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        sman Dec 8, 2008 12:22 PM

        I took a friend for dinner at George on Saturday and we were both quite pleased with the food and the service. My friend is a vegan and, while they have a vegetarian tasting menu, I requested a vegan tasting menu when I made the reservation. They more than happy to accommodate my request.

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          sbug206 Dec 8, 2008 04:17 PM

          George hands down the best meal I've had in my life. Very nice complex flavours that complimented each other in each dish.

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            Charles Yu Dec 8, 2008 04:22 PM

            I'll second George too!

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            hungryabbey Dec 8, 2008 04:50 PM

            I haven't been to Rain or George, but I had an amazing meal with my boyfriend a few weeks ago at Perigee. If you make a reservation there, ask for a table beside the kitchen and you can watch the chefs work.

            1. skylineR33 Dec 8, 2008 05:23 PM

              I prefer the food that I get at George out of these three. However, my last time to Rain is 3 years ago.

              Have anyone been to Rain recently ? If yes, please let us know how you find the food there ? Thanks in advance.

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                justpete Dec 8, 2008 09:22 PM

                I was there about a year or so ago.. I found it kind of boring, and pricey - for what it was.

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                  tjr Dec 8, 2008 10:48 PM

                  I'm not a big fan of Rain; I've been a few times over the past couple years, and had a few meals that left me unimpressed. The food isn't bad, but it's kind of boring and I don't think many people would find any sort of value there. I'd say George is probably the best bet of the three.

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                  stonedtoronto Dec 8, 2008 09:04 PM

                  How about Colborne Lane to the mix as well?

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                    embee Dec 9, 2008 05:44 AM

                    We liked George much more than Perigee. Our Perigee experiences were with Pat Riley as Chef, and we were sitting at the kitchen counter. George was much cheaper as well.

                    (Never been to Rain.)

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