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Dec 9, 2008 10:03 PM

dinner rec midtown/uptown/leaside?

we are meeting friends for a special midweek dinner - and need your help.

We are ideally looking for something that has seafood and meet options..only other limitation - not Japanese, Chinese, Thai or Indian.

Would be great to find something north of Eglinton and south of 401 - Dufferin to Bayview.

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  1. For seafood, Zee Grill is fantastic and they always have a steak and chicken option on the menu. It's on Mt. Pleasant, a couple of blocks south of Eg.

    For a more general menu, Quince is a bit fancier and is on Yonge, a couple of blocks south of Eg. Coquine is just across the street from Quince and has a great bistro vibe and a large menu with several options for both fish and meat eaters.

    If you want fancy and French, Celestin would fit the bill -- Mt. Pleasant, a couple of blocks south of Eg. If you want REALLY fancy and French, Auberge du Pommier is on Yonge, just south of the 401.

    If you want Italian, Zucca is really nice, and they always have a wonderful whole oven-roasted fish. On Yonge, a couple of blocks south of Eg. For Italian further north, I also like Sapori (on Yonge, north of Lawrence) -- lots of seafood pastas, also a wonderful whole oven-roasted fish and a pretty wicked veal chop, plus the most amazing Amarone-only wine list (separate from their regular wine list).

    Hmm... there is a theme here! There are clearly a lot of great restaurants a couple of blocks south of Eglinton.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      I completely agree with TorontoJo's suggestions, except that I haven't been to Sapori so can't comment. Generally, the restaurants in the strip of Yonge b/w Eglinton and Davisville tend to be better than those b/w Eglinton and Lawrence, IMHO.

      North of Lawrence, I've always enjoyed Coppi for Italian (though I've read some negative reviews on this board). There's also a relatively new restaurant with a local focus in that strip that I've read good things about on this board, but for the life of me I can't remember the name - perhaps someone else can help?

      I really enjoy Fat Cat (on Eglinton, just west of Avenue Rd.), but the last couple of times I've been there it's been a ghost town, which doesn't really make for the greatest atmosphere. Sadly, I don't imagine they'll be around for much longer (especially in this economy).

      1. re: torontofoodiegirl

        Locavore is the place you're thinking of. It's on Avenue, just north of Lawrence. Haven't been there, so can't vouch for it.

        1. re: TorontoJo

          I think there's a place on Yonge too that's been around somewhat longer than Locavore. It's going to drive me crazy trying to figure out what the name of it is! Anyone?

          1. re: torontofoodiegirl

            Okay, after some searching, I figured it out, though I got my facts a bit wrong. It's Sequel. Turns out it's not new, having opened in 2004 (though it's new to me) and I'm not so sure about the local emphasis, having looked at their website, though they do seem to have some local options. Website, if anyone's interested, is:


            1. re: torontofoodiegirl

              thanks for the recs.

              is it just me or does Quince have a really limited menu - and not much for the seafood enthisiast...and we love Zee but it wont fill the meatlover bill.

              how pricey is Celestin and is it worth it?

              I think Locavore is on Avenue - anyone tried it?

              1. re: yummyumm

                North 44 is in the area. I am sure you've heard of it, Sash Simpson runs a good restaurant. I think it's worth it, much more so than Bymark. They took out the shrimp tempura from the menu, and put in a lobster tempura. I've have asked politely to have the shrimp tempura instead, and they were happy to oblige.

                Scaramouche is my favorite restaurant, it's just a few lights south of Eglinton, but I really think it's worth it. It's a shame they're closing in a year. It's very much worth it there.

                Celestin is around there too. Though I can't comment, as I haven't been. La Vecchia is on Yonge/Eglinton. IMO, the best tiramisu around.

                1. re: yummyumm

                  I haven't found Quince limited in its menu at all- last time I was there (Saturday night for dinner)- there was salmon, scallops and a whole roasted fish for fish options- which two of the diners in my party had and were thrilled.
                  In fact, i'm quite sure the whole roasted fish is always an option- what was available when you were there?
                  I had a really meh brunch at Celestin-

                  1. re: yummyumm

                    Never been to Quince but several friends have and described it as very average. But like I mentioned, I cannot personally vouch for it and it does get a lot of love on this board. As far as Celestin goes, always delicious and worth it. Most of my close friends here in TO are Parisian, or from other regions in France and go there when they want a taste of "home". I dream about the pastry on that lobster vol-au-vent, and in my experience have never just had a "meh" brunch there but to each their own.