Hi Marniee, I guess we may need to know more about what your friends like/expect. For example... I love the Queen Mother too but I'd meet up there with some casual university friends, on a day when we're all in our jeans; whereas I'd go to Nota Bene or Osgoode Hall with business contacts I'm trying to impress. Or my mother, on her birthday. All good options but entirely different style.
I like the Queen Mother Café. I used to go there all the time for lunch when I worked in the neighbourhood. Their lunches are really delicious and reasonably priced, and the atmosphere is elegant but casual. The menu is eclectic — it include provençal dishes, dim sum, pad thai, veggie and grain burgers — they used to have the BEST turkey burger!
Ho Su japanese restaurant a bit further west on Queen is wonderful. Some of the cheapest sushi in the city, and the avocado rolls are to die for! Huge, perfectly ripe chunks of avocado.
206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA
Ho Su Bistro
254 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z8, CA