The Beaches - Savignon or Balsam Rest??
Would like to go for a special b-day dinner tonight (Sunday) in the Beaches.
Which rest. is better? Or if you have another recommendation.
Having lived here in the Beach for some years, I'm sad to say that the proportion of good restaurants in the neighbourhood is not high. It's looking up though, with Ali's Tandoori and Balsam among my multiple repeat visits. For "fine dining" both Sauvignon and Balsam have much to offer. I'm posting this well past the original poster's special day - I can quite frankly say that chowhounds will enjoy either of these restaurants. Balsam does have a large and shady patio in the summer - one of the nicest of any restaurant in the neighbourhood.
I haven't been to either Savignon or Balsam restaurants, but you also requested other recs in the Beaches. IMO you can't go wrong at ViVetha, on Queen East near the Neville Park streetcar loop. The first time I was there was with my son. We both ordered simply - the deluxe ground beef burger with an amazing array of fixings - special sauce, sliced orange & pineapple, salad, onion etc., all for $7. My son commented that you'd only get the burger and fries for that price anywhere else. The server was helpful and personable. The total bill for two including two imported beer was $30! Later I reported our success at ViVetha to my wife, so she and a friend had lunch there. she had the wild mushroom salad and the friend had the "luau" salad, with strips of beef. Both were excellent - generous portions with exquisite dressing. Score two more regular customers for ViVetha!