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Recommendations needed for a Friday lunch or Afternoon tea

Hey CHer's,

I would love recommendations for a nice Friday lunch...I would prefer a fine restaurant, but would want to avoid all the business people going to lunch...so no places like Bymark.

As well, a recommendation for afternoon tea would be nice as well. I am leaning towards Bokchoi's recommendation of either the King Eddy, or C5.

Thanks all

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  1. stonedtoronto,

    Which area of town will you be in? I am assuming downtown core, since you mentioned places such as Bymark, King Eddy or C5. As well, since those places are pretty spread out, I would also toss in a suggestion for lunch/tea at Gallery Grill. It is located inside a building of U of T (Hart House). The closest subway stop would be Queens Park station, just to give you a general idea of its location in the sprawling campus. There is parking, however, it is quite limited on campus. However, there are a lot of spots on Bloor and it is just a short walk south through Philosopher's Walk to get to Hart House (about 5-10 minutes).

    If you value food over ambiance, I would recommend C5. If you desire ambiance, then not much can compare with King Edward. Each place does have its shortcomings, but I have enjoyed my meals at both for different reasons.

    Another option near C5 is Windsor Arms. I have not been yet, but have heard great things.

    Hope this is of some assistance. I have been working on a review for Gallery Grill. I will post it later today once I wrap it up.

    Cheers and good luck!

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    1. re: BokChoi

      I can vouch for the Windsor Arms afternoon tea - great ambiance and the food is very nice. Service is professional, and unhurried.

      1. re: Apple

        I second the Windsor Arms. They have a lovely afternoon tea.

    2. The Red Tea Box for tea? It's on Queen.

      1. Windsor Arms' afternoon tea is wonderful, their scones are amazing. Gallery Grill not that great when we ate there last.

        1. I second Gallery Grill (had excellent seared scallops & enjoyable cheese platter there not to mention lovely service) and I've also had a great Friday lunch at Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Museum restaurant (can't remember everything but black cod with some kind of ragout -- ox? - delicious).
          http://dine.to/profile_features.php?f...
          http://www.harthouse.utoronto.ca/hh/p...
          http://www.jkkitchens.com/v6/restaura...

          JamieK
          (not the chef

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          Gallery Grill
          7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

          Jamie Kennedy Gardiner
          111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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          1. re: JamieK

            also meant to mention another favourite lunch spot - Carens Wine Bar -
            http://www.carenswineandcheese.com/

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            Carens
            158 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A8, CA

            1. re: JamieK

              What was the noise level like at JK at the Gardiner when you had lunch, JamieK?

              1. re: phoenikia

                I found it pretty noisy at JK for lunch. Very echo-y. We were seated in a corner of the room and I could barely hear my tablemates at the opposite end of a table for 6. I think the space works better with groups of 2 and 4. The food was very good. I love the fact that they had half glasses of wine so you can pair with your appetizer and your entree.

                1. re: fickle

                  Thanks for your comments, fickle! Think I'll save it for a lunch where background noise isn't an issue!

              2. re: JamieK

                second JK Gardiner - a lovely space for midday - airy and light, and they do small glasses of wine should you wish to imbibe without making it in to a liquid lunch. i had a loverly salad there and my main was the hopper (sri lanka veggie -lentil curry sorta dish i believe, served on a dosa-like crepe) with halibut (or another fish, twas a while ago) and it was great. worth skipping work for.

              3. When you have some time on a weekend, try Tea at the Whitehouse in Waterdown.

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                1. re: Mitzimouse

                  I second Tea at the Whitehouse in Waterdown! I recommend getting the scones with devonshire cream if you ever end up going there-- fantastic!

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                  Tea At The White House
                  297 Dundas St E, Waterdown, ON L0R, CA

                2. Great new spot opened at York and Richmond - Forte Bistro & Lounge - great look and great food - ask for a table/booth at the back and get the lobster sandwich...it is amazing!

                  1. Just went to MoRoCo chocolate lounge in yorkville for a wonderful afternoon tea. Had the cream of avalon tea, excellent. Beautiful ambience, lots of selection for pastries, scones and sandwiches. Scones served with clotted cream and lemon curd and preserves. Very good service, did not rush us at all.... had a great afternoon