Recommendations needed for a Friday lunch or Afternoon tea
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.
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!
Windsor Arms' afternoon tea is wonderful, their scones are amazing. Gallery Grill not that great when we ate there last.
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).
(not the chef
7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA
Jamie Kennedy Gardiner
111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S, CA
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.
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.