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lepetitgourmand Feb 23, 2009 01:29 PM

I'm going out monday night for a special occasion. Any ideas? I'm drawing a complete blank, and time's running out!
We're both adventurous eaters, and enjoy wine.
Price is no object, but obviously not too crazy. My first thought was Kaji, but they're not open on mondays. Something downtown would be better...Help me please.

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  1. estufarian RE: lepetitgourmand Feb 23, 2009 02:06 PM

    Mondays are tough.
    My go-to places are Nota Bene and Globe Bistro (and Senhor Antonio - although on slow nights they tend to seat you in the main dining room and you have to order a la carte).

    1. ChalkBoy RE: lepetitgourmand Feb 23, 2009 02:14 PM

      Black Hoof on Dundas W

      1. Muffin__Top RE: lepetitgourmand Feb 23, 2009 02:42 PM

        Scaramouche for Lobsterlicious?

        Sidecar for $22 prix fixe?

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          lepetitgourmand RE: Muffin__Top Feb 23, 2009 03:40 PM

          I like the idea of Scaramouche. Havn't been in many moons, and the last time i was there the service was great. Food was safe.
          Sidecar and The Hoof are a little too casual.
          Aside - Sidecar does have some great cocktails.

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            genie81 RE: Muffin__Top Feb 23, 2009 07:35 PM

            I've been trying to get people to go for Scaramouche's Lobsterlicious with me but no luck. Check out http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589562 for reviews of this year's Lobsterlicious.

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              andrea0guernz RE: Muffin__Top Feb 24, 2009 01:15 PM

              I was going to suggest Sidecar's prix fixe as well... ive heard great things about it

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                estufarian RE: andrea0guernz Feb 24, 2009 02:39 PM

                Ok - It is indeed a good value. But hardly for a 'special occasion'. This is a casual place and best described as 'neighbourhood' or 'local'.
                I've been on a Monday night and would certainly return - but 'fine dining it ain't'!

            2. Rabbit RE: lepetitgourmand Feb 23, 2009 04:23 PM

              Canoe is open on Monday. Potentially crazy-ish prices... but a gorgeous room, great food, and definitely occasion-worthy.

              I also like Crush... a little less stratospheric price-wise, room still feels upscale and special... and great for winos.

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                stonewall36 RE: lepetitgourmand Feb 24, 2009 01:16 PM

                I had this same problem for my anniversary in May, and went to Via Allegro which would satisfy your requirements.

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                  JennaBean RE: lepetitgourmand Feb 24, 2009 01:56 PM

                  You could try Forte. They are at Richmond and York and are open on Mondays until 11 p.m. If you go, have the soup dumplings - soooo yummy!

                  1. sloweater RE: lepetitgourmand Feb 24, 2009 02:58 PM

                    While it's not Kaji, Omi is open on Monday nights. I had the omakase menu last night and it was excellent. The wine list is small, but it's got some great wines at a decent price. All were offered by the glass if I remember correctly. We had 2 omakase dinners, 2 glasses of Macon, and 1 Sapporo, and 2 bottles of Perrier. The entire dinner cost $199 before gratuity. It was one of the better sushi experiences I have had in recent memory.

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                      Cup cake RE: lepetitgourmand Feb 24, 2009 05:40 PM

                      Cava on Yonge at St. Clair. I think that they are open Mondays. We recently went there for a birthday dinner and enjoyed the food and wine very much.

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                        lepetitgourmand RE: Cup cake Feb 25, 2009 07:05 AM

                        Thanks for the responses everyone! I think i've narrowed it down to Cava or Crush. Sidecar was also a good recommendation, but i think it's more along the lines of a place to go for the after party! I will have to try Omi tho, I do love anything omakase. I'll let everyone know how it went.

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