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Restaurant suggestions - Help!

bluestone Mar 5, 2009 05:07 PM

I'd like to give my two dear friends a memorable evening and meal for their wedding present. They've just moved to Toronto and I've never been, so I don't even know where to start.

I'm giving them $200 (Canadian), and would like it to cover, or almost cover, their meal for two plus a decent bottle of wine. So no $100-per-person-tasting places. Also, they are both sophisticated and cool and young (almost 30) but I wouldn't consider them to be particularly adventuresome eaters. So I'd prefer somewhere that will deliver a guaranteed delicious meal and special evening over someplace shockingly inventive and cool.

Thanks Ontario! This American is in your debt.

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  1. cynalan RE: bluestone Mar 5, 2009 05:13 PM

    If you really want to make it memorable, might I suggest another approach? For my wife's 50th birthday I arranged a personal chef to prepare a meal for our closest friends. It's something worth considering. There may be some who would consider a romantic dinner for 2 in your price range.

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      miranda RE: bluestone Mar 5, 2009 05:13 PM

      The Rushton..St Clair and Christie...Miranda

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        Sarah Cat RE: bluestone Mar 5, 2009 06:00 PM

        Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar. I love that spot! Fabulous wine, locally-sourced ingredients, really neat spot. Check out the website and menu.

        1. Rabbit RE: bluestone Mar 6, 2009 05:48 AM

          - L'Unita... Italian menu is very good without being too challenging. Pretty room with lots of buzz. Central location (www.lunita.ca


          - Nyood... very trend-y neighbourhood and happening spot. Excellent small plate menu with lots of interesting flavours but nothing too weird. Good cocktails. Good for the sophisticated-and-cool-and-young (www.nyood.ca


          - Globe Bistro has a Canadian slant... more formal than my other suggestions (but without being actually "formal" or stuffy). Some food might be a bit challenging. " Very good value for a higher end restaurant. Excellent service. East-end location is on the subway line but might feel far if they're in the West end (www.globebistro.com)

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            bluestone RE: bluestone Mar 6, 2009 10:19 AM

            Thank you all so much for your thoughtful replies. I checked out all the suggestions and Globe seems perfect. Plus the Canadian slant is a good way to introduce them to the food of their new home. Much obliged.

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