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Dinner on Harbord, tomorrow (Saturday)

morefoodplz May 15, 2009 07:42 PM

Just wondering what the best places are on Harbord St. are. Would appreciate recommendatiions for a sit-down place (not a pub or fast food) with entrees <$30. Any notes on dress codes as well would be helpful.

  1. TorontoJo May 16, 2009 12:04 PM

    If the other options are full, Boulevard Cafe or DT Bistro would be good back ups. BC has a great casual vibe and very good Peruvian cuisine. I haven't tried DT Bistro for dinner, but it's one of my favourite brunch spots.

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    1. re: TorontoJo
      ekammin May 20, 2009 11:04 AM

      Frankly, I wouldn't go back to the Boulevard Café if you paid me.

      Not so long ago, we were having dinner there with some friends. In the middle of the meal, they turned all the lights out (not just a romantic dimming - pitch black) in response, I later learned, to a movie crew's complaint that the light from the restaurant was screwing up their filming. No explanation to their customers, no apology, no nothing.

      I wrote a letter of complaint expecting at least an apology if not another meal. They didn't even answer. Pfui!!

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      Arcadiaseeker May 16, 2009 05:54 AM

      I've been reading some good things about Loire on here -- check back I think there was a mini-review in the last couple of days. Better book soon though -- it can be tough to get reservations especially on a Saturday night. You might be okay on the long weekend tho..

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        goldendelicious May 15, 2009 08:36 PM

        Tati Bistro sounds like it might be what you're looking for. I had a pretty good experience there, with the exception of a few snobby waiters... It's pretty cozy and definitely worth checking out.

        124 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G8, CA

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          LemonLauren May 15, 2009 08:01 PM

          there is lots to choose from on Harbord.

          Harbord Room is trendy, but the food is STUNNING, so is the cocktail list! if you go early you may be able to walk-in or sit at the bar, but it's generally pretty busy/trendy late at night. crowd very mixed so no dress code concerns.

          93 Harbord is larger, more likely to have a spot for a walk-in, and does really great med/mid-eastern influenced bistro fare. One of my favourite special occasion spots.

          Momos is very hearty middle eastern , service and ambiance leave much to be desired, but the portions are good and the food is honest.

          Loire is a french bistro that gets good buzz around here, but i haven't been. no matter what, you'll enjoy your night out!

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          1. re: LemonLauren
            robb May 16, 2009 10:58 AM

            LemonLauren-we had dinner at HR last Saturday and really enjoyed our evening. Great service, reasonable prices, great feel to the restaurant. Food was really good but to call it STUNNNG (especially in CAPS) is a bit of a stretch. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode in which Elaine's boyfriend at the time, calls everything "breath-taking".

            1. re: LemonLauren
              morefoodplz May 19, 2009 03:14 PM

              Just thought I'd give my report... ended up at 93 Harbord, like LemonLauren indicated, they had plenty of room for walk-ins. Had the braised lamb shank with couscous ($20) and a pear phyllo pastry ($7) for dessert. There was a decently good texture to the meat, and the dessert was a little sweet for my taste due to the date syrup mentioned in the menu, but was still pretty nice. Service was adequate; I didn't sit on an empty water glass as I often do at restaurants, but as expected, the waiter seemed to be carefully hiding his dismay at the fact that I didn't order alcohol. I'd recommend this place for Middle Eastern fare, but it wasn't spectacular enough for me to go again. Later on, hit Nota Bene for drinks. Tried their soft shell crab app at the bar, it was nicely done, not too greasy. I'll definitely try to go for dinner there (and yes, make a reservation) one day.

              1. re: morefoodplz
                LemonLauren May 19, 2009 05:04 PM

                glad you made out okay. i like the food t 93 Harbord because it is a good "Way in" to the foreign cuisine for my less adventurous and/or vegetarian family/friends, and a nice place where one can actually have a conversation and enjoy the ambiance, without breaking the bank. too about the disdainful service, but it is a recession....

                1. re: LemonLauren
                  morefoodplz May 19, 2009 08:59 PM

                  It wasn't really the service that puts me off going back; it's that the average patron is, to put it mildly, quite a bit older than I am.

                  1. re: morefoodplz
                    LemonLauren May 20, 2009 07:28 AM

                    bahaha, interesting. i think they would be older than me too. i usually go with family or a group of friends, so don't feel the age diff.

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              morefoodplz May 15, 2009 07:50 PM

              Thanks tjr... forgot to add; how many of these places would take walk-ins?

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              1. re: morefoodplz
                aser May 15, 2009 08:05 PM

                Don't expect to walk-in for Harbord Room on a Sat night, you'll likely be turned away. Have backup options if you do want to tempt fate.

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                  abigllama May 16, 2009 11:54 AM

                  We actually tried to get a res. for two for Harbord Room for Saturday and found they were full. They do have walk-in bar seating but wouldn't plan on it. I'll second LL and say there are things on the menu that are STUNNING :). Some things are better than others, but take your bra off and order the burger. I did witness a friend have a dessert orgasm over the pots de creme there. That would qualify as stunning!

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                tjr May 15, 2009 07:48 PM

                The Harbord Room is quite good and gets favorable reviews from most people on the board. Entrées are around $30.

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