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In Search of Romantic, Stellar Restaurant

Chazari99 Jun 12, 2009 12:35 PM

I'll be in Toronto for my 10th Anniversary with my wife (on a Saturday). We're going to Canoe on Friday night, but I'm looking for another great place to dine on Saturday night, preferably one that's romatic, but more importantly, has top notch cuisine. I couldn't get a reservation at Splendido, and I'm a bit reluctant to take their recommendation for Opus (maybe they have a deal to recommend to each other). Anyone have thoughts? We're not into French food, but love Seafood/Italian/Continental.


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    Chazari99 Jun 13, 2009 06:41 PM

    Thanks to Everyone. I booked Chiado on Saturday night. I chose it over Mistura.

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      Charles Yu Jun 13, 2009 06:45 PM

      Good choice! Food is better than Mistura IMO.

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        tjr Jun 13, 2009 08:49 PM


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      Chazari99 Jun 13, 2009 09:19 AM

      Scaramouche is booked, and I have read mixed reviews about Chiado. Any other places? It can be anything but French.

      Thanks again!

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        estufarian Jun 13, 2009 10:34 AM

        My guess is the 'mixed' reviews on Chiado refer to the price (although personally I'd avoid the 'rustic-style' Portuguese dishes too e.g. bread stews). The upscale stuff is superb (but as we noted above - more $ than are usually associated with 'ethnic' cuisine).

        Globe Bistro (which despite its name isn't French) is a little more downscale, but might fit the bill - otherwise you pretty much have to drop the 'romantic' part - especially on a busy night. If you want something 'special' - take a look at Colborne Lane - that's a place that REALLY gets mixed reviews - almost certainly you'll either love it or hate it.

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          millygirl Jun 13, 2009 12:56 PM

          That's a shame about Scaramouche. You could try their Pasta Bar which is in the same restaurant, just next door and a little more casual in terms of food and atmosphere? Another spot worth checking out would be George - fabulous patio and the food is excellent.

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            skylineR33 Jun 13, 2009 02:02 PM

            If you like pop and dance music with strong bass, Colborne lane is a great dining place, definitely not a romantic place. The music there and the restaurant get louder as it gets late.

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              Googs Jun 14, 2009 06:13 AM

              I mostly agree with you skylineR33. I found romance at Colborne Lane. I tend to find flawless service and food relaxing. Being completely at ease is very conducive to romance. The table in the southwest corner would be the one to score for a couple. If unavailable, any table down the west wall would suit.

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                skylineR33 Jun 14, 2009 07:22 AM

                I mostly agree with you too. I tend to find the tables at the south cozy (provided the big windows is the direction south). It will be more romantic if they increase the table spacing so I do not have to hear "excuse me" when someone against the wall on south want to get out. Also, if the computer station is a few feet off the southeast table, it wil not be that "distracted" when a server enters an order.

            2. re: estufarian
              tjr Jun 13, 2009 03:51 PM

              I agree with estufarian, except that I wouldn't recommend CL. Chiado is a pretty amazing restaurant, one of the best in Toronto, and Globe is fairly good.

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              jump Jun 13, 2009 02:51 PM

              would be interested in hearing about the mixed reviews on Chiado.....everytime I've gone it has been stellar. Have never had fresher, more honestly prepared fish in Toronto. Love the Portuguese wines too!

            4. Charles Yu Jun 12, 2009 06:11 PM

              I like Scaramouche too. But, just to be different, how about a window seat at Canoe, watch the sunset, have a great meal and enjoy the night lights!

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                Squeakycheese Jun 12, 2009 06:46 PM

                All good ideas, but Canoe for two nights in a row? :)

                Maybe Celestin?

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                  Dimbulb Jun 13, 2009 06:34 AM

                  Didn't the OP asked for non-French? Celestin was French the last time I went.

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                  TorontoJo Jun 12, 2009 06:47 PM

                  The OP is already going to Canoe on Friday... :)

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                    Charles Yu Jun 12, 2009 06:50 PM

                    Oops! Didn't read posting properly!! My mistake! If thats the case, stick with Scaramouche.

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                      tjr Jun 12, 2009 07:51 PM

                      Canoe two nights in a row wouldn't be that bad; just order different items :-)

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                        Charles Yu Jun 13, 2009 06:27 AM

                        My experience tells me that, by returning to an establishment so soon, there is a very big chance that one would receive better if not special treatment by the wait staff and/or chef who will recognise you. In my case, a complimentary amuse bouche or two or a free drink or dessert are not un-common. Furthermore, the additional attention and smiles are worth the re-visits.

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                          TorontoJo Jun 13, 2009 10:23 AM

                          But Canoe isn't open on Saturday...so another choice must be made!

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                        millygirl Jun 12, 2009 06:54 PM


                        Mistura would have been my second choice but last few times I've been a little turned off by the atmosphere. In fact, as I say this I've reminded myself I need to update my bio on Chow. For me, although I almost hate to say it, its slipped a few notches. I get the impression Massimo is more concerned with his next celebrity appearance than the kitchen, and it's beginning to show. Just my 2 cents, others might disagree and that's fine too!

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                      Vinnie Vidimangi Jun 12, 2009 05:13 PM

                      If you go to Scaramouche, please tell us what you think.

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                        Crepes Suzette Jun 12, 2009 05:00 PM


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                          TO Arch Jun 12, 2009 03:51 PM

                          Scaramouche for romance and view of the City..great service and food

                          1. TorontoJo Jun 12, 2009 12:51 PM

                            Mistura is a top notch Italian spot, worthy of an anniversary dinner. To round out the evening, you can go upstairs to the slightly swanky Sopra Lounge for live jazz and a cocktail.

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                              torontofoodiegirl Jun 12, 2009 02:21 PM

                              I second both Scaramouche and Mistura. Also, consider throwing George into the mix - expecially due to their patio (haven't been in the summer, but have seen pics and it's lovely).

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                                jump Jun 12, 2009 03:34 PM

                                I highly recommend Chiado. My favourite place for fish in the city - fantastic wine list too.

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                                exquisite Jun 12, 2009 03:07 PM

                                Most recently I was there 3 days ago and had yet another great meal + enjoyed the view.

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                                  Full tummy Jun 12, 2009 03:40 PM

                                  I also recommend Scaramouche. Ask for a table with a view of the city, as you're visitors, if possible. Great food and romantic!!

                                  Here's their website:


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