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Jul 3, 2009 11:00 AM

Toronto Monday Anniversary Mid-town $$$

Any suggestions for a mid-town Toronto restaurant open Monday evening, suitable for an Anniversary romantic dinner?

First 4 years we went to Celestin on Mt. Pleasant and it was always a treat. 5th year we returned, only to be disappointed because they were participating in Summerlicious.

Summerlicious is great concept, but not for a romantic dinner.

6th anniversary we tried the Jamie Kennedy restaurant downtown. It was a Sunday evening and we were coming back from the cottage and weren't sure what time we would be arriving and they don't take reservations so it worked in our favour. Food was very pleasing, I must say.

So here we are coming up to our 7th anniversary. We would like to find something mid-town. A great restaurant that is NOT participating in Summerlicious. Open Monday evenings. Romantic. Moderate-Expensive.

It would be great if the menu was international rather than being limited to a specific nationality, but if we have to choose -- then French would be a good choice. Have any favourites you would like to recommend? thanks!

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  1. p.s. hubbie is interested in trying Provence Delices on Amelia St. in Cabbagetown...anybody been and willing to describe the experience?

    1. Given the places you've enjoyed so far, I think that Zucca would fit the bill nicely. Yonge Street south of Eglinton (opposite the Art Shoppe), understated elegance, lovely Italian food, great service. Another option in the same 'hood that others quite like, though I've yet to try it, would be Quince.

      Happy anniversary!

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      1. re: peppermint pate

        Thanks, Pate! Both Zucca and Quince are doing Summerlicious, so not this time -- but they look great and I will check them out for dinner soon.

        1. re: litehearted

          Oh sorry - I don't keep track of Summerlicious at all...

          1. re: peppermint pate

            No worries. I don't either (normally) -- but googling the restaurants shows their Summerlicious menus on their websites...


        Just an idea. I've been there and would recomend it.

        Happy anniversary

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        1. re: Helen

          Thanks, Helen, for the recommendation. Mezza Misto looks cosy, and they have a big menu.

        2. Holy cow...I just checked the Summerlicious list and it seems like practically every restaurant in midtown is doing Summerlicious!

          However, one place that seems to be conspicuously absent from the list, and which is perfect for an anniversary, is Scaramouche.

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          1. re: torontofoodiegirl

            Scaramouche -- an oldie but a goodie -- thanks, foodiegirl !! Yeah, I was interested in trying Vertical, but alas they too are on the Summerlicious bandwagon. They will allow you to order from the regular menu, but what's the point if the whole kitchen is geared up to cater to the Summerlicious hoards. It means the wait staff will be rushing to get everyone in and out, and the kitchen will be working furiously and paying less attention to individual meals. Great for a cheap and cheerful night out, but not romantic or special. :(

            1. re: litehearted

              Scaramouche is awesome for sure.

              Another consideration might be Il Mulino on Eglinton west of Bathurst. Fabulous elegant Italian, outstanding wine list and very lovely service. The resto is on the fancy side...white tablecloths etc. and the room is small enough to make it romantic.

              1. re: jrabbit2727

                Ooh, that sounds great -- thank you rabbit! Will have to try for sure.

                Have decided on Sotto Sotto on Avenue Rd. for this anniversary 'tho (not the new one in Forest Hill Village, as they are doing Summerlicious). However, I appreciate all the suggestions and it is very useful to know of some great restaurants open Monday evening -- in case anyone else cares North 44 is also open.

                1. re: litehearted

                  Enjoy Sotto! I've had good and so-so meals there. I hope your's is one of the good ones.

                  Re Sotto in the Village, It's horrible. The tables are PACKED - you are practically sitting ontop of each other and the food is terribly mediocre.

                  1. re: litehearted

                    North 44, however, is doing Summerlicious as well (I thought of it as a possibility, but checked the Summerlicious list).

                    1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                      Fat Cat? They aren't doing SL this year..

                      I am checking out Didier as part of Summerlicious. Not open on Sundays or Mondays, but maybe an option for other years?

                      1. re: blinknoodle

                        I thought of Fat Cat, but it's been really empty lately and I have a feeling if the OP went on a Monday, they might be the only people there.

                    2. re: litehearted

                      Good luck with Sotto Sotto. I hope you aren't treated to their normal terrible service sided with mediocre food. The room is romantic. You'll get to enjoy it for the exact length of their seating and not a minute more. Overpriced and overhyped this is for brand name people only. All others will be ignored should even a minor celeb come in the same night.

                      Every other place suggested is better than that place. Scaramouche would likely still take you in if you change your mind.

                  2. re: litehearted

                    I cannot agree enough with Scaramouche. We went for our first anniversary last Monday. The service was fantastic and the food was excellent. They served us dessert with Happy Anniversary written along the plate in Belgian Chocolate. How can you not love a place like that!!?? It was our first visit, but certainly not our last. Congrats on your anniversary and enjoy!

                2. I'm late to this party, so it looks like you've made your decision... but if you're willing to go as far as Yorkville both L'unita (casual-ish, but not un-romantic) and Opus (luxe!) are open on Monday. Neither are signed up for 'licious.