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Toronto Monday Anniversary Mid-town $$$

litehearted Jul 3, 2009 11:00 AM

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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    litehearted RE: litehearted Jul 3, 2009 11:04 AM

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

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      peppermint pate RE: litehearted Jul 3, 2009 11:26 AM

      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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        litehearted RE: peppermint pate Jul 3, 2009 01:25 PM

        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.

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          peppermint pate RE: litehearted Jul 3, 2009 01:45 PM

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

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            litehearted RE: peppermint pate Jul 3, 2009 02:15 PM

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

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        Helen RE: litehearted Jul 3, 2009 11:35 AM


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

        Happy anniversary

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          litehearted RE: Helen Jul 3, 2009 01:26 PM

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

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          torontofoodiegirl RE: litehearted Jul 3, 2009 01:57 PM

          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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            litehearted RE: torontofoodiegirl Jul 3, 2009 02:21 PM

            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. :(

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              jrabbit2727 RE: litehearted Jul 3, 2009 02:49 PM

              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.

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                litehearted RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 3, 2009 02:55 PM

                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.

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                  jrabbit2727 RE: litehearted Jul 3, 2009 02:59 PM

                  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.

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                    torontofoodiegirl RE: litehearted Jul 3, 2009 03:20 PM

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

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                      blinknoodle RE: torontofoodiegirl Jul 3, 2009 03:44 PM

                      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?

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                        torontofoodiegirl RE: blinknoodle Jul 6, 2009 02:47 PM

                        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.

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                      Googs RE: litehearted Jul 4, 2009 06:46 AM

                      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.

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                    tj2007 RE: litehearted Jul 6, 2009 03:06 PM

                    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. Rabbit RE: litehearted Jul 3, 2009 03:45 PM

                  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.

                  1. Googs RE: litehearted Jul 15, 2009 04:11 PM

                    Hey litehearted, where did you end up and how did it go?

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