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upscale continental restaurant close to the 400 between Hwy 7 and the 401, or within a 20 minute drive of Pearson?

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phoenikia Aug 4, 2009 01:39 PM

I'm meeting up with people that are driving in from Midland, and I'd like to find a somewhat upscale restaurant that would be convenient.

The restaurant needs to have at least a couple pescatarian/vegetarian options. Preferably continental or possibly Italian.

What would you recommend? I can't think of anything of the top of my head that is close to Pearson apart from chains.

I realize there's Terra on Yonge near Hwy 7, and Oliver & Bonacini at Bayview Village, but both would require them driving east and then doubling back.

Also considered the Octagon (even if it might be more old school than upscale)- but that puts us into the same situation with Yonge St. If we do decide to go with the Octagon, how are their fish dishes (sole, lobster, etc)? http://www.octagonrestaurant.com/dinn... I realize it's a predominantly a steakhouse, but we have a strict pescatarian in our group.

Are there any upscale restos you'd recommend in Woodbridge right now?

No recs for chains, please.

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  1. pescatarian RE: phoenikia Aug 4, 2009 01:46 PM

    There's Paese at Bathurst just north of the 401 - haven't been there in eons so can't comment on whether it's still good. Bit further east, but right off the 401.

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      phoenikia RE: pescatarian Aug 4, 2009 02:23 PM

      Thanks for the suggestion, pescatarian. Had forgotten about Paese- will keep it in mind:)

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      phoenikia RE: phoenikia Aug 4, 2009 02:25 PM

      Was also curious if anyone had recs for upscale restos which might be in Etobicoke/Mississauga, and less than a 20 m drive.

      How long does it take lately to get to Via Allegro from the airport, after rush hour is over? Their website claims it's a 10 minute drive on the 427 but that estimate sounds kind of short to me.

      I'm wondering if VA would be a closer drive than heading from the 400 to Bathurst/Yonge/Bayview, then back to the Airport.

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        tjr RE: phoenikia Aug 4, 2009 02:33 PM

        Probably between 10-20 mins depending on how fast you drive/traffic conditions.

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          phoenikia RE: tjr Aug 4, 2009 02:36 PM

          thanks tjr...

      2. blue bike RE: phoenikia Aug 4, 2009 07:08 PM

        This is a bit further north: Weston Rd. & Rutherford. Worth the drive in my opinion.

        http://www.piacere.ca/home.html

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          phoenikia RE: blue bike Aug 4, 2009 08:50 PM

          thanks blue bike!

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            auberginegal RE: blue bike Aug 5, 2009 06:17 PM

            i really enjoyed the meal i had at piacere (though i've only been once). on weston just north of langstaff is zafferano which i quite like as well http://www.zafferano.ca/

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            mexivilla RE: phoenikia Aug 5, 2009 04:08 AM

            There's a very nice Italian restaurant Le Navi on Steeles that might be what you're looking for. The only drawback is that can't get directly on the 400 northbound from Steeles. http://www.lenaviristorante.net/

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              phoenikia RE: mexivilla Aug 5, 2009 06:34 AM

              Thanks mexivilla!

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              phoenikia RE: phoenikia Aug 5, 2009 06:39 AM

              Has anyone been to Chartreuse or the Doctor's House in Kleinburg lately? Which do you like better?

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              Octagon
              7529 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2B4, CA

              Le Navi
              4120 Steeles Ave West, Woodbridge, ON, Canada, ON , CA

              Terra
              8199 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON L3T 2C6, CA

              Oliver & Bonacini
              2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M2K 1E6, CA

              The Doctor's House
              21 Nashville Rd, Vaughan, ON L0J, CA

              Chartreuse
              10512 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, ON L0J1C0, CA

              Paese
              3827 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M3H, CA

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                OTFOODIE RE: phoenikia Aug 5, 2009 09:14 AM

                I've never been myself, but friends have recommended Timo at Weston & 7.

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                  joey36 RE: OTFOODIE Aug 5, 2009 01:15 PM

                  Timo has been closed for a while now.

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                  sylly RE: phoenikia Aug 5, 2009 01:36 PM

                  I'm not sure what your budget is, but I had an delectable dinner last week at Auberge du Pommier , which is just off the 401 at York Mills. Cocktails, 3 courses for husband and I was about $170. The food was simple but elegant and the service was impeccable. If the evening is nice, they have a lovely patio that is sheltered.

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                    phoenikia RE: sylly Aug 5, 2009 02:52 PM

                    Nice to hear that you had a good meal at Auberge du Pommier.

                    What did you order? What did you enjoy the most?

                    I've only been to Auberge once because my one and only meal, about 2 years ago, was disappointing. Not sure if I ordered badly, if the chef/sous-chef/prep cooks were having a bad day, or if Auberge just isn't my kind of restaurant.

                    I'd be willing to give the place another chance if you (or any CH) has recs for dishes that are outstanding at Auberge.

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                      phoenikia RE: froglegs Aug 6, 2009 06:55 AM

                      Thanks for all your comments, froglegs! Appreciate it Will give Auberge a second try- happy to hear they do seafood well. Didn't realize that.

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