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ISO casual, reasonable price, Queen W or King W resto bachelorette

grandgourmand Sep 24, 2009 01:12 PM

My wife is taking 8 other women out for a pre-bachelorette party on, get this, a Sunday night. What restaurant has a good vibe, not too pricey, and interesting food. She was thinking Torito, but they're closed.

Any suggestions?

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    Yum2MyTum Sep 28, 2009 01:32 PM

    What about Lee?

    I didn't really like the food the last time I was at the Drake (not so good Maki, terrible edamame - don't ask me how you can ruin edamame... but it's possible!). I didn't like the food at Spice Route, personally. Found it overly sauced, and lacking in any focus.

    Ossington restaurants are a good bet but a little far from Cheval.

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    1. re: Yum2MyTum
      grandgourmand Sep 28, 2009 01:55 PM

      Well, it's over and done with. They went to the Drake. It had a good vibe apparently and the food wasn't the most important consideration.

      For what it's worth, I agree with you on Spice Route. That place is bad on many levels.

      1. re: grandgourmand
        Yum2MyTum Sep 28, 2009 02:16 PM

        The Drake can be loads of fun. Glad they had a good time, grandgoumand.

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        phoenikia Sep 28, 2009 03:07 PM

        Yum2MyTum, the non-Asian food is better than the Asian-inspired food at the Drake. I find in most restaurants in Ontario, if you're dining in a non-Asian restaurant, it's usually a better strategy to order the non-Asian dishes ;-)

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          Yum2MyTum Sep 28, 2009 03:11 PM

          Hi phoenikia. You're absolutely right. : ) A much better strategy overall.

          To be fair, we actually also ordered the mac and cheese and it was pretty decent. I was just so horrified at the edamame and the saucey maki that I forgot to mention that part.

          1. re: Yum2MyTum
            phoenikia Sep 28, 2009 03:20 PM

            I have to constantly remind myself of this strategy, because I tend to be drawn to Asian/Middle Eastern/Mexican/Indian/etc foods when I see them on a menu, but often end up disappointed when I order "ethnic" dishes at non-specialist restaurants ;-)

            I usually stick to whitebread standards when I dine at places like the Drake, and I probably won't be wowed, but I'm less likely to be disappointed. I've enjoyed the pesto spaghetti and the red velvet cupcakes (special order for a group ahead of time, afaik) at the Drake recently.

            1. re: phoenikia
              grandgourmand Sep 29, 2009 10:11 AM

              Forgot to say thanks for the suggestion. As mentioned in my post above...the drake was a good locale.

              1. re: grandgourmand
                phoenikia Sep 29, 2009 10:11 AM

                You're welcome. Happy it worked out ok!

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        Hondapendragon Sep 25, 2009 12:44 PM

        On King W: Crush or Spice Route

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        1. re: Hondapendragon
          preppycuisine Sep 28, 2009 03:56 PM

          Crush isn't open on Sundays. She also wanted good food, which would rule out Spice Route.

          Select has the food, but definitely not the atmosphere.

          Another bachelorette at Cheval - grrr

          1. re: preppycuisine
            Hondapendragon Sep 28, 2009 04:14 PM

            Agreed. Food is not great at Spice Route... but it has a good vibe!

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          tasoid Sep 25, 2009 03:11 AM

          Lots of places on Ossington (Delux, The Ossington etc.) are open on Sunday.

          Many of the Queen West restaurants are open as well (Czehoski, The Beaconsfield, Drake, Terroni)

          Almost all of College Street is open as well.

          It depends if you are just dining or are planning on having copious amounts of cocktails. A little more info is needed to give you a definite answer.


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          1. re: tasoid
            grandgourmand Sep 25, 2009 11:33 AM

            As far as I know...it's for dinner and some drinks. Followed by dancing at Cheval on King W.

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            phoenikia Sep 24, 2009 01:25 PM

            The Drake is open on Sunday nights, and it usually has a good vibe in the dining room.

            Reservations can be made through www.opentable.com.

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