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Oct 1, 2009 04:13 PM

Progressive Dinner in Yorkville (GTA)

I am trying to plan a memorable evening of the best of the best in Yorkville. Criteria: must be within walking distance of the Four Seasons Hotel in high heels (this reminds me that I must search for Googs' annual TTC list), and must be the most delicious item on the menu.

For example:
Pre-dinner cocktail
Main course - but not steak or chicken or pasta unless it's mind-blowing
After dinner drink - and then end up back at Four Seasons Hotel

So, 6 different places in Yorkville with the best of the above. Trying to think outside the box!

Considering Pangaea, C5, Zin, L'Unita, Mistura, etc. (No budget restrictions). Does not have to be fine dining atmosphere but will be dressed up. Will attempt to make reservations.

Would consider taxi to Scaramouche if vastly superior in one of the above categories. Otherwise, a maximum 10 minute walk (under one kilometre) is the most I can handle between stops especially if weather is rainy or blustery.

Thanks so much!

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  1. If you're thinking outside of the box, think west of Avenue Rd -- Opus, on Prince Arthur about half a walkable block away.

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    1. re: JamieK

      Never been to Opus, so that is indeed a radical new idea for me. Their online menu mentions a Kurobuta pork rack which sounds delicious but what would you say is their best dish?

      1. re: Food Tourist

        sorry, I can't afford to eat there, so haven't had a dish there, let alone all of them to determine the best.. I just know it's well regarded and has one of the best wine cellars in the city.

    2. Somewhere in the mix, you'll want to have a drink at the top of the Park Hyatt. Great martinis, fantastic view.

      For one course, you might think about the jump up soup at Greg Couillard's Spice Room and Chutney Bar, in Hazelton Lanes. Even though his involvement has decreased, they still do it well.

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      1. re: Snarf

        I went to the Rooftop at Park Hyatt in March for my birthday drinks and never actually went onto the balcony so I'm looking forward to going back just for that reason!

        The Spice Room / Manyata webpages differ on the price of the Jump Up Caribe Style soup ($8-$9)! But either way, it sounds delicious.

        1. re: Food Tourist

          Just noticed that you were considering Zin. I've been a couple of times, and there are a number of interesting dishes that are quite well executed. The wasabi duck roll is very good, in particular. Also one of the better hot and sour soups in the city.

      2. - Definitely agree with Snarf that the Roof at the Hyatt is a great place for drinks... I'd probably finish there
        - "One" might be good for cocktails too... I'd probably start there since it can get really scene-y at night (unless that's your thing)

        - I love the wild boar agnolotti with cherries at Mistura for an appetizer

        - maybe Moroco for dessert (although I've never actually been there so I can't vouch firsthand)
        - I also really like Caren'sWine and cheese if you prefer savory to sweet for dessert (or wine and cheese to start)

        1. Agreed wtih Snarf and Rabbit for drinks. I'd definitely do One as a pre-dinner cocktail - great martini, definitely the right atmosphere to start the night.

          And end the night a top the Park Hyatt or if you really want to venture out of Yorkville - Panorama. Both would be equally good choices.

          As for meals - a personal favorite of mine is the Osso Bucco wtih Wild Mushroom Risotto at Spuntini.

          1. So I'm thinking pre-dinner cocktail at One at Hazelton, appetizer (soup) at Spice Room, main course at Zin or Mistura (perhaps another round of apps instead of actual main courses), and dessert at Pangaea or Scaramouche (if they'll let us in just for dessert) followed by after-dinner nightcap at Park Hyatt Rooftop Lounge. I hear breakfast at the Four Seasons is pretty good.

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            1. re: Food Tourist

              Just curious-but why the need/desire to eat a course in 5 different restaurants? I f you want to walk, then wht not just walk to Opusa and have an awesome dinner form wine to dessert. Wild mushroom app and tempura tuna are two great apps and they do an awesome job with game. I've had great venison, dear, elk, squab....if you're staying at the 4S then I pressume this is not a frat prank...why not just relax and have a great dinner.

              1. re: robb

                Was waiting to hear a recent first-hand experience at Opus. I'm game for game.

                I like variety. I know some restaurants excel at apps, whereas others excel at mains.