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witloof Oct 15, 2009 08:32 PM

hi hi everyone !

my husband and i will be celebrating our 6 year anniversary on sunday and we still havent decided where we will be having dinner . our recent faves are black hoof and nota bene , but we are looking to go somewhere new . we have been eating out a little too much lately , so even tho it is our anniversary we are looking to keep it as inexpensive as possible (mains within the 20-30 range) i have been craving steak frites so we had reserved a table at le select (my husband is french so i thought he might like the classic bistro ambiance there) but they cook their frites in peanut oil and i am severely allergic to nuts . i am also allergic to seafood amongst quite a few other foods , so places like foxley are out :(


all this to say , we are looking for somewhere that is :

open sundays
straightforward menu (ie not heavy on seafood, nuts, or particularly unusual ingredients)
$20-30 mains
quiet (not a libretto type of atmosphere , it is our anniversary , even if we are being cheap)
preferably has beurre cafe de paris w one of their steaks ! (ok i guess i am being too picky now)

thank you in advance , and sorry if this was redundant or too demanding ! its my first post !


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    Benniep Oct 16, 2009 10:26 AM

    Have you thought about Sidecar?

    I dont know if it qualifies as quiet but it has a reasonable (i think $25) prix fix menu on Sundays-Weds that has a decent steak frite on it...nice cocktails as well if thats your thing.

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    1. re: Benniep
      Manybears Oct 16, 2009 12:40 PM

      I had the steak frites as part of their prix fixe last Sunday ($24) and thought it was quite good, especially for that price (though I'm easy to please). The starter (mushroom soup) and cocktails were also above my expectations. Dessert was not bad but not exciting (flourless chocolate cake). I don't know how they cook their food (re. the nuts) so you'd have to call ahead. The menu is small but is online (www.sidecarrestaurant.ca). In terms of intimacy, our night Sunday was not loud like Libretto but the tables are pretty close together so it is not too private.

    2. witloof Oct 19, 2009 07:41 PM

      hey benniep and manybears !

      just wanted to say thanks for the responses ! we checked the sidecar website (amongst many others) and decided we werent so into the atmosphere .

      we almost went to harbord room , but a friend of mine who ate there last month dissuaded us .

      in the end , we ate at tati bistro , and it was perfect ! (im glad i decided to ignore the reports on here regarding terrible service ! the food was delicious and the service was fine)

      thanks again for your suggestions ! we will have to try sidecar another time


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        Yum2MyTum Oct 20, 2009 12:22 PM

        Hi witloof. I missed your original post so this is late -- but Weezie's would have been perfect for you. On King East, a simple, straightforward bistro menu with a lovely steak frites. And well priced to boot! Maybe for your next anniversary...

        354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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        1. re: Yum2MyTum
          JamieK Oct 20, 2009 01:19 PM

          Weezie's is a great suggestion. But not open on Sundays as per the OP's desire.

          1. re: JamieK
            witloof Oct 21, 2009 05:48 AM

            hi yeah thanks yum n jamiek , we were considering weezie's but saw that it isn't open sundays , plus we were aiming for something in the west end , where we are . we will definitely try weezie's another time !

            thanks !


            1. re: witloof
              LCMB Oct 21, 2009 06:14 AM

              What about Table 17? prix fixe for $29 and bring your own wine (no corkage)
              They do a good steak frites on the prix fixe menu.

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          lamaranthe Oct 21, 2009 06:47 AM

          You might consider Coquine (at Yonge and Eglinton) - www.coquinerestaurant.com
          Menu highlights: Soupe à l'oignon, Steak frites, cassoulet, poutine with duck confit, halibut en papillote. Av. price: $50 to 75

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          1. re: lamaranthe
            witloof Oct 21, 2009 07:29 PM

            thanks lcmb n lamaranthe !

            i will keep these names in mind for another time (our anniversary was on the 18th and we had a great time at tati bistro !)


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