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Dec 29, 2009 12:28 PM

Fine dining in North York/North Toronto area

I am searching for a nice restaurant where my mum and her two sisters (who are in their 80s) can celebrate a milestone birthday.

My criteria is as follows: good food, comfy seating and not too noisy. Price can be moderate+. Thanks for your suggestions.

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  1. Auberge du Pommier is a really nice restaurant. I like to go there for a nice dinner. It is just south of the 401 off of Yonge,

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    1. re: mtampoya

      Auberge is lovely. Another upscale North York resto will really good food (and wine) is Paese. It's on Bathurst, north of WIlson.

      3827 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M3H, CA

    2. Edit: I was going to suggest Sequel but according to its website, it has moved to Leaside, and become a catering company!

      Quince on Yonge north of Davisville might be a good option in North Toronto. Relatively quiet, moderate prices, good food and good service.

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      1. re: phoenikia

        Sequel would've been ideal but, as pointed out above, is no longer in action. Alas. It was my favorite joint in the neighborhood, but the amiable host/proprietor needed a respite after five years of running it.

        Of the other suggestions, Auberge du Pommier is usually very good, one of the best spots in Toronto, but the OP requested a "moderate+" price level, and Auberge is considerably above that - at dinner in my experience, about $200 and up per couple, tax, tip and wine included. But if you're prepared to pop that much, you'll have an enjoyable time in interesting surroundings.

        More moderate is Paese, ostensibly an Italian resto, but with lots of interesting choices above and beyond standard-issue pizza-pasta-veal menu selections. Well run, good service, attractively-designed modern dining rooms, usually quiet enough - it attracts a mature, well-to-do clientele from the neighborhood - with decent pricing and tasty food. The chef has a particularly deft hand with fish, and even the pizza and pasta are several cuts above. Good wine list, but you can bring your own, with no corkage charge every night but Saturday. I find, if you bring your own wine, it's about $75-$85 a couple, all in. Usually easy parking in the small strip mall of which Paese, and its catering arm, is the only tenant.

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