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Pre-Theatre Dinner at Yonge & Sheppard

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Craig Jan 28, 2010 12:25 PM

Hi there!

My wife and I are seeing Jersey Boys on Friday night as part of a 5th anniversary weekend in Toronto. Any recommendations on restaurants near Mel Lastman Square (Yonge & Sheppard) where we could have a nice early-ish dinner before the show. We are open to pretty much any cuisine, but I'd like a reasonably nice place.

DIFFICULTY: Sushi is out, as she's pregnant and can't eat raw fish. :)

BONUS: We also need suggestions for a good dinner Saturday night. We're staying at the Royal York, but are fine traveling a reasonable distance. Nothing blow-your-mind expensive, but maybe something upscale and a little different.

I leave it to you Toronto Chowhounds! Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

Craig

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    BrownRB RE: Craig Jan 29, 2010 03:54 AM

    Chez Laurent:

    http://www.torontolife.com/guide/rest...

    1. Googs RE: Craig Jan 29, 2010 07:24 AM

      There is nothing good near that theatre. That includes Chez Laurent.

      I recommend you either dine near your hotel or, if taking public transit, stopping somewhere along the Yonge subway line for a meal. I can recommend some good spots if you chose the latter.

      Since it isn't open on Saturday's, I'd recommend Canoe near your hotel for Friday night dining with a view. One of the few places that combine great food with a great view.
      http://www.oliverbonacini.com/canoemo...

      If you could give an idea of what you two like and be a bit more specific about what you want to spend I'm sure more suggestions could be made.

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        Craig RE: Googs Jan 30, 2010 05:03 AM

        Thanks! Friday we ended up at Pouquoi Pas, which was "fine" since we were in a hurry, but wouldn't go back.

        For tonight, we are open to anything except Indian (we've had it 2 nights out of the last 3) and sushi (since my wife can't eat it at the moment). Money is not an issue for dinner - Canoe was a great suggestion (actually have never been there) but as you said it's not open today.

        We haven't dined in Toronto for a while - anything new and excellent you'd recommend?

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          Googs RE: Craig Jan 30, 2010 05:25 AM

          Tonight you might consider the tasting menu at Colborne Lane. Not new, but certainly always exciting. Though I would consider it walking distance from your hotel in the spring, I'd recommend taxi or transit to get there tonight.
          http://www.colbornelane.com/

          Newish if you don't live downtown, Nota Bene is another good option though it's a little farther from the Royal York.
          http://notabenerestaurant.com/welcome/

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          Colborne Lane
          45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

          Nota Bene
          180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

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            Craig RE: Googs Jan 30, 2010 11:58 AM

            Thanks for the suggestions Googs! We have been to Colborne Lane twice and loved it (did the Chef's Table the 2nd time for my parents' 40th anniversary) -- a great suggestion though.

            I will definitely check out Nota Bene - we don't mind traveling, we'll probably just take a cab wherever we end up going since it's so freakin' cold out. :)

            Craig

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