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radiopolitic Jan 29, 2010 12:41 PM

Any thoughts on where to go on a Saturday night after the symphony at Roy Thomson Hall?

Nothing expensive - mid-range will work just fine.

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  1. Splendid Wine Snob Jan 29, 2010 07:03 PM

    In my experience its usually brutal to try to find a kitchen still open after the symphony-which usually means around 10pm (when almost all kitchens close in TO), particularly in that area.

    I almost always end up at a pub, or eating in Chinatown because I refuse to eat at those horrible tourist traps along King.

    Although its a little further down King-maybe Beer Bistro?

    Any suggestions here from other hounds? Would be useful for sure.

    SWS

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      l_izzie Jan 29, 2010 07:08 PM

      Great question. We have been tussling with this for many years, because we like to eat after the symphony/theatre, instead of before. We have tried several places, but the challenge is always finding a kitchen open that isn't just serving pizza/snacks/fast food. We have found that sitting at the bar at Nota Bene works well for us. Alternatively we have taken a short cab ride and gone to Harbord St to eat at Loire or Harbord Room. It can be hit or miss though, in terms of the kitchen being open for half decent food. I'm interested in the recs of others.

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        oldthelmarattleshakes Jan 29, 2010 08:08 PM

        The kitchen at C'est What, though about a 10-15 minute walk, is open until at least midnight every night of the week. Not super high-end grub, maybe, but several steps up from your average pub fare. Absolutely fantastic place.

        Best cider in town (Wapoos! P.E.C.!!) and awesome yam frites; full marks on the lamburger with mozza. Not to mention amazing cask beer, which is pretty hard to find in this city.

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          fickle Jan 30, 2010 04:28 AM

          We usually head up to the Queen Mother Cafe afterwards, their kitchen is open till midnight I think.

          1. Chester Eleganté May 10, 2010 02:21 PM

            Le Select for sure. It's fairly close by. They have a late night menu (10:30pm-midnight on saturdays, varies a bit with other nights) where you order their $20 prix fixe of entrée with starter or dessert. So you can get steak frites, duck confit, a lamb burger, or a squash risotto happening.

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            Le Select
            432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

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              Rabbit May 10, 2010 02:23 PM

              Yep - Le Select is a great option for later dining.

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              Le Select
              432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

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                radiopolitic May 19, 2010 09:30 AM

                Thanks for the suggestion. I tried to find this late night menu on their site but I couldn't. Am I just missing something or do they not advertise it on their site.

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                  dxs May 19, 2010 09:34 AM

                  I believe the Steak Frites menu is what you're looking for, or at least that's what comes up when you click 'Late Night Menu' in their list of opening hours:

                  http://www.leselect.com/menus/view_me...

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                    radiopolitic May 19, 2010 09:43 AM

                    Ahh, thank you very much :)

              2. kayehm May 10, 2010 05:37 PM

                You could always hop on the subway at St. Andrew and be at 7 West in less than 10 minutes.

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                7 West
                7 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M4Y1R4, CA

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                  tasoid May 10, 2010 05:42 PM

                  AME is open late and a 2 minute walk from Roy Thomson. I believe they take reservations up to 11pm.
                  http://amecuisine.com/

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                    phoenikia May 19, 2010 10:12 AM

                    The Queen & Beaver on Elm St serves dinner until 11 pm Mon-Sat. The pub food menu might be available until 1 am.

                    The food and coffee at 7 West was terrible the last time I was there.

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                    7 West
                    7 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M4Y1R4, CA

                    Queen & Beaver
                    35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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                      pmacdougall Mar 17, 2011 10:17 AM

                      We live in the east end of Toronto, so on our way home after the ballet we stopped at Origin on King Street East @ Church Street. We found three warm dishes split between us to be just enough for a 10pm snack. Had the burger/fries/float combo, Chinois duck wrap, and the chorizo/manchego rice/poached egg.

                      The kitchen begins to close at 11pm, so get there by 10:45.

                      http://origintoronto.com

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                      Origin
                      109 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

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