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60th Anniversary - suggestions welcome!

el_torpedo Mar 20, 2010 01:33 PM

Anyone who can suggest ideas for a celebratory dinner for my parents 60th, I'd be most appreciated. We've sat around not planning anything, and now it's the 11th hour and we're scrambling! To make matters worse, their anniversary is April 1, so we're looking at Easter weekend! The criteria: 14-16 people, GTA, $100 per person max. Any thoughts?

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  1. jlunar RE: el_torpedo Mar 20, 2010 02:29 PM

    Dunno if it's available, but Splendido's room down the stairs is nice. Party menus here: http://splendido.ca/menus/party-menu/

    88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

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      runwestierun RE: el_torpedo Mar 20, 2010 02:43 PM

      Is there a place that they frequent, that they love? Maybe a place like that would bend over backwards.

      1. banjoman2375 RE: el_torpedo Mar 21, 2010 12:13 AM

        I've been to Mistura twice now and it's been AMAZING both times. Ambience is great, and the service is second to none. The menu isn't too exensive... definitely within your price range, even a little bit cheaper depending on what your guests get. And the food is unbelievable. Simple, upscale, perfectly executed Italian food. Some of the best food I've ever eaten.


        265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

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          Rabbit RE: banjoman2375 Mar 21, 2010 03:35 AM

          Mistura is lovely, great food, and definitely occasion-worthy. They also have private and semi-private spaces available. I would be anxious, however, about the budget. It might depend on whether your $100 includes alcohol, taxes, gratuities, etc.

          - LeSelect might be another option... again, with private or semi-private spaces available (and a lower price point).
          - Nota Bene and Frank (at the AGO) also have private-ish spaces and both are occasion-worthy destinations.

          And I wouldn't despair about Easter Weekend... it's kind of a stay-in weekend for a lot of families so you might get lucky.

          265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

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

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          Cat123 RE: el_torpedo Mar 21, 2010 07:38 AM

          Globe Earth at Yonge and Summerhill is quite elegant, not too expensive and has a nice private room that would be about that size.

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            millygirl RE: Cat123 Mar 21, 2010 09:53 AM

            I'm going out on a limb here but I would think your parents must be in and around their late 70's, no? If so, I think Mistura would not be suitable. It can get very loud and not in line with your budget.

            I would consider Scaramouche. It is a little more elegant and appropriate for the special occasion.

            265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

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              foodyDudey RE: millygirl Mar 21, 2010 10:06 AM

              Unless they got married when they were in their teens, they are probably 85 or older.
              It would probably be hard to eat at Mistura for $100 pp after taxes, but they do have a private room so noise would probably not be a problem.

              265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

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                millygirl RE: foodyDudey Mar 21, 2010 10:14 AM

                I was trying to be polite with my calculations.

                I don't think the private room at Mistura would be big enough to hold 16 and even more of a concern for me, would be the budget. We never seem to get out of there for less than $300 for 2, and even that is difficult.

                265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

          2. Dimbulb RE: el_torpedo Mar 21, 2010 10:20 AM


            1. Googs RE: el_torpedo Mar 21, 2010 11:15 AM

              Since, as so many have acknowledged, ambient noise is the next biggest consideration after budget, can you tell us what kinds of foods they favour?

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                tochipotle RE: el_torpedo Mar 21, 2010 11:46 AM

                Le Select has a back room they can section off, and they have a prix fixe... But if there are mobility issues, then it's a no go - a few stairs up to the back room, and bathrooms in the basement.

                Did they go on a honeymoon? If so, perhaps re-visiting that cuisine would be nice. Even if they didn't go far - for example: NY=steakhouse, maritimes=sea food... and so on.

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

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                  phoenikia RE: el_torpedo Mar 21, 2010 12:02 PM

                  If ambient noise is a concern, I have found Forte to be quiet, with tables that are well-spaced, making conversation easy. I brought a 70something relative to Forte, and he really enjoyed it (and so did I). http://fortebistro.ca/home.php

                  Chiado might be another restaurant that is worth considering for a 60th anniversary. It wasn't too loud the last time I was there. While a 3 course meal with coffee and wine at Chiado could easily end up costing >$100 per person, Chiado might be able to offer a set menu for a group of 16 that is less than or equal to $100 per person. It would be worth the call to see what they could do. http://www.chiadorestaurant.com/

                  864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

                  Forte Bistro & Lounge
                  133 Richmond St. West, Toronto, ON M5H 2L3, CA

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