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Mid-range restos near the Germain hotel?

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daimon4 Mar 25, 2010 08:06 PM

Hiya Hounds,
We're two Montrealers who are staying at the St. Germain hotel for a night next week. What are your suggestions for dinner nearby (walking distance)? Not too pricey (i.e. no more than 100 including tax, tip but not alcohol)--the hotel is eating most of the cash. Can be any type of cuisine but we lean towards bistro, sushi, asian or italian. Thanks beaucoup!!!

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  1. Dimbulb RE: daimon4 Mar 26, 2010 08:59 AM

    bistro:

    http://www.julesbistrocafe.com/

    http://www.leselect.com/

    Italian:

    http://www.tuttimatti.com/

    $12.95 Indian lunch buffet:

    http://www.dhaba.ca/

    Beware of most of the other restos on King West near your hotel: tourist traps.

    1. Rabbit RE: daimon4 Mar 26, 2010 09:11 AM

      I also like Le Select and Tutti Matti.

      Buca (Italian) is also just a short jaunt across Spadina... you will very likely need a reservation since it's a bit of a hot spot right now.

      There has been some decent feedback on Yuzu sushi at Adelaide and John.

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      Tutti Matti
      364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

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

      Buca
      604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

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        Snarf RE: daimon4 Mar 26, 2010 12:48 PM

        Milagro is a Mexican cantina style place on Mercer Street which has very respectable mid-range food. Excellent ceviches and a fairly lengthy tequila list. The room can get a little loud when it's in full swing.

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          MeMeMe RE: Snarf Mar 26, 2010 01:06 PM

          Agreed on the food. It's interesting, tasty and reasonably priced.

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            daimon4 RE: MeMeMe Mar 30, 2010 10:51 AM

            Thanks hounds,
            Still haven't decided where to go...is Chez Victor worth it? If so we'll be lazy and go there. The reviews are mixed though and there is not much on this board that is current. Any thoughts?

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              joellita RE: daimon4 Mar 30, 2010 10:56 AM

              I've been to chez victor and while it was tasty - the food wasn't particularly hot and I thought it was too $$$ for the quality.

              I would suggest AME across the street (it's pretty much directly in front of the hotel) their sashimi, stuffed cornish hen, and miso lobster tail are all excellent - not to mention the bartenders are fantastic and pour a stiff drink.

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                CocoaChanel RE: daimon4 Mar 30, 2010 11:19 AM

                I went to Chez Victor for lunch last summer. The food was not memorable (to me it was equivalent to slightly below average of any other downtown business restaurant) and certainly not worth the $

                Rabbit's suggestions of Yuzu and Le Select, I would second. The sushi at Yuzu has been fresh, innovative and priced in line with other sushi places downtown, as I recall.

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

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                  sway RE: CocoaChanel Mar 30, 2010 12:43 PM

                  I went to Chez Victor last summer when the Entertainment district was having some kind of promotion, the nature of which escapes me now, possibly a Wed. night special prix fixe? The pork belly they served was to die for, really, I order pork belly all the time and no pork belly has ever measured up. You should check if they offer any kind of special promotion when you're there, it may be worth your while. I love Le Select, I've never had anything but excellent food there. I've been to Milagro for Valentine's, which is of course not a good yard stick to judge a restaurant by, but the food was terrible, not properly cooked or at proper temperature (some food was room temperature or lukewarm). I assume if others recommend it, it is probably fine on regular nights, but I've never been inclined to try again.
                  You are also very close to chinatown, if you're looking for asian. In which case E-Pan is a good bet for somewhat upscale and traditional Cantonese cuisine.

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                  E-Pan
                  369 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G3, CA

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

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                    daimon4 RE: sway Mar 31, 2010 10:25 PM

                    Thanks for the reviews of Victor...they do offer a promotion of sorts with the hotel - 85 pp before tax,tip,wine. I don't find the menu very inspiring but will take a look at the place once we get there. Otherwise we're going to go with one of the sushi places recommended--I've only had Bloor street sushi in Toronto and feel the need to explore the higher end. Will post the results later...thanks again hounds!

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                      daimon4 RE: daimon4 Apr 3, 2010 11:06 AM

                      Restaurant report (longish): AME

                      Drinks:

                      Sake (forget which type but it was excellent)

                      Apple Bourbon cocktail (had apple chunks floating in it and a sour apple foam on top--watery--only drank half, total waste for 15 bucks)

                      Food:

                      Edame (sad little pods, better at New Generation)

                      squash tempura (served on a bed of nails--very cute--good coating to veg ratio, tasty miso dipping sauce, quite oily)

                      Spicy crab and spicy tuna maki (not impressive AT ALL, rice was too hard, nori was falling apart, taste was bland other than the hot sauce)

                      Spanish mackerel sushi (never arrived which is too bad as I love the mackerel sushi, didn't charge us for it and brought 2 extra glasses of sake on the house to make up for it)

                      White asparagus salad (tasted ok, beautiful especially with the little coconut "beads" floating around)

                      Pork belly (only dish that was fantastic, came with a melon chutney, perfectly executed)

                      The meal was so boring that we elected to go back to the hotel for desert, bill was a reasonable 110 bucks tax and drinks included, service was attentive though the waiter seemed inexperienced, the place is urban goth/chic but looks a little 1990. Overall a very disappointing experience but at least a cheap lesson. Other people looked like they were having fun, seems like a place to go for drinks with friends for a birthday as long as you stay away from the food. The Germain hotel on the other hand was one of the best boutique hotels we've ever stayed at and the breakfast they serve in the morning (included in the room price) was fab!

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                      New Generation
                      493 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y2, CA

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                        Snarf RE: daimon4 Apr 5, 2010 04:34 PM

                        Thanks for taking the time to write a report.

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