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Dinner before movie at Varsity

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Nutella_gal May 31, 2010 02:51 PM

Going to the movies with a girlfriend Wednesday night at Varsity (Bloor / Bay), looking for suggestions to have dinner before the movie starts?

Maybe Lobby Bar .. but food seemed a bit pricey.

Somewhere with good atmosphere, tasty food and medium price range.

No to: Bloor St Diner (been there many times before) Sassafraz, One, Panorama, Japanese food (she's allergic to seafood) and Italian (Sotto Sotto, Lunita, Mitsura etc.)

Thanks!

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100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA

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  1. peasontoast RE: Nutella_gal May 31, 2010 03:48 PM

    I'm not sure if you think it's too far away, but you might like Insomnia at Bathurst and Bloor. Their website is a Flash abomination, but there's a downloadable dinner menu. http://www.insomniacafe.com/

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    Insomnia
    563 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y6, CA

    1. TorontoJo RE: Nutella_gal May 31, 2010 03:54 PM

      How about Malena at Avenue and Davenport? It's getting great reviews and would be a nice change from the Yorkville abominations. It may be a little far for a quick walk, but you could hop a cab for a quick trip to the cinema, or just plan time accordingly for a leisurely walk after dinner.

      http://www.malena120.ca/

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        Nutella_gal RE: TorontoJo May 31, 2010 05:20 PM

        checked it out. And LOVED their menu .. think will try it out with my B'friend though. (He would appreciate the expensive wine list) where as my g/friend would feel intimidated by the wine in that she wouldn't feel comfortable ordering any drinks coz she would think I'm paying too much for her drink .....

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        AJMC791 RE: Nutella_gal May 31, 2010 04:23 PM

        How about Wish (3 Charles St.)

        I havnt been there since they re-opened, but it is a very quick walk to the Varsity. In the past, I have really enjoyed my meals there, and always reasonably priced.

        Great patio out front for people watching...

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          Nutella_gal RE: AJMC791 May 31, 2010 05:18 PM

          Right! I remembered it used to be Wish before it was Black Skirt before it is now Wish! LOL.

          Does anyone know if there their menu is online?

          I do like the fact that it is close to Varsity...

          thanks!

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          Black Skirt
          974 College Street, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

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            peasontoast RE: Nutella_gal May 31, 2010 07:27 PM

            Another Flash-intensive web site, but it seems you can get a menu. http://wishintoronto.com/

        2. Rabbit RE: Nutella_gal May 31, 2010 05:37 PM

          Maybe Caren's (great courtyard patio)?
          www.carenswineandcheese.com

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            TorontoJo RE: Rabbit Jun 1, 2010 04:56 AM

            Ooh, I second Caren's. Defintely NOT a Yorkville abomination. :) Love that place.

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            Nutella_gal RE: Nutella_gal May 31, 2010 06:48 PM

            What do people think of Fuzion on Church?

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            Fuzion
            580 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E8, CA

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              juno RE: Nutella_gal Jun 1, 2010 06:54 AM

              One of your number seems to be price-sensitive. So let me suggest the Rebel House, on Yonge St. almost diagonally across from the Rosedale subway station, which is my regular stop-off before a movie at the Varsity. It's a 10-l5-minute walk to the movie house, and pleasant on a warm night. Upscale pub food, reasonably priced, good service, lively atmosphere - especially on the back patios. No wine list to speak of - the Rebel House specializes in craft Canadian beers - but several good Canadian wines available by the tumbler. The club sandwich with side salad or kettle fries is a winner. Your price-sensitive friend should be comfortable there. Caren's is a good upscale alternative. A few of the other suggestions are rather far from the Varsity. Don't know anything about Wish or Fuzion.

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              Rebel House
              1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

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                Underdog Rally RE: Nutella_gal Jun 1, 2010 10:34 AM

                I've been to Fuzion for dinner. The food is interesting with lots of bolder flavours. Mains are in the 20-30 range (probably a bit more for chef's specials). My only complaint would be that some of their more novel meat experiments can be a bit dry (i.e. grainy boar sausage). If you've got good weather on your side, then their patio alone will make the trip worthwhile. I would definitely suggest this place if you want a classy "girls night out" kind of light dinner with cocktails. If price is a concern, your friend might be a bit daunted by the main menu and drink list, but you'll appreciate the service and great waiters. Just stick to a few tapas and sangria.

                Some suggestions that are closer to the theater:
                Fire on the East Side (http://www.fireontheeastside.ca/) is one of my favourites in the area. I'll add a vote to Caren's for both good food and a short, convenient walk to the movie. If you'd like a more formal dining experience, Bistro 990 is great for that (mains $20-$40, but lots of "classic" dishes in the lower range). Also consider having a light meal and chocolate for dinner at Moroco. Your friend might be intimidated by wine, but may be more amenable to a pot of sipping chocolate (http://www.morocochocolat.com/lounge/...).

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                Bistro 990
                990 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5S3A8, CA

                Fuzion
                580 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E8, CA

                Moroco
                99 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 3K3, CA

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                bogie RE: Nutella_gal Jun 1, 2010 10:46 AM

                We love Scaccia in Manulife Place before catching a flick at the Varsity. They have a great selection of tasty pastas and service is quick.

                Oops, sorry, I just read that you don't want Italian.

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                  Sarah Cat RE: Nutella_gal Jun 1, 2010 03:21 PM

                  I never seem to get sick of 7 West on Charles, just west of Yonge. I've been going there for years and the food is consistent and the prices are low. Fantastic cocktails. I love the atmosphere, especially on the third floor. The service is slow, but the rest makes up for it, for me. Plus, it's right on the Manulife Centre's doorstep, practically!

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

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