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Won a bet. Which Restaurant would you go to?

So I won a world cup pool that entitles me to $100 towards my bill at any restaurant in Toronto of my choice. Previous winners of this pool have chosen traditional steakhouses such as Mortons and Harbour 60 so I would like to pick something beyond just a normal high end steak house. I was thinking of picking Sassafraz. Where would you go if you had $100 towards your bill.

Thanks

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Sassafraz
100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA

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  1. Scaramouche. Splendido. Never been to either and would like to. Oh, or Sushi Kaji.

    Sassafraz? Why? I've never heard good things about the food there.

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

    Sushi Kaji
    860 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z1N7, CA

    Sassafraz
    100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA

    6 Replies
    1. re: pescatarian

      Agreed about Sassafraz -- no, no, no. If you are looking for the "Yorkville experience", then I would choose One over Sassafraz.

      But there are so many better places to eat. Can you give us a an idea of the type of food and experience you're looking for?

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      Sassafraz
      100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA

      1. re: TorontoJo

        Hi again. The group is 5 guys in their mid 30s. I am not a big fan of sushi or Itallian or almost anything that i have seen on the Black Hoof menu if that helps at all. I was thinking Sassafraz becuase the bison steak on their menu appealed to me. As I said, I was just hoping to pick something beyond just Mortons or Harbour 60. Thanks

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        Sassafraz
        100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA

        The Black Hoof
        928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

        1. re: jdgo75

          I third. Scaramouche. It's pretty safe, very luxe, and has steak and things beyond.

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          Scaramouche
          1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1, CA

          1. re: jdgo75

            I'd go to House of Chan, for an oldschool steakhouse experience. Or maybe Jacobs & Co, if you and your friends don't mind the big shot vibe on King West.

            I like the food at Scaramouche, but I think of it more as a place for romantic evenings and/or family events.

            Do groups of 30something guys frequently dine at Scaramouche?

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            Jacobs & Co
            12 Brant Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2M1, CA

            House of Chan
            876 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C2B6, CA

            1. re: phoenikia

              I would choose Jacobs & Co if I'm not paying, things add up pretty quickly! (But don't get the "caramalized onions" - they aren't.)

              Otherwise Scaramouche is a favourite.

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              Jacobs & Co
              12 Brant Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2M1, CA

              1. re: phoenikia

                I love Scaramouche, but agree with Phoenikia it's not really a guys' night out kinda place.

                Ditto re: Auberge du Pommier (mentioned below).

        2. Search this board for many colourful condemnations of Sassafraz. Don't waste your money there!!

          If I had a bonus $100 I would splurge at one of the following:

          Black Hoof
          Sushi Kaji
          Buca
          Chiado
          Canoe
          Jacob's and Co

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

          Sushi Kaji
          860 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z1N7, CA

          Sassafraz
          100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA

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

          The Black Hoof
          928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          1. Easy. Canoe or Scaramouche. Both great view, great food, great service.
            I'd say look at their menus online to finalize the choice.

            Canoe: http://oliverbonacini.com/OliverBonac...
            Scaramouche: http://www.scaramoucherestaurant.com/...

            1. George for their tasting menu!

              1. Yeah, general consensus here is "Don't go to Sassafraz!"

                $100 to spend, I would go to...

                Scaramouche
                Splendido
                Auberge du Pommier
                Canoe
                George
                Oro

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

                Sassafraz
                100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA

                Oro Restaurant
                45 Elm, Toronto, ON M4W1N6, CA

                1. I would give Chiado serious consideration

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

                  1. For a celebratory meal, I'd go somewhere fun! Joso's, Jacob's and Co., House of Chan, or even the Drake.

                    1. Where would I go? Probably Jacobs & Co - only because I'd never spring for that kind of steakhouse on my own and I want to check it out. I hear it's nice, but it's a lot of money for steak - and I generally feel like I can make some pretty damn tasty steak.

                      But I think MeMeMe is right. Go somewhere fun! (Unless you're looking more at fine dining, then ignore below and listen to everyone else).

                      Where would I recommend? I don't know if you guys like clubbing or not, but I think that the rooftop on the 5th (the 5th Grill? I forget the name right now) is a way to get nice food, then you can stop by the club below on your way out and get more of a celebration type thing going.

                      Of course, this is only if you like the crowd. Food at the Fifth is okay, desserts are better. Definitely more of an atmosphere thing.

                      If you just want a busy, but not club scene, I also happen to like Ceili Cottage a lot for its vibe, but it gets mixed reviews here. Also, don't go hungry/impatient/etc. This is a slow-roll type of Irish bar, full of locals. The food is decent, if a little on the pricey side. The service has been slow, but I think it's better now (or maybe I've become more tolerant?). I enjoy my meals there - a mix of atmosphere and decent/solid (sometimes really good) food.

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                      Jacobs & Co
                      12 Brant Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2M1, CA

                      Ceili Cottage
                      1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

                      1. If I had an extra $100, I'd go to Starfish and scarf down oysters and beer and whatnot. But, alas, no steaks there.

                        2 Replies
                        1. re: JamieK

                          Actually they serve a very good steak frites at Starfish.

                          1. re: millygirl

                            oops, I stand corrected. So if the OP settles for beef ribeye rather than bison, Starfish would be great for the oyster/seafood fans in his group.
                            http://www.starfishoysterbed.com

                        2. If you want to completely blow your budget, go to Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto:

                          http://kaiseki.ca/english/

                          1. For guy's night out the Fifth is not a bad suggestion, although I agree with jlunar that the food is not absolute top notch. The patio is fantastic and the proximity to the club may be appealing to your group.

                            Red's also struck me as a good suggestion if you want something different from the typical steakhouse.

                            I agree that Scaramouche, Splendido, or George seem a bit too romantique for boys' night out... unless you have some real gourmet types in your group.

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

                            1. Sassafraz is awful. It's on par with airport food albeit served in an upscale environment.

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                              Sassafraz
                              100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA

                              1. Hi All

                                Thanks for the feedback so far. The dinner will probably not occur until later this summer, but I will cross Sassafraz off my list. I had notspecific desire for Bison, but was just looking for something beyong just Mortons an "old school" steakhouse.

                                Thanks again

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                                Sassafraz
                                100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA