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Sep 16, 2010 02:13 PM

Recs needed for NY chowhounders in Toronto for a conference

Me (and 5000 other Latin Americanists) will be in Torono in early October for a conference at the Hilton/Sheraton. I am looking for recs for

1) A restaurant for a large group dinner (around 15 people), hopefully walking distance from the hotel or a short cab ride, entrees in the $20s. Canadian food would be nice, but not necessarly. I was looking at Jump. Is that a good option?

2) A fabulous rec for a dinner with a foodie friend. We have reservations at Nota bene, but they don't have anything available before 9:30 m and we would like a bit earlier. Anything along those lines is good, we are hppytotravel but as we won't have a car, would prfer to stay within a 30 minute car ride from the hotel.

3) A placefor breakfast not too far from the hotel- delicious would be better!

4) Recs for a place not to miss while I am in Toronto. I have lunch reservations at Lai Wah Heen. What else shouldI definitively not miss?

Lai Wah Heen
108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

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    1. Why don't you move Nota Bene from 2) to 1) and have your private foodie dinner somewhere else?

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

      1. Agree with the rec to use Nota Bene for your group dinner. Or you could do someplace more casual and fun like Beerbistro or Origin (both within walking distance). Jump is a perfectly fine option, btw.

        For #2, I would recommend Colborne Lane.

        Colborne Lane
        45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

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

        1. 1) Agree with morefoodplz and TorontoJo
          2) Buca has some great pasta. I'd say #4 rec is more interesting, but it's not along the lines of Nota Bene. I also happen to like Splendido.
          3) What kind of breakfast are you looking for? There's a pastry shop, Petite Thuet, not terribly far from your hotel.
          4) The Black Hoof is my top not-to-miss rec, but it depends on if you're okay with bits 'n' pieces.

 -- food. is. love.

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

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

          Petite Thuet
          1 King St W, Toronto, ON M5J, CA

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

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

          1. Jump is solid, but I too would switch up for nota bene

            how about the tasting menu at Canoe for your foodie dinner? it is the flagship restaurant of the group that runs Jump, not far from your hotel at all, and offers very good quality French inspired Canadian cuisine (or the other way round) with great views of the city.

            as for what not to miss, NYCers visitng toronto are invariably referred to fine dining cantonese, perhaps the best example of which you will taste by dim sum at lai wah heen. I would go for a lobster 4 ways at OMei, but it violates your 30 minute cab ride rule