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Hello!

I am going out to celebrate a friend's birthday. We orginaly wanted to go to Spice Route, even though I've been there and think the food is not great, but more for the ambiance. We also want something in that tapas style, as we are a group of 7 so we would like dishes to share and in that price range. Both Spice Route and Kultura are booked up, so I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions of other restos in Toronto with the same kind of funky atmosphere as Spice Route (and hopefully better food!)

Also- the birthday girl has been to Lee's and didn't have the greatest meal there so that wouldn't be an option, though I have never been there myself..

I look forward to any suggestions!
Thanks!

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Kultura
169 King St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 1J4, CA

Spice Route
499 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4, CA

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  1. Hey Forkcape,

    Why not try Origin on King and Church? http://origintoronto.com/intro.htm

    It certainly fits the bill in terms of funky interior and wide-ranging tapas style menu. There is no question that the food is better there than at Spice Route and while it will certainly be bustling, it's much less of a "bar-scene." (not sure if that is a pro or a con for your group).

    Hits during our last visit were the items from the mozzarella bar, the middle-eastern cornish hen, and the miso cod dish (which we were initially reluctant to order because it didn't sound as unique as the other things on the menu).

    Good luck

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    Spice Route
    499 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4, CA

    1. We had a great meal at Sager on Bayview Ave. I know that Chef Sager would made the meal as special as you would like it to be. We ordered a 5 course tasting menu (not on the menu) and it was amazing.

      1. Nyood? Watusi?

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        Nyood
        1096 Queen West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, CA

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        1. re: MeMeMe

          I have been hearing mixed things about Origin but have really wanted to try it! Watusi's menu looks great, but it seems (from the website) a little casual for what were looking for. I'm going to check out sager as well.
          Thanks for the help!

          1. re: forkcape

            Bier market (the King Street location), Nyood, The Drake, Ultra (definately the closest thing to Spice Route scene wise - had a pretty decent meal there for a friends bachelorette as well).

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            Nyood
            1096 Queen West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, CA

            Spice Route
            499 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4, CA