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smiles2u Oct 29, 2010 03:24 PM

Hi...

I'm looking for a hip lounge restaurant for a group of 8 where we can have dinner and then join in for cocktails after dinner.... I love the food/atmosphere of Spice Route Nyood and Kultura but would like to try somewhere else... Any ideas?

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

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

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

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    smiles2u Nov 4, 2010 02:31 PM

    I can't seem to get a reservation at the popular recommendations... Any smaller places that might have a bustling vibe/interesting decor and still good food? Would be great if there was a good lounge/bar close by for after dinner drinks? Thoughts?

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      JennaBean Nov 4, 2010 03:07 PM

      Where did you try?

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        jlunar Nov 4, 2010 03:18 PM

        The better question is for when...

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          smiles2u Nov 4, 2010 03:51 PM

          Origin. Buca. Nyood. Brasaii........

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

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

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            smiles2u Nov 4, 2010 03:52 PM

            8pm

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              jlunar Nov 4, 2010 10:04 PM

              ... ah, this Saturday?! It's a bit late for a big group at any popular resto imo...

              Bohmer? They have this lounge-ish nook that I thought really cool. Less a bar, though you can hop down to Reposado or one of the multitude of other watering holes up and down Ossington if you wish. The room looks like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/4...

              but you can't see the nook and I didn't shoot it Low, whole tree trunk type table and banquette-type seating, if I recall correctly. But it's off to the right-side past where the woman is at the terminal. Pretty cool looking. Don't know about reservations.

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              Reposado
              136 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

              Boehmer
              93 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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        JennaBean Nov 1, 2010 10:31 AM

        Ame has just started special nights on Thurs, Friday, Sat. Ink runs those night as they do the those at Spice Route and Ultra. You might want to check it out if you like Japanese.

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

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          smiles2u Nov 2, 2010 02:59 PM

          I was actually thinking Watusi. Has anyone been on a Saturday night? How is the food and the cocktail crowd afterwards?

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            JennaBean Nov 3, 2010 07:32 AM

            I've been to Watusi. It is a local kinda of place. The space is ok but the food I've tried (maybe four dishes) has not been very good. To me it is a drinks only kind of place and that's the vibe to me as well.

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          burlgurl Oct 30, 2010 08:58 AM

          Origin or Braissai...definate hot spots!

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            burlgurl Oct 30, 2010 09:02 AM

            or The Drake..

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              smiles2u Oct 30, 2010 03:28 PM

              great suggestions - Thank you!
              Any good spots on Ossington?

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                todc1996 Oct 31, 2010 10:25 AM

                i would say bohmer on ossington is what you're looking for.
                not on ossington, but i would include pravda in your list.

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                  morefoodplz Oct 31, 2010 08:37 PM

                  I would not agree that Boehmer is a 'hip lounge restaurant' at all. It's a nice space and the food items range from okay to great, but the clientele is definitely not that young (stems from the price level) and there is no lounge aspect whatsoever.

                  Pravda sounds more in line with the poster's request, but I haven't heard of anyone eating there - like Spice Route, it has a just-for-drinks reputation. The other suggestions of Origin or the Drake sound reasonable to me. On Ossington, Watusi or something might be a better fit.

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

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