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Dec 8, 2010 10:02 PM

ISO Cozy booth, good menu for long lunch this weekend

Looking for recommendations for a great place to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon hanging out with an old friend, ok not that old but we are in our late 40's.

We would love to find a place with a cozy booth, a good quality , well executed, casual menu and nice ambiance so that we can enjoy our conversation. Most importantly, we don't want to be rushed out, we'd like to linger, eat slowly, drink a little and then a little more and chat.

If possible, this lovely place would be located south of Bloor, east of Bay and west of Parliament or within a few minutes of those perimeters anyway.

It's been a while since either of us have been in Toronto so we're a little lost. Hope you can help us out. Thanks!

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  1. Three totally different places that jump to mind are:

    - 7 West Cafe. Food is ok, but the atmosphere is nice and there are lots of cozy corners you can pick for a long, leisurely lunch

    - Caren's Wine Bar. Food is wonderful, atmosphere is simple, but lovely. Pricier than 7 West.

    - Le Petit Dejeuner. Food is great, atmosphere is funky and eclectic.

    All three are good for long and leisurely -- they are all no pressure sort of places.

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

    Le Petit Dejeuner
    191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA

    4 Replies
    1. re: TorontoJo

      i'd consider q&b. there's one particular high sided/backed couch upstairs that would be great or the far corner nook at the front on the bottom floor that would work well. they're very leisurely upstairs and have a bookcase of board games and such. the food is a little pricey, but overall quite good quality.

      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        thanks, this sounds lovely, but please tell me, what is q&b?

          1. re: capetowngirlie

            TorontoJo has it, sorry about that. sometimes i get too used to all the acronyms tossed around that i forget others might not be used to our little "codes" yet.

            it's a pub with a really great comfortable and beautiful atmosphere. upstairs is much more casual with the tv screen as the centre of attention and couches/chairs strewn about. downstairs more restaurant like. you can still get the full restaurant menu upstairs (at least in the evenings) along with a simpler drinking food one. regardless of location constraints, it would be a top pick for me for what you want to do.

      2. The above are all good ideas. I would add to the mix the Library Bar at the Royal York which is very cozy and warm in an old school way - they have afternoon tea on the weekend which is quite nice and you can really linger. Another option would be Le Select which is very comfortable and people often linger there all afternoon.

        Le Select
        432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

        1. I suggest Caren's Wine Bar or Le Select. Both are lovely, warm, and cozy options.

          Le Select
          432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA