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Dec 17, 2010 06:32 PM

decadent, funky business lunch

Hey Chows,
I need some ideas for a business lunch downtown for important business partners but they are from the arts world so I don't want to take them to anywhere that is too corporate.


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  1. How about 'C5' inside the ROM? I think they are open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday. Interesting place plus good food! What more artsy than lunch inside a museum?!
    Frank inside the AGO used to be pretty good, foodwise. However, recently, heard something negative?! Haven't eaten there for a while!

    1. The Gallery Grill inside Hart House at U of T is a nice place for a business lunch. Not funky or decadent, but certainly not too corporate.

      Lee also might work. I've never dined there at lunch.

      If you want to dine closer to the financial district, Luma in the Lightbox might be a neat choice for lunch, although reviews have been mixed. I haven't dined there yet.

      Thought the portions were very small, and the food was mostly underwhelming, although the pastry basket was high quality, when I brunched at C5 last month.

      Gallery Grill
      7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

      603 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

      330 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

      1. What about Origin (I haven't been yet, but reports are generally positive)?

        Nota Bene has a less corporate feel that those corporate-type restaurants, especially if you sit in the bar area.

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

        1. I'd second the Origin reco...might just be the right mix for you.

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          1. re: stephen

            The Osgoode Hall Dining Room (Queen and University enter through front door facing Queen) reminiscent of a Dining Hall at Oxford Panneled walls ,Stained Glass also resembles Gallery Grill Make rez not open Sat/Sun Miranda

            Gallery Grill
            7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

            Osgoode Hall
            130 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N6, CA

            1. re: stephen

              i was going to suggest origin too.

            2. I agree with Origin - the atmosphere is wonderful and the food above average