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My 83-year-old mother is very sophisticated about food, but she does like to be comfortable -- loud music, hard noisy surfaces, too-close tables, too-intense crowds, an un-relaxing trendiness wreck the experience for her. So Black Hoof/Libretto-type places aren't going to work. What new places can you recommend for us to try downtown -- Italian would be great, or any Asian... Thanks!

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  1. Mengrai Thai is a nice, quiet comfortable place and is arguably in the top two for Thai in the city.

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    Mengrai
    82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

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      1. re: hal2010

        PLEASE - no! That place is serving food court/tour bus level "Thai" food.

      2. Tutti Matti on Adelaide is quiet, comfy, friendly, respectful, and has great food. Perfect for what you're describing.

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        Tutti Matti
        364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

        1. Rawlicious in Yorkville. A different kind of cuisine and it was quiet and comfortable when I went. Delicious, to boot.

          1. Not new but what about Sidecar on College? Frank's Kitchen is another suggestion. My Mom loves Noce on Queen West.

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            Noce
            875 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G5, CA

            Frank's Kitchen
            588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

            1. Tutti Matti, Noce, and Malena all seem like good suggestions. I also think Le Select might suit if you're OK with French. Starfish is an old standby for me too.

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              Tutti Matti
              364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

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

              Noce
              875 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G5, CA

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              1. re: Rabbit

                You want a place for grown ups who want to "dine" rather than "eat", and be able to relax and speak at normal volume, right? I can't think of any NEW places that I'd take my 85 year old mother to. New places seem to target a young demographic, and hence tend to be crowded and loud, with hit and miss service and food. Frank's Kitchen (if you go a quiet time) would be the closest I'd recommend amongst the new. Good food and considerate service, but lots of hard surfaces and closely spaced tables.
                Chiado on College just west of Ossington is where I take my mother - it's very comfortable in an elegant Europen way, quiet yet bustling in a subdued way, and perfect for anyone who loves fresh fish. It's a "grown up" place. Expensive though.
                Scaramouch on Avenue Road just south of St. Clair is another "can't fail" place for comfort, quiet, service and great food. Also pricey.
                But hey, you only have one Mom :) And why risk spending just as much in some new place that may be gone tomorrow.

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                Chiado
                864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

                Frank's Kitchen
                588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA