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Feb 1, 2011 12:04 PM

Dundas & University in Toronto - best lunch meeting spot?

Any suggestions for a lunch resto with good moderately priced food, and an ambience amenable to a professional discussion, within a couple of blocks of Dundas Street & Unviersity Avenue in Toronto? Thanks for any recommendations!

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  1. Midi Bistro on McCaul Street just south of Baldwin Street. You will be able to hear your guests speak and the food is good.

    Midi Bistro
    168 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T1W4, CA

    1. New Treasure for Dim Sum. It's on Dundas at Elizabeth downstairs from the Starbucks. Don't mind it's dingyness, the food is good and cheap and the crowds will attest to that.

      New Treasure Restaurant
      150 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G1C6, CA

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      1. re: currycue

        Conversation-friendly volume levels?

        1. re: doc_j

          True. It can get a bit noisy in there. There's also Avenue Cafe on the north west corner of the intersection.

      2. How many people? Budget?

        1. I had a nice lunch at Sage Cafe on McCaul (just north of Dundas) last summer. It's a cute, casual cafe - mostly, if not exclusively, vegetarian. Food was good and prices reasonable. If "ambiance amenable to a professional discussion" means fancy, then it's not that. Or what about the Queen and Beaver pub on Elm?

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          1. re: peppermint pate

            I'll second the recommendation for the Queen & Beaver. Any time I'm there for lunch, I generally see at least a couple of tables with business-y looking people having business-y looking discussions.

            Queen & Beaver
            35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

          2. Based on your suggestions, and my own resultant research (including discovering that Midi was booked solid with Winterlicious), I took my meeting group to the Queen & Beaver, which was perfect! Thank you for the recommendation. The front room has only slightly less ambience, but is ideal for conversation, as it contains only about 5 tables, and is separated from the more volume-y larger room, bar, & music. The service was great, and the food was fab - delish! And reasonably priced, to my preferences, anyway. Good wine selection too, in addition to upscale pub beers & ciders. I will definitely return. Thanks again for your help!

            Queen & Beaver
            35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA