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lunch near Women's College Hospital

Countygal Feb 15, 2011 02:56 PM

Looking for a nice place to take an older friend for lunch post appointment (Yonge/College). Preferably it would be within walking distance, but a cab is always a possibility. Price not an issue, just someplace that allows for private conversation with lovely food and service. She's pretty adventurous with food but spicy won't be in the cards; French, Italian or continental will be better options. Thanks in advance for all recs.

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  1. TorontoJo RE: Countygal Feb 15, 2011 03:11 PM

    Ooh, Gallery Grill at Hart House would be perfect!

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

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    1. re: TorontoJo
      Dean Tudor RE: TorontoJo Feb 15, 2011 04:09 PM

      I second that Gallery Grill. Best place in town for lunch.

      But I still mourn Napoleon, which also had lunches -- it was right next door to Women's College Hospital.

      estufarian -- do you remember???

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

      1. re: Dean Tudor
        toveggiegirl RE: Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2011 09:05 AM

        Hart House is a great suggestion. Another nearby option is Bistro 990.

        Bistro 990
        990 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5S3A8, CA

        1. re: toveggiegirl
          Countygal RE: toveggiegirl Mar 29, 2011 04:30 PM

          I had a post-op appointment at WCH and decided to have lunch at Bistro 990 to celebrate good medical news. Why do so many restaurants still have trouble with the lone, female diner??? First question- would I like to eat in the dining room? Where else would I eat? Had to ask for water, a glass of wine, dessert menu, top up of coffee. Left pretty much alone while other diners were asked how their meals were. The chicken was good, potato replaced with lovely sauteed veg., as requested. Service completely opposite to that which I received when dining solo at Globe Bistro. I've been back there with hubby and girlfriends- Bistro 990- you won't be seeing me again.

          Bistro 990
          990 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5S3A8, CA

          1. re: Countygal
            Herb RE: Countygal Mar 30, 2011 07:31 AM

            It's not just you. They do that to every one who isn't a regular.

        2. re: Dean Tudor
          estufarian RE: Dean Tudor Mar 30, 2011 07:28 AM

          Somewhat late response.
          Gallery Grill is excellent - but a little pricy if it's not a 'special' lunch.

          Napoleon was an arrogant SOB who cooked excellent food - and told you so. But my strongest memory was being 'upsold' to his truffle soup by "I'd like you to try a special soup" - only to find out, when the bill was presented, that it was the most expensive thing on the menu. That's where I learned to ALWAYS ask the price of specials!!!!!!!!

          Incidentally I would have suggested Holt's Cafe - but missed this thread fist time around.

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

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        JennaBean RE: Countygal Feb 16, 2011 07:30 AM

        There is a Mercatto in the Mars building which is about a two min walk from the entry of Women's College. Just a little further east there is W Burger bar just before Yonge on the north side. That's about a five min walk. If you're willing to go a little further you can walk down bay to Elm and there is the Queen and Beaver and Adega.

        33 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1, CA

        15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

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        1. re: JennaBean
          Splendid Wine Snob RE: JennaBean Feb 16, 2011 08:36 AM

          I like Mercatto too, and go often, but it gets insanely busy at peak lunch hours, and therefore can be quite loud. If you make a reservation at off-peak times, you'll be able to hear each other a little better.

          I've loved Gallery Grill in the past, but haven't been in over a year. It is a perfect place to catch up over a leisurely lunch.

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