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Mar 14, 2011 09:49 AM

Nice Restaurant

Hi guys,

My mom is coming to visit Toronto, and I'm looking for a nice restaurant to go to. It can't be on the same level as Canoe or North 44, but a higher class place would be very nice. Any suggestions?


North 44
2537 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4P 2H9, CA

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  1. Setting your budget will help direct any suggestions!

    Off-hand, I'd say Globe or Globe Earth.

    1. What does your mom like to eat? Where does she live? Paris? London? Sudbury? Saskatoon?

      And how old is she? 50s? 60s? 70s? 80s?

      I second Globe and Globe Earth - very Mom-friendly.

      1. Lunch or Dinner?

        If your mom has conservative tastes, Biff's is a nice place.

        If your mom has less conservative tastes, Starfish, Lai Toh Heen (for dim sum/lunch), Linda and Amaya Bread Bar are nice restaurants.

        100 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K9, CA

        Lai Toh Heen
        692 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

        Bread Bar
        3305 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4N 2L8, CA

        Biff's Bistro
        4 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, CA

        Linda Thai Cuisine
        11 Karl Fraser Road, Toronto, ON , CA

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        1. re: prima

          Answers to some of the above questions would be helpful.
          Also, do you like her, do you want her to come back and how much does she drink?

          Last week I took a very elderly aunt to Globe Earth. She had a 5 oz. grilled beef tenderloin ($17) and a 26 oz. bottle of very good Patagonian Pinot Noir. She loved it at the time and can't remember it now, but I can and she was very happy.

        2. Okay, she's barely 50, and a foodie, and I feel like moderately over $100 for the two of us would be fine.

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          1. re: banjoman2375

            Globe Earth good choice. Would she like ethnic cuisine? Toronto has plenty of that!

            1. re: froglegs

              A $100 dinner for two, all in, with maybe a glass of wine apiece included? It can be done, especially in a good neighborhood joint compared to the flashier destination places. As I live in north Toronto, I'm familiar with some civilized - i.e. "nice" - spots along the restaurant rows of north Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant Ave. and Bayview Ave. Two French bistros, Simple Bistro and Mogette, inhabit the same block on Mount Pleasant Ave., south of Eglinton. There's also Zee's, a seafood place, a little north of those two. All three should come in around $100, though it might be tight if you get giddy and order dessert. On Yonge St., you both might enjoy a good Middle East resto south of Eglinton called Tabule. On Monday and Tuesday, you can bring your own wine at no charge. Easily under $100, whether or not you bring your own wine. Segur, an imaginative, vaguely Indian-inspired spot on Bayview Ave. south of Eglinton, should do it for you. None of these spots are hip and/or noisy, but attract locals around your mother's age, namely people with some money but who get cranky when the bill spirals much above $100 or so. But to be absolutely sure of staying under $100, the old-time bistro Le Paradis, on Bedford Rd., near Avenue Rd. and Dupont Ave., is the winner. Popular with middle-aged Annex regulars who like the lively - but not TOO lively - ambiance. It's always busy, but they always keep a row of tables open for walk-ins without reservations. About $75 for two, all in - you might even be able to squeeze in dessert. Of those already mentioned, all are solid, but I suspect Biff's and Starfish might quickly put you over $100, and it'll be tight at both Globe and Globe Earth, though both are certainly good value. Lai Toh Heen: too pricey for you at dinner. Don't know Linda's. Perhaps those who live south of Bloor can advise on nice joints in that part of town. I only know Weezie's, on King St. E., which is a contender in the "nice" category. Thoroughly enjoyable, though. Most of the spots mentioned here have websites - though not always up to date - that can give you a feel for menu items and prices, and thus help you select..

              354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

              2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

              Le Paradis
              166 Bedford Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9, CA

              Lai Toh Heen
              692 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

              581 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA