Dad's 60th Birthday Dinner
Just wondering if I could pick your collective foodie brains.
I'm looking for a restaurant for my dad's 60th birthday dinner. We'll be a party of 7 and my dad is a food snob...not surprising since *I* must have gotten it from somewhere.
It doesn't have to be overly fancy but the food has to be good (i.e. well cooked and good quality ingredients). He's loved C Restaurant, Araxi and Chambar out in BC and Scaramouche and the Black Hoof in Toronto, among others.
We're aiming for a Canadian/North American or French-ish menu (e.g. steak, game, fish/shellfish), and the venue shouldn't be too stuffy (e.g. Splendido), noisy and casual (e.g. Black Hoof) or corporate (e.g. Canoe). The option of a private dining area would be nice too, so we wouldn't feel overly self-conscious taking pictures of the big day.
Any suggestions? Auberge, Biff's, and George were a few I thought of. Le Select kind of gets noisy and Loire has received mixed reviews. Lastly, I know it's corporate and overpriced, but maybe North 44 since I'm assuming the food should be at least good and service decent?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA
2537 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4P 2H9, CA
432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA
The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
I would skip Globe Earth. Conservative (on the verge of boring) menu for a food snob's 60th birthday dinner. It's a place I generally save for dining with plain eaters.
George would be at the top of my list. You might also want to consider Pastis.
If you and your dad are open to Portuguese fine dining, Chiado is a nice place for birthdays, and they serve steak and shellfish.
111 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2, CA
1158 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L9, CA
Of the ones you've mentioned, I like George the most. It has a very special feel and I've always enjoyed my dinners there. The other option I'll throw out is Beast - it's definitely not stuffy or corporate. It's on the casual side, but not noisy. No private room but I can't imagine you'd feel awkward about taking pics in there - they are very friendly and accommodating. Most of all, the food is sensational and you could consider doing one of their "whole beast" menus for the occasion.