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ISO High-end vegetarian-friendly/creative restaurant in central Toronto suitable as treat for 20-somethings

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Two employees of mine, who happen to be a couple, and both vegetarians, have recently put in long hours on two different projects, so we want to give them a special evening out to re-connect including dinner at a very nice restaurant they would not normally be able to afford.

Does anyone know of places that do not pass off a plate of steamed vegetables as vegetarian fare? nor are the usual Asian cheap 'n cheerful spots which this pair know well already.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. a friend of mine has a vegetarian mother whom visits regularly. they inevitably go to at least one high-end restaurant per visit and since she is not a complainer, my friend has noted on his own that george tends to put forth such an exemplary effort that it has become their default. some places have been given advance notice and still only offer pasta with sauce to fill out the meal.

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      I had dinner at George last night and my DC had three vegetarian courses. As noted above, the kitchen does put forth an exemplary effort on these plates and there was no pasta on any them. George also offers a vegetarian tasting menu.

    2. Cosider L.A.B.
      Vegetarian - mostly! Co-chef is certainly vegetarian and I've found the vegetarian dishes to consistently be the stars

      Not really 'high-end' - more bistro, but the food is certainly creative and different from most other places.

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      1. re: estufarian

        I'd recommend L.A.B. too. It's fun and half the menu is vegetarian.

      2. Maybe Woodlot? They have a vegetarian menu and it is very much an "it" spot at the moment. A nice dinner for two with a bottle of wine would be about $150.

        1. George is a great choice. Fabulous vegetarian (or even vegan) tasting menu available.

          1. If your employees are "serious" vegetarians, they may not like going to places that serve bunnies and such. If that's the case, I personally enjoy Fressen on Queen W. for dinner. That said, I'm making a note (reminding myself again) to try George some time and new note to try L.A.B. (which I had never heard of until this thread).

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            Fressen
            478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

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            1. re: Ediblethoughts

              I've been forced to go to Fressen on a few times as one of my close friends is vegan and it is not what I would call high-end and I have yet to have what I would call a good experience there. I've posted about it before so I won't go into the details but will only say the IMO if it is a gift, I'd skip this place for sure.

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              Fressen
              478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

              1. re: JennaBean

                I've only been there once in the past couple years but I really enjoyed it. If one is OK with going to only veg-friendly (i.e. not all veg), then it's a whole different playing field but the number of high-end all-veg in Toronto is very limited.

                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                  I've been to Fressen several times and enjoyed some very good meals there, but the service is, uhm, not the greatest, so I'd avoid if it you're looking for something high-end, where good service is important to you.

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                  Fressen
                  478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA