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ISO resto with good food and eye candy on a Monday night

prima May 20, 2011 01:20 PM

Seriously. This is for a bachelorette party. Preferably male eye candy- chefs, servers and/or clientele. Off the top of my head, I can only think of Harbord Room (Chef Cory Vitiello falls into my definition of eye candy). Open to all types of pricepoints and cuisines, as long as the food is good.

Which restaurants would you recommend?

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Harbord Room
89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

  1. CocoaChanel May 20, 2011 01:24 PM

    I think Claudio Aprile is some nice eye candy , so um, Origin
    :)

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      JennaBean May 20, 2011 01:24 PM

      My bf is a chef and there have been women who actually try to give him their numbers while their are dining at his resto so I find this rather amusing.

      I think that Origin has both good looking kitchen and FOH staff.

      I've seen some nice eye candy at the Drake as well in the past as well.

      Good luck!

      1. prima May 20, 2011 01:26 PM

        Thanks, CocoaChanel & JennaBean!
        Have added Origin and the Drake to the list!

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        The Drake Hotel
        1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

        Origin
        109 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

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        1. re: prima
          TorontoJo May 20, 2011 01:39 PM

          A third on Origin...

          Buca is a possibility, though there I've had mixed experiences there. Twice I had friendly, young, Italian waiters, once I had a crotchety old man.

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          Buca
          604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

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            swissmissy May 20, 2011 01:58 PM

            I'll add a fourth for Origin! I had a fantastic time there recently with a few of my girlfriends :)

            1. re: TorontoJo
              prima May 21, 2011 10:40 AM

              Mind you, that crotchety old man just made me appreciate the good looks and the friendliness of the other servers even more.

          2. CocoaChanel May 20, 2011 07:36 PM

            Mr. Vuitton and I were at Origin this past Saturday for dinner. Fun and good as always. The only thing I was disappointed with was the duck dish. It used to be a whole duck breast on a flat totrilla with sour cream and other ingredients (as I recall).

            They have remade the dish into two scallion pancackes which are too thick for the dish, and have no flavour - they just look like green food colouring had been added. It seems that the duck breast has been split in half (half breast on each pancake). It only tasted of salt and hoisin. Not at all good. I wished we had ordered the curry shrimp instead.

            The burger was served to the couple next to us and it looked delicious. It was cut in half to share. I overheard that it was 8oz, but it really it looked much bigger. I did not read the menu, but it looked like there was either brie or an old yellow cheddar melting over the burger and served on a soft roll. The inside was a beautiful pink. It was devoured by the couple next to us. I would have loved to try it, but I was afraid that I would have "meat sweats" for days on end. Again, we did not try it - that just what it looked like to me (while I was trying to not totally intrude on these people's dinner) :)

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            1. re: CocoaChanel
              prima May 21, 2011 10:42 AM

              Good to know, CC. I still haven't gotten around to trying Origin- they haven't had availability the 3 times I've tried to make a reservation over the last year, but I've usually been trying for a prime time slot on a Thu or Fri. Looks like Monday would be a good time to give them a try.

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