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Dad in town and want to try one of 2 restaurants...Cava or Guu (on Church)? We enjoy and know a lot about both cuisines (Spanish and Japanese) . We are looking for the best food and fun experience (the whole group of us are foodies and have fairly high standards). We will be eating around 8:30pm on Thursday will there be a line up at Guu during that time?
Thanks for any insight!

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Cava
1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

Guu
398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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  1. Since Friday is a holiday, you will stand in line for either Guu Thursday night. Cava takes reservations.

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    Cava
    1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

    Guu
    398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

    1. The line for Guu will be serious at that time and remember the table time limit is two hours. Considering the size of your group, I think Cava would be the better option. I suggest you call for a reservation today.

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      Cava
      1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

      Guu
      398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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      1. re: JennaBean

        Also considering Amaya or Kamasutra? I have heard from some of my Indian friends that Amaya is watered down for a white palate. They say that Kamasutra down the street is better and more traditional. Any opinions on this?

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        Amaya
        1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

        1. re: kingkolo

          You'll have better food at Cava. If you want upscale Indian — but not dumbed down — try Debu on Mt Pleasant.

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          Cava
          1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

          Debu's Nouvelle Indian Cuisine
          552 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

          1. re: iMarilyn

            I have heard mixed reviews about Debu but have been always intrigued. Have you been Kamasutra as a comparison? Also, does Cava still offer a tasting menu and do you know how much it costs (I heard $45 or so...it doesn't say on their website)?
            I think it is down to Debu or Cava???

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            Cava
            1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

          2. re: kingkolo

            Cava would still be a much better choice than either of those two places.

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            Cava
            1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

            1. re: JennaBean

              Has the service improved at Cava? It is currently on my "never go back" list (notwithstanding the food is good) due to a couple of really awful experiences.

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              Cava
              1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

              1. re: Cat123

                I've been there too many times to count and I've never had bad service. In fact the last time, the service was really outstanding and that was less than a month ago.

                1. re: JennaBean

                  Ok - thanks - good to know. My bad experiences were a few years back so maybe they've got a handle on things since then.

            2. re: kingkolo

              Kamasutra is excellent. Been there several times. They put together very reasonable prix fix for Valentine's and New Year's w/ added entertainment (Belly Dancing, etc).

              They also do take out. I've been ordering at least monthly for over a year now, had the odd undercooked Pakora and occasional lack of Paneer in a paneer dish. But otherwise, love 'em.

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              Kamasutra Indian Restaurant & Wine Bar
              1522 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4G 3B4, CA

          3. I agree that Guu will likely be lined up at that time but if you want great food + fun, Guu is definitely the better option of the two. Consider going earlier, getting your name on the list and then going for a drink or something, if you don't mind incorporating a wait into your evening. Cava has good food but I wouldn't describe it as "fun" - I always find the atmosphere a bit hushed in there. An alternative for tapas would be Torito in Kensington, which is definitely more fun and has great food - plus they have a great patio in back if the weather is nice.

            For great Indian, Copper Chimney is my "go to" spot but the vibe isn't as buzzing and fun as Guu - frankly, other than perhaps the Annex Guu, there's really no place in the city with the fun atmosphere that Guu has. It's truly unique. But the food at Copper Chimney is delicious.

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            Torito
            276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

            Cava
            1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

            Guu
            398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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            1. re: peppermint pate

              I can't get there early enough unfortunately as I am up near Lawerence Park until 8pm. I actually live downtown near Guu so will visit another time (right after work). This is why I am searching for a place in mid town. Thanks for the response P.P.

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              Guu
              398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

              1. re: peppermint pate

                But everywhere is hushed when compared to Guu! That place is a circus.

              2. I haven't had the chance to eat at Guu, but recently ate at Cava. We did a "trust" style of menu with pairings. The food and service were flawless. I agree with other posts that Cava is not what I would describe as rambunctious fun, but my wife and I really enjoyed ourselves, had a nice banter going with our waiter, and there was a good busy buzz about the room.

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                Cava
                1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

                Guu
                398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

                1. Cava for sure.

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                  Cava
                  1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

                  1. We had a spectacular experience at Cava yesterday evening. ( Admittedly spent over $150 per head all in). We let the chef choose all the dishes for us, once having established we had a bias for fish. All were excellent, from the fois gras and cherry starter to the honey and rosemary chocolate finale.

                    Guu is a totally different experience, where it is difficult to have any conversation and entertainment is provided by people watching.

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                    Cava
                    1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

                    Guu
                    398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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                    1. re: AzulH

                      I visited Toronto with my family this weekend, and one of our favorite meals was at Cava. The food was delicious and the service was really outstanding, with the entire staff bending over backwards to accommodate all 9 of us, despite multiple allergies and restrictions (one person is allergic to dairy, two keep kosher, and I am pregnant and allergic to nuts). The menu was so interesting, and every dish really delivered. The only complaint we had was the noise level, which made group dining difficult.

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                      Cava
                      1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

                      1. re: JAC13

                        For me Cava was just ok. The service was excellent, however the food somewhat interesting didnt really overwhelm me. Our dessert at the end was however really nice with the chocolate and cheese pairing. We did the chefs tapas and with $80 bottle of wine came out to $240 for 2 before tip.

                    2. Why not try the Bloor St. Guu, haven't seen a line up there in a while, last time I went it was dead

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                      1. re: Bobby Wham

                        Cava all the way for me.