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Tapas or Tapas-like place for anniversary dinner?

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scrawledinwax Jun 21, 2011 07:08 PM

Would really appreciate some help! I'm taking my parents out for a much-delayed 40th anniversary dinner and they'd love to try a mid- or maybe even high-end place where they can sample a number of different things.

We're Indian (Punjabi, to be specific), so they're big fans of spicy food, bold flavours etc.

I'm taking them to the Park Hyatt Rooftop Lounge at Avenue and Bloor for a drink (and the view) first, so near-ish would be ideal, but not super necessary.

I've been racking my brains (well, searching online) to think of a good place but have come up short. Any suggestions? I'd so love for them to have a memorable night of something inventive and interesting.

  1. ekim256 Jun 22, 2011 09:46 AM

    If you have the budget, George might be a lovely choice. Nice space, but quite pricey - $20ish dish or $75+ for a tasting course. I found everything to be well done, with a touch of flair here and there but nothing too silly. It won't really be crazy bold or spicy - but just throwing it out there.

    I haven't been for awhile, but I also enjoyed Cava a few years back. Both George and Cava have the right setting for a nice dinner.
    You could also take them to a place like Seoul House (by Yorkdale) and order a family-style combo - spicy seafood soup, tofu soup, pork belly bbq and share. Not "tapas" but still might be bold, spicy, and different. Not an anniversary-type of setting though.

    I agree with your thoughts about Guu - I avoided taking my parents there because of the noise too.

    :-) Nice treat to your parents, congratulations to them!

    Erin
    http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com

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

    Seoul House
    180 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J1A1, CA

    Yorkdale Cafe
    1 Yorkdale, Toronto, ON M9M1B9, CA

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

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      JennaBean Jun 22, 2011 07:17 AM

      I think all of Snarf's suggestions are great. Cava and Senhor Antonio's have a nicer space that Torito but you'll get good food at any of these spots.

      I personally don't enjoy the food at Origin and I think it is more of see and be seen place kind of place.

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      Torito
      276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

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

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      1. re: JennaBean
        1sweetpea Jun 22, 2011 08:47 AM

        Cava, Torito and Senhor Antonio's are good choices. I also think Malena is an option. Tabule has nice appetizers. You could order a number of them to share. The same could be done on the Danforth at any Greek restaurant that excels at mezes. Too bad Guu doesn't take reservations. Might your parents would enjoy some hands-on eating at Koko Share Bar in Yorkville? It's right near the Park Hyatt too, so you could walk there after drinks.

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

        Torito
        276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

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

        Park Hyatt
        Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

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

        Koko Share Bar
        81 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON , CA

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          JennaBean Jun 22, 2011 08:55 AM

          Melana would be a great choice and very close by!

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            scrawledinwax Jun 22, 2011 09:23 AM

            Thanks so much for all the suggestions everyone! Cava and Torito sound great, as does Melana. Guu would be great, but I think the noise would put my parents off.

            I am wondering though, since my folks don't mind eating late and are very into meat... maybe the Black Hoof? Or would that be no good for two sorta' shy older people?

            Really appreciate the help!

            1. re: scrawledinwax
              iMarilyn Jun 22, 2011 10:10 AM

              It'd work if you don't mind the no-reservation policy.

      2. TorontoJo Jun 22, 2011 02:20 AM

        This would require a cab ride, but I would suggest Origin. Interesting menu, bold flavours from different parts of the world.

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          Snarf Jun 21, 2011 07:35 PM

          Interesting idea. Very nice place to start, as well. You might be tempted to have some oysters at the top of the Park Hyatt, but I'd leave the rest of their appetizer menu aside, as there's some inconsistency. Many different directions you could go from there.

          Portuguese - Senhor Antonio's on College
          Spanish - Cava on Yonge
          Spanish, more casual Torito on Augusta

          If you felt like adding a little bit of fun to the trip, you could call up Joso's, and see what they're doing for starters. Occasionally, you can get smaller seafood dishes for a few starters if you're going to pop in and pop out.

          Check out the menus which are mostly online, as you may have a challenge finding more intense flavours.

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          Joso's
          202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

          Torito
          276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

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

          Park Hyatt
          Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

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