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Jun 23, 2011 10:38 AM

Where would you go for your next great meal out?

Owe the GF a nice dinner due to a lost bet (don't ask) and she is partial to tasting menus. We both like new places over repeats if the reviews are positive and I need an idea for the next place to go.

Already been to

Colborne Lane
Beast (unbelievable whole boar dinner!!)

Thinking Blacktree as we haven't been there yet, but it's a bit of hike from downtown. I'm dying to try Hashimoto but even though it's my treat, she would have a fit if she knew it was $300pp.

Haven't done omakase at Zen or eaten at Hiro yet so those are also options.

For those who have eaten at many of these places, is there anywhere that we have to hit that we haven't tried yet? We both love the variety of tasting menus but it is definitely not a requirement; if the food is good, we're interested :)

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  1. Have you given any consideration to Quatrefoil?

    1. Auberge does a tasting for $100 pp or $150 with wine pairings. It is a lovely venue and a small hike to the north part of the city from downtown.

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      1. re: JennaBean

        Thanks for the reco's

        I read a decent review of Quatrefoil but was trying to avoid driving from downtown unless there was something really interesting (Estufarian and other's praise of Blacktree has me tempted).

        I have eaten at Auberge (before the GF's time) and although I never had a bad meal there, I was never overly impressed.

        3029 New St, Burlington, ON L7N, CA

        1. re: downtownfoodie

          You've already covered my go to resto's so I think you're looking at a trek of some sort.

      2. Lucien does tasting menu.
        I've only been once and it was descent. (but seeing you have been to most of the best your running a little lower on choices)

        Forte Bistro maybe.. They don't have a tasting menu but I hear they are good. (Going in a few weeks to try it out)

        Adega .. yeah.. I'm a fan just cause I love seafood and the service here is always top notch...nice and cozy.

        Ive heard some good things about Portico Restaurant and Bar, Corner House, Opus, Frank and the AGO... but have not been myself yet.

        Corner House
        501 Davenport Avenue, Toronto, ON M3R 4R6, CA

        33 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1, CA

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        1. re: Kassi22

          Ici? Not a tasting menu, but very good reviews and downtown.

          1. re: EarlyDrive

            Oh very good suggestion and you can do a tasting type menu by choosing the smaller portion option and they will do pairing for each course.

        2. I'm not sure if it's open yet but I'm interested in trying Keriwa. The food and the chef's background sounds interesting.

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          1. re: dubchild

            it hasn't opened yet, very very soon, they put the address above the door yesterday and the actual sign is lit up....when i peeked in last night it looked like they needed to do some organizing and last minutes stuff, so maybe this weekend-at least for a soft launch...

          2. A little off topic, but downtownfoodie, with your extensive tasting menu experience, could you give me your top 3 picks from the places you have already listed? Im looking for an annual tasting menu excursion of my own.

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            1. re: non sequitur

              In addition to skylineR33 great picks, I'd like to add George and Auberge to the list. Scaramouche is also very good but a bit on the traditional / conservative side. Never had a disappointing tasting menu meal at George! ( at least half a dozen times )

              1. re: non sequitur

                So tough but definitely a fun trip down memory lane.

                If $ is no object, the private dining room downstairs at Colborne Lane was simply mind-blowing. I'm generally not a rabid follower of MG but I thought they did an incredible job of using the techniques well without being "gimmicky". The theatre of the setting, the professional service (esp the sommelier with interesting and well-matched pairings) added to the great food experience.

                George's tasting menu (sitting at the "kitchen table" overlooking the open cookery) was flawless.

                Eigensinn was for my 21st bday (back when the cost was "reasonable") but I can still tell you what we ate, course for course.

                Have to save a special note for Beast. We did the whole-animal dinner (wild boar) and I truly believe it's something anyone who loves food should do.

                The only reason I was able to keep this list to four was because Perigee closed. 2 of my top five meals ever! (Including a collection of Michelin stars in NY and London). Although, now that I think about it, Pat Riley's tasting menu at Amuse Bistro was pretty spectacular :)