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Jul 12, 2011 09:14 AM

Restaurants for birthday dinner?

Hi everyone,

It’s my husband’s birthday this weekend and I want to take him out for a nice dinner. One small problem, though: he is allergic to onions (and everything in the onion family, like shallots, scallions, leeks, etc.). Not severely allergic, but enough to ruin a nice meal if he were to ingest any. Because of this, we are cautious of any cuisine that relies heavily on onions for flavouring, or might make use of pre-made sauces/marinades (there was only one item at my favourite Indian restaurant that he could eat!).

Can anyone offer recommendations that aren’t steakhouses or tasting menus? I’m hoping to find a place that has a few items which are totally onion-free, or which can easily be taken out without compromising the flavour/integrity of the dish. And, of course, attentive service to ensure that this is taken care of for us properly (we’ve encountered a lot of difficulty in restaurants – like the chef might remove all the onions in the actual dish, but then absent-mindedly throw on some chives as garnish, thus rendering it inedible). We both like sushi, so I was considering Yuzu, but we were just at Sushi Kaji two weeks ago and I’m afraid it would be underwhelming in comparison – would this assessment be accurate? Would Origin be a good choice? I'm open to any and all suggestions, as I'm sure there are quite a few which would work. I don't really have a budget, and we'd like to keep it downtown, if possible.

Thanks so much!

Sushi Kaji
860 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z1N7, CA

236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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  1. I think places with more simple food or high end where they caterer to requestes may be the best bet for you.

    On the simple yet nice side of things I'm thinking a place like Woodlot where for instance the protein is sometimes served alone and then he could pick over the menu and add another items that works for him.

    On the fine dining side you could try Spendido or George as both would be willing to work with you on menu items if you call in advance to discuss.

    I'm not a fan of Origin so I will leave it to to other to comment on that. :-)

    2 Replies
    1. re: JennaBean

      Thanks for the prompt reply JennaBean! I will look into Woodlot (don't live too far from there which is bonus). My husband is really more of a pub-type guy so he'd probably feel more comfortable there than at Splendido or George. :)

      88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

      1. re: baabaablacksheep

        They will likely be able to make a meal that works. I think you could give them a call or if you're really close pop in before service and have a chat with them. Most small business are willing to be pretty flexible if they can. :-)