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Enoteca Sociale? George? Other suggestions for business dinner?

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canadianbeaver Aug 22, 2011 07:33 AM

My boss is looking to book a dinner for 6 people and she is looking for somewhere "funky and fresh and good" - somewhere as close to Bay and Bloor as possible, but that is more "up and coming" and yet still "fancy" (i.e. not Guu-ish). Somewhere that will impress but not be a Scaramouche/Pangaea/Buca old standby.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Enoteca Sociale
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

  1. TorontoJo Aug 22, 2011 07:38 AM

    Hmm... George is neither funky, nor fresh. Enoteca may be *too* hip/casual for business, definitely not fancy.

    Given the location constraint, I'd look at Malena in Yorkville or something over on the Harbord strip.

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    Harbord
    147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

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      canadianbeaver Aug 22, 2011 07:40 AM

      I'd take anywhere in the downtown core, just that's where we're starting out from. Thanks!

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        vidkid Aug 22, 2011 08:09 AM

        While IMO funky/fresh/good stays away from Bay/Bloor as much as possible, you have a few options:
        - Origin (likely your best bet, but losing its fresh funk daily)
        - Frank's Kitchen (funky, very good, but tough to get reso for 6)
        - Harbord Room (not up and coming, but decent, though has recent mixed reviews from CHers)
        - Boehmer (on Ossington, perhaps too far, but you did mention Enoteca Sociale)
        - Drake Hotel has a pop-up restaurant that's heavy on comfort food but decently executed (their fried chicken is the best I've had)

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          canadianbeaver Aug 22, 2011 09:09 AM

          Just found out it'll be a MONDAY night....so that makes things even harder...

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            TorontoJo Aug 22, 2011 09:14 AM

            Origin is open on Mondays.

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        akhorasanee Aug 22, 2011 09:28 AM

        Origin would be a good pick for ambience
        or how about La Societe it has a good vibe through the food is average but its very close to bay and bloor and is open on Monday
        Marben though a lil far off would also be a great choice open on Monday
        splendido is fantastic though its not particularly hip
        nota bene maybe in the old standby category!

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        Marben
        488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

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          ingloriouseater Aug 22, 2011 10:20 AM

          leave la societe out of it...

          there are more solid choices for yorkville,

          pangaea
          opus
          nervosa
          bellini's
          maybe (and I mean maybe) one
          caren's

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            canadianbeaver Aug 22, 2011 10:38 AM

            Yes, this all began when she asked me to book at La Societe, and I said, "I don't think I can do that to you."

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              nextstop Aug 22, 2011 01:47 PM

              I think of Pangaea and Opus as being exactly what OP's looking to avoid.
              Origin/Colborne Lane are good bets, Rodney's By Bay...

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              Rodney's By Bay
              56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5, CA

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            tasoid Aug 22, 2011 03:34 PM

            Just a heads up that Marben is no longer open on Monday.

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            Marben
            488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

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            Cat123 Aug 22, 2011 02:35 PM

            Not quite where you are looking for and also not quite "funky" but the new resto at the Ritz is good for business and certainly new

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              todc1996 Aug 22, 2011 04:11 PM

              i would +1 origin and add blowfish to the list.
              it'll be quiet on a monday but it has the 'funky' factor. they'll be able to hear themselves speak and the food is good.
              i thought toca at the ritz was fantastic but perhaps a little to quiet and stiff.

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              canadianbeaver Aug 25, 2011 08:11 AM

              Great news! It's not longer a Monday, it's a Tuesday, opening me back up to a world of possibilites! I'm making the final decision today, if anyone has any last thoughts! Thanks, and I'll let you know where she picks!

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