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Aug 22, 2011 07:33 AM

Enoteca Sociale? George? Other suggestions for business dinner?

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!

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

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  1. 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.

    147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

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    1. re: TorontoJo

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

      1. re: TorontoJo

        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)

        1. re: vidkid

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

      2. 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!

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

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        1. re: akhorasanee

          leave la societe out of it...

          there are more solid choices for yorkville,

          maybe (and I mean maybe) one

          1. re: ingloriouseater

            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."

            1. re: canadianbeaver

              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...

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

          2. re: akhorasanee

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

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

          3. 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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            1. re: Cat123

              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.

            2. 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!