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Sep 1, 2011 02:38 PM

Lunch Pick Downtown - help me

This should be easy right? I have a kind of VIP guest coming in for TIFF. She comes every year and we have lunch. She stays at the four seasons and invariably has a film to get to at the Lightbox at 2PM - dont be late.

The restaurant should have an ambience and service for grown-ups. Funky and different does not cut it. I am not going to impress its just best not to "depress". Imagine that you are hosting Katherine Hepburn.

So, the location should ideally be downtown west of yonge to drop her off at Lightbox, it could also be near yorkville where she is staying. One kicker - its on the MONDAY.

The restaurant should have a bit of flair/interest, serve good food and have excellent service. For that I will pay whatever it takes but like I said it can be simple too. I confess things like Canoe and Bymark are a bit over the top for a friendly lunch (trying too hard?)

Last year we went to Nota Bene - I posted about it. Food was good, room and location were great - service deplorable.
For years prior we went to Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar - oh how I miss it. A little understated, more about the food, damn good cooking and proper service. She still talks about the fries (as we all do).

Enough crying over spilt local,organic milk. Splendido - you lunch. Mistura! - no lunch. George - no monday. Buca? - no lunch. Biffs - yawn. Kit Kat - inconsistent? Jump - considering the old standby.

I know the answer is so obvious I cant see it - it is.....?

Jamie Kennedy
9 Church St, Toronto, ON M5E1M2, CA

265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

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

66 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON M5K 1J3, CA

Kit Kat
297 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1J5, CA

Nota Bene
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

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    1. The patio at Bymark is quite lovely this time of year. Very relaxed.

      66 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON M5K 1J3, CA

      1. In the space between casual and elegant exists a place that only opens to the public for lunch, only on weekdays, and offers one of the best views of the city you can experience. They've never disappointed me both in their creative food and prompt service. Seafood is Ocean Wise and they have a lovely little wine list to boot.

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        1. re: Googs

          Googs is right. Great Cooks is a really lovely spot. The food is great and if you reserve you might be able to get a spot with a really nice view of City Hall. Right on Queen around Bay (upstairs at HBC) so easy to deal with for location.

        2. Osgoode Hall serves nice lunches, and the service is usually very good. The food is good, but it might be boring for you if you consider Biff's to be "yawn". Has an atmosphere that might have impressed Katherine Hepburn.

          The Gallery Grill at Hart House also serves a good lunch, in beautiful surroundings.

          I've also been happy with relatively recent lunches at Biff's (I realize you wrote "yawn"- my last 2 meals at Biff's over the past year have been better tasting and more interesting than previous meals at Biff's) and Jump.

          I also like Rodney's by Bay, although it might be casual compared to the places you've mentioned.

          If you like Greek food, Volos might be worth visiting. I've heard from friends that the service is good, although Pataki thought it was a little much.

          I believe Le Select also serves lunch. Nice patio.

          C5 or Frank might also be worth considering, although I like the food at the other places I've mentioned more than the food I've been served at C5 or Frank.

          100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

          Gallery Grill
          7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

          Le Select
          432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

          Osgoode Hall
          130 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N6, CA

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

          FRANK @ The Art Gallery of Ontario
          317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5T I4G, CA

          1. George is open for lunch on Monday.