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Oct 3, 2011 05:20 PM

Been out of the loop, what's new and exciting and not too far from the Royal York

I'll be in town for a conference, and am looking for something on a Wednesday night.
Am looking for something with a casual vibe but interesting food. Price is a non-issue.
It will be a small (5-10ppl) mixed work crowd (old/young/adventurous and not so much)
I realize this is a pretty non-specific request, but im just hoping to see whats new and exciting in town these days. Of course I'll be checking out the Toronto board for the next couple of weeks.
Any opinions and idea would be appreciated...

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  1. Aria (in the Telus building), Volos (at York/Richmond), Modus Ristorante (King/York) and Earls.

    1. Gaberdine on Bay and Richmond? turf? the area is such a dead zone-south of temperance? earls?

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      1. re: ingloriouseater

        Wouldn't choose to eat at South of Temperance!

        Earl's is perfectly decent for chain food, but not exactly exciting. While Earl's is new to Toronto, it's been available in Lethbridge and Regina for years. ;-)

        I like the food at Biff's (sort of a faux Parisian bistro atmosphere) and Rodney's by Bay (more casual than Biff's). Both offer safe options for conservative eaters, as well as interesting options for less conservative eaters.

        The food served at Epic, in the Royal York, is very good. Not new or exciting, but a good place to dine with a group of conservative and less conservative eaters.

        Mercatto on Bay might be another option for your group, if you're looking for casual Italian. Mercatto went over quite well with some Bridge Conventioneers this past summer.

        You might also consider Nota Bene, which offers both conservative and less conservative dishes on their menu. Located within a 10-12 minute walk from the Royal York.


        100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1E4, CA

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

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

        Biff's Bistro
        4 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, CA

        Mercatto On Bay
        330 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5H 2S8, CA

        The Gabardine
        372 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 3W1, CA

        1. re: ingloriouseater

          What about Rodney's By Bay?

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

        2. Lots of choices within a 15-minute cab ride. But in the core, nope.

            1. I would recommend Beast on Tecumseth. It's not too far of a walk or cab ride. The food is terriific.