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theebigjuan Oct 29, 2011 06:35 PM

Will be in Toronto Nov 10. Looking for a great restaruant for dinner that night that will have great food and wine but not be rigid in its presentation nor focused on the view of the city. Not inclined toward Asian or uber-fusion for this meal. Have at it.

  1. iMarilyn Oct 30, 2011 05:43 AM

    Where are you staying? Will you have transportation? Willing to take a cab? Public transit? Money no object? By yourself?

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      theebigjuan Oct 30, 2011 07:12 AM

      Le Meridian. No. Yes. Yes. Within reason but willing to spend. No, party of two.

    2. TorontoJo Oct 30, 2011 07:23 AM

      Buca, Origin, Enoteca Sociale, Marben, Acadia, Black Hoof.

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

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

      The Black Hoof
      928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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

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        jamesm Oct 30, 2011 03:40 PM

        Those are great suggestions. If I had to narrow the list down further I'd go with Black Hoof, Acadia or Enoteca Sociale. Origin is really close to your hotel as is Colborne Lane which is worth investigating as well.

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        Colborne Lane
        45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

        The Black Hoof
        928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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

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          radiopolitic Oct 30, 2011 04:28 PM

          I've never been overly impressed with Enoteca Sociale. There's nothing particularly bad about it but I wouldn't recommend it to a visitor looking for a 'great' meal.

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

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            prima Oct 30, 2011 04:41 PM

            I think Enoteca might be hit or miss,depending on the night, what you order, the specials and who is manning the stoves. I really enjoyed my meal roughly 6 weeks ago, and would consider it one of my top 2 Italian meals in TO this year (the other meal was a dinner at Campagnolo about 5 months ago). A good chowfriend of mine, who usually has a similar palate to me, was really underwhelmed with her meal at Enoteca, but I hope she considers giving them another try.

            The current Chef started a couple months ago. Not sure when you visited, but if it was earlier this year, the food being served right now might be quite different from what was being served previously.

            I'd add Campagnolo and Delux (bistro food) to the list.

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            Delux
            92 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z4, CA

            Campagnolo
            832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

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              radiopolitic Oct 30, 2011 05:39 PM

              I last dined there a week ago. I will say I liked their cacio e pepe more than La Bettola's version.
              The rest of the food was fine. Just nothing interesting.

              I will third the recommendation for Black Hoof.

              1. re: radiopolitic
                prima Oct 30, 2011 05:46 PM

                That's too bad it wasn't more interesting...thanks for mentioning it was a recent visit. ;-)

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            dubchild Oct 30, 2011 04:47 PM

            Origin and Colborne Lane may be what this poster means by Asian or uber-fusion.

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            Colborne Lane
            45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

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              theebigjuan Oct 30, 2011 05:30 PM

              Colborne Lane had come up on my radar before and looks like an interesting choice that is nearby. After a bit of research, Black Hoof and Marben seem to also be what we're looking for.

              This is much appreciated as I haven't spent quality time in Toronto in nearly 20 years. This is one of the cities where things change all the time an, with only 2 nights, we don't have time to experiment. Other suggestions are welcome as I'll be checking back. Have seen some of the other posts regarding french breakfast and am looking forward to trying some of the offerings.

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              Colborne Lane
              45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

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

              The Black Hoof
              928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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              piccola Oct 30, 2011 07:36 PM

              I'd add Woodlot, one of my faves.

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                peppermint pate Oct 31, 2011 01:59 PM

                Lots of good suggestions so far but Woodlot was my first thought as well. I'd call it romantic, more than sexy, but the food is undoubtedly excellent and the room/service inviting. Reserve now or chance it for one of the walk-in spots at the communal tables or bar.

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              earthmomma Oct 31, 2011 01:56 PM

              Pizzeria Libretto. You can't really beat the price for the quality of the food, great energy filled atmosphere, and really unpretentious but professional service. Their pizzas are awesome, but so are their daily specials, tapas, salads, cheeses, and desserts. Same owners as Enoteca Sociale, but I always enjoy my experience better there.

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              Pizzeria Libretto
              221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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

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                theebigjuan Nov 17, 2011 02:39 PM

                Sat at the common area around the kitchen.

                The two of us shared five courses, 1 bottle and 2 glasses of wine and had a pretty good time doing it.

                Started with the Bufala Pear Mozzeralla, which was more like a dessert, which made for a nice started. Crispy flaky pastry brought this dish together.

                Little deep fried cod croquettes acted like our bread and the rare tuna salad finished off the app section of the meal. Shared with a Verdejo from Castilla as we went fruity instead of lean with the wine choice. Worked well.

                Main course was the duck soft tacos (wraps) and the jerk hen chicken. The duck was the highlight. Cooked perfectly with soy and crisp veggies. The hen was nice with lots of rice in a platter. Went red with these with the tempranillo playing off the food better than the grenache.

                Stared around 7 and finished about 9. The vibe was nice, though started becoming more clubby as the night went on. I needed some portable light help from one of the servers to help my poor, old eyes.

                The theme of the meal was the asian influences in every dish (after the mozz), even the taco and jerk dishes. Didn't overpower but made it difficult to differentiate tastes.

                Comfortable place, active enough. Pricey, but not a killer. Remember to lock the bathroom door behind you.

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                Origin
                109 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

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