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Help! Night out downtown

kubbylikefood Dec 9, 2011 05:01 PM


I am having a Birthday dinner tomorrow night with my SO and need to find a really nice place. Its last minute because my steakhouse pick doesn't work. Skip steakhouses please.
We are coming in from Oakville and staying downtown so I would like to keep it within a ten minute cab or so.
I'm flexible on budget, thinking high end.
Romatic setting ideally.
We are both amateur foodies
I get out for the odd business dinner downtown but am not that current on best choices currently.

Many Thanks

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  1. CocoaChanel RE: kubbylikefood Dec 9, 2011 05:20 PM

    Best of luck this close to the holidays...

    Trattoria Giancarlo

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      kubbylikefood RE: CocoaChanel Dec 9, 2011 06:00 PM

      Thanks for that. I tried Spledido but no luck for the last minute. I have been to all the others except for Starfish which I would consider but was leaning towards some red meat (at least for me). I am a bit out of touch so I am trying to figure out what I am unaware of (a lot). I was thinking about Modus

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        CocoaChanel RE: kubbylikefood Dec 9, 2011 06:04 PM

        I don't know if Modus is open on Saturday nights?

        I have been to Modus several times for lunch. I find it meh. I think I may be in the minority.

        1. re: CocoaChanel
          thebutcher RE: CocoaChanel Dec 12, 2011 07:15 PM

          I agree with you CocoaChanel....Modus is open on Saturday night - I went there on a Saturday night and found it meh - safe menu, nothing special, and quite pricey.

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          TorontoJo RE: kubbylikefood Dec 10, 2011 04:13 AM

          Starfish actually has a really good steak frites for the carnivores in the group.

        3. re: CocoaChanel
          Googs RE: CocoaChanel Dec 11, 2011 12:32 PM

          I don't recall Biagio or Giancarlo to be special night out places. They're both okay and certainly Giancarlo's the better of the two. However, I wouldn't spend money at either unless space and time were limited. Have either improved in the last year or so?

          1. re: Googs
            CocoaChanel RE: Googs Dec 11, 2011 03:46 PM

            Biagio - I was confused with Bravi (more for romance)

            Giancarlo - I was last there within the last 6 months. I love the beef carpaccio and I think the fish is always exceptionally well prepared there

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          dubchild RE: kubbylikefood Dec 10, 2011 04:57 AM

          Starfish is busy every time I walk by, a good thing I think. Grace is where we go for many special occasions. I have yet to be disappointed. Acadia and Aria are a couple of new places which have received good reviews, but I can't speak from experience. Enotecha Sociale picked up Grant from the Black Hoof as their chef, so that might also be good.

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            kubbylikefood RE: dubchild Dec 10, 2011 10:17 AM

            Thanks for the help all. It wil be a coin toss between Enotecha Sociale and Modus I think

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