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My book club is looking for a place to dine in Toronto. We are open to all kinds of cuisines but have a few basic requirements. This moths selection is South African, but where we dine does not have to tie to the book

1. Accepts reservations (for about 12-16)
2. Quiet enough on a Thursday about 7 pm for a group discussion; availability of a separate room a definite plus but not required
3. Moderate price, entrees about $13 to $23 (most are on a teacher salary) and an option to each pay separately
4. Close to a ttc subway station.

Thanks to all who offer suggestions. Cheers.

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  1. My book club met at The Victory Cafe near Bathurst Station for a few years. We just reserved a table upstairs, but they have a little side cubby that should be a possibility for that many people.

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    1. re: Jacquilynne

      Could we have been to the same book club, a meetup? I'm a member of two. My other book club meets here. It is a good space, but the menu is too pub-like unfortunately.

    2. Check out La Veranda Osteria at Bloor & Royal York. http://www.laveranda.ca/index.html

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      1. re: T Long

        This place looks great but the menu cautions that entrees take 50 mins to prepare, so it's not going to suit for a "school night". Thanks for recommending though. I will be trying it another time.

        1. re: South Carolina Girl

          I've eaten at La Veranda many times, and it's never taken 50 minutes for mains. And even if it did, salads and apps break that up don't they? However, although the food is good, I would hesitate to endorse it for your book club because IMO, the place is kinda noisy. But they handle big groups well (hence the noise: I've been there for birthday parties & have seen bridal showers and family celebrations like communions there) It is right across the street from Royal York stn.

          1. re: South Carolina Girl

            Another suggestion: Lee Chen at Yonge and Bloor http://leechendiner.com/
            Highly recommend their Spicy Beef Noodle Soup.

            Googs: Consider this place too for your "Subway Dash & Dine" list

        2. I designed this for at least half of your problem:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825472

          Which end of the subway line would you prefer?

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          1. re: Googs

            Thanks Googs. Your thread was actually listed at the bottom in the related threads section. I am finding it very helpful. Have you been to The Queen's Pasta (QP Cafe) near Runnymeade by chance?

            1. re: South Carolina Girl

              No ma'am, I've not tried The Queen's Pasta Cafe. Are you looking to give or receive a recommendation?

          2. Globe Earth may work. They have a private room, which if your group is on your small side, would be prefect as I'm pretty sure it seats up to 12. The prices of the mains start at 18 and go up to 25.