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Affordable tasting or prix fix menus in Toronto

mspapaya Mar 3, 2012 07:02 PM

I'm looking for a great place to throw a birthday party for about 10 friends - at one time, we had had a great dinner at JOV Bistro - it was very affordable at about $50 for a multi course meal - I'd would like to find something similar. Suggestions? Ideally something that would accommodate gluten free needs.

  1. jlunar Mar 13, 2012 07:56 AM

    Went to Enoteca Sociale this past Sunday. If you book their wine cellar (8-12 people), you can ask for their $50pp family-style prix fixe. Lots of fun!'

    ... oh wait. Just saw gluten-free. Maybe not then. Worth asking though!

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    1. re: jlunar
      derekw Mar 13, 2012 08:05 PM

      I was at Enoteca this past Sunday for the $50 pp meal!! We were six sitting on the main floor but they kindly let us get the prix fixe, too. What a satisfying family style meal. We got some 10 items selected by the chef from the menu. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed every course.

      1. re: derekw
        mspapaya Mar 14, 2012 05:32 AM

        Yes, i just talked to Enoteca and their prix fixe sounds great. FYI, they accommodate dietary needs. I've read some critiques that their portions are small, but it sounds like you get a lot with the prix fixe. And on Mondays & Tuesdays I gather they have some sort of special on some wines.

        1. re: mspapaya
          jlunar Mar 14, 2012 07:27 AM

          Sadly, I don't think they have that Mon/Tues wine thing anymore (Half-priced Enomatic wines). It was awesome!

          1. re: jlunar
            mspapaya Mar 14, 2012 08:07 AM

            oh, too bad about the half priced Enomatic (whatever Enomatic means). Are there are other good restos that offer something along those lines? I know some restos have byob or discount options on Sun or Mon nights.

            1. re: mspapaya
              liverwurst Apr 4, 2012 06:08 PM

              My friend and I had dinner at Bistro Camino last night. I had the $25 prix fixe menu, and I was blown away by the value. The appetizer plate consisted of a small cup of cream of asparagus soup, along with a slice of beef carpaccio, house-made smoked salmon, a couple of pieces of shrimp croquette, and a couple of other things. Very good. There were 4-5 choices for mains. I chose the Ox Tongue, braised in red wine. They said it was braised for 8 hours. Super tender. The plate came with mashed potato, creamed corn, asparagus, and a broccoli with cauliflower with this nice sauce on top. The dessert selection was pretty good as well, although I stuck with creme brulee. I think, for $25, that is really hard to beat. Great service as well. The chef came out to each table to say hi - really nice and genuine touch. What a gem of a place.

              1. re: liverwurst
                Googs Apr 6, 2012 08:24 AM

                It's impossible to beat so long as you don't care about decor. I kinda like that. The dated interior will keep just enough people away that getting a seat is still easy.

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      chowyp Mar 12, 2012 03:30 PM

      Cava, up at Yonge/St. Clair, is a tapas bar and for around $50 per person you can let them choose a variety of things for you. It's really fun, everything is surprise and since it's small plates you get quite a few.

      I was there about two months ago and the food was excellent. The wine is a bit pricey, throw in a bottle, tastings for 2 with tax and tip you'll be in for $200. It's not perhaps the best deal in town, but every dish we had was excellent and for the most part really unique.

      1. Teep Mar 11, 2012 06:37 PM

        Bistro Camino has Prix Fixe of about $30. I'm sure if you work with the chef he can come up with something fancier if their set menu is not to your liking. Near Main subway station


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        1. re: Teep
          Googs Apr 6, 2012 08:18 AM

          I don't know how much I'd mess with Camino's menu. Chef's flavour balancing act and plating is best left alone IMO.

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          ggom1 Mar 4, 2012 07:10 AM

          You could try Beast, they'll work with you to customize the tasting menu.

          1. flying101 Mar 3, 2012 08:31 PM

            $25 three courses http://julesbistrocafe.com/
            $50 six courses http://www.louvrier.ca/

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            1. re: flying101
              mspapaya Mar 4, 2012 08:29 AM

              Oh Louvier looks great too! Hmmm, Louvrier, Simple Bistro or Table 17?

              1. re: mspapaya
                justsayn Mar 4, 2012 08:51 PM

                Louvier is putting out some tasty food!

            2. elvisahmed Mar 3, 2012 08:26 PM

              Here is a similar topic that was discussed in this thread:

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                dubchild Mar 3, 2012 08:12 PM

                Simple Bistro has an upstairs which would work well for 10, the food is great, and they offer the whole menu as a $40 prix fixe (as in chose any app, main and dessert).

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                1. re: dubchild
                  Charles Yu Mar 3, 2012 08:20 PM

                  Wow!! I was just about to mention Simple as well!!!! Foodie minds do think alike!

                  BTW, the mentioning of JOV bistro brought back tons of fond memories! I had one the the best tasting dish in Toronto there - Prawns and potatoes in a black truffle sauce! Since JOV closed down years ago, OP's mentioning of a $50 tasting menu then will most probably cost at least $80 now!!

                  1. re: dubchild
                    Shoops Mar 11, 2012 05:12 AM

                    We just went to Simple Bistro last night and the $40 prix fixe is no longer on the menu! I was quite shocked when we got the bill....does anyone know when this occurred? Service was less then stellar last night btw - we hadn't been for a few months and it seemed like all new wait staff. Food was still really nice! The rabbit and prune main - amazing!!!

                    1. re: Shoops
                      mspapaya Mar 11, 2012 05:46 PM

                      Yes, I just called Simple Bistro yesterday to book our birthday dinner and they informed me they have a new menu and no longer do the prix fixe! Darn! Also, someone had mentioned booking through datenight.com, of which Simple Bistro is a participating partner, in order to get 30% off the menu. For anyone interested, fyi, it's restricted to max six people, and you have to eat either before 6 or 6:30pm or after 9pm, so not exactly workable for a party. I'm going to check out Louvrier now.

                  2. sloweater Mar 3, 2012 07:08 PM

                    What neighbourhood are you looking for?

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                    1. re: sloweater
                      mspapaya Mar 4, 2012 08:24 AM

                      I'm flexible re: neighbourhood - downtown core or accessible by TTC. Great suggestions, thank you everybody! Been to Jules, not enough atmosphere for this. Sidecar has a nice menu but simpler fare, similar to Tati Bistro's prix fixe which is great comfort food but a little more everyday. Based on these, and the previous link to a similar thread, I'm thinking Simple Bistro or Table 17 - haven't been to either but both have great menus. Table 17 has the BYOB option which is always nice with a party, Simple Bistro has the "diningdatenight 30% off option which is also good. Is one resto far superior to another?

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