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Affordable tasting or prix fix menus in Toronto

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.

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  1. What neighbourhood are you looking for?

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    1. re: sloweater

      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?

    2. 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

        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

          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

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

            1. re: flying101

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

              1. re: mspapaya

                Louvier is putting out some tasty food!

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

              1. 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

                  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.

                2. 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. 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

                      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

                        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

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

                          1. re: jlunar

                            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

                              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

                                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.