Formal dinner with elderly parent?
I know suggestions of this kind have been solicited before, but I still haven't found the right restaurant for an upcoming special dinner...
Requirements: preferably south of St. Clair, under $100pp. European or North American fare, not seafood-driven.
Must be fairly quiet (mother in her 70s is hard of hearing).
Feel free to convince me I'm wrong about any of these!!:
George and Scaramouche - great, but a bit too expensive
Buca and Ossington strip - a bit loud?
Table 17 - not special enough?
Is Canoe really my best bet (as predictable as it is)?
Maybe Le Select?
Help! And thanks.
Great suggestions all around!
I didn't know about Scaramouche Pasta Bar - looks like a good option.
Ici Bistro - I've been interested in, never went... This might be the occasion.
I'll think about Didier too.
Globe Earth I also like, but I've been too often lately.
Is Jacob & Co considered too expensive? My grandpa loves this restaurant for all the special occasions. I always have great experiences here (food and service).
I remember my Didier dining experience was very good a year ago. It wasn't overly loud, service was formal and attentive, and the food was good. Everyone enjoyed the food. All four of us ordered the soup (it was a cold winter night!) and it a flavourful creamy blend of squash and carrots. We ordered duck, fish (it's been a while but I think it was pickeral??), steak and a vegetarian pasta dish. I had the fish and it was cooked wonderfully. The sauce wasn't too heavy for the lightly seared fish. Just the right amount of creaminess and garlic. I think we ordered all the sides! My stand out favourites were the mushrooms and pomme dauphine. We shared a few desserts. Though they were good, they weren't mind blowing amazing. I think we shared the typical creme brulee and warm chocolate souffle.
Though the main dining room of Scaramouche may be above your price range, the Pasta Bar of Scaramouche - off to the side of the main room - certainly isn't. In case you've never been there, pasta is just a small part of the Pasta Bar menu. I was just there a few weeks ago, and the bill was under $150 for two, all in. Reasonably quiet, comfortable seating, first-rate service and - most important - well-executed dishes. A celebratory bottle of the Spanish sparkler Segura Viudas goes for an acceptable $40 (cheaper than many lesser restaurants). Valet car service, which makes for a short walk, after you've dropped the car off, through the building to the restaurant. The other suggestions above are solid as well, but - unless you're prudent - you can easily go above budget at Ici Bistro and Jacob & Co.
I would suggest Ici Bistro. Lovely food. Small quiet room. They do a smaller porition option as well as a regular sized main and sometime the older folks prefer a little less food. I can't recall where the washrooms are so if stairs are an issue you may want to check into that.