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Formal dinner with elderly parent?

bellywizard May 30, 2012 06:46 AM

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.

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    JennaBean May 30, 2012 06:52 AM

    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.

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    1. re: JennaBean
      1sweetpea May 30, 2012 07:02 AM

      Globe Bistro (or Earth)? The menu is eclectic Canadian, but if the choices are a bit too out there for her, there is always ribeye or tenderloin (sold by the ounce, so portions can be customized to suit the appetite).

    2. Nevy May 30, 2012 07:26 AM

      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.

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        juno May 30, 2012 08:49 AM

        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.

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          erly May 30, 2012 09:57 AM

          I was about to suggest the Pasta Bar as well.
          Excellent, and within your criteria on all counts

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        bellywizard May 30, 2012 10:30 AM

        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.


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        1. re: bellywizard
          EarlyDrive May 30, 2012 01:07 PM

          Scaramouche Pasta Bar is a great option. Lots of room at the tables, not squished, substantial comfortable chairs for an elderly person, linen tablecloths, lovely service. Can be dropped off right at the door. A great choice for an elderly person.

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