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friesandgravy Jun 17, 2012 07:22 PM

My Mom is taking my family out for my birthday (toronto) but she has hearing issues and cannot be in a noisy room. Any suggestions for a delish meal but not too raucous atmosphere?

  1. Charles Yu Jun 17, 2012 07:35 PM

    Sushi Kaji

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    1. re: Charles Yu
      friesandgravy Jun 18, 2012 04:40 AM

      Thanks Charles, I'm going to leave your suggestions for my son's BD dinner..a huge sushi fan...my Mom, not so much! thanks!

    2. prima Jun 17, 2012 08:25 PM


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        friesandgravy Jun 18, 2012 04:44 AM

        Thanks Toronto Jo, Prima, and Jilunar, all great suggestions thanks, we're heading out on a Mon. or Tues. so I think that knocks off Edulis, definitely on my List though! Scar, and Aub. are in "the hood" so thought we'd be adventurous, will fall back on one of them if we don't find anything...and guess what, took my Mom to Opus for her BD!
        Thanks so much again for answering my call!

        1. re: friesandgravy
          TorontoJo Jun 18, 2012 05:01 AM

          Have you been to George? In the same category as Auberge and Scaramouche. Not my fave place, but there is LOTS of love for it on the board. They do have the most lovely courtyard if you want to sit outside.

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            friesandgravy Jun 18, 2012 05:10 AM

            Hey TorontoJo, yes have been to George, and I have to say I do love the chef's table....the few times we've been we've noted that there's definitely to much back noise for Gramma. Must have been there on happen'n nights...or maybe it was us! Thanks for reminding me of it though!

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              friesandgravy Jun 18, 2012 05:11 AM

              Hi again, I'm thinking of trying F'Ameila, ever been?

              1. re: friesandgravy
                peppermint pate Jun 18, 2012 07:02 AM

                Haven't been to F'Amelia (heard mixed reviews) but a few other suggestions that may work, depending on your price/cuisine preference...Zucca, Simple, Hopgood's.

                1. re: peppermint pate
                  prima Jun 18, 2012 07:17 AM

                  I like Zucca, but it can be very noisy when there's a full house, although patio season might mean they aren't as busy as they are in the winter, spring and fall. Maybe the OP could call to see whether Zucca has a lot of resns for that particular Mon or Tue.

                  I'd think Libretto on the Danforth wouldn't be too noisy on a Mon or Tue during patio season. Same thing with Queen Margherita on a Mon or Tue.

                2. re: friesandgravy
                  DUH CAR Jun 18, 2012 02:48 PM

                  F'Amelia is pretty noisy.

                  1. re: friesandgravy
                    Flexitarian Jun 18, 2012 06:08 PM

                    I was at F'Amelia last week. Very loud as all of the surfaces are hard so there is nothing to absorb the sound.

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                      friesandgravy Jun 18, 2012 08:58 PM

                      uh oh

                    2. re: friesandgravy
                      akhorasanee Jun 29, 2012 12:11 PM

                      F'amelia does not have memorable food, my experience was that it was quite bland. I would go with Splendido, Ici or Carisma

                  2. re: friesandgravy
                    prima Jun 18, 2012 07:13 AM

                    Maybe also consider Carisma on King. It was quiet when I dined there midweek.

                    Fieramosca might also be worth considering. I haven't been.

                    Good luck :-)

                    1. re: prima
                      friesandgravy Jun 18, 2012 02:26 PM

                      Thanks all, I think I'll go for more than one birthday dinner and try them all!! ;}

                3. jlunar Jun 17, 2012 09:16 PM


                  1. TorontoJo Jun 18, 2012 04:25 AM

                    Scaramouche or Auberge du Pommier.

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                      EarlyDrive Jun 18, 2012 04:37 PM

                      Scaramouche, I agree -- the pasta bar might be a good choice since your mom is paying -- don't want to suggest anything too expensive, I'm guessing.

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                      whittle Jun 19, 2012 08:05 AM

                      Enoteca Sociale has delicious food, great wine and a very warm, cozy ambiance. Staff are super. The patio is great too.

                      Enoteca Sociale
                      288 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6J 1X7


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                      1. re: whittle
                        juno Jun 19, 2012 08:44 AM

                        Agreed, Enoteca Sociale has delicious food, but when it's busy - as it invariably is - my experience there is that it's very, very, VERY noisy. Perhaps the patio is somewhat less so.

                        1. re: juno
                          whittle Jun 19, 2012 09:02 AM

                          Their private room provides solace from the noise when it gets busy!

                      2. Flexitarian Jun 19, 2012 10:45 AM

                        Sadly, most restaurants these days feel that high levels of noise increase the coolness factor and 'improve' the ambience of the place. But, other than enjoying the food the main reason to get together with others is to enjoy their company (while they aren't looking at their cellphones or texting) and the central aspect of that is conversation. Too bad that is so hard to do these days in many restaurants. I think a lot of the fault lies with the interior designers as they are more concerned with the look than anything else.

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                          friesandgravy Jun 19, 2012 11:06 AM

                          AGREE to the tragic trend of noisy restos! Thanks all for all your suggestions. Didn't know Enoteca Sociale has a private room! Crazy noisy when we were there!

                          1. re: friesandgravy
                            whittle Jun 19, 2012 11:45 AM

                            Caffino Ristorante is a charming restaurant. Great food and service and beautiful space. It's also larger restaurant so doesn't get too noisy and it has a very nice patio as well.

                            If your party likes Indian food, Debu's is a great place. Very refined, upscale Indian food and good wine in a cozy setting. Doesn't get loud because it doesn't seat very many!

                            Enoteca's private room is their cheese cave!

                            Hope you have a great birthday party!

                            Caffino Ristorante
                            1185 King Street West Toronto, ON, M6K 3C5

                            Debu Shah's
                            552 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON, M4S 2M6

                        2. Breadcrumbs Jun 20, 2012 03:10 AM

                          What about Frank @ the AGO?

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                          1. re: Breadcrumbs
                            friesandgravy Jun 29, 2012 08:53 AM

                            Thanks, Breadcrumbs, we ended up at F'Amelia....it was great, portions a bit small for my 4 boys though! We're heading to Frank after we see Picasso in July, Mom's Mothers' Day present! Looking forward to it....taking advantage of Summerlicious!
                            Thanks again!

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                            akhorasanee Jun 29, 2012 12:10 PM

                            Splendido and Carisma

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