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Jun 19, 2012 08:36 AM

Need fancy romantic restaurant recommendation


We'd like to get a friend a nice gift certificate at a fancy, romantic/modern restaurant for their wedding gift. Ideas?

I.E. we're from NYC so comparable to a Eleven Madison Park like or wherever is special dining experience in Toronto. Thanks!

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  1. Do you have a price point in mind?

    If it is in your budget, I would suggest a spot that has a tasting menu and maybe you can pre-pay the whole meal with tax and tip and inform your friends that everything is covered. Or, even pay for a wine pairing.

    A few spots that I have been to which I would recommend (that would do "tasting" menus if you are interesting, or you can do a la carte/ fixed $ amount too) -


    But I haven't been to Eleven Madison Park so can't compare to that

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    1. re: ylsf

      Thanks! Maybe $200 or so. Tasting menu is a great idea will take a look.

      1. re: lily369

        We don't have anything comparable to EMP.

        Second Scaramouche and Splendido. Splendido's menu tends to be more innovative than Scaramouche's . Current tasting menu at Splendido is $125/person before tax, tip and drinks. You might also consider gift certificates to Auberge du Pommier or George .

        A gift certificate to Eigensinn Farm (rustic rather than modern, outside TO, and closer to $500 for 2, BYOB, serving farm-to-table food you won't find in TO), Kaji ( top quality Japanese sushi and cooked seafood) and Chiado (not exactly modern, fancy, high quality, Portuguese-style seafood) would also make nice wedding gifts.

    2. Hmm, trying to think what's most comparable to EMP in Toronto - like others have said, probably Splendido or George and maybe Canoe. But I'd work backwards a bit from your price point - if $200 is the amount, I would think you'd want a place where $200 will virtually cover their bill, and maybe even let them splurge on a nice bottle of wine, as opposed to giving a gift that will force them to spend money to top-up. You can check the menus online and see if the fancy spots work. Alternatively, Toronto also has a lot of good restaurants that are less fancy but with great food - maybe more like Red Cat or Little Owl or Hearth by way of comparison (I know those places are different but hopefully you get the gist) - Woodlot, Enoteca Sociale, L'Ouvrier, Buca and Simple as well as a the following, which are on my list to try, Edulis, Acadia, Hopgood's Foodliner and Gusto. Or wait till the fall and get them a gift card from the new Momofuku's when they open up.

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      1. re: peppermint pate

        Hopgood's Foodliner as fancy and romantic???

        1. re: ingloriouseater

          What is this - pick on peppermint pate day...:)?

          I grouped Hopgood's (which I acknowledged not having been to) into the "less fancy but great food" spots and referenced more casual NYC spots to illustrate in an effort to suggest places where $200 could generously cover a special meal. And romantic is as subjective a term as anything - hell, if it was good enough for Ryan Gosling's date night a couple of weeks ago, I'm sold (kidding...sort of...sigh...but I digress).

          1. re: peppermint pate

            i don't mean to seem like i am picking on you. i just can't imagine hopgoods for anything remotely fancy (far from it) or romantic.

      2. Thanks everyone!! I increased budget and Scaramouche looks great :-)

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        1. re: lily369

          Good choice! Scaramouche is perfect.

          Now can we start a thread about where Ryan Gosling is eating? :)