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Mother & Daughter Toronto Getaway on Labor Day Weekend

emymtl Aug 8, 2012 02:18 PM


My mother and I are two Montrealers visiting Toronto on Labor Day weekend and we're looking for great restaurants to try. We've only been to Toronto once before and haven't gone to any restaurant worth remembering yet. We're looking for downtown or subway-friendly-from-downtown restaurants. We're eating out for lunch and dinner, so feel free to suggest any of your favourites, wether it's a small crowded sandwich and coffee spot or a more high-end restaurant. Budget-wise, we would like to endulge maybe once for dinner (read around $100 for two people, wine, tax and tip not included), but for the rest we would want to go to more affordable casual spots.

We're both cooks so we like to eat well, but don't have any restrictions regarding the type of food. We love French, Indian, Asian (Korean and Vietnamese) and Italian cuisine. We don't like hip and trendy DJ-in-the-corner restaurants; we're more into little family-owned/bistro ambiance restaurants.


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    Cup cake RE: emymtl Aug 8, 2012 08:34 PM

    Delux Bistro on Ossington is one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto. The food in the evening is French and the lunch menu is Cuban. The chef/owner is from Montreal. I also love Campagnolo or Enoteca Sociale on Dundas Street West for Italian.

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      JennaBean RE: emymtl Aug 9, 2012 07:31 AM

      Marben would be a good choice for lunch or dinner. They make just about everything on the menu in house.

      I've had more than a few good meals now at The Saint on Ossington. I also like Delux as a bistro option or for their Cuban lunch.

      The County General is a great place owned by the folks from Splendido (one of our best fine dining restos) and offers good value for money with a small but well executed menu.

      1. sweetie RE: emymtl Aug 9, 2012 08:56 AM

        I really enjoyed a recent visit to Buca on King St. It is rather noisy there, but no DJ. They have an incredible selection of wines by the glass. Budget wise though it would fall into your endulge range if you did app, main, and dessert.

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          JennaBean RE: sweetie Aug 9, 2012 10:18 AM

          I love the food at Buca but I was there on Sat and had some of the worst service I've had in a very long time. We had a salad, a pizza, a pasta, a dessert, two cocktails and two glasses of wine and the bill was $250 with tip. I don't think the OP could do dinner for two for $100.

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            sweetie RE: JennaBean Aug 9, 2012 12:55 PM

            Well she said wine and tip not included. We had 3 apps, 2 pastas, a dessert and 3 glasses of wine for $145 (not including tip). I figure $145 minus wine and tax is under $100.

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              Splendid Wine Snob RE: JennaBean Sep 4, 2012 09:00 AM

              Wow. $250! That seems incredibly pricey for what you had (especially for pizza and pasta). I had been thinking of trying out Buca for a while, but I think I'll take a pass with those prices, especially when I paid $150 for a 5 course dinner with paired wines at Le Chateaubriand in Paris. RIDICULOUS!

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                JennaBean RE: Splendid Wine Snob Sep 4, 2012 09:26 AM

                I should note that we had the lobster pasta which was the most expensive item on the menu at $49 IIRC. While it was tasty it didn't blow my mind. For that price for a single serving of pasta, lobster or no lobster I want to be really wowed.

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            akhorasanee RE: emymtl Aug 9, 2012 02:29 PM

            I would reccomend foxeley in ossington, guu (I dont think they have something like this in Montreal), ICI bistro (your indulge experience, it really is lovely and feels very intimate), enoteca sociale, weslodge (though that is a little hipster (no dj though) but very delicious). Another option would be Harbord Room (lovely place to spend an evening)!! Enjoy!

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              TeacherFoodie RE: emymtl Aug 10, 2012 05:41 AM

              I would also recommend Buca or Campagnolo.

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                emymtl RE: emymtl Sep 4, 2012 08:06 AM

                Hello! I ended up trying 2 restaurant out of the suggestions: The Harbord Room and Enoteca Sociale. Both were very good; delicious deserts especially! We wanted to try the Cuban Brunch at Delux Bistro, but unfortunately we got there and it was closed for Labour Day. Overall enjoyed my stay, thank you for you help!

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