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Weeknight prix fixe dinner in Toronto?

punchythecat Aug 12, 2012 07:33 PM

I know I've come across restaurants that do this (or some kind of quaint-sounding Sunday night family dinner) and thought - ah, sounds nice, must try. But now I have a cousin coming into town and staying a couple of weeks and I am trying to think of a good place to go on a school night, I can't seem to. I believe Union 72 has one, which is a real contender. Anyone know of others?

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    punchythecat Aug 17, 2012 05:38 PM

    Thanks so much for all the recommendations, everyone. I think we'll be doing more than one of these. A couple of old favourites in here, and one or two I've been meaning to check out. Ruby Watchco had never occurred to me - great idea. They're off for their summer holiday soon, i think, but that will be one to look forward to in the fall with my special feller!

    1. T Long Aug 17, 2012 09:58 AM

      prix fixe, good food, good prices....Bistro Camino of course. Not open on Mondays and reopening September 1 after closing for vacations...wouldn't be surprised if the chef is currently away doing the Camino walk in Spain once again.

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        rstuart Aug 15, 2012 06:45 PM

        I thought that I saw a prix fixe at Grace recently when I was walking by.. however, I can't see any mention of it on their website. http://www.gracerestaurant.ca/
        Might be worth calling though to see..

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          CarNut Aug 15, 2012 01:39 PM

          The Chef's House on King Street East is $41 for three courses or $47 for four (including cheese).

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            LexiFirefly Aug 15, 2012 01:09 PM

            Melanie's bistro on danforth does one on Tuesday nights. I believe it's $26 a person (maybe cheaper) and you get a choice of app or dessert and a main. We often do this on girls nights and share as the portions for the app or dessert are quite big. Haven't been in a while though.

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              kangaroo Aug 15, 2012 12:56 PM

              DT Bistro is quite good. $25 for 3 courses (app, main, dessert). Open Tues-Sun, prix fixe available dinner only. Really nice atmosphere too. http://dtbistro.com

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                theskinnyfoody Aug 15, 2012 08:36 AM

                A little pricey, but you can also try Ruby WatchCo at $49/person. Their menu changes every day, but you get a 4 course meal that includes app, main, cheese plate, and then dessert.

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                  ItsRainingMian Aug 15, 2012 06:35 AM

                  The relatively new La Mesa Filipino Kitchen on Queen West offers a 5-course prix-fixe dinner for $35. I haven't been yet but a friend said it was quite good - and to order the pork belly over the short ribs.


                  1. Googs Aug 13, 2012 07:30 AM

                    Tati has lovely and generous prix fixe offerings.

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                      ComerDemonio Aug 15, 2012 06:23 PM

                      +1 for Tati

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                        JennaBean Aug 16, 2012 06:25 AM

                        I had such a terrible meal and service experince at Tati about two years ago, I will never return. What resto servers packaged gnocchi?? it was like gluey dough balls. Gross-a-roo!

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                          ComerDemonio Aug 16, 2012 07:11 AM

                          I have also had some less than stellar service in the past but I started going back recently on week nights and have had no problems. I don't think they changed ownership so the issues are probably still there and I've just been lucky.

                          As far as the food, I generally stick to the steak frites, cassoulet, and other traditional french bistro fare. Not fantastic but not bad either.

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                            Googs Aug 17, 2012 07:29 AM

                            I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I've had nothing but good food and service at Tati. Agreed that gnocchi should never be attempted by anyone less than expert though I also don't recall ever ordering pasta in a French restaurant. Maybe that's why I've been lucky (with respect to Scaramouche Pasta Bar).

                            What was the offending service issue? Do you think the staff need to have less fun and focus more on the task at hand?

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                              JennaBean Aug 17, 2012 07:44 AM

                              I have a health condition that prevents me from eating too much iron rich food so I save it for really great resto (ie steak at JacobandCo or fois parfait at Splendido) which means that sometimes I'm forced pick options that are not the norm - ie gnocchi as the rest of the menu items were rather iron heavy. Regardless, if it is on their menu and it is $20 for a plate I expect that it would at the very least be made in house.

                              I don't remember the specifics of the service issues aside from the tude I got when I returned the dish to the kitchen only to have the server come back tail between her legs saying she was sorry and the kitchen agreed the gnocchi was not good.

                              It left enough of an impress that I will not be back. There are far too many better bistro option IMHO. C'est tout!

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                                Googs Aug 17, 2012 08:03 AM

                                What did they do about it? Did they replace your dinner with something else? Comp anything?

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                                  JennaBean Aug 17, 2012 08:05 AM

                                  Nope and nope. To be fair, they were slammed but all I got was a a lukewarm apology and they went onto the next table. At least they remembered to remove the dish from the bill.

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                                    Googs Aug 17, 2012 08:19 AM

                                    Qu'elle drag!

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                                  Googs Aug 17, 2012 09:23 AM

                                  If your health condition is what I think it might be, I'll try to keep that in mind as I come across new places. In the meantime, this French Caribbean (Caribbean French?), Le Ti Colibri, might be worth a look-see.

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                                    JennaBean Aug 17, 2012 12:33 PM

                                    I saw that I think it looks like a lot of fun! I'm I'm looking forward to giving it a try and I love saltfish so I would really like to try the fritters.

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                                      ComerDemonio Aug 17, 2012 02:21 PM

                                      I have been a couple times already and loved the sandwich made with deep fried bread and filled with saltfish and avocado. The plain avocado sandwich was somewhat bland. I haven't tried the fritters yet.

                                      The backyard patio is cute, the music is Caribbean and the owner/operators are very friendly and personable. I really hope they do well as this location has had many failed restaurants in the last couple of years.

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                          Cat123 Aug 13, 2012 07:26 AM

                          Zucca has a $28 Pasta Prix Fixe on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. You get a small mixed green salad with any pasta and any dessert.

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                            JennaBean Aug 12, 2012 09:05 PM

                            Sidecar on college does one on week nights. I believe it is $30 pp. The back patio is lovely.

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                              juno Aug 13, 2012 07:13 AM

                              If you're prepared to drive north of downtown, Left Bank Bistro, on Avenue Rd. a few blocks south of Hwy. 401, does a tasty prix fixe at $27 - if ordered before 7 p.m. on any night, though they're somewhat flexible on that 7 p.m. cutoff. Choice of soup or salad, a meat or fish main course (the fish, usually cod, is especially well executed) and dessert. If you don't want dessert, they'll substitute a six-ounce glass of a well-chosen house wine. And, if you want to bring your own wine, it's just $5 corkage Sunday to Tuesday. Spacious, pleasant dining room in an old, refurbished bank building. Good service.

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                                jovialetr Aug 15, 2012 09:00 PM

                                The Sunday-Wednesday Prix Fixe at Sidecar is only $25. I think it is a very good deal.

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                                Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 12, 2012 08:46 PM

                                What is your price range?

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                                  punchythecat Aug 13, 2012 06:06 AM

                                  Under $40 a person would be great, since we have a few meals out planned. Thanks for the suggestion of Sidecar, JennaBean. I've never sat on the patio - sounds nice.

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                                    Nevy Aug 13, 2012 07:48 AM

                                    Le Select Bistro is a great option. Fantastic food and service and their daily price fixe is $35. They also have a late night price fixe for steak frites which is a mind blowing $20.


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