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Aug 12, 2012 07:33 PM

Weeknight prix fixe dinner in Toronto?

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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    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

      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.

      1. re: punchythecat

        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.

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

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      1. re: JennaBean

        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.

        1. re: JennaBean

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

        2. 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.

              1. re: ComerDemonio

                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!

                1. re: JennaBean

                  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.

                  1. re: JennaBean

                    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?

                    1. re: Googs

                      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!

                      1. re: JennaBean

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

                        1. re: Googs

                          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.

                        2. re: JennaBean

                          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.

                          1. re: Googs

                            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.

                            1. re: JennaBean

                              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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