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Casual client dinner - Monday night Toronto

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Hi hounds - I'm having a bit of a hard time finding the sweet spot in picking a restaurant and hope you'll be able to help. I have a 4 person client dinner on a Monday night in three weeks.
- It's casual - no work talk - so it should be relaxed (i.e. nice casual button down and slacks, not suits),
- with great food and wine with a price ceiling probably around $75/head inc wine,
- but because it's a client meal it has to take reservations and credit cards on a Monday night (so, no Woodlot etc).
We'll have a car but will probably take a taxi. I don't know what the client transportation situation is. Our formal meeting earlier in the day is near Annex and our hotel will probably annoyingly be in Swansea.

Any ideas? I'm holding a res at Nota Bene but I'm wondering if there's something you all think would be better. I set up these sorts of dinners pretty frequently and it's always a bit of a tough pick, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Sidecar.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Sidecar was perfect. We went this past Monday, sat on the outside porch, and had a wonderful time. We shared the poutine (which my boss had never tried) and it was very good for fancy poutine. We also split the romain hearts and sidecar salads (very tasty but a bit on the large side - I would recommend splitting as we did) . I had the papardelle (the manchego was a lovely touch), the client had duck confit gnocchio (I got to try it too and thought it just as good as the papardelle), and my boss had the rainbow trout. Topped off with a cotes du rhone and everyone was very happy. Thank you for the rec!

      1. re: MsLauraEB

        So glad it worked out! Sidecar is really reliable for casual, but nice dinners at moderate price points.

    2. Tutti Matti

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      1. re: Lemon Tart

        Will try!