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Sep 4, 2012 08:52 PM

Where would you want to celebrate your 40th birthday in TO? Or, where did you celebrate your 40th Birthday in TO?

As a Chowhound who is pushing 40, I'm curious.

If I was splurging, I'd do a 40th birthday dinner at Scaramouche. If was going to do a big birthday party, I'd look into a buy-out on a Sunday night at Khao San Road.

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  1. Have you ever inquired at KSR if they would open on Sunday`s for private functions? I am curious if it has been done before or if they are open to it.

    I am not one to celebrate my birthday so I don't have any specific recommendations but I would probably do something more casual if I did decide to do a bigger celebration for a "milestone" year. Maybe get catered BBQ or something.

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    1. re: ylsf

      Yep, KSR did a private function for me on a Sunday. It was a bit of an experiment for them (first time at something like that), but they pulled it off beautifully and it was a fantastic evening. Chef Nuit outdid herself.

      prima, my 40th was the private kitchen table at Colborne Lane. Definitely a splurge, as we picked up the cheque for the whole table. If I were to do it again, I'd go with KSR and have a bigger party and better food. :o)

    2. For my 40th, we went to Scaramouche. Fabulous meal, excellent service and a wonderful surprise. Definitely an evening to remember.

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      1. re: gnr

        We celebrated mine at Scaramouche too! It was fabulous as always.

        For Mr MG we had a chef come to our house and held an amazing 6 course dinner for us and our closest (15) friends. It was a night to remember! Ezra Title from Chezvous. The egg and grilled cheese master at Saturday mornings Brickworks. Can't say enough about him. Our friends are still talking about it and I won't say how many years later. HA HAA.

        If I was going to rent out a room I think I would consider Mistura or LeSelect.

        And by the way, if anyone wants to add my name to the guest list - feel free :)

        1. re: millygirl

          I'm way, way past my 40th, so far past it that I don't remember where I celebrated that year. But I recall my 45th - at Scaramouche, the first time I'd been there. And it was so good that it remains my go-to joint for celebrations. I get there at least once or twice a year. If that place has ever had an off-night, I certainly wasn't there for it. Besides the first-rate food and service, it sustains a relaxed, vivacious atmosphere, no matter what your age - 20, 40, 60, 80. In fact, the last time I was there with a group (of 10 or so, if I recall), dinner was hosted by a relative who lives in the building above the restaurant, celebrating her 90th. It was in the Pasta Bar - not the more expensive main dining room - where there's a space perfectly suited for about a dozen. Lotsa fun, and the same attention to detail as in the main room. (Happily, being more well-to-do than the rest of us, she paid the whole pop - while showing she could still down two glasses of wine without any after-effects.) There may be better fine dining spots around town, but i don't need to know about them - I've got Scaramouche. Why tinker with perfection?

          1. re: millygirl

            If you want to try a fantastic catered dinner look at The Stop Community Food Centre ( The Chefs are Chris Brown and Scott MacNeil ( but we had Scott Vivian and it was well worth it. A great cause also.

          2. re: gnr

            I know people love Scaramouche but I'm closer to 40 then I am 30 and I can't at all imagine my friends there where as we often eat at Splendido as a group and feel very comfortable. There is something about Scaramouche that makes me only want to be there with my grandparents!

            1. re: JennaBean

              +1 on all of the above points! I think it has something to do with the very dated decor!

              1. re: JennaBean

                To each their own, I guess :-) I found the space, vibe and service at Splendido to be somewhat cold, and it made my dining experience earlier this year somewhat uncomfortable. Based on that lone experience, it probably wouldn't be a place I'd choose to go for my birthday.
                I might return this fall, drink a little more and bring more friends next time I dine at Splendido, to see if it might have just been a slightly off day for the server and restaurant.

                I agree with JustPete that the decor is dated, and can see how that might detract for some Chowhounds. Dated decor and non-hip vibe doesn't bother me. I like places that look like they were lost in a time warp.

                1. re: prima

                  "I like places that look like they were lost in a time warp."

                  haha.. touché Prima! :)

                  1. re: prima

                    I don't mind the time warp at a greasy spoon but not for fine dining and a $200 bottle of wine...

                    1. re: prima

                      I'm not sure I'd agree that Scaramouche's decor is dated. Personally, I rather like it!

                      While it hasn't been heavily updated, I still think it has a timeless, elegant, comforting feel. Frankly, I'll take its unhip warmth over the dime-a-dozen predicatable decor schemes of other places.

                      At Christmas it looks particularly beautiful.

                      Also, I see crowds of 10 there. Any more than that and you might wish to celebrate somewhere else.

                      But for special occasions Scaramouche is always my go-to.

                      Happy (upcoming) Birthday!

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                  1. great thread, turning 40 in October and have been noodling where to go for a special dinner. Haven't been to Scaramouche in years, sounds like it's a worth a revisit.

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                    1. re: Baelsette

                      Did you end up at Scaramouche in Oct, Baelsette?

                    2. I went to George for my BFF's birthday and it was momentous! Now, she used to cook with the chef and her boyfriend picked up the tab for ALL of us, so perhaps one reason why it was so good. So, the next year, I went there for my 40 th and HATED it. Bad, indifferent service, goat cheese for every course..blah. If I had tomdomit again....maybe Canoe or Scaramouche...