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Relatively quiet with good food in the East end of Toronto?

Going out for dinner with friends on Sat nt, and want to be not too far from home. Not sure if it is advancing age (late 40's) but lately so many of the places we have been to seem so loud and buzzy that we find it hard to have a conversation among the four of us. Any suggestions for not too loud, with good food in the East end? We go to Zen all of the time and it is certainly a contender, but was looking for some new ideas.
Thanks.

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  1. Know exactly what you mean. I'd love to hear any suggestions as well.

    cheers!

    1. When the SO and I want a quiet evening near by we usually go to Melanie's. Super nice staff good food and pretty quiet. I haven't been on a Saturday night (we usually go mid week as we're shift workers) but I can't see it being too lout. west of Woodbine on Danforth. Not very close to Zen though.

      1. How about Mandalay at Lawrence and Markham Rd? It will be busy, and the tables are fairly close together, but we never have any trouble hearing one another. They have a website with menu.

        1. i went to the playpen (gerrard & carlaw) last friday night. it was definitely condusive to conversation. the food was tasty...not necessarily mind blowing but some of it was creative and interesting. the service was attentive & friendly and the decor funky but not over the top. i also thought the prices were really reasonable.
          would definitely recommend.

          1. Thanks for the suggestions. Have been to Melanie's a number of times, but the past couple the food was not as good. Has anyone been to Canard Mort or Mangia & Bevi? Both look sort of interesting.

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            1. re: Phoenix

              Went to Mangia e Bevi last week. Very good homemade pastas and thin crust pizzas.