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Recommendations for a 1st Date @ Bloor and Avenue

kwass Oct 18, 2012 10:18 AM

My brother has asked me to help him find a great restaurant to take someone on a 1st date in the Bloor/Avenue area. I suggested Joso's, but I was wondering if any of you could help me with some additional suggestions.

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  1. jlunar RE: kwass Oct 18, 2012 11:12 AM

    Museum Tavern's been getting love. Had some snacks there and thought they were good. Drinks look intriguing. A revisit, for a better evaluation, for me.

    They can go wander the ROM later for shiggles if the dinner is good! Depends on timing though.

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      kwass RE: jlunar Oct 18, 2012 11:19 AM

      I just looked @ the menu. It looks nice. What's the ambiance like?

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        jlunar RE: kwass Oct 18, 2012 12:51 PM

        Old school ish Irish bar almost? Lots of wood, tile...

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          kwass RE: jlunar Oct 18, 2012 01:00 PM

          I actually looked @ the review on BlogTo which showed pictures. But thank you so much jlunar!

          There's also an active thread on this place which I looked @. Thank you again for the rec. It looks really good.

    2. justxpete RE: kwass Oct 18, 2012 02:04 PM

      Does he have a car? What bout Auberge Du Pommier? Maybe a little fancy for a first date, and quite a bit aways from Bloor and Yonge... but just a suggestion.

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        kwass RE: justxpete Oct 18, 2012 02:11 PM

        He does have a car. But that might be a little too fancy for a 1st date. I'll still suggest it to him though. Thank you!

      2. biggreenmatt RE: kwass Oct 18, 2012 02:09 PM

        How old's your brother? An 18 year old would have a different set of expectations than a 38 year old.

        A neat solution might be the Roof Lounge at the Park Hyatt, just a scootch north of Bloor 'n Ave. The lounge is old-school elegant, but casual, and the head bartender there mixes a mean cocktail. If the date calls for it, it's a neat location.

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          kwass RE: biggreenmatt Oct 18, 2012 02:11 PM

          He's 41. Would you suggest the Roof Lounge @ the Park Hyatt for drinks after dinner, or dinner as well?

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            biggreenmatt RE: kwass Oct 18, 2012 02:24 PM

            Either or both. Pop in for a sec to scope out the place. While not uber-expensive, it's certainly not as cheap as a night out at the local, but it definitely makes an impression.

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              kwass RE: biggreenmatt Oct 18, 2012 02:28 PM

              Sounds great! I've already passed it along.

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          ddelicious RE: kwass Oct 18, 2012 03:08 PM

          I think Pangea would be great. Would not think the decor at Joso's would be good for first date, but then again I could be wrong.

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            kwass RE: ddelicious Oct 18, 2012 03:15 PM

            Funny that you say that. I did have some qualms about the decor @ Joso's for a 1st date.

            Pangea is a great suggestion though. Thank You!

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              autopi RE: kwass Oct 18, 2012 03:31 PM

              if they go to pangaea, tell them to get the donuts. they're really nicely done, especially with the orange shake they're served with.

              museum tavern is also quite nice, and a bit more casual.

              i can't recall if c5 in the ROM does dinner. however a recent lunch there left me w/the impression that the cooking has gone downhill a bit, perhaps on account of the changeup in the kitchen. still, it's a beautiful room.

              l'unita is just up avenue a bit, could be another option.

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                kwass RE: autopi Oct 18, 2012 04:41 PM

                I will definitely pass that information on about the donuts. He would love that!

          2. CocoaChanel RE: kwass Oct 18, 2012 04:39 PM


            +1 more for Pangaea

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              kwass RE: CocoaChanel Oct 18, 2012 04:44 PM

              Also very good suggestions. Why do I always forget about those places?

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