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Nov 8, 2012 10:04 AM

Where to Have Lunch on a Saturday Near Ed Mirvish Theatre

DH and I are having lunch with the in-laws before Jekyll & Hyde at 1:30 pm a week from now. I'd like to make a reservation somewhere, preferably close by. Another option is to leave the car wherever we dine and cab it to and from the theatre. Not sure if Adega serves lunch on Saturdays, but options I'm pondering are Origin (done it already), Harlem (not sure if the food will suit the in-laws), Gilead (not very impressed with the chow-buzz), and John & Sons (not even remotely in the area, but near where we are staying for the weekend and a reasonable cab-ride down to the theatre. The in-laws would prefer George or Starfish, but neither is open for lunch on Saturdays. Any suggestions that I've overlooked, since I'm not living in the GTA?

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  1. For those that are thinking "entertainment district", the Ed Mirvish theatre is the name of the Canon Theatre....

    To 1sweetpea, if you search for recommendations on here under "Eaton Centre", "Massey Hall" , "Canon Theatre" you might find some ideas in addition to what others will post on here.

    Queen and Beaver isn't too far a walk, or, consider some of the other options on Elm besides Adega

    Bannock isn't too far either , part of the O and B restaurants and open for lunch on Saturday -

    1. The Sentor is right across the street from the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

      Also, Salad King is 2 minute walk from there.

      Mercatto in the Eaton Centre is pretty decent.

      Beer Bistro too.

      All are very close. The Senator is the closest. Enjoy the show!

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      1. re: magic

        Good call, yslf. I will definitely look into those other threads. Personally, I'd be happy with ramen, sushi or even shawarma, but this is to be a slightly more upscale experience (read: wine list, reservations, nice service, etc.). It calls for something more involved than gastro pub or a quickie Thai-style joint (a la Salad King). Bannock may be an option. We've certainly been to other O & B restaurants with them in the past. I mentioned George and Starfish in my OP because that is their speed, if you get my drift. They are 70+, so looking for somewhere pleasant that makes nice espresso and doesn't serve gargantuan plates of starch. They like raw oysters, salads, fish and seafood dishes, etc. We'll save our cravings for Thai, Ethiopian, Pho, Isakaya food and the like for meals out with friends.

          1. re: MargieEv

            Probably not a lunch option on a Saturday. The website lists hours from 5pm.

            1. re: 1sweetpea

              I thought I read that they are now open for lunch. We were at the Ed M. a few weeks ago and it was an easy walk from the theatre. For dinner though.

              1. re: MargieEv

                Is that so? I'll have to call Richmond Station and confirm that.

                1. re: MargieEv

                  only monday to friday lunch me thinks

                  1. re: ingloriouseater

                    According to their website it's still dinner only

                    1. re: midtowngirl

                      I read on twitter from a friend that has been there and knows Carl that they were starting to do lunch so for anyone wanting to do lunch it is worth a call (again, may only be monday to friday) to confirm either way. A lot of time I find websites don't get updated as quickly as they should.

        1. If your in-laws like dim sum, Cha Lau is convenient.

          I've also enjoyed a quick pre-theatre meal at La Bettola di Terroni.

          Beerbistro also serves brunch/lunch Saturdays.

          Maybe Globe Earth would also work, if you don't mind a 15 minute walk south/short cab ride.

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          1. re: prima

            All viable options. Thanks Prima! Their idea of dim-sum is Lai Wah Heen, so I will have to tackle Cha Lau another time, happily. I was very recently at the other Globe Earth for brunch and it was quite good. I have not been to Terroni (I'm known to request changes/substitutions to dishes, eek!), but I think they have ... and enjoyed the food. Beerbistro is fun, but too loud for serious talking, especially when you're 70+ and your hearing is only so-so (them, not me). I will definitely throw La Bettola di Terroni and Globe Earth into the option pool.

            1. re: 1sweetpea

              Glad those ideas might help.

              Re: beerbistro
              I haven't been for a few years, but the 2 weekend brunches I've had at beerbistro have been much quieter than midweek lunches or midweek dinners. I've never seen the place more than half-full during the day on a Saturday. Maybe someone who has done the beerbistro brunch on a Sat recently can comment on the noise level.