Smarter side of casual dining in dowtown Toronto?
I am meeting two old friends for dinner and a girls night and trying to decide on a restaurant. None of us are local so we're a bit stumped. We are looking for something downtown and on the smarter side of casual - any cuisine, though preferably something Mediterranean or somewhere with a range of options (we have one vegetarian and one dedicated carnivore!).
The two big deal breakers are price and the ability to have a conversation - we don't want anywhere to noisy since we are trying to catch up and we are looking for somewhere with moderate prices (say up to $10 for starters and in the $15-20 range for entrees). A decent wine list would be a plus, but not a deal breaker.
Any ideas from chowhounds of the GTA? Thanks :-)
I love Museum Tavern just across from the ROM on Bloor at University. It has a great menu of bistro-y dishes, a great cocktail menu and friendly service. http://www.museumtavern.ca/
Also a fan of Caren's Wine and Cheese in Yorkville. I couldn't see the fondue menu on the website, but they have several options.
Both offer a place where you can have a conversation and while some items may be more expensive than you're looking for, many fall within your range.