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Mom's birthday dinner

crzcalvin Jun 30, 2013 08:50 AM

My mom's (52nd) birthday is coming up soon, and my family would like to take her out to a really great meal. The quality of food is the most important factor to where we decide to take her, but the ambience is important too. We would like to go somewhere that's very nice without being too stuffy or overly formal.

Any suggestions?

If it helps at all, her birthday is on a Thursday.

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    catroast Jun 30, 2013 09:06 AM

    How about http://www.lefilet.ca/

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    1. re: catroast
      Maximilien Jul 1, 2013 07:37 AM

      Le filet is nice , but can become noisy.

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      wattacetti Jun 30, 2013 09:30 AM


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        lagatta Jun 30, 2013 04:51 PM

        Both those suggestions are great, but could you give us any other indications about mum's favourite foods or styles of cooking?

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        1. re: lagatta
          crzcalvin Jun 30, 2013 09:58 PM

          She really likes anything, but french, greek and italian would probably be her favourites

        2. chefjeannine Jul 1, 2013 02:29 PM

          Recently took my super picky Italian parents to Tapeo for my mom's birthday and they're both still raving about it. Not too stuffy or overly formal, but nice in my opinion. http://www.restotapeo.com

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            Stax88 Jul 2, 2013 06:40 AM

            3 petits bouchons might fit the bill. French, good for groups, lively & convivial atmosphere.

            Also, Voro in the Mile End. Mediterranean style of food, not stuffy at all, great food whether each person wants to order by themselves or to do tapas as a group. Good for all age groups. This is my go to place when taking out a large group of people.

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              lagatta Jul 2, 2013 07:51 AM

              Voro has changed management recently; I was there earlier. They used to be a byow; I don't believe they are any more. They certainly had good fish; imagine they still do. Obviously the very good but very pricy Milos is the Greek seafood star on Parc, but it is probably also rather formal (I haven't been there in years - I loved it but it was someone else's treat!)

              There is also a Greek mezze place called Namos, also in Mile-End, that also has good reviews:



              1. re: lagatta
                chefjeannine Jul 2, 2013 10:46 AM

                I recently went to Namos, and while it was ok, it wasn't great. It was quite pricey and while the food was good, nothing blew me away. If I had to pick between Tapeo and Namos for mezze/tapas, I'd choose Tapeo.

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              finefoodie55 Jul 4, 2013 01:24 PM

              This isn't original but when I have an important meal and want it with the highest quality of food bought locally directly off the producers with a great Wine selection and served to perfection I go to Toque.Never been disappointed once in the last ten tears.Just recently I have added Le Filet to that list, a little more" decontracte" and a lot louder. I've been there 5 times in the last two months and have left each time on cloud nine.

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