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Need a good downtown Toronto restaurant for business meeting

Royaljelly Jul 30, 2013 08:25 PM

Planning a couple of small business meetings for groups of 4 at any downtown Toronto restaurant. Food quality is top priority (wine list not a big deal), followed by decent ambient noise levels.

Any suggestions? Prefer not to book a private room.

Last time we tried Buca and it was quite loud. Already did Splendido and Kaji.

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  1. Charles Yu RE: Royaljelly Jul 30, 2013 09:40 PM

    Hello Royaljelly,
    I had lunch at Canoe and was pretty good. A la carte only. Had a steak when I was there. Looks like menu had changed. Beef dish is now braised beef cheeks!

    1. MissBingBing RE: Royaljelly Jul 31, 2013 05:01 AM

      Nota Bene.

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        limitedtimeoffer RE: Royaljelly Jul 31, 2013 06:06 AM

        second canoe. ask for a table on the west side.

        1. prima RE: Royaljelly Jul 31, 2013 06:26 AM

          Not sure if you're looking for a business lunch or a business dinner.

          I've had some good business lunches at Biff's.It's energetic and moderately loud, but a little quieter than Nota Bene or Jump, in my experience. I often ask for a quieter table at Biff's, along the wall of the restaurant, rather than in the centre. Might consider Luma(although I like the food at Biff's more) or Le Select, which don't tend to have much background noise at lunch.

          I'd think Pangaea would be a good option for a place with less background noise, but I haven't dined there.
          Stock and Cafe Boulud might be 2 other restaurants to consider. Has anyone lunched at either? Most reports seem to be related to dinner or weekend brunch.

          If the meetings are at lunch, and planned for September, you might consider dining at Osgoode Hall's Great Hall or the Gallery Grill at Hart House at U of T. Both are closed in Aug, afaik.

          Is Daisho at the Shangri La open at lunch? How noisy is it? {Edit: Daisho opens at 5 pm for dinner.} Daisho and Shoto might be worth considering for dinner.

          Could also consider Jacobs and Barberian's.

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            Charles Yu RE: prima Jul 31, 2013 07:56 AM

            Pangea is a good choice as well! The elevated area is a bit more private and quiet.
            Love David Lee's food, but Nota Bene will be a little bit too buzzing and noisy during lunch time for a quiet business meeting.
            Cafe Boulud is very cozy and tranquil. Another ideal place! Food is more than acceptable. Here's my luncheon experience.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9022...

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              bytepusher RE: prima Jul 31, 2013 09:16 AM

              Love shoto but it's not a good place for a business dinner where any business will be discussed, you're sitting at a counter so even on the corner seats the people on each end can't really talk to each other and there's effectively no privacy.

            2. Royaljelly RE: Royaljelly Jul 31, 2013 09:06 AM

              thx for the replies thus far, sorry I forgot to mention it should be for dinner (tues or wed nights)

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                catherine88 RE: Royaljelly Jul 31, 2013 02:16 PM

                Maybe Bosk at the Shangri-La...very civilized, along with Nota Bene. Volos looks interesting. Uptown a bit, L'Unita is great and a little more relaxed.

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                  Charles Yu RE: catherine88 Jul 31, 2013 04:09 PM

                  Bosk is overpriced and the food is mediocre for the amount they are charging!! Stick with Canoe if food is priority one for you, Royaljelly. Besides, if you can get a corner table, its less noisy!

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                    catherine88 RE: Charles Yu Aug 1, 2013 07:07 AM

                    I had a pretty good experience at Bosk, but have only been once. Agree on Canoe, it's a classic for good reason.

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                      Charles Yu RE: catherine88 Aug 1, 2013 07:45 AM

                      Your Bosk experience must be an extremely rare exception??!!
                      Apart from mediocre dinner food, I would also like to say that the $24 bowl of breakfast Chicken rice congee with a few morsels of ordinary dim sum dumplings a real 'eye-opener'!! Worst Chinese food rip off in town? A combo like that, even in a higher end Chinese restaurant up north, will set you back by around $10 only!!
                      Hotel or not, chicken congee is still chicken congee! and one is not talking about the one in Macau's Wynn where they added whole abalone to the mix! There should be a limit to 'con job' like this??!!

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                  childofthestorm RE: Royaljelly Jul 31, 2013 05:32 PM

                  Food is a priority, money is not a concern, and you need quiet/intimacy to conduct business? Just described Canoe.

                  1. CocoaChanel RE: Royaljelly Jul 31, 2013 05:34 PM

                    Please don't eat at Bosk - overpriced, mediocre food. Same with Stock.

                    Canoe is excellent, Pangaea also excellent, bymark is very good. What about George? Quite quiet in the evening (ie, no Bay St crowd)

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                      Charles Yu RE: CocoaChanel Jul 31, 2013 08:14 PM

                      George is great! However, if meeting involves looking at documents, place can be a bit dark for that!!
                      Also, if by chance the place is busy and full, noise level can be pretty loud due to low ceiling!

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                        franpelyk RE: Charles Yu Aug 1, 2013 02:24 PM

                        Canoe!!! Reserve a table by the windows on the west or south side. The views are breathtaking. Great food, impeccable service and all at a very reasonable price point. Enjoy!

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