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Sep 15, 2013 05:09 AM

Restaurant Recommendation - Midtown


I'm a first time poster but long time lurker!

I'm visiting from Calgary and looking for a restaurant recommendation for Midtown Toronto. I'm organizing a lunch for my aunt, uncle and grandma. We are Asian and would like a Western cuisine restaurant.

Looking for a nice, elegant replace that's not stuffy or formal in midtown. We are staying downtown and everyone is uptown so we would like tp meet in the middle. A specific location is not an issue since we will be driving. Also, no need to break the bank a la Canoe (is Canoe still around - it was the posh place we used to go for business dinners ten years ago when I still lived in TO).

Any thoughts would be appreciated. I would like to make a reservation later today.


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  1. Quince Bistro at Yonge & Eglinton
    Zee Grill on Mt Pleasant for seafood
    Zucca at yonge & Eglinton for Zitalian (though I have not been in a while)

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      1. re: CocoaChanel

        +1 on Zee Grill and quince. Both are elegant with good service and food.

        I also really love Simple Bistro. Well executed dishes with warm service. Another option is 5 Doors North. Its a bit more casual but the Italian dishes are very tasty and the service is friendly and warm.

        If you want a restaurant that has a bit more elegant atmosphere, I would recommend DT Bistro. Its mostly French with an Asian twist. They have wonderful desserts

      2. What do you consider midtown? Bloor? St Clair? York Mills?

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        1. re: MissBingBing

          Zucca at yonge and eglington for pasta or fish. I prefer zucca over quince.

          1. re: caitlink

            I think Zucca is an excellent choice for grilled fish, but personally I dislike the heavy chewy texture of their house made pasta. Everything else on their menu is great, especially the antipasti platter if they have it available. It's a grown up restaurant that has been doing great Tuscan food for a long time. It can get noisy, but that's the patrons talking, they don't have loud obnoxious music.

            1. re: KitchenVoodoo

              Lunch, not dinner? A bit trickier. Alas, DIdier has just closed. Auberge du Pommier may be on the pricier side of your target, but might work. And really, how often do all of you get to see each other? It's a special occasion. Have a great visit togehter, wherever you go!

              1. re: KAYLO

                Whilst Auberge is great for dinner especially with the offering of a great chef's tasting menu. Their lunch 'sucks'!!!! Dull! Dull! Dull!! Entrees of Grilled Chicken breast, Grilled Salmon...etc. More like Summerlicious menu offering!!!

        2. Thanks for the help. You are an amazing bunch. Decided on Quince and will let you know how it goes. Cheers!