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Nov 5, 2013 05:15 AM

Buca, Jabistro, Luma or...?

What would your choice of pre-theatre (Princess of Wales) restaurant be? 10-minute walk or less. I would normally lean towards something Asian, but I'm blanking as to my options in the area (other than KSR).

I haven't been to Buca in a while, but I do like the thought of Buca for dinner, then a stop at Soma for dessert.

I haven't seen any recent reviews of Luma -- any thoughts on the current menu?

Are there sufficient cooked options at Jabistro to make a non-sushi/sashimi lover happy? Would Ematei be a better choice?

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  1. I guess I should throw Momofuku Noodle Bar or Daisho into the mix, too.

    1. If Buca is close enough then I would consider Patria

      Also Tutti Matti

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      1. re: bytepusher

        I'll also endorse Patria - we went there recently before the theatre and told them we wanted out by 7:30pm.
        The server was fantastic - brought us the bill at 7:20 (without being prompted). Also told us which dishes would make it difficult to meet our schedule.

      2. Haven't been to Luma pre-theatre since the spring, when I found it to be ok, but not quite as good as other pre-theatre dinners last year. I think I'd walk the extra 10 minutes to Le Select, if I wanted bistro food pre-theatre.

        I've also gone to Jacob & Co, Milagro and Yuzu No Hana pre-theatre. The Nabeyaki udon at Yuzu No Hana is pretty good, and I've enjoyed other non-sushi offerings I've ordered. I haven't been to JaBistro lately, but I liked the non-sushi dishes I ordered.

        I didn't love my visit to Ematei.

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        1. re: prima

          +1 Le Select. It's good quality and reasonably priced. The service is still enjoyable after many years of being open and you can actually hear yourself think in there. It's not flashy or hip but to me, it's a Toronto essential place for wonderful French experience.

          I personally would go to Volos with their theatre price fixe menu. I had it once and it was great. Service was warm, quick, and friendly. The grilled calamari was executed with nicely charred surfaces and while still being tender. The braised lamb enveloped by phyllo pastry was delicious. It was tender and very well seasoned. I enjoyed the dessert as well. I believe the price was $33 when I went. It's been a year since I went but it's on my list of must return.

          There's also TOCA at the Ritz Carlton, they have a theatre pre-fixe menu for only $35. I recently had a business event at TOCA and considering there were a few of us, I was surprised at the food quality. It stood out as one of the better business events with food I've attended. The space is quite lovely. I believe this is within 5 minutes walking distance.

        2. A few other thoughts depending on what you are looking for

          Swish by Han(Wellington/Yonge)
          Richmond Station (Richmond/Yonge)
          Biff's (Front/Yonge)
          Harlem Restaurant (Church/Richmond)
          Santouka Ramen (Yonge/Dundas)

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          1. re: Wil

            Santouka is more than a bit too far away

            We did pre-theater there recently (for the Elgin) it worked OK but boy I'm getting tired of the BS with the line, we arrive there's a line in the foyer but not on the street, I go in someone in front of me has name taken then is told to go outside and line up then the woman with the clipboard disappears. I wait longer, clipboard lady shows up a couple times seats a couple people but again ninjas away, at least one person pushes past me in line at one point and gets their name put on the list. I finally get in to clipboard lady, she starts to tell me to go outside and then for some reason thinks to ask "would you sit at the counter" oh, well then I can seat you right away. The line is a necessity but please, some attempt to manage it consistently.

          2. Under 10 min walk, I like Yuzu (over JaBistro), Tutti Matti, Momofuku, Weslodge (for drinks & apps only), Jacob & Co, Nota Bene, Queen Mother, Milagro and Luma. Between a 10-15 min walk, I like Gabardine, Strada 241, Buca, Richmond Station, Marben and Le Select. Soma would be a definite! Haven't been to Patria yet nor Paese but they're on my list to check out.

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            1. re: fickle

              I tried Paese a few months ago, and found it meh compared to another experience at the Bathurst location a few years ago. Probably wouldn't be in my top 10 within a 15 minute walk of the Princess of Wales theatre.

              Revisited Le Select a couple weeks ago, and thought the $35 prix fixe was a good value. I ordered the duck confit.
              Which apps do you recommend most at Weslodge?