Casual Saturday night dining
Planning a diner in early Feb and want to avoid winterlicious. Looking for somewhere for a casual dinner with friends, want relaxed atmosphere, not too loud! Was going to go to Against the Grain but they are taking part in 'licious.
Zakkushi or Kingyo, two very different Japanese pubs. Kingyo is quieter and has a broader menu with some higher-end choices,but still a warm and casual atmosphere. Booking essential. (Guu is too noisy and used to have that annoying 2-hour limit! Haven't been back in ages with two better izakaya nearby!)
I would suggest 5 Doors north for a good casual meal. It's a great casual spot that has good food and service. The environment is warm and welcoming.
Another option would be Simple Bistro. It's a bit more upscale than 5 Doors North but still casual enough where the service and food is not 'precious' or pretentious. I think they have a very good price fixe option that is offered during the weekday.
Then there's The Saint... I would say it's more of a gastropub perhaps? Definitely more casual but still enjoyable. I recently had a good brunch there and it was a lively atmosphere.