Cosy, Romantic in Downtown Toronto
Looking for a new restaurant to try in the downtown area. I am looking for an intimate and cozy place. Tables not too close together. Great lighting. Not extravantly expensive (Susur and Avalon type prices). Interesting dishes.
You could try getting one of the booths (preferable to the tables against the south wall) at Arlequin on Avenue south of Davenport. The just re-opened under new management. The lights are bright enough so you can see your date, but they are not not overy bright.
We've only been once so far, but we enjoyed ourselves enough to know we'll be back. 3 of 4 of our dishes were really good. Their seared fois gras was nice and crispy on the outside and butterlike on the inside. Try the accompanyments to the bread too. When we visited they had a really nice beet and horseradish (I think) spread.
Went on a date to SUGAR Cafe on Queen West. Found the nightime ambience very romantic, lit by candles. Very quiet neighbourhood and the restaurant itself is small with about 5 or 6 tables max. Owner Suzanne is very sweet and sincere.
The food is excellent and well priced for the quality, be advised however that the menu is SMALL. About 4 appetizers and 5 mains - all well prepared in a California-French Style. They used to have a beef tenderloin and blue cheese ravioli to die for - sure do miss that dish.
This is a great couples place with quiet, sincere and slightly slow service.
This place is a must. Ive been there twice now and the second time I proposed to my then girlfriend/now wife. Ask for the window table.
Let me know what you think if you go.....
FOCACCIA (17 Hayden, at Yonge, 416-323-0179) This unassuming boite on a back street near Bloor and Yonge belies the culinary creativity found within. Chef Sam Gassira joins the pantheon of artistes - Patriot's David Chrystian, Sarkis's Greg Couillard - who are shaking the foundations of Toronto's old-guard dining scene. Throw in smooth service and alarmingly low prices and watch the foodies flock. Best: ravioli stuffed with foie gras, lobster and onion with five-spice figs; duck confit salad with scallion marmalade, walnuts and taro chips; potato-crusted and tea-infused smoked salmon with crab and French lentils; pork tenderloin with date pesto, corn cake and creamed Swiss chard; pastry-free espresso cheesecake; superb house-baked breads. Complete dinners for $60 per person ($25 at lunch), including all taxes, tip and a glass of wine. Open for lunch Monday to Friday noon to 2:30 pm, for dinner 6 to 10 pm Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Sunday and holidays. Fully licensed. Access: one step at door, 18 steps to washrooms on second floor. Rating: NNNNN