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"Winterlicious" restaurant recommendations

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The city of Toronto has a "Winterlicious" promotion where prix fixe menus ($20 lunch, $30 dinner) are offered at several restaurants. I was wondering if any of them were worth trying. I imagine it might be hard to get reservations. Thanks for your input!

Link: http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/special...

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  1. I was entirely disappointed with my experience at Lai Wah Heen during Summerlicious. What a waste of time and money. For the $90 the three of us could have had a culinary blowout anywhere else.

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    1. re: neighborguy

      I agree with the Lai Wah Heen nix...summerlicious dim sum portion was microscopic. Also, Brasserie Aix has a prix fixe before 7PM every day for $19, so you need not put that at the top of your list.

      1. re: dan

        Avalon is top of my list.
        I do recommend Lolo on Mt. Pleasant - an intimate French bistro with consistently good menu. Nami is also good Japanese.

        1. re: NoseyParker

          Went to Pangeae for Summerlicious. I was done the appetizer, main dish and dessert in less than 45 minutes. I felt so rushed and the food was mediocre at best. Due to this experience, my friends do not want to go there again. Sad because I've dined there before and the service and food was much better.

          Also, we went to Auberge du Pommier, where we were not pushed to finish our meal. The food and service was excellent. We would go back there again on our own.

          1. re: NoseyParker

            Went to Pangeae for Summerlicious. I was done the appetizer, main dish and dessert in less than 45 minutes. I felt so rushed and the food was mediocre at best. Due to this experience, my friends do not want to go there again. Sad because I've dined there before and the service and food was much better.

            Also, we went to Auberge du Pommier, where we were not pushed to finish our meal. The food and service was excellent. We would go back there again on our own.

      2. I just finished going through the City of Toronto site and have narrowed down my restaurant choices to the following:

        - Bouchon
        - Brasserie Aix
        - Canoe
        - Centro Grill & Wine Bar
        - Hemispheres Restaurant
        - Innocenti Restaurant
        - Lolita's Lust
        - Monsoon Restaurant & Lounge
        - Oyster Boy
        - Pangaea
        - Truffles
        - Tundra Restaurant
        - YYZ Restaurant

        The only one that I've been to is Lolita's Lust but that was a few summers ago. However, I do remember that the food was delicious. The rest I picked based on past reviews here and from reviews that I've read elsewhere. I'm quite aware that I won't be able to go to all the choices listed above but can you help me on which ones in particular I should concentrate on? I'm quite positive that I'll be going to at least Monsoon and Pangaea.

        Also, is anyone interested in using this event (Winterlicious) as a way to have Chowhound get-ogethers on the cheap? I don't think I can convince hubby to come with, but would be delighted to join a group of Chowhounders.

        Please let me know through this thread or you can email me.

        Ta!
        Sandee

        1. Go to Indian Rice Factory. I was very impressed. After travelling India for two months it is difficult for me to shell out tonnes of dough for ho-hum indian, but with the prix fixe it is worth it. I loved their onion bhajis and chai rice pudding.