Just wondering if I could pick your collective foodie brains.
I'm looking for a restaurant for my dad's 60th birthday dinner. We'll be a party of 7 and my dad is a food snob...not surprising since *I* must have gotten it from somewhere.
It doesn't have to be overly fancy but the food has to be good (i.e. well cooked and good quality ingredients). He's loved C Restaurant, Araxi and Chambar out in BC and Scaramouche and the Black Hoof in Toronto, among others.
We're aiming for a Canadian/North American or French-ish menu (e.g. steak, game, fish/shellfish), and the venue shouldn't be too stuffy (e.g. Splendido), noisy and casual (e.g. Black Hoof) or corporate (e.g. Canoe). The option of a private dining area would be nice too, so we wouldn't feel overly self-conscious taking pictures of the big day.
Any suggestions? Auberge, Biff's, and George were a few I thought of. Le Select kind of gets noisy and Loire has received mixed reviews. Lastly, I know it's corporate and overpriced, but maybe North 44 since I'm assuming the food should be at least good and service decent?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
The Black Hoof