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Saturday night: great food, fun, casual, affordable, conducive to dancing?

Good beer, to be sure. Wild boar sausage and frites -- overly salty. Below-average frites with strange thick coating of seasoning. No dancing (mind you, we left before 10 pm).

Saturday night: great food, fun, casual, affordable, conducive to dancing?

They chose Wvrst. Thanks, everyone.

Saturday night buy out of restaurant in Toronto?

Daisho is clearly holding out for A-list Hollywood.

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

Even the new Paramount location in Yorkville is swishy but cheap (everything under $21).

Saturday night buy out of restaurant in Toronto?

Agreed. In contrast, Momofuku Daisho (seats 80): The minimum-spend for buyouts during TIFF(which runs from September 10th - September 20th) starts at $30.5K before taxes (13%), service charge (18%), and administrative fees (5%).

One local's guide to Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding area (long!)

St. Catharines - has anyone tried Pier 61 or Lemon Tree yet? We so desperately need new, great eateries there. Pow Wow is my parents' fall back choice as it's walking distance - but really terrible.

Saturday night buy out of restaurant in Toronto?

True, Splendido seats 100 people with minimum spend of $12,000 surprisingly. Toronto Region Board of Trade seats many, and uses O&B catering.

Saturday night buy out of restaurant in Toronto?

Turns out two venues have actually told me they prefer weddings over TIFF events. Apparently, film makers are actually poor, and unreliable guests.

If I had $500 in Toronto...

Thank you to everyone who chimed in. We were wowed by Splendido. Food has greatly improved since my last visit a couple of years ago. We will definitely be back. This is world-class cuisine. Service could slightly improve, but otherwise, we gave it an excellent overall rating on the strength of the kitchen. Wow. Only 2 missteps in an otherwise perfect meal (tasting menu $170 includes glass of champagne and 750 mL bottle of El Dorado 12 year old rum).

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

Diwan is sliding downhill quite rapidly. Lunch menu is now dumbed down (overcooked, bland, underseasoned, clueless service). Not open for dinner until next month (June). Patio opens this week.

Saturday night buy out of restaurant in Toronto?

Thank you, everyone. Thinking 140-200 seats for dinner. That's bigger than most restaurants I know. By the way, Canoe is not available at that time.

Saturday night buy out of restaurant in Toronto?

Restaurants either need the buyout or they don't. If they don't, we don't want to pay more than the normal going price for their Saturday night intake. As for fine versus casual dining, either would be appropriate as long as there is seating for all guests (e.g. not strictly stand-up cocktail style)

Saturday night buy out of restaurant in Toronto?

Where exactly? I need names...

Saturday night buy out of restaurant in Toronto?

Is it ever possible to rent an entire large restaurant on a Saturday night (in September during TIFF) with minimum spend and maximum seated dinner capacity? Where/who would welcome this (e.g. restaurants that aren't normally overflowing?) Canoe is the obvious, but where else?

If I had $500 in Toronto...

Thanks, Charles! I was hoping you'd chime in, even though some of our tastes differ. I have never been crazy about George. I haven't been to Shoto or Auberge ever. I thought it was interesting that Kates ranked two new Japanese restaurants Yasu and Yunaghi over Kaji but didn't include Shoto or even Geraldine (which you must try and report back!) Okay, I will try for a reservation at Shoto, Auberge, and will fall back on Splendido (have only tried their smoked beurre monte oyster, popcorn, and an amuse with leaf "taco", but it bodes well for a fantastic meal!)

If I had $500 in Toronto...

If you had $500 to wow someone special with a tasting menu or multicourse meal for two somewhere within an hour of Toronto, where would you dine? Splendido? Kaji? Edulis? Shoto? Canoe? Fly to Montreal or New York?

Saturday night: great food, fun, casual, affordable, conducive to dancing?

My friend is looking for a place to host a small group (8-10 people) on the long weekend for affordable eats (share-plates, tapas) in a fun, casual atmosphere -- and conducive to dancing if possible (was considering El Catrin). She is happy to compromise on Enoteca Sociale, but I know there must be other good-value social places. All I can think of is Geraldine. Help?! Note: she hated Bar Raval ("snobby pretentious air") and doesn't want BarChef ("pricey"). She says Cocktail Bar is "too small".

Scarborough Gems

Noted. And go have another Lamanna espresso by one of the male owners.

Any great restaurants in the Newmarket/Aurora, Ontario area?

I highly recommend getting a cup of tea at Bonsai Hill. http://www.bonsaihill.com/
They stock the most impressive real tea from Japan and China. None of that ridiculous flavoured David's Tea stuff! Sit down for 5 minutes and be rewarded with a small clay pot of the most delicious, fresh, spring anji bai cha (green tea), white hair silver needle (white tea), and even yellow tea. I didn't try their food (afternoon tea is served) but for tea, it's worth a long drive for connoisseurs.

Any great restaurants in the Newmarket/Aurora, Ontario area?

Chinook has closed down.

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Finally ate at Dumpling Melody - got two items from the authentic Chinese cuisine portion of the menu. Shredded Pork and Eggs with Black Fungus was pretty good. Stir Fried Beef with Cumin (and green peppers) was also flavourful. Both dishes were really salty but well-executed "fast food" and definitely seemed "authentic". The female server recommended NOT ordering the dumplings as they are not as good as downtown dumpling houses.

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Went again and forgot to ask for spicy, so got the default (mild, meh). Overall, the food is flavourful but bordering on average.

Scarborough Gems

Which of the 3 types of beans have you tried? Go for the miscela or organic not the default. And just like your old favourite at SLM, it depends which brother-owner is pulling the shots.

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

A Tavola, a tiny squeeze of a neighbourhood place, serves above-average food if you can get past the dubious/clueless service (and aren't claustrophobic). The chef does great things with fresh fish/seafood, that is, if they haven't run out by the time you are seated (late) for your 7 pm reservation.

Byblos

Has anyone been to Byblos in the past couple of months? Any suggested dishes/drinks that are must-try? Must-avoid?

Scarborough Gems

Their pizza is average but their porchetta -- oh, that porchetta! When it's on the table, snatch it up quickly. Their lasagne is the best in town. Some great sweets, and nice choice of 3 types of coffee beans in the espresso bar. Ask for the organic rather than the default.

Scarborough Gems

Do tell?!

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Easter lamb with root vegetables pie at Pie Commish was quite tasty this week. Avoid the Chinese-style ginger beef with broccoli pie. Not good at all.

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

TICH is pretty good. There's nothing really "modern" about it - it's just fresh-tasting contemporary-decorated Indian that serves dishes from several regions (Hyderabad, Bengal, Malabar, and the usual "northern" favourites). The Chef is supposedly from Kolkata. They don't use a high level of hot spice, so you'll find the "default" spice level quite Canadian.

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Smokin' Kings has closed down and is in limbo until they happen to find a new place to rent. They had landlord issues with the lack of adequate ventilation.