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Special Occasion Family Dinner for 12… that's not too loud!

Hi all!

Many thanks for all the suggestions and apologies for not replying earlier.

In the end, we went with Byblos and it was great. Everyone really like the spread and variety of dishes, and there were plenty of non-boring options for the veggie folks.

The noise turned out to be less of an issue than we'd feared (we sat downstairs).

Special Occasion Family Dinner for 12… that's not too loud!

Hi Chowhound,

I know this sort of question has come up before, but the restaurants change so quickly in Toronto that it's hard to keep track of everything!

We're looking for a nice, downtown-ish restaurant that will seat 12 + a 3-year-old for a nice Saturday dinner. The constraints: 3 vegetarians, and not too loud.

We're trying to avoid the top price tier (the Splendidos and Scaramouches).

Our current fave is Byblos, for its great mix of vegetarian and meat options, but it can run a little loud (the downstairs is quieter, but less special). Any and all suggestions appreciated (and yes, I've searched all the old threads, and am also considering Nota Bene [a tad stuffy & $], Volos [tasty, but perhaps not scintillating] & Le Select [not killer for veg]).

ISO: Kimchi

That's where I'll be headed then! Thanks.



ISO: Kimchi

I thought I'd resurrect this old thread instead of starting a new one. Does anyone know of any particularly *fancy* kimchi? This is for a gift for a kimchi-loving friend. I hear good things about Galleria. Anyone know if they have more than one kind they make in-house? Thanks!


So, um, can anyone point me to this FB page y'all are mentioning? I can't find it.

Bar Isabel - College and Shaw - (new restaurant by Grant van Gameren )

Oh, please do pinpoint!

Bar Isabel - College and Shaw - (new restaurant by Grant van Gameren )

What kind of glassware are we talking? Like these?

Dodgiest looking restaurant you've been to but turned out to be a winner (or least better than expected)

Spence’s, the absolutely fabulous jerk chicken place at Eglinton and Oakwood. It's a little grimy inside, although the main action takes place on the street, where the dude manning the massive grill takes out your chicken pieces with a pair of tongs and then hacks them to high heaven with a huge cleaver. SO delicious.

2013 Food and Restaurant OPENINGS

Perhaps that'll be the last new rustic Italian place tho? I mean, how many more can there be!? :)

2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

I'm not sure if it's been mentioned elsewhere, but Loïc Gourmet closed in December and is becoming something called "Heirloom Foods" this year.

Looking for name of new Italian on Queen close to Keriwa

Maialino Enoteca

Hide your BBQ shrimp! Kukubura's coming back to town!

A near perfect eating experience? VERY anxious to find out what that was. I’m heading there tomorrow.

Dec 28, 2011
shudder in New Orleans

Looking for ricotta making pointers

Eric Vellend just posted this recipe at the Toronto Star:

Aug 30, 2011
shudder in Home Cooking


I believe Buca, a little bit west of the POW, does a risotto, but they don't have their menu online, so I can't check.

604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

Pusateri's in Florida?

I've heard (perhaps unreliable) rumours that Pusateri's is expanding to (of all places) Florida. Anyone else heard the same thing?

1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

early midweek dinner at Guu

Yes indeed! Any current intel would be much appreciated.

Does this sound OK? (Toronto weekend)

For your Friday dinner: might I suggest Madras Dosa Hut over the others? It’s kitchy, and burbsy, but fantastic.

Madras Dosa Hut
1123 Albion Rd, Toronto, ON M9V1A9, CA

Are restaurants generally closed today?

Hey there,

Quick, stupid question. Today, Good Friday, is also my mom's birthday. Are restaurants generally closed?


Kensington Kitchen Closed

Has anyone been to the new place there?

Mirco Brewery Beer w/ pub fare downtown TO?

I definitely second the Caffe Volo recommendation. The beer list is huge (and while they do have a good selection of local and Southern Ontario, they have many more imports), the food is pretty good, and the music is usually good too.