Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas (and every other holiday celebration) and a Happy New Year!
For myself, 2015 marked many special events. This was the first year The Hubby and I celebrated as a married couple and we loved spending time with both of our families, feasting and arguing over boardgames. 2015 has been full of celebrations and amazing memories including 5 weddings, 9 countries and 1 baby. So far we’ve already booked a two week vacation for April (Hint: It’s in Europe!) and I can’t wait to see what else 2016 has in store!
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For me, the equation for a perfect date includes good food, good drinks and good conversation. A date is about spending time with another person, be it getting to know each other for the first time, getting a break from the kids or re-connecting after a busy week at work. To facilitate this, my pick for the Best Date Night restaurants in Toronto offer great food, an air of privacy and no ear-drum breaking music. I’m old, I don’t love yelling across the table all night.
Elevated dim sum, lovely service, elegant interior, dishes perfect for sharingMust Order:
Shrimp Dumplings, Rice RollGood For?
First dates, midtown location, refined Chinese food
Well priced, delicious tacos, cozy seatingMust Order:
In Cod We Trust, DessertGood For?
Casual date, dinner before another activity
Intimate dining area, great tasting menu, good cocktailsMust Order:
Charcuterie and Cheese Board, Seasonal CocktailsGood For?
Special occasions, trying to impress, foodies
Good food, located downtown, hidden gemMust Order:
Sashimi Salad, Beef TatakiGood For?
Casual date, pitchers of beer
Fresh oysters, intimate seating, amazing pastaMust Order:
Oysters, Papperdelle PastaGood For?
Seafood lovers, special occasions
Delicious pizzas, also available for take awayMust Order:
Duck Confit Pizza, CalamariGood For?
Casual date, pizza lovers
Intimate booths, traditional izakaya decor, many menu choices, perfect for sharingMust Order:
Ebi Mayo, YakitoriGood For?
Izakaya experience without the yelling, midtown location
Takes reservations, best Thai food in the cityMust Order:
Squash Fritters, Papaya SaladGood For?
Casual date, dinner before going out
Intimate seating, good wine list, wonderful service, great steak without breaking the bankMust Order:
Dry Aged SteakGood For?
Foodies, special occasions
Still TBE (To be Eaten):
Did I miss your favourite restaurant? Let me know in the comments. Last Updated: 10/02/2015
Somehow, whenever I plan a meal out with friends, our head count always spirals up and up until we’re in the double digits. I always find it challenging to find a restaurant in Toronto that can seat more than 8 people, takes reservations and doesn’t force a set menu on us. With a large group, in addition to being comfortably seated, budget and service is key. Sometimes bills need to be split, food is shared, there’s couples, everyone arrives at a different time and everyone has a different budget. The restaurants listed below have all been great at handling a large table of hungry, fussy diners at a reasonable price point.
5.0 / $$$Why?
Tapas style menu, great for sharing, loud, boisterous atmosphereMust Order:
P-toro & kawa skewersGood For?
Beer drinkers, carnivores, large, loud groups
4.0 / $$$Why?
Downtown location, beautiful sophisticated space, authentic Spanish cuisineMust Order:
Jambon Serrano, PaellaGood For?
Special events, celebrations, excuse to dress up
4.0 / $$$Why?
Sick Asian food, great decor, upstairs bar LoPanMust Order:
Big Mac Bao, Fried Giggi TroutGood For?
Celebrations, late night cocktails, foodies
5.0 / $Why?
Authentic Korean cuisine, low price, plenty of seatingMust Order:
JaJangMyun, Jokbal, TangSuYukGood For?
Casual gathering, 905'ers, groups of >8, budget friendly
4.0 / $$$Why?
Menu that's great for sharing, downtown location, great wine selectionMust Order:
Kung Pao Cauliflower, Chicken Liver MousseGood For?
Foodies, celebrations, group of 8-10, cocktails
Infused soju, great menu for sharing, attentive serviceMust Order:
Soju flight, Kimchi Fries, Spicy Seafood StewGood For?
Soju, avoiding downtown, fusion cuisine
4.5 / $$$Why?
Large space, great outdoor patio, upbeat atmosphereMust Order:
Singaporean Style Slaw, Tong YuenGood For?
Groups of 8-12, cocktails, boisturous crowd, birthdays
Giant outdoor patio, multiple private dining areas, plenty of tequilaMust Order:
Tuna Ceviche, Bucket of ShrimpGood For?
Large groups, private events, celebrations, special occasion
Still TBE (To be Eaten):
- Kingyo Izakaya
- Carbon Bar
- Colette Grand Cafe
Did I miss your favourite restaurant? Let me know in the comments.
Last Updated: 04/28/2015