So my friend's birthday is coming up in a few weeks, and I'd like to take him for a really nice dinner. The only thing is, he's a chef, and I also work in the hospitality industry so we're very picky about where we eat, and I want this to be as ideal a dinner as possible.
Obviously, I want somewhere where the food is fantastic first, but also somewhere where service corresponds with price, and where service staff has adequate knowledge of the wine list. I'm not looking to spend a ton of money, but it's a birthday dinner, so it's got to be nice.
He's really into Canadian cuisine, and game especially I think so I was thinking of the following places, but was wondering what would be the best option or if there is something I haven't thought of?
Niagara St. Cafe
Nota Bene (neither of us has been yet)
Cowbell (i heard service was bad, but maybe it's gotten better?)
Lucien (i think both of us have a chef crush on Scot Woods)
Thanks for your help!