This is a birthday restaurant search. But not an ordinary one. This is one sibling's quest to bring some sense of the refinement that good, foodie love can accomplish-the sharing of something dear to me, namely my devotion to, and sensual appreciation of food-to my younger, rougher-around-the-edges brother on the occasion of his milestone birthday.
Sometimes, going to the gastronomic temples can achieve this, but not always. He's been floored by a meal at Eleven Madison Park, Daniel Humm's precious NYC outfit, and the refined, generous, though thoroughly democratic vibe of the dining experience. Toronto is a bit different, I find. Sometimes, there is that haughtiness towards younger diners that has put him (and I) off of some restaurants, in the past, which I hope to avoid.
This time, I'm looking for something that will open up the chance for us to be wowed with inventive cuisine, but not serve a dose of attitude alongside.
Sushi, Chinese, and seafood places are out.
So while I'm open to fine dining, I am also wondering if there are any outstanding smaller neighbourhood places where this experience might be possible. And, a place where our party of 4 can make reservations beforehand. Also, I'd like to find a place worthy of my brother's appetite; he generally scorns any piece of meat smaller than 10 oz...
Ideas so far: (while some of these differ, I'm ok with that-am looking for something that will shine as an experience, though the content of this experience may vary)
Colborne Lane, tasting menu
The Beast-menu looks interesting, though reviews are inconsistent
Frank's Kitchen on College
Weezie's (never been, but Googs' plugs have intrigued me)
Nota Bene-thinking of the reserve dry-aged meat selection, but the 'suits vibe is not exactly what I'm after.
Any recs. are welcome... Thanks!
354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA
782 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4, CA
88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA
45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA
604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA