Haven't been around since I wrote up our last trip (to Los Angeles) in August. Because I haven't been anywhere (except Atlanta for a weekend wedding - only restaurant meal was at Restaurant Eugene - excellent - and I should write it up)! Anyway - I am planning our next trip for end of May (my husband's 65th birthday). Long weekend trip (perhaps 5 nights or so). Now we haven't been to Toronto in ages. And I think the only thing that is the same since the last time we were there is the old Four Seasons (I've been waiting for the new one to open - but don't want to wait until 2011 or 2012). But at stay 2 nights - get 1 free - it;s a hard deal to resist - even if it is perhaps more than a little dated. But since my husband loves Chinese food - and it isn't a long trip for us - I thought it would be worth a look (and I expect end of May we will find very nice weather there).
Anyway - I am looking for some general ideas about the best types of food and best places to eat them in Toronto. Chinese food is of course at the top of the list for us (the best Chinese food we have where we live is at Wok N' Roll). But recommendations relatively close to the Four Seasons (not a 30 minute cab ride) would be appreciated. Perhaps I can plan a small "Chinese banquet" (if there is such a thing) for my husband's birthday dinner. We also love dim sum - but I can read the existing threads about those places.
Our taste in food is pretty eclectic. But I would like to know what the specialties are in Toronto in terms of local type food (use of local ingredients is a big positive - end of May will probably still be spring veggie/baby lamb season up north - I would probably avoid restaurants that specialize in things like our local Florida fish and shrimp). And ethnic specialties other than Chinese. We tend to prefer higher end restaurants - but not if they're "tired". And although we enjoy newer forms of food - it's only if the chef is accomplished - and what he puts out isn't something that looks like amateur night with a sous vide machine. We really aren't into the best pizzas - burritos - etc. - etc. IOW - we're looking for a "middle to higher end" *Toronto* dining experience.
I have also read about some food markets (there's a big one whose name I can't remember off the top of the head). And the week I am planning to visit is - last week in May - is - for lack a better word - "Architecture Week" - where a lot of interesting buildings are open to the public. Sounds like "Architecture Week" in Chicago - which we have enjoyed before. And if any of you have visited the attractions that week - I'd appreciate a list of favorites.
And last - I remember when we were last in Toronto - maybe 20 years ago - the restaurant at the Four Seasons was an old fashioned really English kind of place. It seems to have been replaced by something new. Is the new restaurant worth a try? Thanks for any help you can give me. Robyn
P.S. I know Toronto has great public transportation. We won't have a car - and will probably use it a fair amount. But my husband has some mobility issues - and - by evening - he will probably be too tired to use public transportation. Therefore dinner recommendations relatively close to the Four Seasons (15-20 minutes cab ride distance) would be appreciated. Robyn