For a Saturday evening in mid-March, celebrating a major milestone birthday with 5-6 family members who are extremely worldly adventurous eaters who prioritize phenomenal food quality, but also appreciate refined atmosphere, a spectacular view from a high floor (or of the lake), professional service akin to American fine dining standards, etc. Either a tasting menu or chef's table OR amazing a la carte (mains over $40). One person is allergic to shellfish but everyone is willing to do the same tasting menu otherwise. If tasting menu is unavailable, the mains should be more varied than the usual steak.
Debating among: Stock (view), Toca, Scaramouche (view), Splendido, Hashimoto at JCCC (if they can accommodate the seafood allergy), or even Opus or C5. Can't consider Canoe due to Saturday restriction, and not interested in revisiting Colborne Lane primarily because it doesn't fit the "fine dining in refined atmosphere or with view" requirement. And Kaji is just too close to home and probably too seafood-dominant.
Unfortunately, we can't leave Toronto to visit Langdon Hall, Eigensinn Farm, winery restos, etc. The restaurant must be within 30 minute drive of downtown.
Please help narrow the choice!
A place that includes amuse bouche, sorbet, petits fours or other "gifts" from the chef, offers foie gras (not the usual pan seared or terrine), fresh truffles, or other hard-to-find or exotic ingredients, and showcases a composed, complex cooking style (versus simple grilling, for instance) would be a bonus. Good champagne also welcome.
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