I have a dining acquaintance that has a birthday coming up soon and I was hoping to take them somewhere like Colborne Lane - but I passed the idea by them yesterday and they were adamantly against it.
Their reasoning is that they do not often have an opportunity to go out to eat and have generally been disappointed when they try new restaurants out (the portions are too small, the food not to their liking, the price to enjoyment ratio was too high, etc.). I respect their wishes, but now I am at a loss as to where to take them on such short notice. Help?!
Their idea of reasonable would be a meal for about $70 ~ $80 a head (app + main + dessert that could be shared) and that one would exit the restaurant full/satisfied. Though they appreciate some ‘adventurous’ preparation methods and ingredients, I do not think these perks give my acquaintance enough joy to outweigh the focus on the cost-premium element. "Safe" means that I would appreciate a restaurant that is consistent in execution. Too often in Toronto, kitchens often have 'off' days.
Any thoughts on Lucien?