I have a guest that will be coming in from Vancouver within the next few weeks and he requested a fine-dining experience here in Toronto.
To give some background, he has had a lot of experience eating at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world and currently lives in Vancouver. He originally wanted to book Susur, but I notified him that he has unfortunately packed his bags for NYC. Since he is from Vancouver, he has access to great Chinese food and lots of fresh seafood, so his top priority is to try something more 'meat and potatoes', with signature "Canadian-flare"/Westernized.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I do not want to disappoint him. Price ranges are probably on the higher-end, since Susur was his original choice. I was thinking of Splendido, because it is on my list of places to try, but a close acquaintance keeps warning me against it (so I am a bit hesitant). But I love Nota Bene, so I am really torn. We want something a bit adventurous (so no steak houses), with interesting preparation methods. But of course, consistency is KEY. I was thinking of Colborne Lane, but the same dining companion has recommended against going there as well because their experience was very lack-lustre. What is everyone's thought on Chiado? I was not impressed with Perigee on my last visit (when Chef Riley was there), nor George, so I won't be returning to those places.
Another inconvenienece is that he is only available on Sunday, since he is only in town for the weekend (November 30th - so the Italian Seasons festival will be over by then). I know, the kiss of death for a good experience at Fine Dining restaurants, but we have no choice.
Thanks in Advance, folks.