I would like to take my partner out for a nice post-Valentine's day dinner--we tend to 'celebrate' it a few days later to avoid the crowds. We live in the Annex, and although we are not food buffs by any stretch, we used to enjoy the occasional dinner at Goldfish and Arlequin--both are gone now. The requirements: above decent food, cosy with acceptable privacy (hard to enjoy your duck confit while rubbing elbows with a stranger), good ambiance. I'd also very much prefer a place in or close to the neighbourhood.
I've been surfing this site and some others since yesterday, and do not seem to be able to find a place that fits the bill. Here's what I've found so far:
Batifole: seems nice, but way out at the east end; transportation would be a problem.
La Palette: close enough, but gets mixed reviews lately, and may we expect to be too squished?
Cantine: does not look like anything special, mixed menu, but close enough; a place to fall back on if nothing works out?
Jacques Bistro: could not find much on this; excellent location for us, though.
Le Paradis: I've been put off by remarks on service and ambiance.
Le Select, Le Saint Tropez etc.: they sound too touristy...worth my while and money?
By the way, I would really like to go to Gallery Grill at Hart House---if only they served dinner! Not cosy, but I was impressed with the overall environment, the service and the food in the couple of times I had lunch there...
So, what do you suggest? I am thinking perhaps an early Sunday night dinner, but can settle for a Monday arrangement if that could guarantee some privacy in a smallish place...
Thanks in advance.