I need to find somewhere to take my significant other to on his birthday that is not too expensive for my student budget.
I'm looking to spend $75-$120 in total (inc. tax & tip) for a dinner for two, which can include a glass of wine/drink, main course, and dessert for each.
** The ambience can be romantic or really trendy and modern, but I do want a place that feels a little out of the ordinary, a class above your average restaurant. And it should be somewhere that we do have to get moderately dressed up in, and not find a table of people in jeans and t-shirt (i.e. not too casual and informal).
We're adventurous about food, and exciting menu choices would be great. But I would rather get good quality standard fare than interesting combinations that are just bad.
Trust me I've done my homework and combed this whole site from top to bottom for recommendations from you foodies, weeded out the impossibles (like Susur), and so far this is the list I've come up with, any input would be great. *** If any of these choices don't seem to fit the above ambience criteria please let me know! *** The food doesn't have to be absolutely brilliant, but it has to be above average, certainly nothing to complain about.
[ Brassaii ]
- trendy and modern, moderately priced, some interesting dishes.
[ Foccacia ]
- cozy, the photo I found looks like a small house. They don't have a website though. How is the decore and what's the dress-code?
[ Xacutti ]
- trendy and modern, pan-Indian/fusion cusine is definitely interesting, but I'm not sure if the pan-Asian works?
[ The Corner House ]
- looks like a house, described as cozy
- someone described it as a great place for special occasions and "capital-A ambience" ... true? The name kind of threw me off.
- Impressed that the chef was someone who worked at Jump and prices still seems reasonable
[ Mildred Pierce ]
- from the website, it looks like a tradional fancy looking restaurant, but they don't list their MENU on their website!!
[ Boba ]
- looks nice, though by the prices listed it's probably a little more expnesive than the rest on this list (along with JOV), is it worth the extra price?
[ JOV Bistro ]
- Read some good reviews here. The trust us menu is $65 without wine, that's too expensive for me, but the mains at $19-$32 (according to one review) seems ok. It's described as "casual, informal" by someone though. I don't want it to be casual and informal.
[ Mistura ]
- smart looking restaurant, serves some standard Italian fare, but looks good and the prices seem reasonable.
Another consideration was [ Le Select Bistro ] but it seems too downscaled for this special occasion.
So, of all of these, which have you been to and which would be your top?
Which should I definitely eliminate based on my criterias.
Thanks in advance for your help! I promise I will let you know what I picked and come back with a thorough review. It would mean a lot to me to be able to pick a restaurant that will knock him off his feet.