I'm getting somewhat tired of the "snap recommendations" on this message board, where we're getting overly general recommendations (and some disappointment about reality). In particular, check you the "My 2 cents worth..." link below, started by Nina, with a last response by neighborguy.
Thus, I propose a challenge to Toronto chowhounds.
(1) Name a restaurant that has been around for more than 5 to 7 years, that you have patronized at least 3 times with a guest, that is at least 9 minutes away both from your home and your place of work.
(2) Describe outstanding some outstanding features of the place.
(3) Relate why you continue to go back there.
I hope that this separates the real chowhounds from the poseurs! Debate on these impressions are welcomed!