This is in the suburbs near the airport but I tried Culinaria on Wednesday for a business luncheon. The space is quite small and the combined culinary school and restaurant set up reminds me of the George Brown space downtown. The outside looks like an old brick house but the inside is rather contemporary although it still hues to a white table cloth set up. The servers were quite young and with two large parties attention was inconsistent. Portions are rather big but I started off with a carrot puree soup, and barramundi fish. It allegedly came with a spicy salsa but it ended up feeling more like a tropical fruit dressing on the side. Lunch mate had a chicken entree that looked unremarkable and salad to start. The salad looked the size of an entree with dressing that looked to be 4/5 olive oil. A couple of cocktails, a glass of wine and a port to finish ended up being $135 + tip. Ominously, there is a sign in the front that says they will serve only one alcoholic beverage per customer per hour. Happily for us, this was just a warning.
I somehow ended up at Biff's Bistro on Friday for lunch because I wanted to try Osteria 55 but found out it was closed for renovations. It reminded me how much I hate going to restaurants that run summerlicious and lo and behold, I order a la carte but they gave me the crepe madame that was on the summerlicious menu. I got the "extras" from the a la carte in two side dishes (an egg and side salad). The only good thing was we sat indoors and the indoor waiter was quite attentive as there were fewer people inside.
Saturday for dinner I was at La Societe after a show. We split the foie gras appetizer, escargots and a petite seafood tower (oysters, tuna tartare, shrimps, calamari) with a party of three. Finished off with a creme brulee and the "lemon bombe alaska" or some mix of those words - no idea how that's actually bistro food. $215 including tip. There are a lot of children in strollers on a Saturday night whether it's on the patio, downstairs or in the actual restaurant. The bar is probably the best solace if that sort of thing bothers you.