SpaHa (closed in 2004)

66 Harbord Street
416-260-6133
This hip, trendy cafe is named after the two intersecting streets (Spadina and Harbord). This cafe serves meals to cater to the U of T students with money. The decor is trendy with glass tables and funky chairs, and art decor ambiance makes this place the ultimate hangout for people watching and just hanging out. The food is good but nothing unique. Located in the heart of U of T, this funky small restaurant serves trendy salads, soups, and light meals.

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Circle Thai

1521 Yonge 
(416) 924-8467

Fine, elegant ambiance, right in the heart of Yonge and St. Clair. Offering creative dishes like Mango Fish, Circle Thai Lobster, and Rack of Lamb. Circle Thai has an extensive menu with some vegetarian selections. Served on large plates, with linen napkins and tablecloths, this place is very chi chi poo poo. Portions are normal and food is very fresh and flavourful. The ambiance is slightly fancy and a bit upscale.

I ordered the thai vegetarian curry with sauted vegetables and tofu [YUM]. Prices are $9.95 and up. They serve amazing cold mango vegetarian rolls but the peanut sauce is not chunky enough for my likings. Elegant ambiance and right in the heart of Yonge and St. Clair.

Serra

378 Bloor W
(416) 944-9211

You want a trendy place with tiny portions, oversize plates, with a pretentious atmosphere, then try Serra in the Annex. With small glass tables, close together, the place serves Italian meals, very elegant and high-end cuisine at expensive prices. I had a pasta dish with tampanade and sauteed vegetables. Since I am on a low carboyhydrate diet, there was no problem since the portions were tiny. The bread was exquisite with different dips ranging from a spicy humus in a tiny little dipping bowl to a funky tapanade. The plates are oversize, the prices are ridiculous and the food is very very good. The pasta dish was fabulous, exploding with the aroma and flavour of olive oil, delicate herbs and spices, chunks of olives, garlic, tomatoes, artichokes, and grilled eggplant.