Toronto, ON M6K 1L4
Walk by this Parkdale space after dusk on a weekday and the scene recalls something you'd see in a nostalgic flick starring Cate Blanchett. With floor-to-ceiling windows opened up, the bistro's insides feature a wraparound bar and teeny kitchen. Since chef Jon Poon went off to focus on his fancy bars, Jacob Wharton-Shukster, the other half of the original duo, has tightened up the French focus of the space. Chef Peter Robson doles out briny oysters with mignonette sauce, wild buttermilk-fried 'shrooms gussied up with cheese and lettuce, and super-moist duck done two ways (breast and leg) that will leave the entire party happy.