With Alo, Patrick Kriss brought the tasting menu back into the Toronto dining vernacular. When the chef opened his French restaurant back in 2015, diners had become weary of stuffy parades of plates. Kriss decided to revive the tradition but do so in his own dignified manner. A flood of accolades came pouring in, applauding
Auberge du Pommier has been at the top of the game in Toronto’s French fine dining scene since it opened in 1987. From restaurant group Oliver & Bonacini, this modest yet sophisticated pair of French-style cottages sits along Yonge Street. Although if you’ve never been there, you might not notice it. Covered in summer foliage
Torontonians may not be familiar with Brioche Dorée, but Parisians certainly are. Dishing out goods since 1976, the successful French café-bakery is taking baby steps into the Canuck market. After opening at kiosk at Pearson Airport, the chain has just opened its first downtown Toronto location (with more to come), offering brioche, baguettes, pastries and more.
The food now is classic bistro with a luxurious twist. There’s plenty of personal Boulud touches (the beignet de calamar include deft Southeast Asian flavours) and nods to Toronto (the quenelle de brochette is made with Ontario-sourced pike.) In short, the rethink worked and Café Boulud is in a class by itself.
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
Come to this West Toronto institution to celebrate all things fromage. The cheese boutique features hundreds of imported cheeses from exotic locales like France and Italy, as well as from this side of pond like Ontario and Quebec. Cheese is aged on-site, with one of the aging rooms even open to the public for those
FK Wine Bar is a beacon of elegance and luxury amongst the myriad of St. Clair West restaurants. The interior is light and chic, with huge chandeliers, velvet upholstery and colourful murals on the wall. The whimsical yet refined style of the space is mirrored in the presentation of the exquisite dishes. FK’s menu is
Fleur du Jour is an artisanal patisserie serving up classic and inventive takes on icons of French baked goods. The space is minimalist yet affable, making for a perfect midday break to eat a pastry and sip on some tea or coffee. Everything is made from hand, fresh every day, ensuring a high standard of