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. The cuisine incorporates traditional French techniques with North American seasonal influences and ingredients. Not to be mistaken for modern cooking, this is a French fine dining restaurant all the way down to the immaculate white tablecloths and perfectly choreographed service.
Luke Donato, executive chef and co-owner of Bacchanal, is no stranger to fine dining. He graduated from the French Culinary Institute in New York City and worked in some of Toronto’s finest restaurants such as North 44, Ortolan and later as sous chef at Campagnolo.
Laurie Hillesheim, long-time industry veteran, and first-time restaurateur has opened Birch Bistro in the old Céléstin spot on Mount Pleasant at the corner of Manor Road. She has enlisted chef Philippe Coeurdassier (formerly of Mogette Bistro) to run the kitchen.
Bomou Artisanal Bakery had its grand opening on March 17, but then sisters and co-owners Azar and Negar Sabzevari had to close up shop, as COVID-19 quarantined Toronto. Despite the rocky start and what was an undoubtedly long list of compromises, the bakery was able to re-open a few months later. Bomou’s signature products include their
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
Il y a un world to discover at Douce France, the French café and small grocery destination on the Danforth. Be greeted in either language by the bilingual staff and peruse the curated selection of imported goods while the likes of Edith Piaf or Charles Aznavour plays in the back. Those who seek the absolute
Dreyfus is a cosy French bistro from Zach Kolomeir, former chef de cuisine at Montreal’s revered Joe Beef restaurant. The brief, ever-changing menu focuses on simple, well-executed French fare, with a few nods to Kolomeir’s Jewish heritage and the culture’s influence on Québécois cuisine. Think dishes like baked oysters, with smoked eel and Parmesan, and