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
When Louise Choi decided to open her own hotel in a 12,000 square-foot family-owned warehouse space in Chinatown, she didn’t imagine it would be a five-year long undertaking. A textile company had previously occupied the space, and when it vacated, Choi was so eager to transform the spot that she ditched her job as a financial advisor in New York City, moved to Toronto and gutted the place. It opened rather surreptitiously last week as Hotel Ocho.
In French, avoir la banane means you’ve got a big grin on your face. So it’s fitting that, prior to opening La Banane, chef Brandon Olsen was known for his fried chicken and chocolates, food that tends to put smiles on faces. But at his contemporary bistro on Ossington, Olsen reaches much further in his
In a world where rustic Italiana rules the city, and the likes of French onion soup and coq au vin are from when dinosaurs walked the earth, La Palette is a charming throwback. Yes, you can still make us happy with great lashings of butterfat — in unctuous sauce on pasta, in the compound butter
When Toronto’s club king boasted about changing the face of dining in Yorkville a couple years back, many an eye did roll. After all, Charles Khabouth is more closely associated with night spots such as Kool Haus and the Guvernment. But then he goes and opens French bistro La Société, and it seems as though many people will be eating their words along with the classic French cuisine on offer.
Lapinou is a place where fine French dining meets comfort, fun, and hospitality. The new King West location has a powerhouse team behind it, including head chef Jamie Ullrich (Nota Bene, Estia) and Sommelier and general manager Lauren Hall (Terroni, Patria, Byblos). “I think when word gets out in Toronto that there’s a group of
Bienvenue à Le Baratin. This modern bistro is as close to France as you can get in this city. From its all-French management and kitchen team to a wine list that is 95 per cent from France, taste how locally sourced ingredients can make you feel an ocean away. Le Baratin’s head chef Jean Regis
When news broke of a fire at Chantecler in November 2019, people across Toronto were devastated. One of the most beloved destinations for flawlessly executed yet accessible French cuisine would be forced to close. Staff went off in search of new employment, and renovations were planned. Two months later, chef Peter Robson got a call
This authentic Parisian bistro is like a trip to Paris without leaving the city. Le Select Bistro believes that what you put in your body has an impact on how you feel, so they look to provide real food with both flavour and nutrients. Their fish and seafood is certified sustainable by reputable third parties,
Who would have thought a second after ending the Black Hoof chapter the tireless restaurateur Jen Agg would work her magic in a storied Queen West space? Well she did, and it’s the eatery equivalent of a warm embrace. Le Swan’s skinny room showcases its original spirit and is darkened conspiratorially, with tableside lights allowing
Ma Maison brings authentic French dining to Toronto at two locations, in Etobicoke and at Bloor and Jane. Ma Maison features authentic French baked goods like croissants and artisanal breads, traditional charcuterie and sausages, as well as a variety of gourmet take-home dinners for those too busy (or not French enough) to cook.
Maison Selby is the newest addition to the Oliver and Bonacini family of fine dining locales, and the project has reinvigorated the historic Gooderham House at Sherbourne and Bloor. You’ll be able to get a little bit of everything here, as the skillful world of French cuisine meets a devotion to serving the multifaceted desires
This welcoming European-style bakery and café is the real deal, helmed by French master pastry chef Thierry Schmit. Originally from Alsace – the bakery is named after the stork (la cigogne), a symbol of this French region – Schmit moved to Toronto in the 1990s and has taught French baking and pastry at George Brown
La cigogne, or stork, is a symbol of the Alsace region of France, where it is thought to bring good luck. At Patisserie La Cigogne, French master pastry chef Thierry Schmitt aims to provide Alsatian delicacies from the land of the stork. Traditional French desserts, like croquembouches, pastries, breads and chocolate, have earned La Cigogne a
Punny and unapologetic, this Vietnamese and French bistro is serving up historic fusion we can’t get enough of. With the French culture remaining so present in Vietnamese cuisine, it is no wonder the people at Pho Pas Social Bistro have decided to create a restaurant that highlights the beauty and bounty of both culturally rich
The Fairmont Royal York’s new signature restaurant Reign is serving artful plates of French fare in a sophisticated setting. Reign was introduced as the more food-focused half of a two-part redesign meant to mark the historic landmark’s 90th anniversary this year. Its sister restaurant, Clockwork — which got its name from the massive 90th anniversary
Making its first foray into Toronto, Ruelo Patisserie has long called Richmond Hill home. Owner Jacqueline Lo, pastry chef extraordinaire, has been in the biz now for some four years, and hopes to slowly set up camp throughout the city, gaining customers one macaron at a time. Her new Toronto location opened near Yonge and Eglinton last month