Fifty Best Toronto Restaurants
  Cuisine: French, Contemporary  
  Location: Yorkville  


Celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud’s new restaurant sits proudly in the grand Four Seasons Hotel. Combining high-quality ingredients with a classic technique, the kitchen turns out up-market bistro dishes guaranteed to please. The poulet au vinaigre— a classic French dish from Lyon— features a perfectly roasted Chantecler chicken breast and leg stuffed with foie gras, tomato confit and tarragon. Enjoy exploring the a la carte menu divided into four sections based on Boulud’s “muses”: “la Tradition” (French cuisine), “la Saison” (seasonal produce), “le Potager” (the vegetable garden), and “le Voyage” (international flavours). As expected, desserts shine— the luxe touch of gold leaf on a rich brownie elegantly finishes off the meal.

In the Four Seasons Hotel, 60 Yorkville Avenue
(at Bay St.)      (416) 963-6000

Café Boulud


  Cuisine: Contemporary, French  
  Location: Yorkville  

French Bistro/Contemporary

This bustling bistro is the darling of designers, doyennes and tout cognoscenti; with vintage French posters and soft lighting setting the ambiance. Choose a seat at the zinc topped bar or directly across from an open kitchen, or perhaps upstairs to the quieter, more congenial bistro room. The kitchen delivers well-priced impeccable bistro cuisine such as plump Moules, garlicky Escargots, creamy Ris de Veau, as well as melt in your mouth fish dishes, well-seasoned grilled meats and some of the best crispy Frites found anywhere. Made in house desserts satisfy, with the seasonal Tarte Tatin as the top choice. The knowledgeable friendly staff are some of the best in the city. David Currie has a degree in wine and looks for French selections that are not first growths to add to the reasonably priced wine list. Wile away your time on the patios during the summertime.

166 Bedford Road
(between Davenport and Dupont)
(416) 921-0995

Le Paradis


  Cuisine: French  
  Location: Yorkville  


Set in an elegant Yorkville townhouse that sets a very high standard of excellence for its health-conscious menu and skilled service. For Opus, "wine is as important as food", something to be taken seriously. The fresh cut flowers, original R.C. Gorman's and Erte's, artistic wine displays and soft lighting, combine to create a beautiful setting. The kitchen is noted for perfectly grilled meat, fish and fowl; tantalizing pastas and risottos, adventurous vegetables, and inventive desserts.

37 Prince Arthur Ave.       (416) 921-3105



  Cuisine: Mediterranean, French  
  Location: Midtown/Uptown  


Two Victorian houses is the perfect airy, romantic setting. Glowing with its high ceiling, woodwork, bright windows, cozy fireplace and tree-lined summer patio. Intimate and elegant – so French in decor and with its famous regional dishes – with the inimitable casual elegance and ambience that can evoke Paris in a plate of cassoulet. The classically hearty dishes, matched by a great wine list with a Bordeaux emphasis, are there, but driven by a light health conscious cooking style that stresses fresh-market cuisine. Begin the meal with tapas or appetizers such as grilled Quail with figs, Gravlax, Sweet Potato Blinis with tarragon cream, or their house specialty Foie Gras terrine. Be sure to leave room for the homemade desserts, especially the warm Banana Cake topped with toffee sauce and cinnamon ice cream.

30 Baldwin Street      (416) 977-1287



  Cuisine: French  
  Location: North Toronto  

Auberge du Pommier


Exceptionally peaceful "country-in-the-city" atmosphere, perfect for romantic and special occasions. Two restored century-old cottages with fireplaces, wooden-beam ceilings, terrace with a stone fountain and flower-filled garden.The French cuisine moderne is pure poetry. For appetizers try a light mousse of smoked trout, poppy-seed pastry, or crabmeat remoulade. Main courses include fowl, venison, fresh caught fish and seasonal shellfish. Desserts are sybaritic. Attentive service. Substantial, yet reasonable wine list.

4150 Yonge Street      (416) 222-2220


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