At this Bloor West bistro, practically every diner wears pastel cardigans, tables are topped with linens, and the French Provincial blue-and-cream room, its walls obscured by dozens of French cinema posters, hasn’t been updated in years. Nor has the one-page menu, much to the relief of the clientele. They’re mostly regulars, back every week to gab with the gracious, bonsoir-bearing French owner, François Dupris, and order the bistro dishes he’s been serving for 15 years. Every item on a pork charcuterie board—salty ham, spicy salami, creamy pâté, rillettes and garlic sausage—is a delight, especially with a hit of pickly brine from the accompanying gherkins. Hanger steak is soft and smoky from the grill and slicked with a robustly savoury bordelaise sauce. Unfortunately, duck confit—the ultimate bistro staple—is limp and crunchless. For dessert, a lemon tart is sweet and sour, just as it should be, but crêpes are gummy and saccharine.
Neighbourhood: The Kingsway
Closed on Sundays from June to Labour Day in September.
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