Category Archives: Cuisine (French)

Chez Laurent Restaurant


4965 Chez Laurent Restaurant
(Yonge St & Sheppard Ave)
T: 416-590-0909

Here’s a quaint family-owned restaurant/old style home located right on Yonge Street (just south of Sheppard). Although a bit run down, it complemented the ambiance .. cozy, homely and non-pretentious.
The food was spectacular and mostly homemade but it was the owner’s passion that gave the place its energy. This restaurant is truly a hidden gem within the city.

Recommendations
• Thin pasta wrapped with salmon, spinach and cheese (special, not on menu)
• White wine with cassis liquor (similar to a rose)

Good to Know
• Best seats: Next to the fireplace
• Service: Very friendly, knowledgable and passionate
• Atmosphere: Old fashion, traditional, cozy, non-pretentious; generally an older crowd
• Ideal for: Semi-casual gatherings; home cooked food lovers; pasta lovers
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: Yes

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Conviction


609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1MB
(Bathurst St & King St W)
(416) 603-2777

*CLOSED*

Here’s a cool concept: ex-convicts gets second chances to work (serve, cook, etc) at a high-end, fine dining restaurant for owner Chef Marc Thuet.

The idea of an ex-prisoner serving dinner could be discerning to some at frist. But speaking from experience, I really enjoyed dining there. Although our server looked like Adam Lambert, he was very pleasant and professional. (From an interview with Biana Zorich, co-owner of Conviction, they only hire ex-cons of non-serious crimes (i.e. petty theft), not ones that would make us cringe.)

Recommendations
• Onion Soup

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: servers are ex-prisioners but are professional
• Atmosphere: comfortable;
• Ideal for: Business, date,
• Attire: Smart casual, business
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: No

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Biff’s Bistro


4 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1G4
(Yonge & Front St)
T: (416) 860-0086
www.oliverbonacini.com/Biffs-Bistro.aspx

Impress your date with this nice, elegant restaurant. The food was great and service even better!

Recommendations
• Prix fixe
• Crème brûlée
• Wine (they have a really good wine list)

Good to Know
• Best seats: In the cranberry red room (more privacy)
• Service: Excellent – We were well taken care of from the moment we walked in. They took our jackets, accommodated our request for quiet and sat us in a smaller private room, and was very helpful with the menu and wine list. We were dining leisurely and were one of the last ones left in the restaurant. They were very considerate and professional and did not pressure or rush us to leave.
• Atmosphere: Elegant, rich, darker, colourful (cranberry walls), fancy
• Ideal for: Date, business, more formal, parents
• Attire: Business, smart casual, dressy
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: N/A

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The Harbord Room


89 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON  M5S 1G4
(Spadina Ave & Harbord St)
(416) 962-8989
www.theharbordroom.com

The Harbord Room is one of the quaint and cozy little restaurants on Harbord Street. Overall, the food was fresh and delicious.

Good to Know
• Best seats: Patio or the table with sofa chairs next the window at the front (This spot might be a bit chilly in the winter because the windows don’t look like they are will insulated.)
• Service: Good
• Atmosphere: Cozy
• Ideal for: Date, small gatherings
• Attire: Smart casual; trendy; business
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: Yes

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The Church Restaurant


70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, ON N5A 6V6
(Ontario St & 112)
T: (519) 273-3424
www.churchrestaurant.com

As the name suggests, this place was once was a church now turned into a restaurant.

Recommendations
• I highly recommend their tasting menus with wine pairing; but you also have the choice of an à la carte menu or a 3-course prix fixe menu.

Good to Know
• Best seats: Really, anywhere. The dining area is open so no matter where you are seated, you can orient yourself to see the original organ, the high cathedral ceilings, etc.
• Service: Great; our server was extremely professional and knowledgeable about the food and the wine
• Atmosphere: Very much like in a church with dinner tables, white table cloths, and chairs
• Ideal for: Romance, parents, special occasions
• Attire: Semi-formal, business suits
• Reservations recommended: Yes (If you plan to try the Tasting Menu and see a Stratford Show afterwards, I’d make reservations for about 2-3 hours prior to the show time)
• Patio recommended: N/A