You don’t have to visit France or even Quebec to enjoy fine French food. There are a number of fine Toronto restaurants offering a wide variety of French cuisine. Many have world class reputations for their attention to detail and quality.
1 Benvenuto Place,
Location: just north of Downtown Toronto off of Avenue Road.
Tel: (416) 961-8011
Fax: (416) 961-1922
For more than two decades, Scaramouche has upheld its reputation as one of the most highly respected French restaurants in Toronto. Based on classic Continental and French techniques, Scaramouche’s menus feature the finest ingredients, using seasonally available vegetables and meats with discriminating taste and a devotion to purity.
468 College St
Just west of Bathurst St.
With its French flavour, wood floors and a pewter bar reminiscent of bistros in Paris, Gamelle offers an incomparable blend of ambiance, good food and great wines. The menu bursts with flavours from France’s Provence. Tasty dinner selections include: Pan Seared Striped Bass with Orange Juice, Red Pepper and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Emulsion; Grilled New York Striploin Steak with Brandy & Green Peppercorn Sauce, and Boulangère Potatoes; or Roasted Fresh Quebec Île Verte “Pré-Salé” Leg of Lamb with a Light Tomato, Harissa, Mint and Red Wine Reduction. If that doesn’t send you reaching to make a reservation, you’ve never tried real French cuisine. Now’s the time to visit Gamelle Restaurant
La Palette Restaurant
256 Augusta Avenue
Location: South of College Street.
Located at the edge of Chinatown in Kensington Market, a well-known Toronto neighbourhood, La Pallete offers diners a taste of Marseilles France. Try the breaded and fried camembert; caramelized Asian pear and fennel slaw with cranberry-ginger coulis; chicken stuffed with peppers and rice; or lamb chops with a crusty coating of mustard and rosemary. This popular Bistro offers dinner and brunch 7 days a week.
16 Church Street
Location: Downtown Toronto, Theatre District
With an atmosphere reminiscent of Provence in France, Toronto’s Le Papillion offers diners wood burning fireplaces, hanging plants and French tablecloths. Their famous savory crepes are great but there’s a much more varied menu at this popular French restaurant. Menu selections include: Moules à la Marinière with market-fresh mussels steamed and served in a dill, Spanish onion, garlic butter and white wine broth; Saumon Fumé with thinly sliced, choice Atlantic smoked salmon served on a bed of watercress; and for dessert, Profitéroles au Chocolat—puffed pastry stuffed with vanilla ice cream, served with a chocolate sauce and whipped cream.