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La Bodega or Le Select?

swn May 2, 2004 09:44 AM

I'm visiting Toronto this coming weekend. It seems like you can't go wrong with either one of these, but I wondered if anyone has a preference for one or the other (or wants to warn people away for any reason...). It's for a special occasion dinner ---

Also, any suggestions for a nearby pre-dinner drink on Saturday? Since we're avoiding the *really* expensive places (Canoe, Scaramouche) for dinner, we thought we could at least drop in for a drink.

Many thanks!

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    Michael Wong May 2, 2004 02:42 PM

    I've never been to La Bodega myself but Le Select has always had excellent service and food at a reasonable price.

    I love the Le Select because of its dining room - I have never seen bread baskets hanging from the ceiling at any other restuarant I've eaten at. Very cool. Fun to access too (you untwist a rope to let the baskets down).

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      Toronto K.G. May 2, 2004 08:15 PM

      Just had dinner tonight at Bodega on Baldwin Street. The food was alright, but certainly not memborable. The setting was lovely and the service was friendly and good, but the food was nothing special. I had the prix fix dinner which included a red pepper puree soup that was probably one of the better dishes of the evening. My husband had the french onion soup, which he said the broth tasted as if it could have come from a can. The strip loin steak was good, but the potatoes and yorkshire pudding were rather dry and tasteless. It was served with some baby bok choy, asparagus and steamed carrots that lacked any outstanding flavor. For dessert I had the white chocolate & Grand Marnier mousse cake. It was again "alright" but nothing to write home about and if they were using Grand Marnier, it was so subtle, that one could barely taste it.
      I've never been to Le Select, so cannot comment on that place. I have been to La Paradise and find it much better than Bodega.

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        Chrissy Joseph May 14, 2004 12:53 PM

        Bodgea is one of my husband's and my favourite places to eat. Recently some dishes I've enjoyed included the roasted buffalo with shallots and rosemary butter. The chefs serves this medium-rare. The Alberta beef with a cab-sav glaze was wonderful. We always order the foie gras terrine and escargot and sweetbreads. We love rich selections! I do recommend inquiring as to whether the head chef is in that evening. The one night we ate there and he wasn't the dishes did suffer for it.

        1. food face Dec 15, 2007 11:52 AM

          I was delighted with Bodega. Warm cozy atmosphere in an old mansion house. The food was not flawless but it had what most restaurants don't ....the love. Very nice sized portions. I just ate there for brunch. The French onion soup was incredible. Well seasoned rich broth (sorry Toronto K.G. no way it's canned!). Wonderful gooey cheese on top. Nice little touches too....the fruit and custard mini danishes basket in a addition to the fresh baked bread basket. Their fries are perfect too. Crsipy frites with soft puffy centres. Sprinkled with course see salt. Not to greasy either. My mum had the pancakes. She said they where the best pancakes she has ever had and she's fussy. Fluffy with blueberries with no acrid artificial batter flavor. It tasted like a baker made them. Even the maple syrup was lovely as it had been warmed. I will definatley go back.

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            dyoung Jul 25, 2008 08:58 AM

            I went here with my family for our mother's 65th birthday celebration. There were a few kids with our group and the waiter there was particularly rude to the kids and the other members of our group. He was curt and did not follow through with requests. When we spoke to the manager, she didn't seem to be bothered by his behaviour and gave the impression that children were not welcome at the restaurant. This encounter soured the whole experience, and we will NEVER go back!

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              T Long Jul 25, 2008 10:12 AM

              So actually which restaurant were you disappointed with?...

              1. re: dyoung
                Dimbulb Jul 25, 2008 10:37 AM

                Welcome to Chowhound!

              2. atomeyes Jul 25, 2008 10:44 AM

                I'll always recommend Cafe La Gaffe over those two.
                consistenly great.
                Risotto is amazing.

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