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Bistro 990

BRACAB Nov 2, 2006 01:14 PM

I have someone who want's to go there for dinner. How is the food, what is recommended?

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    ctl98 Nov 2, 2006 08:58 PM

    ate there once on a prix fix menu and had an awesome steak with blue cheese gravy/dressing. yummy frites too!

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      danthediner Feb 17, 2008 05:29 AM

      I love Bistro 990!

      The food is great, and the service rocks!
      Me and friends have ALWAYS been treated like a Million Dollars here!

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        pearlD Feb 17, 2008 07:23 AM

        I also like Bistro 990...many times it's too crowded and it is a 'scene to be seen' place BUT they are one of the top three places IMO that make an excellent Steak Tartare....I have it as an entree, the chevre salad and a dessert.............one of my all time favourite meals! Not cheap and sometimes I say I can't stand the noise level BUT I do go back often enough!.

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          food_critic Mar 1, 2008 08:50 PM

          Definitely have to agree. The food is exceptional. Service is amazing. Overall, i dined there quite a handful of times. The Risotto is very nice. The snapper is great. The calamari is one of the best i have had. even the baguette that is served is very good with the broth from the muscles. This is a definite place to go if you like to have a great meal.

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      mgs Nov 2, 2006 05:22 PM

      Just went to bistro 990 this past friday...

      Even though we look like kids, the service was great, the food came quickly and was delicious. I had striploin of wild boar, and my SO had the rib-eye, both cooked medium rare, both hot and delicious. my first time having boar too, and I liked it a lot...

      luckily i had a gift certificate, which lessened the blow of the bill, but still, i would go back...


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        embee Nov 2, 2006 05:16 PM

        It's a scene - not a great resto. Food not bad, but not worth it. Twas not always like this but has been in recent years, alas. Perhaps it is better if they recognize you as worthy.

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          FEDup Nov 2, 2006 02:05 PM

          The food is great. Everytime I've been it's fresh and tasty. My sister, who is vegetarian, loved the pho when she went with me. The first time she was able to try it. I thought it was pretty good for a vegetarian version. I personally am a noodle junkie and so have tried various noodle dishes, all successful.

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            peppermint pate Nov 2, 2006 03:20 PM

            Pho...and noodles...at Bistro 990? Maybe you're thinking of Pho 88 or something else?

            Bistro 990 is good - not out of the ballpark - but good. Classic French bistro with things like chevre salad, roast chicken with mashed potatoes, liver, salmon - relatively simple preparations but well-executed. I have always found the service to be excellent and the main room (don't sit in the front bar area) is quite cozy.

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              Atahualpa Nov 2, 2006 03:22 PM

              Ummm.... He's asking about Bistro 990. Described on Toronto.com as:

              "This place is known throughout the world as a stomping ground for major Hollywood stars. The food is classic bistro style with a provencal influence. Celebrity chatter over leisurely lunches and decadent dinners only adds to this see-and-be-seen food stop. Bistro favorites include grilled flank steak in a bordelaise sauce, served with seasonal vegetables and frites; corn crusted sea bass; and a crispy roasted half chicken. Order from the baked-on- the-premises dessert menu. I'm almost certain you'll go for the lemon tart."

              I think you are thinking of Pho 99.

              As for Bistro 990, I have no personal experience, but, I'd always heard that it was more about the place than food.

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