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Where oh where to find good cassoulet in T.O?

rat under paper Aug 4, 2007 08:03 PM

I used to enjoy chef Steinberg's version of cassoulet at the late great JOV. Aside from hopping a plane to France for the real thing, does anyone know of a good Toronto place for cassoulet?

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  1. Recyclor RE: rat under paper Aug 4, 2007 08:17 PM

    ...I very much enjoyed it for lunch at Thuet last fall...

    1. JamieK RE: rat under paper Aug 4, 2007 08:19 PM

      I haven't been yet myself but I've heard Batifole offers good cassoulet.

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        bobbieMac RE: JamieK Aug 6, 2007 08:06 PM

        I'll second the batifole cassoulet.

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        ace123 RE: rat under paper Aug 4, 2007 08:47 PM

        I had it at Thuet & Le Select. Both were good.

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          ekammin RE: ace123 Aug 5, 2007 07:56 AM

          I always enjoyed the cassoulet at the Paradis Bistro on Bedford. However, I have not been there lately.

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            estragon RE: ace123 Aug 5, 2007 11:54 AM

            I had the cassoulet at Le Select a few months back. Kinda flavourless and overcooked. Bzzzzt. Next!

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              erly RE: estragon Aug 5, 2007 02:22 PM

              Batifole has an excellent cassoulet.
              As good if not better than anything in France.
              They often use duck confrit in it.

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                wordsworth RE: erly Aug 6, 2007 04:46 AM

                Batifole's cassoulet is outright terrible. A dry pile of beans with a few scraps of duck and sausage for which they charge $26 or something. It is by far the worst cassoulet I've ever had.

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                  pinstripeprincess RE: wordsworth Aug 24, 2007 11:20 AM

                  their cassoulet is awful.

                  far too tomatoe-y there was no cohesion in flavours and the balance was all wrong. the meat was very dried out and quite expensive for their usual menu pricing.

                  love batifole otherwise.

              2. re: estragon
                ekammin RE: estragon Aug 5, 2007 07:19 PM

                In my opinion, quite a few things at le Select have gone downhill since they left their Queen Street West location.

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                  Recyclor RE: ekammin Aug 6, 2007 07:37 AM

                  ...I agree, the new location is great looking, but I've never eaten anything memorable there...

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                    erly RE: Recyclor Aug 6, 2007 08:54 AM

                    My review was a bit too glowing.
                    Meant to write as good as and sometimes better.....
                    I am sorry that you didn't enjoy your meal.
                    I have had it twice there and both times it was abundant, with a leg of duck, (not pieces) and quite a delicious blending of flavours .
                    As for price, it is very reasonable.
                    I was just complaining about another resto. that charged $25. for 1/4 of a plain pan fried trout, so $26. for cassoulet is a bargain.

            2. sloweater RE: rat under paper Aug 24, 2007 09:44 AM

              Hart House Gallery Grill had an excellent cassoulet on the menu this past winter. Went back for it on three separate occasions and it was excellent each time.

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                gogol RE: sloweater Aug 24, 2007 11:21 AM

                Sloweater beat me to the punch and I second the recommendation of Hart House. I thoroughly enjoyed their casoulet several times last winter...hopefully it will resurface again in a few months once the weather turns chilly.

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                Apple RE: rat under paper Aug 25, 2007 07:20 AM

                I remember walking past Savoy Bistro and seeing it on the menu there some time back. But I can't say for sure if it is still there.

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