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May 18, 2008 10:32 PM

Looking for new French restaurant in Toronto.

My girlfriend's birthday is coming up. She is a real foodie and has tried so many Toronto restaurants already.
I'd like to find a relatively new French restaurant that is amazing. Bistro or swank...doesn't matter. We tried Amuse Bouche recently. Loved it! Would like to find something comparable.

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  1. Delux (trendy French bistro with a Cuban twist) on Ossington is getting good buzz.

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    1. re: torontofoodiegirl

      Delux is hardly a French restaurant. French-ish at best.

      1. re: Edith S

        Hmm... all of the reviews I've read have described it as a french bistro. Toronto Life says "menu is mainstream French bistro executed with panache." Clearly, it's got a twist in that there is a Cuban Influence (which I gather was less present in the cold winter months). However, I haven't been yet so I'll reserve judgment...

        Coquine (referred to below) I have been to, and quite enjoyed (though I'm not sure I'd call it "amazing"). I note that it definitely does have a menu that's fairly eclectic and definitely strays beyond classic French.

    2. I haven't tried it yet, but there's Coquine at Yonge and Eglinton. It's reasonably new.
      I'm sure you've tried the old standards- batifole, le paradis, etc.

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      1. re: meld_la

        I love Coquine, always a solid choice...but they don't take reservations so be prepared to wait if you're planning on a Friday or weekend night. The only dissappointment I've had with them is the peas w/proscuitto...very weak. I also nominate Le Select as a great choice...I've never had a bad meal there and it would also be a solid brunch choice should you want to do something less predictable for a birthday.

        1. re: lmc1971

          I loved their Caprese Salad (enough for two) - The mussels were very good but the fries were greasy and limp. Service is friendly but a bit hurried. May be Friday night is not the best time: lots of noise and not so much attention.

        2. re: meld_la

          Coquine is fine, though for a real French bistrot you'll have to go to Paris, France. I love their so-called Heirloom Tomatoes with Buffala cheese but their French fries are awful, limp and greasy, unless they improved recently.

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          1. i love Amuse Bouche, too! another favorit is celestine on mt. pleasant. love their brunch on weekends! fish soup is my dish(?) which i always order.

            1. We have eaten several times at Le Montmartre, despite its out-of-the-way location at Sheppard and the Allen. Pleasant atmosphere, traditional French dishes well prepared (one of my favourites is the calves' liver sauce marchand des vins).

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                1. re: ekammin

                  Yes, Le Montmartre is good. The portions are a bit on the skimpy side but the food is good and service very attentive.

                  1. re: ekammin

                    I agree : the location is not the best (911 Sheppard West) but it's worth the detour. Nothing extraordinary, but good French dishes and very attentive service. Prices are reasonable too but portions are not that generous. Try to get a table close to the fireplace (in winter, I mean!) if you wish a romantic atmosphere.
           (416) 630-3804