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May 19, 2008 06:42 AM

Best French restaurant

What would be the best French restaurant in Toronto?

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  1. Don't know about the best, but these are a few of our favourite that immediately come to mind. In order of preference: Scaramouche, Pastis, Celestin, and finally Auberge du Pommier.

    1. The Matigon on St. Nicolas is not the best, but I have had good food and it is reasonable.

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      1. re: smr714

        +1 for The Matigon... loved their fruit soup, but I think Celestin is still alittle better in terms of variety.

      2. I think it's difficult to identify the best French restaurant in Toronto because there are so many different kinds of French restaurants in the city. It'd be easier to name the best in categories, ie, best classic French, best contemporary, best bistro, best Mediterranean French, best old-school, etc, etc,

        1. I agree there are so many various types of French in Toronto, for Classic French try Didier , for modern Scaramouche or Celestin, I would also say that Auberge is always in the running when asked about a great French restaurant.

          1. Scaramouche is sometimes an Italian restaurant ;->

            I'm going to throw Batiole out there, even though I've never been, because it seems very very French and has lots of fans on the board. This (dated) link has more info about the Batifole than its own website -

            744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

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            1. re: JamieK

              The italian seasons festival looks good...thanks for posting JamieK.

              1. re: JamieK

                Based on my dinner at Batifole a few weeks ago, I would rate its current food quality average at best. Meat dishes were too heavily sauced and too rich and heavy. Lacking real finesse. Pastis express has much tastier food.

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  I've always wondered what the big attraction was at Batifole. It's lost on me.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    It's OK, but nothing special. I have a bunch of friends and my wife also who won't go back when I suggest visiting again.

                    Has anyone got the impression that some of the dishes are just re-heated in a microwave from frozen when you order? I have. In spite of this, there are some items I like, mainly the seafood soup and certain appetisers.

                    1. re: millygirl

                      In the land of the blind, the one eyed is king.
                      The one that I was sorry to see go is Pony. Quite good, and reasonably priced, with no fooling around. I think that was the problem: no fooling around; he thought that he was cooking for adults.

                    2. re: Charles Yu

                      I've only gone to Batifole in winter months and felt much the same. I assumed the menu was meat-heavy because of a seasonal focus and lack of fresh local produce. Do they lighten up the menu a bit in the spring/summer?

                      I'm personally a fan of Celestin but I haven't tried a lot of the places people are recommending so that may be a summer project.