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Jun 14, 2008 11:19 AM

Café du Lac: quebéois in Mimico open today

At last, Québecois cuisine and a welcome new resto in South Etobicoke. Let's hope it's as good as we've been anticipating!

Had my nose pressed up against the glass a few days ago. The door was wide open, lots of activity - apparently getting ready for dinner as there were no customers. One of the staff motioned me inside and I had a look at the menu, which confused me at first, then realized it was a special menu for a private function. Friendly chef came out to say hello and explained that yes, they were doing a soft opening dinner that night before the official opening today.

Their website ( has been up/down recently, so here's the scoop:
Lunch/dinner Tuesday - Friday and brunch/dinner on weekends.
Tuesdays are mussel night with prixe fare menu.

brunch: $5-12

lunch: $6-12 ($21 with fois gras

dinner: mains are $16-29

Sadly, the only fish offering is salmon, no lake fish or seafood. They do offer 2 veal dishes, duck, lamb, beef and mmmmmm - cassoulet. I think I'll try that. (even if it's technically european). And of course, there's poutine...

We'll try the brunch tomorrow...perhaps dinner next week. Looking forward to it!

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  1. please let us know how it goes. prices are very reasonable. will consider a trip there myself.

    1. That's a very dicey wine list for such an ambitious menu. Let us know how the food is. It will have to be the main attraction.

      1. That's near my cousin, so we'll definitely be giving it a test drive. Zukeeper, please report back, and please note whether it's wheelchair accessible (including the washrooms).

        I have to agree with Googs about the wines. Even within that price range, they could do better with just a teensy amount of thought. That list is just plain lazy. Boo! Hiss!

        1. Menu looks good, but I find this bit a little concerning:

          "All meals are served with market fresh vegetables sourced locally (primarily from The Ontario Food Terminal)."

          While the OFT may indeed be "local" to Etobicoke, referring veggies sourced from there as being "local" themselves is a bit disingenuous.

          8 Replies
          1. re: gregclow

            I hope their food is better than their spelling. The French menu online is packed with typos.

            1. re: isa1

              Hmmm, that bad speling makes mi wander. The grammer is even worst,

              Also, 5$ for a bagel with cream cheese?

              1. re: mrbozo

                They get their bagels right from St. Viateur every 2 weeks, hence the cost. It is the best bagel in creation, IMO. Though, I've heard the closest thing to a real one locally can be found at Bagel House, though I haven't made it there yet.

              2. re: isa1

                the translation was brought to their attention and apparently has been corrected.

                1. re: zukeeper

                  It appears that they've addressed the wine list issues as well. Now does anyone know if they're still sourcing from The Ontario Food Terminal?

                  1. re: Googs

                    Hey, Googs, could you elaborate on the wine front? They seem to be updating the website, so the wine list isn't currently up.

                    1. re: hungry_pangolin

                      I had no problem getting in. It isn't earth-shattering, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.

                      1. re: Googs

                        That's for supplying the link to a techno-moron. (But then, I still use a fountain pen, so I'm sort of a living dinosaur.)

                        You're right. A step in the right direction, if not yet far enough to be interesting. I guess that it's a solid, cover-all-the basics selection. Very nice to see those excellent Quebecois beers, though.

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              Cafe du Lac
              2350 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V, CA