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chef223 Apr 25, 2009 09:24 PM

I was wondering what anyone could tell me about dining at Biff's on Front St. I have heard many good things about the food, and after looking at the menu it is very similiar to Balthazar in NY. What kind of experiences have people had their food and experience wise/??
Thanks in advance

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    Snarf RE: chef223 Apr 25, 2009 09:29 PM

    Competent, good flavours, generally well-executed with textbook service. Standards in the Oliver Bonacini group are generally high. You might find that they play it safe more often than not, though. For the area, it's one of the better places, and certainly dependable.

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      aveivy RE: chef223 Apr 26, 2009 08:00 AM

      They usually have a chicken liver pate appetizer that I think is outstanding. Sounds simple enough, but they serve the pate in a small ramekin with an absurdly delicate crust of caramelized sugar. Somehow it just makes the dish.

      And their steak frites are very good.

      Great room, too.

      1. redearth RE: chef223 Apr 26, 2009 08:43 AM

        My one experience there was dreadful. Bad food that was too expensive, and service that was bordering on outright obnoxious. I never returned. Biff's is nothing more than a high end chain restaurant, specializing in mediocrity. JKWB is just down the street. Go there.

        1. nightbug RE: chef223 Apr 26, 2009 09:00 AM

          I enjoyed it. I shared the fondue main with 2 other people and we all really liked it. I don't remember any problems with the service. That was over a year ago though...

          1. TorontoJo RE: chef223 Apr 26, 2009 02:39 PM

            Snarf tagged it spot on. I had a really nice evening there a couple of months ago. I don't think of the OB group restaurants as chains, unless you want to start thinking of Auberge du Pommier and Canoe as chain restaurants. Biff's is a bistro, so you're not going to find molecular gastronomy and wild flavour combinations. But what they do, they do well.

            1. Charles Yu RE: chef223 Apr 26, 2009 02:44 PM

              Menu similar to Balthazar - May be?! But quality of food no where near Balthazar especially the seafood! Biff's Plateau de Fruit de Mer not even! close!

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                chef223 RE: Charles Yu Apr 26, 2009 07:17 PM

                Menu is Mabye?? similiar it is the exact menu, BIstro classics done right. As far as the food I haven't eaten at Biffs but Balthazar was quite good.

              2. always_eating RE: chef223 Apr 26, 2009 10:59 PM

                I would say that Biff's food is competent and consistent. I have never had a bad meal there. However if you are comparing, it is not as good as Balthazar, in my opinion.

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