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Cassoulet...where to find in T.O?

Michelle in T.O. Jul 28, 2009 08:32 PM

I just came back from Quebec and unfortunately could not bring back some frozen containers(long drive=melting=food poisoning). Where could I find a good quality version here in T.O./GTA? Any help would be appreciated.

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    DUH CAR Jul 29, 2009 05:19 AM

    Batifole had it when I was last there. Pretty good too.


    744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

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    1. re: DUH CAR
      evansl Jul 30, 2009 03:23 AM

      You're kidding, right? Batifole's cassoulet is less than mediocre and obscenely priced. The best I've ad is Gallery Grill, but they don't always have it on the menu. La Paradis is good, too.

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        DUH CAR Jul 30, 2009 08:39 AM

        I wasn't kidding. I'd never had it before and liked it. Sorry......

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          BokChoi Jul 30, 2009 12:03 PM

          Agreed with Gallery Grill as the Best I've had (so far) in Toronto. Would recommend against Le Select's version: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
          as it was tasteless (beans) and dry (confit).

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        vaiguy777 Jul 29, 2009 05:28 AM

        Hi Michelle,

        We have a few jars from Quebec in our cellar for emergency fixes. Outside of France, this is easily the best you can buy....It is made by Palme d'OR...and your in luck. Just saw it last week at SLM. If you go the 2nd floor at the southeast corner of the building, there is a cooler/fridge with Quebec products....its part of the cheese shop (beside the bagel joint). There were a few jars when we were there. Happy eating!

        1. foodyDudey Jul 29, 2009 05:36 AM

          It appears you are looking for some to buy and eat at home. You could try the cassoulet made by Saucier Foods. I haven't tried the cassoulet but based on the food I have tried, it should be good. Saucier is owned by Roger Wils, who used to run Cafe Brussel. I have bought various items he sells at the Withrow Park market, and they have all been very good. You have to try his pastries. Here is a link to the website: http://saucierfoods.com/

          P.S. It's not hard to make a good cassoulet at home if you are inclined to do so, I've done it with good results.

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          1. re: foodyDudey
            phoenikia Jul 30, 2009 09:46 PM

            Good to know, foodyDudey- I had wondered what had happened to Roger Wils. Although I like the Globe Bistro, I miss the brunches at Cafe Brussel :(

          2. jayt90 Jul 29, 2009 07:58 AM

            Atelier Thuet has cassoulet listed.

            They may have it Petite Thuet, but I couldn't get the product list to load.

            1. sylvrgirl Jul 30, 2009 01:48 PM

              I'll pipe up for a great version at Le Select Bistro.

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                katrinwright Jul 31, 2009 06:31 AM

                Biff's Bistro has or at least not too long ago had a fabulous one -Biff's on Front Street - large portion

                1. Charles Yu Jul 31, 2009 07:36 AM

                  I had a most interesting and delicious 'variation on a theme' cassoulet at Mogette a few weeks back. Its a 'divers scallop' cassoulet with 3 mega size scallops, really delicious crispy berkshire pork belly and house smoked bacon served with lentils and beans.

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                    grandgourmand Jul 31, 2009 07:45 AM

                    That sounds really awesome.

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                    lepetitgourmand Jul 31, 2009 08:48 AM

                    What about Le Paradis? The price can't be beat anywhere, portions are huge, and it's as authentic as you'll find anywhere in toronto

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                    1. re: lepetitgourmand
                      foodyDudey Jul 31, 2009 09:16 AM

                      But how often will you find i on the menu? It's not there right now. In the past, I've seen a cassoulet made in France at Alex Farms.

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                      Michelle in T.O. Jul 31, 2009 10:51 AM

                      Thanks for all the great suggestions!! Do any of these restos offer take-out portions? I'd hate to go and be HUGELY dissapointed! I plan to freeze the cassoulet for the Fall/Winter or given how cold this Summer has been in the evening, maybe sooner than that!

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                      1. re: Michelle in T.O.
                        OnDaGo Jul 31, 2009 11:01 AM

                        Why buy it a freeze it just wait till you want to eat it and get it then....

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                          JamieK Jul 31, 2009 01:17 PM

                          you can get ready-to-go duck confit legs at mcewans.

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                            grandgourmand Jul 31, 2009 04:04 PM

                            I would check Summerhill market. I forget who mentioned the deal on two confit legs.

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                              tjr Jul 31, 2009 08:31 PM

                              Snarf, I think?

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                              OnDaGo Jul 31, 2009 10:03 PM

                              or at T&T I have heard at a good price..

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                                jayt90 Jul 31, 2009 10:09 PM

                                T&T has Brome Lake duck legs, but not confit.
                                Brome Lake ducks are never force fed.

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                                  Prok Aug 1, 2009 02:50 PM

                                  Mentioned earlier - Palme d'Or is widely available across the city. I've seen it at Pusateris, Oliffe, Summerhill, SLM, Cheese Boutique, Cumbrae's, Whole Foods, etc. Made in Que, quite good, sold in a snap-lid jar. If you're looking for it right now it could be harder to find than in the Fall/Winter - most restos consider it a cold-weather menu item. IMO - Marc Thuet makes the best & most authentic cassoulet this side of the Atlantic. Loaded with goodies and the beans are perfectly cooked. It's available at his various (and moving) locations, but again, probably not at this time of year. Le Paradis certainly is cheap, and the portion is big, but it's mostly overcooked beans in a one-dimensional sauce.

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