I went there in March and found the service, and decor superb but the food terribly fussy and just not that tasty. Its set in an old mill with heavy beams and lots of French country fabrics. I had the Prix Fixe with wine ($149 for one), the Charles Baker Reisling was superb. The rest were poor choices and did not go with the dishes. The Charcuterie was good but not as good as Splendido, Spruce Beer did go well with it though. Langoustines in a white sauce was tasty but tiny. The Mushroom soup with veal shank cream was earthy and like a consumme. Green apple sorbet with Calvados lacked Calvados. Raw marinated scallops were metallic and inedible and were sent back nothing was sent to replace it. Crepe Suzette with scorched pineapple was poorly done. The waiter was apologetic and he actually agreed with me about the food he served. He recommended Pizza Libretto and the Black Hoof as alternatives for the rest of my trip. Note bring cash the underground parking garage will not accept their validated parking receipt.
The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA Remove
88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA
The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
RE wine, like most high end restaurants, their markups are atrocious. If good wine is an important part of your dinner (which should be the case for matching high end French) and you don't want to pay $70 for a $21 wine, consider taking a special bottle from home or get something you like from LCBO and pay their $35 corkage fee.
Thank you for the feedback chow's,
We were at Auberge last night for new years eve.
Our group of 6 decided on the new years eve special menu.
It had 3 to 4 choices of each app,entree and 2 dessert choices.
Additionally we did the wine pairing which I thought was good value at a total
of $145 per person before taxes,tip. They additionaly provided us with sparkling bubbley at midnight . I had a parsnip soup with king crab meat, loin of elk, and an apple tartin.
We had fresh oysters as an opener, an apple sorbet between app and entree and the paired wines. Service was efficent and proffesional. Impressive for new years eve and the room was full, every table had guests. Well executed for sure.
Thanks again for your earlier replies.
Took the master of the house for our anniversary yesterday. We are not french fine food experts but have an adventurous palate.
We had the escargot to start - found it very nice muted flavor - very rich given the butter treatment!!
She had the crepe du jour which was a seafood melange (salmon, tuna and perch) while I had the lamb shank. All in all the food was good (I was not wowed), the service was impeccable and refreshing for its attention to detail.
I did not let on that it was our anniversary so dont think they made an special effort for us.