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La Palette Opening on Queen West

yumyumdimsum Apr 15, 2010 06:46 AM

Just looked inside the old Taro Grill on Queen St and La Palette will be opening there in a month or two. They are renovating right now. That strip of Queen is in need of a decent resto!

La Palette
256 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

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    downtownfoodie Apr 15, 2010 09:56 AM

    Does anyone know if they're moving or just opening a new location? I hope they keep their prices the same. Still hands down the best value french food in toronto as far as I'm concerned.

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    1. re: downtownfoodie
      ggom1 Apr 17, 2010 11:47 PM

      From what I've read, it's 2nd location.

      1. re: ggom1
        Bigtigger Apr 18, 2010 11:56 AM

        We stopped going to Augusta location: brusque, rushed service, crowds of waiting patrons standing in already-cramped room, food variable, mingy portions - so overalll, a bohemian experience at prices that are not cheap ! Fuggetaboutit.

        1. re: Bigtigger
          Everythingtarian Apr 18, 2010 01:44 PM

          I know how you feel. I went for some dessert with the in-laws, got some unacceptable 'tude from the owner, and left before ordering. Maybe that's part of their "charm" but its not what I look for when I pay money for food or drinks.

          1. re: Everythingtarian
            Nancee Swartz Apr 18, 2010 11:01 PM

            I also had the same experience at the Augusta location and have not been there since our last visit. Can no longer recommend this spot.

            1. re: Nancee Swartz
              downtownfoodie Apr 19, 2010 08:31 PM

              i've read a couple of mixed reviews on here lately but my last few visits have always been great. No attitude and good bistro food at prices you can't find elsewhere downtown.

              1. re: Nancee Swartz
                currycue Apr 20, 2010 07:57 AM

                I'm with you on that as well. It used to be one of my "go to" spots for a special dinner. Last time I was there, the three flavours of "Creme Brulee" was thickened with flour and cornstarch instead of actual cream. I haven't been back since. Utterly horrible and completely unacceptable.

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        ggom1 May 12, 2010 08:17 PM

        They're open now, I went for brunch on Sunday with a friend. Still in the soft opening phase, it was their first brunch - I think they opened last Tuesday? My friend and I got there a bit after they opened for the day and it was about half full. Lots of mothers day reservations though, the tables were full when we left. From what I remember, the brunch menu had two types of crepes, four types of eggs benny and a french toast-type item.

        My friend had steak eggs benny. It was on a piece of bread instead of the usual english muffin. I had a bite, it was pretty good but not particularly exciting. I had a merguez and lamb crepe. The other times I've had merguez it was a sausage, but my crepe seemed only to have pulled lamb with North African seasoning? Tasty though! Service was friendly but a bit scattered - not surprising so early on. But the kitchen was fine, our food came out in a reasonable amount of time and none of the other tables seemed like they were waiting particularly long. I live in the area, so will probably check them out again once things settle down, but I thought prices were a touch high - each of our dishes was around $15.


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