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Jul 22, 2010 11:46 AM

Trip Report: BeerBistro, Biff's Bistro, Pangaea, Le Papillon, Rogers Centre

During our recent (and first) visit to Toronto we enjoyed a lot of delicious food with just one miss.

I should start off by saying we were there for three days during a heat wave, and it changed our perspective on dining. We had only one real substantial meal per day, otherwise we ate rather lightly.

BeerBistro: Loved it! Great vibe full of young professionals and beer enthusiasts. Our server Jeff was terrific. I wanted to try a beer flight and couldn't decide from the extensive beer menu. He chose three and I really liked one called Afflingem. My husband chose his own three but it turned out he liked the Afflingem best too. Food was good, especially the frites. I had a green salad with grilled chicken, and it was perfect for a hot night.

Biff's Bistro: Very good. Had summerlicious prix fixe dinner for $25 and loved it! The atmosphere was lovely, charming, very bright, friendly servers. Portions were generous. I absolutely loved the gazpacho, which was Andalusian style, a deep orange color, and smooth not chunky. It was so refreshing! The server said it contained chipotles and bread.... Steak frites were delicious, as was the chocolate torte which was rich but judiciously portioned to hit just the right note without the guilt.

Pangaea: Good. Had summerlicious lunch for $20. The serrano ham appetizer was very good quality, the melon soup was bland could not taste the listed ginger or lime. Beef and pork main courses were thankfully lunch sized and not massive as the heat was killing us. Good flavors especially in the beef. The piece de resistance for me was the risotto served with the beef!! OMG was it fresh and flavorful and perfectly cooked!! I could have eaten this every day!! Wild Blueberry Tart was pasty and forgettable. I ordered white tea for $10 and had to send it back because it had zero flavor. Checking the teapot I noticed only a couple sprigs of tea. For $10 a pot they could do better. Overall we left satisfied.

Le Papillon: Disappointing. I had a hankering for nice french crepes, so went just for coffee and dessert. My hubby's profiteroles were a disaster! The cream puff shells were okay, but filled with bland cream and drizzled with what looked and tasted like thin Hershey's syrup! Mon Dieu, the sacrilege! I ordered Crepes Suzette, and since the restaurant claims to specialize in crepes I had high hopes, which were quickly dashed. The desserts came out just seconds after ordering, and I knew there was no way the crepes had been flambeed. They neither looked nor tasted like it. I couldn't tell if any alcohol was used, as all it tasted like was a crepe with orange marmalade. (Even when alcohol burns off you can taste it.) Sad, just sad.

Rogers Centre: We went to two baseball games, and after walking the entire stadium, found pretty good food right behind our section (120). A carver's station offered up fresh roast beef and chopped pork sandwiches. Both were good quality, but I give an edge to the beef. Further down we noticed a "gourmet" food station but we didn't eat there, it might have had good stuff too.

Had a great time, we'll be back!
Below from left, BeerBistro beer flight, BeerBistro Chicken and Salad, Le Papillon desserts, and Pangaea's appetizers.

Le Papillon
69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B5, CA

Biff's Bistro
4 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, CA

Rogers Centre
, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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  1. Sounds like a good travel and food adventure! If you make it back to the city (and hope you do) and have a craving for crepes I would suggest "Crepe a Go Go" around Bloor and Yonge!

    9 Replies
    1. re: ylsf

      Or go to LePapillon on the Park. Much better than the one on Front Street. Different owners.

      1. re: ylsf

        Been meaning to try this place on my lunch break as it's quite close to work. Any recommendations on savoury crepes with some meat/protein?

        1. re: LTL

          LTL, I assume you're talking to me, re: LPOTP. Not really in to the meat crepes and we normally go for brunch but I love all of the cheese, egg, bacon ones. I've also had the scallop and shrimp crepe and for lunch, it's perfect. The scallops are on the small side, but it's still quite good. Done in a white wine cream sauce. I've also had one with asparagus and enjoyed it as well. Honestly we've been many times, and have always loved it. The onion soup is to die for. Smoked salmon plate, although small, is very very good. Mr. Millygirl loves their escargot. Oh, and almost forgot - the damn frites. They too are excellent. Too good in fact. I can never not order them!!!

          1. re: millygirl

            I'm thinking LTL is asking about Crepe a Go Go for a lunch break. But in any event, I want to alert folks that Le Papillon on the Park is no longer serving lunch.

            Le Papillon
            69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B5, CA

            1. re: JamieK

              Oh darn! Weekdays only I guess, right?

              1. re: millygirl

                yes, you're right. They do serve a brunch menu on weekends, both Saturday and Sunday.

                I'm disappointed as well. My first time there was a weekday lunch and I had a great time and thought I'd be back again for lunch for sure. But even then, the place was mostly empty so I guess there's just not enough business to keep them going at lunch. Mind you I was there for dinner just last week and the place was hopping.

            2. re: millygirl

              Thanks for the detailed reply, millygirl but like jamiek said, my question was with regards to Crepe a Go Go. Le Papillon sounds great too though!

              Le Papillon
              69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B5, CA

            3. re: LTL

              We went there (Crepes a GoGo) after TCAF this year. I really enjoyed the Crêpe Mademoiselle (Goat cheese, red onion, smoked salmon & maple syrup). And the lemonade substitute is great for a hot day on the patio.