Beau Lieu? Looking for info on new Ossington bistro??
Finally made it to Beau Lieu!
We had a very pleasant meal and I'd recommend it as a decent choice along Ossington. Beau Lieu less scene-y and hip than some of the other spots on this strip, which we found refreshing. The room has a relaxing vibe with simple decor, dim lighting (my grandma would think it's too dark... but I don't), and French music playing at a level still hospitable to tete-a-tete conversation.
We started with a kir royale (pour moi), a bottle of their house red (a Latour pinot noir... serviceable), and some homemade baguette, which was a real treat.
The appetizer list didn't do it for me (mostly soups and salads), but Mr. Rabbit ordered the escargot, which were a classic presentation with garlic, butter, wine, and mushrooms. They smelled fabulous and Mr. Rab was pleased with his app (I can't eat snails so I can't comment firsthand).
We both ordered veal from the main menu, although there was a board of about half a dozen specials. Mr. Rabbit's sweetbreads were a very generous portion served with a side of pasta and some veg. The "red and green" sauce had a pleasing bright and verdant flavor and he finished the plate. I had the veal with apples and mushrooms in calvados sauce, plated very prettily with veg (green beans and cauliflower) and potatoes. Again, the serving was generous but not at all overwhelming and the flavours were satisfying for a November night but not too rich. Both entrees were $26 and reasonable value for the money.
I had read about BL's desserts (the tartes, in particular). We tried the blueberry, a daily special, which was served as a small individual tart versus a slice along with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. The blueberries were impressively fat and succulent, and while the tarte was good it didn't knock off my socks (like the fantastique tartes at Jules).
BL is a nice addition to the strip and we're happy to have some authentic French bistro cooking in the neighbourhood. I expect we will be back, but not before we try a few of the other options (we recently moved to this area and we're still exploring our new locals).
The restaurant was quiet, but it filled up as the evening wore on (we were there on the early side). Service was warm, efficient and genuinely French (for whatever that's worth).
re: melly mel
Thanks melly mel. I actually saw this review and it's one of the reasons that BL sparked my interest (and it's a local for us). Meanwhile, one quick question... do they have a small bar space of is it all tables?
I'll report back after our date (and I'm definitely saving room for dessert).