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Jun 6, 2011 03:50 PM

Traditional French bistro in Toronto: some names?

I'm just looking around for places in Toronto which serve traditional bistro food (duck, rabbit, liver and/or kidneys, pates, terrines, sausages, charcuterie, soupe de poissons, et al).at the usual moderate prices, in pleasant surroundings (nothing fancy) but without the "put upon" Gallic expression.

So far I have Le Paradis, Le Select, Batifole, Pastis Express.

Are there others in the GTA? Let me know, and thanks in advance!!!

744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

Le Paradis
166 Bedford Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9, CA

Le Select
432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

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  1. Le Rossignol Bistro. 686 Queen Street East

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    1. re: JennaBean

      In my view, nothing beats Le Paradis for classic bistro nosh at modest prices. But Steak-Frites, on Yonge St. north of Lawrence Ave., does a pretty good uptown version of Le Paradis, with most of the dishes you requested, but at slightly higher prices. Somewhat fancier decor, though. And also uptown, there are two small French bistros on the same block of Mount Pleasant Rd. south of Eglinton: Simple Bistro and Mogette, both of which are pretty damn good - and cheaper than Pastis Express, which is the best of the bunch, but the most expensive as well. Definitely not what I'd call moderate.

    2. I wonder if Ici Bistro applies? I haven't eaten there, but I hear it's pretty old school...

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      1. re: table4onthefly

        Ici is lovely but I would not call it classic French bistro and the price point is slightly higher than typical bistro as well.

          1. re: Charles Yu

            Jacques Bistro du Parc is a definite must for your list.

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