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Jul 22, 2011 05:30 AM

Elle m'a dit on Baldwin

I love Baldwin street, but it does seem a little stagnant. Elle m'a dit is fresh face which fits perfectly on the street. The restaurant is Alsatian and offers many traditional dishes at low prices. None of the mains are over $20. Everything we ate was good and felt like care was put into it,. We had the fish plate, which consisted of various smoked fish, the traditional tarte flambe, stuffed pork hocks, sweetbreads, bison tartar, apple tarte flambe and chocolate mousse. They also have a french cider on the wine list for $22. I can totally see myself sitting on the patio drinking cider, lazily snacking on various dishes and watching the summer roll by.

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  1. Wow that sounds lovely. Thanks for the post! Like you I adore Baldwin Street but don't necessarily adore the food at the restos along that strip. Sounds like there's a reason to go back.

    1. I've been meaning to get here after someone mentioned it on twitter... ! Thanks for the report!

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      1. re: jlunar

        The food is pretty good. Went with some Frenchies and they all enjoyed it as well. The tartes flambées/flammenkueche were nice; I don't think I've had better ones since I've been back from France. The sandwiches were nicely done, but nothing mindblowing. Would definitely go back for dinner.

      2. I've been once with a friend who's been several times and we both love it, prices are pretty reasonable and food is well done. is the website but the menu changes pretty regularly, was a bit different than what is shown from when I went about two weeks ago. Nothing drastic mind you but some of the dishes were mixed and a couple different ones. None over the $20 price point mentioned above though. I really enjoyed the tarte flambée, and could of eaten a couple of them. For one of the first time ever I actually enjoyed a dish with sauerkraut in it, mind you the various pork products certainly help. My group also had the fish plate and the meat plate, both good. They also have a few specials every night.
        Also wanted to add this as well

        1. I've only been for lunch, and it seems like a pleasant addition to the Baldwin strip. It's a nice niche with decent food at a more attractive price point than some of the other places there. The tartes are simple and tasty for a light lunch, but I would have walked away hungry without a shared app/dessert.

          I completely agree with the comment about a patio and cider though. Other than the steak frites we saw, the menu is really well designed for lazy snacking. I don't think I'll be in too much of a rush to return for lunch, unfortunately, but I think it's perfect for a late Friday afternoon/early dinner lounging opportunity. I'd also love to come back for dinner where I'd have time to work my way through multiple courses.

          1. Just tried it out for lunch and was a little underwhelmed, actually. First of all, really small menu, second of all, they ran out of the only soup they had. I ended up having a traditonal tarte flambee and a smoked trout salad instead of the soup. Food was delicious and well prepared but rather small portions and rather pricey for what you get. I'd like to go back to try the dinner menu, but I'm not in a rush. I'd rather head up to Patisserie La Cigogne on Bayview for my flammekuche. At least I can order that alone and be full.

            1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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            1. re: currycue

              Slight disconnect here - is La Cigogne open for dinner now? I thought it was for lunch only.

              1. re: estufarian

                No. As far as I know, it's lunch only and the tarte flambee is only available Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. Shame really, that's why I was so excited about this place. Maybe their dinner flammekuechen are larger?

              2. re: currycue

                I agree the portions are small and pricey but the food tastes good. I was going to order a tart flambe for lunch but realised I 'd need two or three!