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Inexpensive french bistro in Toronto??

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Just returned from a too short trip to Paris and am going thru withdrawal...BIG time. Can anyone share their recommendations for the 'best' 'Parisian-style' french bistro in Toronto?

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  1. Le Kensington Bistro on Augusta Miranda

    1. I like Le Select, Biff's is OK too

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

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      1. re: MELCH

        A croque madame and coffee brunch cost $25 a few weekends ago at le select. I thought it was good and particularly enjoyed the frites, but not inexpensive.

        1. re: neighborguy

          Yeah, I don't think there are any good & inexpensive french bistros in Toronto, unfortunately. Is Midi Bistro still in business? they were good and relatively inexpensive

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          Midi Bistro
          168 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T1W4, CA

          1. re: MELCH

            Midi is still open. Was there recently for lunch and enjoyed it.

      2. Anyone been to Jules on Spadina/Richmond lately?
        I used to love their Steak/frites or quiche salad in my omnivore days.
        Have not been recently but it had a nice vibe and decent prices...
        maybe some queen west folks can comment?

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        1. re: Idas

          By "inexpensive", I'll assume the OP means under $100 for two, with wine, all in. In which case, I nominate the ever-reliable Le Paradis, in The Annex, on Bedford Rd. It's not great - no cheap French bistros are - but it's good, and satisfying. Its flank steak and frites dish is, in my view, the best-value steak-frites in town. Its wine markups are also among the lowest in Toronto. Lots of choice, with some offbeat dishes (like the veal kidneys), and most everything is consistently tasty. My bill for two, all in, is usually between $75 and $100. There are better French bistros around - Pastis, for example, and Le Select - but those are way, way above $100 a couple. How Le Paradis compares to the OP's Paris adventures, however, I knoweth not.

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

          1. re: Idas

            Last time I was at Jules was probably a few months ago, I've liked them since they opened. It's been pretty consistent over the years in terms of food/prices/service/vibe.

            1. re: ggom1

              weezie's, la palette, le kensington

              1. re: downtownfoodie

                Does Bonjour Brioche count (Queen East Leslieville)?

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                Bonjour Brioche
                812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                1. re: 5andman

                  It does if you miss the Parisian attitude.

          2. You could also try Batifole on Gerrard East. It is a Brittany-influenced menu vs. a traditional Parisian bistro, but the food is good and reasonably priced (mains $18).

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            Batifole
            744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

            1. I'll second the recommendation of Le Paradis on Bedford Rd. As a previous poster mentioned you get really good value for what you are receiving (I think nearly all the mains are under $20 from what I remember) and the wine prices are very reasonable.

              Also, you will notice that the place is always busy because of the quality food and the reasonable prices.

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

              1. Elle M'a Dit http://ellemadit.com/

                1. I recently went to Tati on Harbord St for Brunch. Food was good and the prices were reasonable but the service left a little bit to be desired.

                  1. Midi Bistro is cheap but NOT recommended, food was not fresh.

                    1. Coquine on Yonge, south of Eglinton is reasonable - not cheap. Great bistro atmosphere and good food.

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                      1. re: annamac

                        Several have been mentioned. You can't go to bistro and spendless than $100 for a couple. If you want excellent food and a ral bistro atmosphere I recommend Weezie's, Batafoile, and A Simple Bistro. Several others like Le Paradis and Le Select are also good, but the ones I listed are more intimate.

                        1. re: annamac

                          Please do not go to Coquine for food. It is completely forgettable. It is a great bar/drink place, but the food is not at all good., We live in the 'hood - it is mostly a "scene" on the weekends

                          1. re: CocoaChanel

                            What CocoaChanel said. Coquine for a drink, maybe, but certainly not for food.