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Inexpensive french bistro in Toronto??

eco_bach Oct 29, 2011 03:31 AM

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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    miranda Oct 29, 2011 08:43 AM

    Le Kensington Bistro on Augusta Miranda

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      MELCH Oct 29, 2011 01:53 PM

      I like Le Select, Biff's is OK too

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

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        neighborguy Oct 29, 2011 03:06 PM

        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.

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          MELCH Oct 29, 2011 03:32 PM

          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

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

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            Tyisa Nov 5, 2011 11:48 AM

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

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        Idas Oct 29, 2011 06:35 PM

        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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          juno Oct 30, 2011 07:33 AM

          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.

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

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            ggom1 Nov 1, 2011 01:21 PM

            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.

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              downtownfoodie Nov 1, 2011 03:14 PM

              weezie's, la palette, le kensington

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                5andman Nov 1, 2011 04:09 PM

                Does Bonjour Brioche count (Queen East Leslieville)?

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

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                  merlot143 Nov 2, 2011 07:04 AM

                  It does if you miss the Parisian attitude.

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            TangyLorenzo Nov 3, 2011 07:24 PM

            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).

            744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

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              DVT78 Nov 3, 2011 07:51 PM

              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.

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

              1. syoung Nov 4, 2011 02:35 PM

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

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                  petra_reuter Nov 5, 2011 02:16 PM

                  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. Teep Aug 16, 2012 02:27 PM

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

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                      annamac Aug 17, 2012 08:29 PM

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

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                        gilbert1111 Aug 17, 2012 08:43 PM

                        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.

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                          CocoaChanel Aug 17, 2012 08:53 PM

                          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

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                            Googs Aug 18, 2012 09:40 AM

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

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