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Changes at the Chowfind of the Century - Bistrot92 -Dufferin Eglinton

Vinnie Vidimangi Nov 12, 2013 06:13 PM

The lunch buffet is no more. It is replaced with a Table d'Hote menu, which changes every few days.
The current one.You are not going to believe it .

All you can eat soup and salad
Parsnip and sweet potato soup
followed by
Beet and goat cheese salad

Main, choice of

Duck breast with orange sauce

Lobster risotto (see prior Judith Gorman post)

Onglet (hanger steak) with sauteed onions
comes with vegetables and rice or potatoes

choice of
Caramelized pineapple

This menu costs $12. Yes $12. That's four courses. And you will think that you are at a good place in Paris.
The chef is defying customers to come despite the unfashionable location. Incidentally, the location as a neighbourhood is actually quite OK and there is ample and cheap Green P parking across the street.

Dinner is now $30 for four courses.
Everything that I have had has been delicious, with the exception of one only OK lunch buffet and a salmon that was cooked in a style that I didn't like. And yes, I have been here lots- daily. It's that good and the cooking style makes daily visits easy. The Chef uses very little butter and currently no dish has cream.

The plates are generous.

Last week's Table d'Hote was only unreasonably good and cheap. This week's is spectacular.
Leek and potato soup

followed by
Green salad

Choice of
Braised beef cheeks
Sole meuniere
Fusilli primavera,
Spaghetti Bolognese

choice of
Carmelized pineapple
Strawberries with pepper

Yep, $12 and delicious.
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  1. Googs Nov 13, 2013 07:51 AM

    Amazing. Simply amazing.

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      Pincus Nov 13, 2013 10:41 AM

      Vinnie, does the lunch run on Saturdays as well?

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      1. re: Pincus
        Vinnie Vidimangi Nov 13, 2013 11:15 AM

        Yes, the Table d'Hote runs Tuesday to Saturday, lunch only.

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        pakmode Nov 15, 2013 01:20 PM

        With Vinnie's ranting and raving I might have to try this place tomorrow afternoon.
        VV has a knack for finding good places.

        1. foodyDudey Dec 17, 2013 01:55 PM


          Guess where we are right now! I hope we are not eating at your table.

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            justsayn Dec 17, 2013 02:40 PM


            1. re: foodyDudey
              kwfoodiewannabe Dec 17, 2013 03:45 PM

              so how's the food? :)

              1. re: kwfoodiewannabe
                foodyDudey Dec 17, 2013 04:07 PM

                We just got home at 7:00 pm. The food was very good. Mrs fD really enjoyed herself. I think she wants to go back soon. I'll write a short review in the next few days, and post the pics of what we ate. The summary is that it's worth a visit, it's just a long trip for us.

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              Lefty Dec 19, 2013 01:26 PM

              Thanks for the rec. vinnie. I had lunch there today with my daughter and it was exceptional! .... if anyone is even close to that area, they should give it a try, chowfind of the century was not off the mark.

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              1. re: Lefty
                foodyDudey Dec 19, 2013 01:49 PM

                It's especially a chowfind after you see the schnick shnacks the carbon bar is serving as main courses!

              2. foodyDudey Dec 19, 2013 02:37 PM

                As I mentioned, my wife and I ate at Bistrot92 on Tuesday. We arrived around 5:15 pm. We would not normally arrive at a restaurant before 6:30, but had to make a detour off hwy 400 as it and the 401E were at a standstill.

                We each ordered from the $30 prixe fixe menu. I should have taken a picture of the menu but did not. We started with a parsip and sweet potato soup which was wonderful. The warmed baguette they serve goes well with the soup or on it's own.

                On to the apps:
                I ordered the seafood in puff pastry, Mrs fD had goat cheese in pastry and a salad, We both enjoyed the appetizers.

                I ordered the lamb shank. My other choice was the duck confit but I could not decide so ordered the lamb. I picked green beans and mushrooms as the side, and you can't tell from the picture but it was almost triple the amount you would expect for a side. This was good choice. The lamb was spiced in a way that reminds me of some North Indian lamb dishes. Mrs fD ordered a steak, and enjoyed that also.

                Desserts: We ordered two, a chocolate mouse and an apple tart with ice cream. The tart was outstanding, the mouse was good but a bit sweeter than I like.

                The room does not have soaring 30 ft ceilings nor a $3m renovation like some recently opened place downtown, but it has comfortable seats, real table cloths, decent cutlery that is not what you find at Mountain Equipment Coop for your camping trip, and free parking on a side street (such as Kirknewton to the west), They don't have valet parking yet.

                Summary: if you enjoy well prepared food and don't want to take your magnifying glass with you to see it, and also like a great deal and don't care about a fancy atmosphere, this is the place you need to visit at least once.

                Thanks for posting about Bistrot92, Vinnie. But sorry I will not BYOB when I visit again. :-)

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                1. re: foodyDudey
                  frogsteak Dec 19, 2013 05:15 PM

                  Toronto must really be hurting for bistros

                  1. re: frogsteak
                    magic Dec 19, 2013 07:10 PM

                    Curious as to why you would say that.

                    Have you dined at this restaurant? Do you speak from actual experience?

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                      frogsteak Dec 19, 2013 07:59 PM

                      the photos show rather drab wedding banquet food. i am sure it's a nice enough place to jaunt over to in a pinch on a tuesday night but the over the top hyperbole is ridiculous. do they also have an early bird special?

                      1. re: ramenramen
                        justxpete Dec 20, 2013 06:32 AM

                        Sadly, I have to agree with Frogstreak. The food looks exactly how I thought it would - and also the type of food I thought VV would appreciate, given his passionate hatred for almost anything else. But, at $30pp, there's definitely a lot of value there, which is also something that VV would appreciate (can you say "coupon"???). So, everything kind of makes sense to me.

                        /edit - I will say that the pastry looks pretty damn good.

                        1. re: justxpete
                          foodyDudey Dec 20, 2013 06:47 AM

                          All the food tasted very damn good. It actually looks better then in the photos. For people that appreciate good food and don't have the Splendido budget for a once a week meal, this is a viable option.

                          1. re: foodyDudey
                            atomeyes Dec 21, 2013 05:55 AM

                            to be fair, the steak plate does look like a Stouffer's tv dinner.

                            1. re: atomeyes
                              foodyDudey Dec 21, 2013 06:43 AM

                              Yes it does. I don't know why my wife often orders simple things I can make very well at home when we eat at a restaurant. But I agree it looks almost like a meal served on an airplane (when they served food). Just presenting the food in a better way would make it look more appetizing. Maybe they need a food stylist. But the fact is, it all tastes much better than any TV dinner. But how would I know, I never eat those!

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                  Lefty Dec 21, 2013 06:46 AM

                  Since we drove from Cobourg based on discussions from this site, someones opinon of this place based on pictures would have absolutely zero influence on me beyond this response which is even more than it warrants.

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                  1. re: Lefty
                    frogsteak Dec 21, 2013 10:25 AM

                    True, ugly food could also be tasty. At $30 a head, non merci.

                    1. re: frogsteak
                      jayt90 Dec 22, 2013 07:17 AM

                      The founding principles of Chowhound are not for everyone.

                  2. The Chowhound Team Jan 2, 2014 02:06 PM

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                    1. Frids Jan 3, 2014 04:29 PM

                      I had an excellent weekday lunch there before the holidays. Has anyone tried the brunch?

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                        Vinnie Vidimangi Apr 4, 2014 04:07 PM

                        Hi there!
                        I've just come back from being away for over three months.
                        I understand that it was snowy here in TO.
                        There must have been some really great coupons meals that I missed.

                        First restaurant I visited has been Bistrot 92. Been back a few times.
                        There is a customer defying 3 course Table d' Hote at lunch for $12. ( Beginning in the week with Wednesday.) Delicious and lots to eat; three choices of main. And yes, the customers largely remain defied and he is not busy.
                        There is also an a la carte menu at lunch with an excellent burger.
                        I had the onglet plate.

                        At supper there is a three course $30 prix fixe.
                        I had the lamb shank and BBQ chicken. (That's two, not a baaaa and cluck combo) Again delicious and a good sized plate. Special mention of the vegetables and the grain sides. I can't recall better vegetables in a restaurant.

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                        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                          kwass Apr 4, 2014 04:41 PM

                          Welcome back Vinnie! We've missed you :)

                          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                            Charles Yu Apr 4, 2014 04:47 PM

                            How can they survive charging prices like this and providing good food as well??!! They really have to hike up prices or have huge influx of new customers or they will have trouble keeping their heads above water!!!
                            Good luck to them!!

                            1. re: Charles Yu
                              Vinnie Vidimangi Apr 4, 2014 04:55 PM

                              Kwass -Thank you

                              Charles - Show up with some of your friends and help them. Call ahead.

                              1. re: Charles Yu
                                pourboi Apr 4, 2014 08:19 PM

                                You must have missed it Charles.. the restaurant is listed for sale... they cannot keep their heads above water...

                                1. re: pourboi
                                  Vinnie Vidimangi Apr 4, 2014 09:45 PM

                                  Obviously business is bad at that location. He is looking around for a different location. In the mean time, I understand that his catering business keeps him going.
                                  Why don't you treat yourself and go there for lunch or dinner?

                                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                    pourboi Apr 5, 2014 05:18 AM

                                    because it is not a treat for me to sit on the TTC for an hour each way to get there and back... and a Taxi trip would make the cost comparable with other nicer restaurants downtown.

                                    i.e. same reason he has no customers...

                                    1. re: pourboi
                                      jayt90 Apr 5, 2014 10:22 AM

                                      The restaurant is a shrill 10 minute bus ride from the Dufferin subway station.

                                      1. re: jayt90
                                        pourboi Apr 5, 2014 06:51 PM

                                        So I walk to King & Yonge Get on the subway North to Bloor, switch trains to go West to Dufferin, get off wait for a Bus and ride 10 shrill minutes to the restaurant... sounds like heaven on a Saturday night... and an hour each way door to door or I could walk 10 min where I have the choice of 50 different restaurants downtown..

                                    2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                      grandgourmand Apr 5, 2014 08:58 AM

                                      welcome back VV. your reviews and commentary are always a breath of fresh air on this board (which otherwise i'd describe as shrill)

                                      hope bistrot2 finds a better location.

                                      1. re: grandgourmand
                                        Yongeman Apr 5, 2014 02:02 PM

                                        Wow, is 'shrill' the new buzz-word for CHers?

                                        1. re: Yongeman
                                          hal2010 Apr 5, 2014 10:07 PM

                                          Yes, it replaces "artisan" as the food critic wannabee mot-de-jour.

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