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

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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

Dessert
choice of
Caramelized pineapple
Cheesecake

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

Dessert
choice of
Carmelized pineapple
Strawberries with pepper

Yep, $12 and delicious.
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  1. Amazing. Simply amazing.

    1. Vinnie, does the lunch run on Saturdays as well?

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      1. re: Pincus

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

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

        1. Vinnie,

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

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          1. re: foodyDudey

            LOL

            1. re: foodyDudey

              so how's the food? :)

              1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                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.

            2. 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

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

              2. 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.

                Mains:
                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

                  Toronto must really be hurting for bistros

                  1. re: frogsteak

                    Curious as to why you would say that.

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

                    1. re: magic

                      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

                        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

                          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

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

                            1. re: atomeyes

                              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!

                2. 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

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

                    1. re: frogsteak

                      The founding principles of Chowhound are not for everyone.

                  2. We've removed an increasingly testy tangent about food photos, and posters who judge restaurants based on food photos, and posters who judge other posters based on their judgements about food photos.

                    Let's get back to the chow talk, please. Thanks!

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

                      1. 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

                          Welcome back Vinnie! We've missed you :)

                          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                            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

                              Kwass -Thank you

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

                              1. re: Charles Yu

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

                                1. re: pourboi

                                  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

                                    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

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

                                      1. re: jayt90

                                        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

                                      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

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

                                        1. re: Yongeman

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

                                          1. re: hal2010

                                            Bistrot 92 sets up Friday's new menu according to the chef there will be a reduction of 50% less for second person on Friday and Saturday, the concept remains the same $ 30 for 3 courses and $ 43 with a bottle of wine for 2 for $ 43. the menu look good.

                                            http://www.bistrot92.com/pdf/Bistrot9...

                                            1. re: camerlog

                                              I understand that the two- for- one and a half- deal is only for Friday 16May and Saturday17May.

                                              Juxtspete, wanna be my date?

                                              1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                Oh pookie, if only I were in Toronto.