Once located on Queen Street, Le Select is my favourite french restaurants in Toronto. Their new digs are in a good location and even though the view is nothing special, they do have a large patio that is perfect for summer dining.
This new space is enchanting with wonderfully tiled floors, perfect little half booths and captures the ambiance of a Parisian Bistro. You may as well have walked in off rue St. Antoine rather than Wellington Street. C’est tres joli!
Favorite Dish: Today at lunch I had the Tarte Nicoise which comes with a small arugula salad (10.95).
It was wonderful, with proper flaked pastry and yummy goat cheese, olives, tomatoes and onions. Not overly large, but it IS from the Hors- D' Oeuvers part of the menu. Next time I will have the salmon tartare I think. The Nicoise Salad (with shrimp, not tuna) looks fabulous, I'm told it is very tasty.
At dinner time the Pave du Beouf is also wonderful (23.95) although the evening I had it the beef was more medium-medium well as opposed to the medium rare I had ordered. It was still good though.
The best part of Le Select is the wine list. I love that the wines are available by the glass-- three ounces or five ounces, the half litre... AND the bottle. I always make my way through their house wine list in the three ounce portions.
DO NOT be afraid of the wine list, take a look. There are some really great bottles listed here.
Yes... some of them are $275.00, but there are also many wines with smaller price tags. You just have to look.
Of course if you have a couple of hundred dollars to spend a bottle of wine, ask to speak to their sommelier... or invite me. I'd be happy to help you choose, and imbibe!
(Full menus and wine online)
It is a very classic French bistro - you could almost beieive that you were in France..
It has a great selection of wines and beers, even though it is a bit pricey it is very worth it for the great food and service.
Favorite Dish: Grilled prawns with fresh linguine and lobster sauce....
It's in downtown Toronto and is probably the most authentic Paris Bistro on that side of the Ocean. It offers the type of Bistro food that Parisians love to indulge in, and under its premises lies a large wine cellar that allows the owners to produce the finest wine list in the city, one that won several times the prestigious Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. The list includes 800 different labels and 95 beers from all over the World.
Favorite Dish: TARTE NIÇOISE AU CHÈVRE CHAUD goat cheese tart provençale with tomatoes, onions, olives and anchovy