French Cuisine has been a delicacy for me in Toronto, as many French flair that is offered within the city is quite pricy and serves quality. Le Baratin was not only quality food, but it is also a reasonably priced restaurant that aims to treat the customers not only as an honoured guest, but as family.
Located on Dundas Street West, Le Baratin is a cozy and comfortable space that offers a homey space for you and your friends to dine in. The walls have been decorated with decor and the restaurant was bustling with conversations from customers all around the city. Le Baratin has only recently opened in Toronto, and have already created a niche community – some of the patrons who visit make their rounds to Le Baratin once a week, according to Laura (our host for the evening).
We were led to a table nearby the kitchen, which was an open concept so that customers could personally watch Chef Jean Regis cook. We made our orders from the menu and patiently waited for our meals. One of the things that really impressed me was seeing Chef Jean Regis actually come out to the dining space and interact with his guests. It’s a very rare sight to see the chef, yet alone see him or her interact with the guests personally. It showed a sense of welcoming as well as comfort getting to know the chef that cooked your meal for the night!
Compliments of the chef, we were handed Roasted Salmon with Bread, which was also paired with garnishes of radish. A pleasant treat most definitely; you can taste the freshness of the salmon, however the fish taste was not too overpowering to ruin the dish. It was marinated and added nicely to the bread that was given.
We also had the Assiette de Charcuterie which duck rilettes pate, prosciutto and salami. On the side of this appetizer you could also garnish with honey dijon and pickles. These were also a nice treat to have prior to our main course.
The main courses came out to the table and we were not disappointed. The Navarin D’agneau was such a beautifully displayed dish, serving lamb marinated and submerged within a beautiful stew with potato, carrot, squash and zucchini. The Steak Frites were also beautifully done with truffle fries, salad served in a house vinaigrette, and steak served medium rare with caramelized onions on top. Truly, there were no complaints with the main course.
Last but not least, a French Coffee to end the night. This was a classic French coffee served with homemade whipped cream, cocoa on the top, and brandy. Choose to either scoop and dine in layers, or stir it all up and drink – this French Coffee will not disappoint you. It was just the right thing needed to end our meals for the evening.
For more information on Le Baratin and to book a reservation, take a visit to their website: http://www.lebaratin.ca/
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