We are often asked for recommendations of restaurants which is not an easy task since we have between 7000 and 8000 restaurants in Toronto. After a bit more probing we are able to narrow it down to specific cuisines which again is not easy because the beauty of Toronto is that it is so multicultural and we cater to a variety of cuisine from Albanian to Zimbabwean and everything in between. As Toronto B & B owners we try to experience as many new restaurants as we can so that we have a first-hand experience to pass onto our guests.
One of our criteria is always walking distance from our Bed and Breakfast so we select restaurants that are within a within a 20 minute walk from the Boatel. We are fortunate to have about 2000 to choose from. Our second criteria is our own experience and those of our guests. Given my French Canadian heritage we decided to explore French restaurants in Toronto and we were quickly delighted with our visit to Le Sélect Bistro conveniently located at 432 Wellington St West, between Portland and Spadina just north of Front Street.
Le Sélect has a terrasse (patio) on this on a quiet tree-lined boulevard in the summer with a fantastic view of the CN Tower and a lovely private garden the rear with heaters for the cooler weather. Dubbed “the most authentic Parisian bistro this side of the Atlantic” by critics you will find yourself relaxing to the jazz music while enjoying wine from their extensive selection. Anniversary couples enjoy complimentary champagne and a quiet romantic booth.
Of course the best part is the traditional French cuisine such as Sélect Bouillabaisse, Joue de Boeuf Bourguigonne (beef cheeks braised in red wine) or the ever popular Steak Frites. The captain choice was the Oreille de Couchon (crispy sow’s ear strips) and the Steak Tartare de Bison. We were there twice this past summer and enjoyed our dinner immensely both times and were delighted with the fine service.
Please let us know and we will make reservations for you and give you walking directions to the restaurant from our B & B.