Le Sélect Bistro is a charming place to have weekend brunch. It does feel as if one could be in Paris, instead of in Toronto. (Sigh. Paris.) Dark wood paneling, small fireplaces, comfy seating and quite a large space makes this a lovely spot. Also? They accept brunch reservations! Woo!
The brunch menu has expected french dishes, like quiche, croque-monsieur and croque-madame. Of course, brunch staples like omelettes, eggs benny, waffles and french toast are also available with a french twist.
The meal started with bread service of a roll and whipped butter. I thought that was interesting, I’ve never seen bread service for brunch in Toronto! Also, the bread was perfect- crispy on the outside and chewy inside.
I had a Croque-Monsieur ($13.95), because it’s one of my favourite things, and when I see it on a menu I order it. Thick slices of bread were gratinéed in Béchamel sauce with thin slices of ham inside. It was delicious and served with thin and crispy frites.
My friend opted for something a little sweeter- Stuffed French Toast (Pain Doré aux Pommes, $12.95) The french toast was stuffed with apples and cranberries, served with maple syrup and fresh fruit on the side. She really liked it, and thought that the portion size was perfect.
Service was friendly, prompt, and we never felt rushed to leave.
Other than that one tea snag, I would absolutely recommend brunch at this bistro! It’s perfect for a romantic brunch or having an upscale meal with friends.
Le Sélect Bistro is at 432 Wellington Street West, Toronto. www.leselect.com