Do you ever have restaurants that you always pass and you think to yourself- I should check that out one day! But for some reason or another, you never do? That was like me and Le Papillon on Front. Needless to say, I was very happy to get an invite to finally check them out.
The outside of Le Papillon is deceiving it looks a but small, it’s actually huge inside! Despite it’s size, it has a very cozy, romantic atmosphere with exposed brick walls, dark wood and flickering candle light.
We started with a sample size of their French Onion soup. This soup was the perfect size! I always find French Onion soup very hearty and perfect for winter- but super filling. This smaller size allowed me to enjoy the soup but still leave room for more.
The Papillon Salad ($9) was a mixed green salad with diced assorted peppers, asparagus, house Tarragon dressing and topped with half of an a hard boiled egg!
Above is the sampler plate that included house made Chicken Liver Pate, croustinis and Sautéed Tiger Shrimp served in a Tarragon Garlic butter broth. The shrimp was so good, I could’ve had a whole plate of them alone.
This was my favourite dish! This plate has a slice of Tourtière is a classic Quebec meat pie, and one of my favourite dishes ever. Here it’s made up of seasoned Veal, Pork & Beef. The meat was tender and has a slightly sweet finish. The pastry is just perfect, short and a little flaky.
The other half of the plate is half of a New York Striploin steak served with amazing homemade herbed garlic butter, vegetables and crispy frites. Yum.
At this point, we are very full but we go on for the sake of you, dear reader. And also because we like to eat. Above is the Duck Confit served with an orange Grand Marnier sauce and the potatoes and veggies. The duck was crisp and moist.
This huge crepe is actually a smaller size that normal because we were having the tasting menu. Wow! The St. Laurent Crepe is stuffed with an interesting mix of Bacon, Cooked Apples and Cheddar Cheese. The bacon was nice a thick, and the apples gave it all a nice texture. The crepe itself was a bit sweet.
Finally we were done with our mains and it was time for dessert! All three of them, starting with this Strawberry Crepe above.
This Chocolate Mousse was amazing, and it was the best chocolate mousse that I’ve tasted in a long time! It was creamy and rich, with a hint of liqueur.
I’ve only had Pouding Chômeur once before and it was in Quebec City. It’s nice to know that you can get this Quebec dessert in Toronto! This cake is always served warm. The Le Papillon version is served with warm caramel sauce and ice cream. It’s the perfect way to end a lovely meal!
If you’ve never been to Le Papillon, you need to check it out! It’s a gorgeous restaurant with authentic French food (and amazing Tourtière). Take a look at their menu!
Le Papillon on Front 69 Front St. E. Toronto, ON. (416) 367-0303
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