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The Best French Food in Chinatown

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This slogan greets you on Gerrard Ave as you approach Batifole restaurant.  And its true.

I first ‘discovered’ Batifole during a Summerlicious about 5 years ago and have made it my birthday dinner spot ever since.  The name of the restaurant comes from the French verb ‘batifoler’ which means to frolic. From previous posts here, you will recall that I spent time in Brittany, France.  This is one of the reasons I enjoy Batifole, the chef, Jean-Jacques Texier, is (I believe from an early visit conversation) from Northern France and there are many Brittany-inspired dishes.  WineGuyTo loves it because of the over 300 wines on the menu.  For this meal, he choose a Saint Joseph 07 Cave Saint Desirat (Appellation Saint-Joseph Controlée), it was very nice.

Saint Joseph 07 Cave Saint Desirat

There are 2 things I always have when I visit: a Kir Royale (5 variations to choose from) and the frites with house-made tarragon mayo.

Kir Royale Framboise

There is a menu of the day, reflecting seasonal items.  Checking today, none of what we ate is there.  At this dinner, there was also a Puff Pastry with Asparagus and Mushroom as an appetizer and a Côte de Veau Farsi au Jambing Cruise et Fromage de Chèvre, Jus au Romarin** (sorry no pics, eaten too quickly!)

I had  the duck (its a weakness of mine) and WineGuy had the lamb.

Duo de Canard, Cuisse et Magret Rotie au Thyme, Olives et Ratatouille

Lamb with seasonal asparagus











I had to have dessert 🙂  So we got two!

Iced Chocolate Mousse with a Macaroon

Crêpes with Lemon Sugar and Butter















Batifole is a great spot, cozy and affordable, especially for the richness of the food.  This year though, we are going somewhere different for my birthday (see post later this week!) but will return here as soon as we can.

**sorry for any/all bad French, we took notes quickly and without accent keys.


2 responses »

  1. Pingback: My first year! A review « Food, travel and fun with an uptown gal

  2. Your post is great. I really appreciate it. I like french cuisine food very much and i have learn many french recipes which i got from youtube and many other website. I like visiting French restaurants in weekend.



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