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Complicated old-fashioned French cuisine in GTA or beyond

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Complicated old-fashioned French cuisine in GTA or beyond

Food Tourist | Jan 5, 2014 03:32 PM

A recent trip Down Under got me thinking that Aussies do French better than Canadians. Big statement, but true. In Australia, one can find French restaurants that actually serve complex, traditional French food: savoury soufflé, bouillabaisse, cassoulet, sauces, regional specialties, frog legs, foie gras, escargots, rabbit, squab, you name it. Here, our French restaurants seem to rely on bistro fare, steak frites, and lots of fusion. Maybe that's the authentic way people eat in France these days, but I'm not looking for modern French, I'm looking for the France of Julia Child nostalgia. A dream, perhaps.

Is there a truly traditional French restaurant for a sit-down meal in the GTA or beyond? Disclaimer: I've still never eaten at Auberge du Pommier or Celestin or Ici or Tati Bistro, but after Didier and the original Thuet closed down, I'm not sure if anything else matches up. I have been to all the usual suspects and I suppose Le Select Bistro comes close but is still quite simple. My experiences at Edulis and Scaramouche didn't match what I'm looking for.

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