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Review: Savoy Bistro

Maclin | Jul 31, 2005 11:09 AM

Savoy Bistro
253 Victoria St
416-364-1013
Google Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=253+vic...

On Friday my partner and I were in the mood for a French restaurant and wanted a change from our usual French favourite Le Paradis. We decided to try the Savoy. Good decision. The food, decor, and service were all top notch.

The decor is very atmospheric...fabulous old wood, vintage lighting and stained glass that seem straight from the early 1900s. The best is the wood booths with high walls, enclosed like private rooms. Perfect for a romantic dinner.

Being in a carnivorous mood we both had the steak frites. The chef, Daron Engbers, was terrifically precise in the cooking and brought Greg's out medium rare and mine a half step between that and rare. Much appreciated. The steak was tender and the béarnaise sauce served on the side delicious.

The frites were flavourful and crisp (likely twice cooked) and sprinkled with grilled shallots.

For dessert we had the chocolate Napoleon. Crispy layers of pastry with rich dark chocolate crème, and scattered with pistachios. Greg isn't a great dessert fan and he was scraping up the last bits of chocolate crème. I am a dessert fan and very rarely really impressed but this one did the trick.

Our waiter Himangshu was great. We never had to pour our own wine once but he gave us our space so we never felt hovered over. Very impressive indeed was that he did NOT clear my plate when Greg said he was still working on his fries. That always makes the person still eating feel rushed.

The chef came out to serve the dessert and we chatted for a bit. We told him about Chowhounds and he went up to the office to get on the site right away. Only seems fitting to, in turn, tell you about him and the Savoy.

Highly recommend this place to anyone. One of the best restaurant experiences I've had in Toronto.

Also has a very different, contemporary roof patio that we didn't try but it looks like an attractive spot in the downtown core.

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