During the past few weeks, fellow Chowhounders have been reading a lot about the new "Bistro92", a French Bistro headed by a La Tour D'Argent trained chef. Although the food was good but unfortunately the restaurant is located in a slightly sleazy part of town with difficult parking.
Tonight, fellow chowhounder CanEast and I braved -26C temperature and tried out another new French Bistro. This time, in more 'up-scale' Leaside and with ample of street parking. The kitchen of 'La Croisee' is headed by Andrien Beilleux, a Burgundy born chef.who was the Sous chef of Paris famous Michelin 2* seafood palace - Le Divellec.
We were greeted by a warm and cozy small dining room, with white linen table, fresh flowers and relaxing Mozart symphony as back ground music. They offer a 3 course prix-fixe menu plus complimentary amuse bouche for $45. Dishes involving more exotic ingredients like lobster or Foie Gras are charged an extra $6 supplement.
We selected the following dishes between the two of us:
- Soupe a l'oignon de Meursault ( Onion soup's recipe inherited from the chef's grandmother)
- Tartare de homard a la mayonnaise de Dijon ( $6 supplement )
- Revisite du boeuf Bourguignon sur son lit de polenta ( New version Burgundy beef with smashed potato not polenta, tonight )
- Sanglier Rossini, Foie Gras, Risotto au Parmesan ( $6 supplement )
Rossini Wild Boar steak with seared Foie Gras.
- Moelleux au chocolat avec creme glacee de Vanille
- Poires pochees a la seve de Bourgogne. ( Pear poached in Burgundy red wine )
Overall, the tasty food was very nicely prepared and executed.
Amuse of Cheese crostini and Foie Gras on Ginger bread was a delightful start.
The high light of the evening must undoubtedly belong to the amazing Boeuf Bourguignon! Absolutely fork tender with a nice mix of meat and tendons. The protein morsels, infused with the most complex and delicious sauce, were simply awesome!! This must be the BEST Boeuf Bourguignon I have had in Canada!! Period! Thank God for the never ending supply of fresh crispy and warm Baguette to mop up the sauce!
The Lobster Tartare was nicely done. The fresh succulent meat, just barely cooked, was slightly under-dressed so as to allow the sweet lobster meat to shine through! A reflection of the chef's seafood skill acquired from the Michelin Master 'Divellec'?!
The wild boar was perfectly cooked to medium ( however, for more tenderness, I should have ordered medium-rare instead ). The accompanying truffle sauce was delicate and tasty. However, the star belongs to that 'generous' piece of seared Foie Gras. Wow! What a size! For only $6 more! It was a steal!! (A similar size raw one from Cumbrae costs me $17 last week!!).
The two desserts were equally enjoyable. The poached pear in Burgundy wine a rare tasty treat!
Unfortunately, amongst all the good, there was one slight misses! The rather 'thin and diluted' Onion Soup was a sad disappointment. I was expecting a version with caramelized onion aplenty and a complex, compact broth. But instead, I received only a rather half-hearted rendition. What a pity! Definitely room to improve!
Overall, with 3 Kirs and Kir Royale, a couple of extra supplements, the meal comes to $170 all inclusive. I would say a pretty good value meal in such an upscale neighbourhood.
For my next visit, I will focus on ALL seafood!!