Restaurants & Bars 53

La Societe Bistro

hungryabbey | Jun 20, 2011 06:37 PM

After a long day of travel yesterday, my bf and I checked out La Societe last night since we live in the Collonade and I didn't feel like going far.

So, I have been watching them work on the renovation for a while now, and after seeing their soft opening last week,I was looking forward to checking it out for myself. Its a pretty large space inside, and a good size patio upstairs. They even have a bar and patio on Bloor St., right outside of our apartment's front doors. This is definitely going to be a busy spot come TIFF time.

We didn't have a reservation, but were seated promptly on the upstairs patio, a few tables over from Galen Weston, actually. Service was efficient and incredibly friendly. Our (super) cute young server was both professional, but very personable, which I appreciate, though some may have felt it was a bit "too much". For example, we told her we lived in the building, and the rest of the night was spent chatting about where in Toronto to buy an apartment in, as she was some-what new to Toronto. I like this type of casual approach to dining, but others might just want to be left alone, especially if lets say, they were on a first date and wanted to talk to one another, not the server. Not a problem for us, of course. She was also very attentive, and when she noticed that I was getting cold outside, she dragged over a heat lamp. Scored big points for me.

Okay, on to the food. I was pretty excited about the menu, there are a lot of options I can see myself being happy with in different situations, from comfort classics some some healthier raw seafood selections.

We shared the "Shrimp" which were 3 absolutely ginormous shrimp with a simple cocktail sauce. A tiny bit overcooked for me, but in general, a nice, refreshing start.

My bf had the Lobster risotto, which was a bit TOO al dente for my preference. But I felt it was a really good serving size and was nicely seasoned.

I did the Braised Short ribs with glazed vegetables. The short rib (one bit one) was perfectly cooked and tender, but the vegetables were a bit under and hard to even get my fork into. I also would have preferred a bit more caramelized sweetness or acidity in the jus as it was a little flat, and would have helped cut the richness of the short ribs.

To finish we went with the Banana Tarte Tatin with Rum ice cream. Well, this one was a no brainer because I love bananas (especially when caramelized) and tarte tatin is one of my favourite desserts. It did not disappoint, and was the best part of the meal. The pastry was perfectly cooked (too often I find it to be overdone and therefore very hard to cut with a fork and eat), and the rum ice cream was a lovely accompaniment.

So, for the app, 2 mains, dessert, 1 large bottle of Perrier and a tea, the total came to about $100 including tax and tip, not terrible for us. I didn't get the really check out the wine list, as I was recovering from a week of drinking and overeating while away. I was very happy with the service, and while the food wasn't amazing, it was great by Yorkville standards, and since its a very convenient dining option for us, I am sure we will be back again when they work a few of the kinks out.

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