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Le Select Bistro -- wouldn't go back


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Le Select Bistro -- wouldn't go back

cardamom | Aug 2, 2004 11:23 PM

I went to Le Select for the first time. While the food was decent, I wouldn't go back. I think there are better French restaurants in the same price range, like La Palette. There were no huge flaws, just little things that got on my nerves. Like the pull-down breadbaskets, which I found gimmicky. Plus the bread they served was thick pumpernickel -- a bit gauche for a French restaurant (it fills you up before the meal starts). The server in charge of the bread didn't bother to explain the pulley system. He just put the bread in the basket, then pointed at the pull cord and left. I thought maybe a good way to leave the tip would be to put it in the breadbasket, point at the cord then leave.
The service was alright, but they've obviously trained the servers to bump up the bill. I felt pressured to order Perrier water instead of regular water when we sat down. A large bottle for the both of us. Then I noticed that practically everyone else also had a large bottle of Perrier on their tables, too. The cost was $6 per bottle. Ouch.
These may sound like grumpy comments, but there a lots of lovely French restaurants to choose from in Toronto, and I doubt I'll go back to Le Select.

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