Restaurants & Bars 2

Le Select Bistro

artificialard | Feb 5, 2006 05:23 PM

Wandering around for a brunch place near the west side and decided to try the new location of Le Select on Wellington. I've never been to the old one, so I don't have a basis for comparison.

The atmosphere inside is modeled after a typical French bistro and nicely done but a little 'cold' feeling.

The brunch menu is available on the website and isn't large but has interesting selections. The Winterlicious lunch menu was also being offered and two of our party opted for the duck and fish dish while I had the apple french toast.

The food took somewhat longer than we would have liked (I wasn't paying attention but it felt like more than 30 hours.) The dishes leaned towards 'highly competent' rather than being incredibly inventive or uniquely compelling. The squash soup was a delight, a very smooth soup with a dab of creme fraiche that was spiced perfectly and struck a nice balance of thickness and flavor. The roasted duck leg confit was good, not too much fat and had a pleasant medley of roasted vegetatables with it. It was however definitely too salty (but not unbearably so) and I enjoy saltier foods anyways. I didn't try the fish but the person who ordered it mentioned the fish being a tad overdone but also nicely presented. The french toast I ordered was excellent. It was only one slice but was stuffed with chopped up spiced apples and had a nice crispy edge while the middle was pleasantly soft. For desert only the creme brulee was offered which was unremarkable.

Service was good with the exception of having to wait a tad too long for the main entrees to arrive. I noticed that our waitress was quite meticulous and made certain a bottle of white wine ordered at the next table was chilled properly and asked the customer exactly how cold they would like it.

Overall it was a good experience and the food is not incredibly unique but well prepared. A great place for a casual meal. It seems they also want to encourage a more languid cafe crowd to hang around because they advertise free wi-fi right on the menu.



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