The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#14 Bar Begonia

Bar Begonia

Anthony Rose, the King of Dupont, gives us a sweet little French bistro. Too bad no res. Worth lining up for. We love tartine of pissaladiere: Crusty Thuet bread topped with caramelized onions, black olives, chevre cream and anchovies. Or melt-in-the-mouth foie gras torchon with griddled sliced brioche. Chef Trista Sheen’s salt cod croquettes are deep-fried but ungreasy with a heart of moist cod. Her steelhead trout crudo is pretty pink trout marinated in oil and lemon. She does a fab bouillabaisse with crisp-fried whitefish in great broth. Duck confit is crisp on the outside, unctuous on the inside, perfectly partnered with chile-spiked white beans and wilted escarole. But my heart belongs to the beef bourgignon, in all its wine-soaked splendor. Close your eyes and you could be in Paris.

  • Bar Begonia
  • 252 Dupont St., Toronto (map)
  • 647-352-3337

  • Chef: Trista Sheen
  • Cuisine: French
  • Cost of dinner for two: $55
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 11 a.m. to late
  • Reservations: No
  • Meals served: Brunch, lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 24
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $25
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Can rent entire venue
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes (no American Express)
  • Parking: Street parking
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