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#24 Auberge du Pommier

Auberge du Pommier

The beautiful French country cottage for the foie gras and truffle set, the Auberge is fiercely loyal to la grande cuisine — but with a light touch. How divine that a second waiter pours intense cream-free seafood bisque onto the perfectly charred scallop (with chicken liver parfait and snow crab) that the first guy set down. Or that they serve Ontario farm-raised fresh shrimp with tender octopus. They bring back duck à l’orange from extinction, anointing ruby-red duck breast with charred orange and nicely balanced orange sauce. Fresh Newfoundland cod gets an uptick from Champagne sauce and very snazzy boutique mushrooms. Hard to find another restaurant with enough loyalty to French cuisine to do a hot souffl. These days it’s orange souffl and when they pour on the warm Grand Marnier white chocolate ganache, we’re singing the Marseillaise. In summertime the patio recalls la belle France.

  • Auberge du Pommier
  • 4150 Yonge St., Toronto (map)
  • 416-222-2220

  • Chef: Malcolm Campbell
  • Sous Chef: Ash Moghe
  • Cuisine: French
  • Cost of dinner for two: $150
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Mon. to Thurs. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. to Sat. 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No
  • Wines available: 500
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $45
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Underground parking available, free after 5:30 p.m.
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