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#37 Chabrol


Doug Penfold and Niall McCotter of Cava have added a tiny charmer of a French bistro, Chabrol, to their stable. In summer it’s one of the nicest patios in town. Their delectable French classics include tartine of cured raw trout on housemade bread topped with radish and chervil. Perfect papillote of fish with sea asparagus, leeks and Swiss chard with superb vermouth beurre blanc. Ballotine of chicken is perfect moist white meat with buttery roasted fennel and apple with emerald green watercress soubise (creamed onion sauce). But one must eat ttoro, a southern French bouillabaisse with impeccable seafood in deep rich saffron-scented broth. And for dessert, classic French apple tart. The room is so tiny you can see — and smell — the buttery French apple tart baking in the glass-fronted oven. It’s built on puff pastry and drenched in Calvados sabayon at the table. Ask for a big spoon.

  • Chabrol
  • 90 Yorkville Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-428-6641

  • Chef: Doug Penfold
  • Cuisine: French
  • Cost of dinner for two: $100
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. noon to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 40+
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Can rent out entire venue
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Green P nearby
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