food,  licious

Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie: 2018 Winterlicious Review

This is a review for 2018 Winterlicious lunch menu at Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie in Toronto Distillery District.

Summary

It is a nice and romantic French restaurant with good food and fresh bread
Service: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Environment: 4/5
Worth it for Winterlicious: Yes
I recommend from the menu: french onion soup for starter, steak frites for main, Mont Blanc for dessert.
What I like: the fresh bread, good portion, nice decorated dish, the environment, the service
What I don’t like: I found the food here are generally too heavy and the steak is a bit too salty.

Location: 35 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Review

This place is pretty hard to book during Winterlicious time, but I found a slot for lunch during open table website. This place definitely required a reservation. When I came to the restaurant, it was pretty packed. Walk-ins required a long time to wait.
I have been wanted to come to Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie for a while because I have passed by this place in distillery district many times: during summertime, Christmas market and festival of lights. I highly recommend almond danish in the pastry shop outside.
Overall, I am pleased with the experience. I am definitely getting a good deal for my Winterlicious experience ($28/person). My friend and I are both very full after this lunch.

It was festival of lights at distillery district, and the environment was pretty nice. I would definitely recommend it for a date. Our waitress was nice and attentive.

Bread

I actually love the bread here. Our table was beside the bread station and we clearly saw how our waitress prepared our bread. I don’t think refills were allowed. The bread was fresh and came in 3 favours. I don’t usually eat the bread, but my friend and I emptied bread basket.

Starter

French onion soup was pretty heavy. It had a layer of cheese on top.

Main

I was a bit worried because the waitress did not ask us how well we wanted our steak. (Of course, I wanted it medium rare.) However, when the steak came, it was cooked in a right way. I think it was due to the volume of Winterlicious, every steak was pretty consistently cooked medium rare. However, I did found the steak a bit heavy and salty. The steak has a slice of garlic butter on top and sauce on the side. The fries came with a mayo. I remembered in Paris, the fries did not come with ketchup. However, the waitress handed us ketchup.

Dessert

The dessert is Mont Blanc. This dish was nicely decorated and not too sweet. I don’t like the super sweet melting-my-teeth dessert.


In conclusion, I definitely recommend visiting this restaurant for Winterlicious. Be sure to make a reservation beforehand.

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