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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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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