I created a list of restaurants I would like to experience in Toronto this year and was very excited to kick off the New Year with a trip to La Palette (492 Queen Street West) for a late lunch with my sister. Serving French cuisine, the restaurant is relaxed and bright with an exposed brick interior and a long wooden bar. The tables near the front entrance are a great spot for people watching! Some of the prices are on the higher side so this was a bit of an indulgence. I ordered the “Poulet” dish consisting of pan roasted chicken with coq au vin sauce, garlic roasted Brussels sprouts, a pumpkin bread pudding ($14). The chicken was well prepared, very moist and tender. I have to say, surprisingly, my favourite part of the dish was the bread pudding. Mixed with cranberries, whole pieces of pumpkin and a decadent and richly flavoured cheese sauce. No need to order appetizers! A basket of fresh bread, made in house, is served with s subtle but aromatic red pepper dipping oil. Note that reservations are highly recommended for dinner service on weekend (http://www.lapalette.ca/).
I haven’t decided which restaurant is next on the list. Looking forward to more new yummy food experiences!!