If you're in the mood for fine French cuisine, I've found a lovely new restaurant for you. It's called La Société and it's conveniently located at 131 Bloor St. This elegant bistro is newly renovated, and it opened for the public on June 14th.
You enter through the ground-level patio – which will be open to guest seating within the month – and a friendly hostess leads you up the stairs to the main section of the restaurant. Here, you can choose to enjoy your meal on the second-floor patio, in the main dining area, or in the equally lovely bar section. If you're looking for something more relaxed, the bar has several nice booths that provide you with your own quiet space. On the other hand, the main dining area has a more elegant feel as the daylight streams in from a completely windowed wall along Bloor St. If it's nighttime, you can ask for a seat by the window and enjoy the city lights and charming view of the hustle and bustle in the downtown streets below.
The restaurant is well staffed, so it's easy to catch someone's attention if you have any questions or concerns. They're quick to refill water glasses and check in to make sure everything is great. They're also very knowledgeable about all their menu items and can easily recommend the right meal for you.
If you're looking for something light, La Société offers some delicious and unique soups and salads. For a fuller meal, you can choose from a variety of meat or seafood dishes or opt for something different like quiche or a dressed up macaroni and cheese. I went with the quiche of the day, which was smoked salmon and brie, and which came with a side salad of crisp mixed greens and cherry tomatoes. Because it was an early lunch, I opted for their raspberry iced tea, but they also offer a variety of fine wines and alcoholic beverages if you're in the mood. The meal started with a complimentary basket of fresh bread, and for dessert we ordered a tray of house-made macarons, jellies, and chocolate truffles.
The price range is around $15-$30, which is incredibly reasonable for the atmosphere provided and the quality of the food. It's a great place for a business lunch or a romantic date night. So next time you're in the mood for quality French cuisine, pay a visit to the always elegant La Société.
Location and Hours of Operation:
131 Bloor St, Unit 211, Toronto, ON
Hours of Operation:
11:30am - 00:00 - Monday to Thursday
11:30am - 2:00am - Friday
11:00am for Brunch - Saturday & Sunday
11:00am - 2:00am - Saturday
11:00am - 00:00 - Sunday
Open late nightly