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“Wonderful dining experience”
Review of Bistro Parisien - CLOSED

Bistro Parisien
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 20, 2012

We started off relaxing with a couple drinks before dinner, talking with each other and the friendly staff. The restaurant is beautiful and cozy (probably seats around 40) high ceilings and 2 large picture windows through which you can peacefully watch the city happen while you sip and enjoy.
The menu will not overwhelm you with choices, but will definitely offer something that will call out to your tasted buds.
What we ordered:
- French Onion Soup, Boston and Roquefort,
- Classic Steak Frites,
- Homemade Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Ice Cream.
The meal was delicious and service was perfect.
We will be back!

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3  Thank Ing_Things
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

It was the first time we have eaten at Bistro Parisien. We were greeted at the door and brought directly to our table. The restaurant is small – so reservations are recommended.

We both ordered the Prix Fixe meal – which includes bread (made on the premises every day) – it was delicious, soup or salad, and your choice between two main courses and desert. ($35)

For appetizers, I had the French Onion Soup. It was quite tasty. My boyfriend had the salad – which had nuts, strawberries and a delicious dressing, and it was topped with warmed fromage de chevre.

For our main courses, I chose the steak frites and he had the salmon. The steak frites is served as a long, narrow piece of meat, grilled and seasoned. It is served over a bed of hand cut frites (French fries). It had very good flavour. His salmon was also wonderful– it was served over a bed of rice and I believe there were 7 types of vegetables (peas, zucchini, asparagus, green beans, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and also sliced beets!). The vegetables were cooked perfectly. The entire meal was formidable!

Desert was chocolate mousse – which I am typically not a big fan – however it was very good. Nice flavour and texture. It was presented topped with some berries and fresh mint.

One more positive thing was the service – it was really very good! Our waiter was named Gervais, he was courteous and attentive the entire time. He provided great service. He is actually from Paris and it was nice to chat with him. Kate, one of the owners, also spoke with us when we arrived and thanked us for coming when we left. It was a nice touch.

We definitely will go back!

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3  Thank harlgr8dane
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

Nice little french bistro. Very good service, not rushed, great food. Highly recommended.

2  Thank LindaJ1963
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

Soup of the day was puree of squash. The soup was ok, but slightly tasteless. It's a bit of a shame, because it would have been a great base for a cream of squash soup.

I had the french onion soup. If you have ever had a great french onion soup (like in Montreal or Paris), then you will find this soup very disappointing. If you are a Campbells-type person, then this soup would be just fine. Once again tasteless, and the cheese that was used tasted like a cheep swiss rather than a great Gruyere or Emmenthal.

For the mains we had the steak frits and the duck. The flank steak comes as a long, narrow piece of meat, grilled and seasoned. We ordered it medium rare based on previous reviews where the meat was always over done. We received it where one end of the meat was perfectly medium rare, but the other end was well++. The taste was good, but the chef did not get the temperature even close to right, and the server brought it to our table like this.

In one quick survey of the meat, it was clear that this meat was poorly done and that the temperature varied wildly from one end to the other. Why was this presented to us? Why did the server not refuse the plate? Why did the chef, who cut the steak in 10 pieces on the plate before serving it, not re-do the plate for us?

And then the steak, whose flavors was good, was served on 17 pounds of french fries. Don't get me wrong, big fan of fries. But a chunk of poorly done meat and fries does not a proper meal make.

The other main was the duck. It was 2 large quarters served on a bed of french fries and accompanied by creamed spinach, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, sliced beets, and pickled cabbage.

Clearly the highlight of the meal was the veg. They were flavourful, varied, and well presented. Fantastic job on the veg.
The duck, on the other hand, was dry and flavourless. The skin was perfectly crisp, the meat was not greasy, but most of it was quite dry. And there was nothing to go with the meat. No orange, gravy, or anything else to help the duck. Although not quite the miss of the steak frits, still a miss.

I think if these were $15 plates, it would be fine. But they were $25 plates. For that kind of pricing I expect more from the food.

One more thing was the service. Simply fantastic. Whatever his name was, he had about 8 tables all at the same time, and he was courteous and wonderful the entire time. He should be proud of the job he does. Although I would encourage him to refuse plates from the kitchen that are obviously not correct.

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1  Thank Wakky_J
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Visited this restaurant three times, first upon turn from paris for their version of steak and frites, which was tasty but the flank steak was a bit tough and could use some pizzazz. The onion soup was lovely and very cheesy - A meal in itself. On one of my lunch visit I tried their pear and goat chees salad which was lovely. The restaurant has a lovely quaint setting.

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1  Thank Colie
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