492 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON

Reservations:
Tel. (416) 929-4900

Civic Holiday / Lord Simcoe Day
02/17/14
We are closed one day only this summer, Monday August 4th
St. Valentine's Day 2014
01/25/14

As of Wednesday evening we are completely sold out for both the 7 pm and the 9 pm seatings at tables. We have a few spots left at the bar, to reserve please call and leave your name and phone number and we will call you back. You can see the $85 menu outlined below, which you are committing to if you want to reserve. You may also have our regular a la carte menu if you come early and leave by 7 or come after 11pm. You could take your chances walking in for the bar, but we cannot guarantee there will be room. 

Look forward to hearing from you...

 

Le Menu - $85, 7 courses

 
Amuse Bouche
 
Soup / Salad
Soupe du jour

Closed one day this winter...
01/05/14
Monday January 6th for staff sanity day.

Private function Tuesday January 7th, 5pm-9pm - open again after that...
New Year's Eve
12/16/13

1st seating - If you are going somewhere else for the countdown, you can join us for our regular a la carte menu with extra special specials. Please consider that the second seating arrives at 9pm so your table is re-booked for that time. Kitchen opens at 5pm.

2nd seating in the Dining Room - Our chef is putting together a 5-course menu for $60 and 7-course tasting menu with a glass of bubbly for $100. Second seating starts at 9 pm, reservations required (see below for menu).

Bar and Cafe - If you wanted to drop by for a la carte meals and drinks without committing to the set menu, we have spots on a first come first served basis for walk-ins at the bar and in the front cafe. To guarantee a spot at the bar or cafe area, you must commit to a menu. 

Feel free to call to reserve a spot or ask questions. 

Happy Holidays! 

New Years Eve Menu


Looking forward to seeing you, 

Reservations for the second seating are for 9 pm, you are committing to one of two menus for your table.

Cheers!

5 COURSE MENU  - $60

Amuse Bouche
Coeur de Canard - Brochette of smoked duck heart, caribou sausage, apple, chanterelle mushroom, pearl onion

Appetizer 
Soupe - Parsnip-pear veloute w/ brandied hazelnut

 

Bisque d'Homard - Lobster bisque w/ smoked paprika creme fraiche

Salade verte - Boston lettuce, Swiss chard, dinosaur kale, wild arugula, baby spinach, Belgian endive, treviso, fresh and dried grapes, Ontario peanuts
w/ verjus, grapeseed oil & tarragon 
Pate grand-mère - Coarse duck liver paté en croûte w/ house-made pickles & mustard
Escargots - Escargots confit, seasonal foraged mushrooms, spinach
and lemon dill beurre blanc, lemon dill
Moules - 1/2 pound mussels in broth of the day
Fromage Fondant - Fried triple cream camembert, red wine poached pecan and Seckel pear with their syrup
Saucisson de Mer - Shrimp chorizo stuffed calamari, lightly breaded and fried, served with tomato-caper purée and warm bella de cerignola olives
Cuisses de Grenoille - lemon cured, fried frog legs, garlic parsley
mayonnaise, pickled water chestnuts
Les Huitres -  3 market fresh oysters with champagne mignonette and lemon
Foie Gras - Pan-seared foie gras with on warm salad of endive, granny smith apple and cranberry, pan jus and foie-fried brioche (add $15)

Trou Normande
Champagne Sorbet 

Main Course
Saumon Quinnat - Pan-seared rare chinook salmon, smoke fried mussels, potato-leek purée, lemon caper cream, dill and fractal cauliflower 
Moules / Frites - Pound of mussels, house smoked salmon in a dill lemon caper cream w/ frites
Homard -  Butter- poached 1/2 Lobster w/ red pepper puree, dried nicoise olive, parsley garlic aioli and butter-poached celery root
Le Vegetarien - Smoked almond flan, miso braised black kale, spaghetti squash salad, chestnut quenelle, roasted oyster mushroom, beetroot gastrique 
Poulet - Pan roasted chicken breast suprême, fried chicken thigh, sweet potato bread pudding, sage brown butter, rapini
Cassoulet - Confit of duck leg, lardons, toulouse sausage, lamb shank, lingot beans, oven dried tomatoes, fried breadcrumbs and duck broth 
Steak / Frites - 8 oz AAAA Canadian prime striploin (Alberta) topped w/ persillade, red wine pan jus & Yukon gold frites
Choucroute Royale - Champagne braised sauerkraut, smoked bison back rib, garlic-thyme sausage, lardons, smoked duck heart, pickled beets, raisins 
Exotic and Game Meats - All tenderloins served rare with foraged mushroom oat risotto, seasonal vegetables & sage-port demi-glace
Choose from Horse (8oz), Venison (+$10, 6oz), or Wild Boar (+$5, 6oz)
Tartares - Beef or Horse, with salad, fries, or both 

Dessert

Clafoutis, Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake, Lemon Tart, Creme Brûlée,  Sorbet, Ice Cream, Cheeses (add $10)




7 COURSE MENU - $100

Amuse Bouche
Coeur de Canard - Brochette of smoked duck heart, caribou sausage, apple, chanterelle mushroom, pearl onion

Soup / Salad
Soupe - Parsnip-pear veloute w/ brandied hazelnut

 

Bisque d'Homard - Lobster bisque w/ smoked paprika creme fraiche

Salade verte - Boston lettuce, Swiss chard, dinosaur kale, wild arugula, baby spinach, Belgian endive, treviso, fresh and dried grapes, Ontario peanuts
w/ verjus, grapeseed oil & tarragon 

Appetizer  
Pate grand-mère - Coarse duck liver paté en croûte w/ house-made pickles & mustard
Escargots - Escargots confit, seasonal foraged mushrooms, spinach
and lemon dill beurre blanc, lemon dill
Moules - 1/2 pound mussels in broth of the day
Fromage Fondant - Fried triple cream camembert, red wine poached pecan and Seckel pear with their syrup
Saucisson de Mer - Shrimp chorizo stuffed calamari, lightly breaded and fried, served with tomato-caper purée and warm bella de cerignola olives
Cuisses de Grenoille - lemon cured, fried frog legs, garlic parsley
mayonnaise, pickled water chestnuts
Les Huitres -  3 market fresh oysters with champagne mignonette and lemon
Foie Gras - Pan-seared foie gras with on warm salad of endive, granny smith apple and cranberry, pan jus and foie-fried brioche (add $15)

Trou Normande
Champagne Sorbet spiked with brandy  

Seafood Course
Saumon Quinnat - Pan-seared rare chinook salmon, smoke fried mussels, potato-leek purée, lemon caper cream, dill and fractal cauliflower 
Moules / Frites - Pound of mussels, house smoked salmon in a dill lemon caper cream w/ frites
Homard -  Butter- poached 1/2 Lobster w/ red pepper puree, dried nicoise olive, parsley garlic aioli and butter-poached celery root

Main Course 
Le Vegetarien - Smoked almond flan, miso braised black kale, spaghetti squash salad, chestnut quenelle, roasted oyster mushroom, beetroot gastrique 
Poulet - Pan roasted chicken breast suprême, sweet potato bread pudding, sage brown butter, rapini
Cassoulet - Confit of duck leg, lardons, toulouse sausage, lamb shank, lingot beans, oven dried tomatoes, fried breadcrumbs and duck broth 
Steak / Frites - 6 oz AAAA Canadian prime striploin (Alberta) topped w/ persillade, red wine pan jus & Yukon gold frites
Choucroute Royale - Champagne braised sauerkraut, smoked bison back rib, garlic-thyme sausage, lardons, smoked duck heart, pickled beets, raisins 
Exotic and Game Meats - All tenderloins served rare with foraged mushroom oat risotto, seasonal vegetables & sage-port demi-glace
Choose from Horse (4oz), Venison (3oz), or Wild Boar (3oz)
Tartares - Beef or Horse, with salad, fries, or both 

Dessert

Clafoutis, Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake, Lemon Tart, Creme Brûlée,  Sorbet, Ice Cream, Cheeses (add $10)

Bubbly
glass of Prosecco!
Holiday Hours
12/16/13

La Palette will be OPEN for brunch and dinner on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. 

Summer Closure - July 29 to August 7
05/19/13

Just like in France, we close for a little while in the summer to give everyone a break while we fix, clean, renovate and imorove our game.

This year it's Monday July 29th to Wedensday August 7th. We re-open Thursday August 8th. Then we don't close again 'til Christmas! 

Valentine's Day
02/07/12
We are doing two seatings on Valentine's day with set menus that offer a huge variety of choices...

1st seating : 3 course menu at $60 per person - arrive between 5 and 7 (most people show up 6 or 6:30) and you have 2 to 2 1/2 hours. All regular menu items are available plus extra special specials

2nd seating : 6 course menu at $100 per person - come after 8:30 and stay as long as you like.  
 
Look forward to seeing you...
Party party partizani!
09/19/11
We love to have fun at la Palette and having a beautiful long bar gives us and our customers a chance to get loose as the evening sets in. On occasion at midnight on the weekend as dinner service is winding down, we'll kick the party up a notch as our musician friends come in and play standing ON the bar. You can call to see when the next jam is, but usually we don't know until the last moment.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra - Toronto's only Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk super band will blow your mind with rauccous violin-accordian-tuba-belly-dance madness.
 
Get Rambunctious - 1 drummer and 12 horns gets the crowd shakin' with New Orleans on adrenaline improv, you yell out a song title, they'll make up a song.

 
New Year's Eve Menu
12/26/10
Watch here for New Year's Menu...

We are taking reservations for new year's eve, tables are available earlier in the evening if you are going somewhere else for the big shebang - a la carte menu of our usual great fare plus extra special specials... otherwise we have a many course tasting menu + bubly wine for $100 per person starting at 9 pm...


Hellooo Queen Street...
12/08/10
So our original location in Kensington Market is closed and we are full time down at our new spot on Queen which opened in May.

Thank you all the great customers and new friends that have walked through those doors over the last decade, thank you Kensington Market and all our amazing neighbours there, we'll miss you.

We look forward to everyone visiting us in our beautiful new home!

A bientôt!
La Palette is dead...long live la Palette!
11/03/10

As you may have already heard, the lease is up at our original location and we will be closing our doors there later this month.  Fortunately you will still be able to enjoy our great food and drink, with the same service you have come to expect, in our fabulous new digs.

In the 10 years we have been in Kensington our following has grown along with us.  We have seen first dates blossom into romance, wedding proposals followed up with babies.  We have watched students struggle and celebrate their victories with us.  The conviviality of great conversations over clinking glasses has deepened old friendships while forging new ones alike.  All the while, we honed our abilities to bring you better and better fare delivered with care and pride.

Without ever advertising, La Palette gained recognition through word of mouth and great reviews.  We continually participated in food events and supported charitable organizations. As part of our commitment to culture in our city and our neighbourhood, we grew beyond our doors and gave back to the world with the creation of the much loved Pedestrian Sundays – monthly carfree days that will live beyond our departure. 

Now in our new space on Queens Street, we hope to continue delivering what we always have and more… here, we have a similar cosy dining room, but with a gorgeous open kitchen, a long bar, and a little café area too.  We will open lunches soon and will stay open later and later.

Check back for details around special nights in our closing weeks – November 21st is the last day! Come visit the new place too if you haven't already. Look forward to seeing you soon,

Au revoir,

Le gang at la palette.

New Second Location Open
05/04/10

After 10 years in Kensington Market, we have opened a second location on Queen Street West! 

Stay tuned for updated details on the website - in the meantime, come visit us at 492 Queen Street West - Open Every day at 5 PM 'til as late as it goes and Saturday, Sunday for Brunch from 11 AM  'til 4PM...  

Reservations are recommended for groups of 5 or more, otherwise, just come on down...

Our original location at 256 Augusta is not going anywhere so don't panic! And call if you're coming on the weekend...

See you soon 

 

We're having another one!
04/16/10
You may have heard rumours that we're opening another restaurant on Queen Street West - it's true!

Stay tuned for details on when La Palette will open doors at 492 Queen Street West in the busy strip between Spadina and Bathurst - probably mid to late May for Dinner and Brunch with weekday Lunch beginning in the fall.  The former stable (how ironic that we serve horse there) features a cosy dining room the same size as our original as well as a long bar and an open kitchen - new menu based on old favourites as well as more details about special events and the like coming very, very shortly. 

We have been in Kensington Market for 10 years now and don't plan to abandon our original digs anytime soon so don't panic - the sun is shining and the patio is open for summer!!  Weather permitting of course...
What we do and who we are
08/31/09

La Palette is a cosy, authentic French bistro in Kensington Market, the most culturally vibrant neighbourhood of Toronto.  With great word of mouth and critical acclaim we have come to enjoy a reputation as one of the best restaurants this city and Canada has to offer.

We uphold classic traditions of French Cuisine making all of our food from scratch while sourcing fresh, mostly local, artisenal produce. The seafood and vegetarian options continuously bring regulars back, but we are known for the meat that we serve - the best Duck Confit in town, positively addictive Black Angus Steak/frites, great Canadian game like Bison and Caribou, and even Toronto's first Horse steak!

It is a good idea to book in advance if you are coming for sure, particularly on the weekend or in groups of more than 5. We usually find room for walk-ins, especially with 4 or less people on weekdays, and also have a small bar and patio.

Although we have menus and specials posted here, they might not always be accurate...alas, our work is in the kitchen and dining room, not in front of a computer.

If you have any questions about catering or private functions, or would like to make a reservation, please call 416 929 4900

 

We look forward to seeing you.