492 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON

Reservations:
Tel. (416) 929-4900

Easter and Passover
04/03/15
We will be open our regular hours this weekend - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, lunch/brunch 11am - 4pm, dinner 4pm to 12 midnight, snacks, dessert and bar til 2am.
St. Valentine's Day 2015
01/23/15

Thanks for thinking of us for this occasion. Sadly, we are for the most part sold out for the two seatings mentioned below. 

We have guaranteed spots at the bar with our $100 menu at 9:30 pm or after, or take your chances walking in for bar stools ...

 

We are offering a 3 course menu for the first seating ($50 per person)

and a 7 course menu for the second seating ($100 per person)  

1st seating - choose an appetizer, main course, and dessert. (In at 6:006:307:00 - you have the table for 2 hours)


Appetizer 
Soup, green salad, salade composé, escargots, pâté, mussels, seafood terrine, fried camembert, frog legs, oysters, foie gras (add $15)

Main
Vegetarian - mushroom oat risotto, king mushroom, beet, kale

Chicken - roasted breast and fried thigh, savory bread pudding, Brussels sprouts

Mussels - basil coconut curry, French fries

Fish - sablefish fillet, celeriac squash purée, turnip and heirloom carrot

Seafood Stew - with saffron, potato, fennel, lobster, scallop & king crab

Duck - confit leg on spaetzle, emmenthal, veg, duck jus

Duck neck - sausage, sauerkraut, potato, veg

Steak/ frites - AAAA striploin, red wine demi, black garlic butter, Yukon gold fries

Rabbit leg - Moroccan spiced stew, corn gnocchi

Horse, Quack 'n' Track, Wild Boar (add $5), Venison (add $10) - all tenderloins, du puy lentils, seasonal veg, demi

Dessert
Clafoutis, lemon tart, flourless chocolate cake, creme brûlée, sorbet or ice cream 



2nd seating - 7 course (where there are multiple choices, choose one - let us know if you are vegetarian or have any allergies. Inat 8:008:309:00 - no out time)

1. Amuse bouche 

2. Soup or green salad

3. Appetizer 
Salade composé, escargots, pâté, mussels, seafood terrine, frog legs, oysters, foie gras (add $10)

4. Trou Normande

5. Main course
Vegetarian - mushroom oat risotto, king mushroom, beet, kale

Chicken - roasted breast and fried thigh, savory bread pudding, Brussels sprouts

Mussels - basil coconut curry, French fries

Fish - sablefish fillet, celeriac squash purée, turnip, heirloom carrot

Seafood Stew - with saffron, potato, fennel, lobster, scallop & king crab

Duck - confit leg on spaetzle, emmenthal, veg, duck jus

Duck neck - sausage, sauerkraut, potato, veg

Steak/ frites - AAAA striploin, red wine demi, black garlic butter, Yukon gold fries

Rabbit leg - Moroccan spiced stew, corn gnocchi

Horse, Quack 'n' Track, Wild Boar, Venison  - all tenderloins, du puy lentils, seasonal veg, demi

6. Fromage fondant

7. Dessert
Clafoutis, lemon tart, flourless chocolate cake, creme brûlée, sorbet or ice cream 

Thanks for thinking of La Palette for Valentine's Day. Many of you may have dined with us before but most of the reservations so far are first time guests. As you can guess, this is the busiest day of the year and it is one of those rare occasions that it falls on a Saturday

At this point, we are looking to make final confirmations for that evening. In order to do this, we are asking that you call us with a credit card number - much like if you were buying tickets to a show. We find this compels people to either commit to joining us that evening, or cede their spot to another happy couple. 

Now in our 15th year of service, we are no longer those young innocents that will watch helplessly as our dining room  sits half empty - one after another fickle heart not showing up for their bookings. 

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation. If you wish to order a la carte, you may come early (5pm) or late in the evening (11pm and on). We may have room at the bar for walk-ins as well. 
 

À bientôt 

Holiday hours and New Year's Eve
02/17/14


New Year's Eve - in the main dining room

1st seating - a la carte menu
You're going somewhere else for the party, come anytime between 5 and 8pm - the table is yours for 2 hours.

2nd seating - $100 a person multi course menu and bubbly
For you, the party is here - come at 9 or anytime after. Some spots available for regular menu too.
 
New Year's Eve - bar and cafe
 
is open all evening for walkins with our regular menu or just drinks.
 
Happy New Year and see you soon! 
 
We are open New Year's Day for brunch and dinner and closed one day only this winter, Monday January 5th. 
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

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.