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  • Atmosphere: 3.6/5
  • Food: 4.3/5
  • Service: 3.6/5
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Restaurantica12
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Bon Appetite at Batifole

Let me tell you about this beautiful French restaurant located in East Chinatown (yes, that's right, there is an East Chinatown in Toronto). Batifole is delicious blend of good food and romantic atmosphere that takes you outside of Chinatown and into a bistro in France. Food: Delicous is the best way to describe the food here. The chefs prepares these dishes very well, as if to say you are his royal guests. I started with the Lobster and fish soup and my partner decided to have the escargot and a side of the fries and tarragon mayonaisse. This was a great way to start off dinner - the soup was creamy and rich in flavour, and the fries were at the right texture and perfect with the tarragon mayo. For dinner, our guest had the beef tenderloin, my partner had the foie gras, and I was feeling adventurous and decided to order the horse tartare. The horse tartare blew me away! If I could place bets on my horse, I would've won the jackpot. It was well seasoned, sweet, and without the game taste to it. Definately worth a try. Service: I think our female server may have been a bit slow at processing our order in her head, but she did ok. The male server was just as good. It was very busy on a Friday night, so we weren't expecting much. As long as my horse on a platter reached our table, that's all that mattered to me. Atmosphere. Definately worth to check out if you want to go somewhere romantic. The table beside us were celebrating their anniversary, a couple of tables were group outings, and a few singles enjoying a nice meal. A good mix of young and old, wealthy and casual. Overall, I would definately say worth a visit. The menu is well suited for those who are adventurous, or those who want to entice their taste buds with something delicious. My suggestion though is to visit during the week rather than a busy weekend night.

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Restaurantica12
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I never really had a proper french cuisine before...

I never really had a proper french cuisine before but I know what good food should taste like. I loved the food at Batifole. The atmosphere of the restaurant did make me worry about the quality of the food but they surpassed my expectation. Service is average and that's fine with me, all that matters really is the food...unless the service is terrible. Definitely will visit again.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 3/5
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oui oui oui !!!

I went here last night with a good friend of mine. The food was FANTASTIC, everything we had last night was superb and the service was non-intrusive and relaxed. I couldn't ask for a more perfect meal. I would definitly suggest you try this restaurant if you have a chance.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Tres bien at Batifole

My husband and I enjoyed the food at Batifole very much. It was a hot summer evening so the chilled Vichysoisse soup went down very well. I enjoyed the Cassoulet, but found the sausages a bit too garlicky. Otherwise it was very tasty. My husband enjoyed the steak very much. I don't like the fact that the vegetable dishes have to be ordered separately as sides a la carte. One thing is that it was Saturday night and quite busy, so I feel they need more staff because we had to wait quite a while for everything from drinks to mains to getting our bill. Still, the food was delicious. I would recommend going on a weeknight. If you're going on a weekend, you'd better not be in a hurry. Bon appetit.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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November 14, 2017

nice time, great food thanks

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2017

Love Batifole! Will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2017

One of the best meals in my life!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2017

Great food and attention to good service. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2017

Batifole makes all other Toronto restaurants unnecessary.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2017

Food are beautifully plated. From French pastries perspective, personally, desserts are slightly on the sweet side. Thanks

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 25, 2017

Always a pleasure...the food is incredible, we had the Canard a l'Orange...a leg of duck confit, wrapped in very rare buck breast, sitting on a potato galette and with an incredibly rich dark sauce with slivers of orange. We can't wait to go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 25, 2017

The Chef is the Best one in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 20, 2017

The John Dory is superb!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 19, 2017

As we were happy with our experience we plan to return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 15, 2017

Lovely birthday dinner for a friend Great friendly service Lovely chat with the chef who created the delicious food And a birthday treat of champagne at finish it all off

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 15, 2017

Fantastic experience from beginning to end. Service was great, food was exceptional, the chef came out and checked in on everyone’s meals, a live band was playing great music, and they brought us champagne to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. Highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 12, 2017

Good as always. The app specials have been extra creative and tasty lately. We bring our 3yr daughter and they are always accommodating.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 9, 2017

Nice bistro atmosphere, helpful servers and friendly, the owner/chef made a point to introduce himself and came around twice to ask if all was good. Food is delicous, not over imposing but more simpler French food that is filling and satisfying.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2017

All god. Thank you.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 2, 2017

We went to Batifole to celebrate our 27th anniversary based on some friends recommendations and were not disappointed. Pascal made our visit extra special by sharing his Provence knowlege with us and the food was outstanding including a special Grand Marnier souffle for desset. We will be back! Margaret & Simon

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2017

Perfection. As always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 25, 2017

This was our first time to enjoy the Batifole experience and it did not disappoint. Our prompt seating, attractive venue, attentive and knowledgeable team and not to forget, such incredibly delicious food, all made a special occasion even that more enjoyable. Kudos to Pascal! We will be back. Thank You! :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 24, 2017

Food is always very good. Cute small place with a good atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 24, 2017

Been meaning to try this wonderful restaurant for so long! It was worth the wait. A gem of a place both in terms of food and ambience. You feel like you're anywhere but Gerrard street or even Toronto!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 17, 2017

Unexpected surprise. Fabulous food and service! Everyone obviously cared and were attentive to every aspect. Highly recommend!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2017

Great experience. One of the few Toronto restaurants I have left being full. Chef Pascal came to check on us, which was also appreciated. Strongly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2017

The food was delecious as always, My guests were very pleased. Thank you for taking such great care of us Pascal. Love the decor update, So warm and cozey. See you soon !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2017

A neighbourhood classic....one of the best French Bistro style restaurants in Toronto, we are so fortunate to have this gem in Riverdale. Pretty room, charming service an an incredible Chef. Our dinner was quite simply flawless (as perfect French Bistro cuisine can be) and pretence-free. Can't wait to return. Thank you to Le Batifole..

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2017

My first visit to your restaurant, great food, will return again and again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 27, 2017

Everything was amazing, great service, the food was more than We expected, very very happy.... recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2017

Neat space but we made poor menu choices. The appetizers were ok but the cassoulet was served so hot it was impossible to eat for at least 10 minutes. Once cooled a bit it was meaty but so dry. I suspect it was incredibly overcooked in the oven. By the time it cooled on our plates it was a a bit late to send it back, so we persevered. Full marks to the chef who later inquired and apologized but it should have never left the kitchen in that impossibly hot and drought like state. I eventually added table water to reduce the dry glob that should have been the sauce but it still left me with a cement belly all night and wishing I had picked the cod. The dessert was also a real disappointment. Apple tatin should not have a granite crust and a heavy apple over-sweet glue like filling. The strawberry tart would have been a much better pick, but as they say say in France.... "c'est la vie". On the plus side, the wine was quite enjoyable and the service ok and the chef took the trouble to visit each table and, aware of our problems with the serving, a reasonable adjustment to the bill was offered with no promoting on our part whatsoever. Most other diners seemed very well pleased so I accept we simply made poor menu choices. The irony is that we selected the restaurant to avoid Summerlicious, a current Toronto restaurant promotion, thinking it would ensure a better dining experience, but as I said, we made poor menu choices and surrounding diners seemed to do very well so I rate our experience as a management oversight failure of the dispatch of those dishes rather than typical of the general menu experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

July 12, 2017

Excellent service. The John Dory fish was out of the world delicious and moist!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 6, 2017

As usual the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Always a pleasure to dine at Batifole. We will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2017

Excellent find! True French quisine at affordable prices. Will definitely visit again - there are number of other dishes I want tot taste.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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