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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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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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February 22, 2019

Best hidden gem in the city! I can't believe this was my first time visiting Batifole. It certainly won't be my last. Charming, unpretentious yet elegant, incredible food, reasonable prices and relaxed, genuine service speaks for itself. When we were there on a February Thursday night, there were patrons as varied as best friends catching up (us), a family with three generations (next to us), a large group celebrating, and couples. I loved everything from beginning to end. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2019

Divine! Evrything first-rate. Service excellent, wine list good, ambience charming, and the food! To die for.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2019

Amazing as always! My favourite place to eat in the city!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2019

Nice service. Nice food. Definitely worth revisiting.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Excellent food and super friendly service.. the atmosphere is amazing.. the chef came out To check if everything was to our liking. Loved this place! Will definitely come again soon

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 24, 2019

Very enjoyable experience. Delicious food, nice portions. Service was attentive without being pushy or overbearing. Comfortable and cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend! Enjoy!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2019

A delightfully comfortable, friendly atmosphere with knowledgeable staff and French-inspired dishes that never disappoint.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 4, 2019

Fabulous from start to finish. Service was friendly and the food was incredible!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2018

Excellent, knowlegable and personable staff. We’ve been eating here for some years and always enjoy the offerings. Room has a very nice atmosphere (not loud!), and the wine list has lots of variety,

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2018

We love this restaurant! The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is perfect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2018

Friendly, knowledgeable, efficient service. Food is unpretentious and tasty. Can go there and feel relaxed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2018

It is one of the best restaurants in Toronto! Everything here is very French and classic.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2018

Our last visit was excellent. We must go more frequently....

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 11, 2018

Great vibe! Great food! Best French Restaurant in Beaches-East York.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2018

We were an easy-going bunch, but simultaneously serving a group of 10 is always challenging. The staff were terrific. Old friends and new all loved their dinners. The wines are well-chosen and well-matched to the cuisine. We'll be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2018

The food and service is excellent - reminds us of eating in Paris ! Will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2018

Fine food and excellent, friendly service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 29, 2018

Upon arrival, we received a friendly welcome and were seated and had drinks served quickly. The servers were helpful and professional. Chef Pascal also greeted guests and checked on their meals. Our meals were superb--cassoulet, beef tartare and duck confit avec peches. Dessert was souffles and champagne and birthday greetings were wished to our 29 year old daughter and she was so delighted!! Everything was amazing...service, ambience, and especially food. We can't wait to go back! Thank you so much for the incredible dining experience at Batifole!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 25, 2018

The food is delicious. The soufflé au Grand Marnier is amazing !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 24, 2018

One of the best restaurants I have been to! I go every year for my birthday! Highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 17, 2018

Always great

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 15, 2018

We can’t believe that we never dinned at Batifole before. Will take friends and business guests in the future. Staff and chef were great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2018

Great food and amazing service will definitely be visiting more often.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2018

Impeccable classic French food. Small restaurant where you can hear yourself talk. Perfect for date night. The seafood is always excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 28, 2018

Food was wonderful - any stars for this rating is because of the food. The service was TERRIBLE. It was fine to let us know that the table was double booked, and we had about 1.5 hrs at it. What they didn't do was take our order (and not because we hadn't decided - we knew what we wanted to eat) for at least 20 minutes. Our apparatif (no appetizer ordered... We were on the clock!) arrived another 20 minutes later. Dinner arrived about 20 minutes after that. We weren't asked if we wanted a glass of wine or other beverage with our meal. My friend had to hold on to her unfinished dinner plate to stop it from being whisked away. We were told it was time to go. I asked if we could get dessert to go, and the waiter expected us to remember the desserts on the menu. Needless to say, they lost our dessert order, too. Our bill could have been an additional $60 (2 X glass of wine, coffee, dessert) - which would have meant a larger tip for the wait staff. (I can't believe I am showing the wait staff what they missed out on in this post). My husband and I have been going there for years. In some of those visits, we have been informed that we would have limited time at the table, and managed to have an appetizer, main AND dessert in our allotted table time. How did we do it? How did we manage? Because the service those nights were spot on. We didn't feel like we got the bum's rush out the door, because we were properly taken care of those evenings. Batifole needs to remember that we are their guests - and need to be cared for. If it is expected that I am to get my meal, then make it counter-order style, or only have one seating, or get a better system in place. A few more things I) check on your diners when they get their meal. No one asked us how our food was (restaurant management 101) II) don't look exasperated when someone asks for more water, especially when the only drink order you took was for their apparatif III) Bread in French restaurants is plentiful. I didn't have time to enjoy mine. It should be provided the same way water should be. And, I can't believe I am mentioning bread and water in this review. If the restaurant has any questions, please contact me directly.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

October 25, 2018

One of the best kept secrets in Toronto! We appreciate the personal greetings of Pascal, the chef and owner of Batifole.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 21, 2018

amazing place,the most authentic French restaurant in Toronto

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 30, 2018

Simply outstanding, every time we go.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 23, 2018

Quite honestly, it was the best meal I have had this year. Scallops, mackerel, raspberry lemon tart. All were extraordinary. Please go!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 21, 2018

This is the BEST French restaurant. Everything was delicious, we did 3 different dessert yum! Must try this place if you haven’t gone!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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