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Chabrol : Toronto, Canada

Chabrol : Toronto, Canada

Name: Chabrol
Address: 90 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B9, Canada
Website: Website
Phone: (416)428-6641
Wifi: No
Tender: Credit, Debit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Type: French

Chabrol is located in Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood and serves up classic French cuisine from the South of France. The space is an intimate one with bright windows that flood the restaurant with natural light and accents that make you feel like you are in a sophisticated, yet casual French café. A front patio with sleek marble tables is surrounded by greenery and foliage making this feel like a European garden escape in the city.

 

Chabrol: Interior
Chabrol: Interior

 

Chabrol: Patio
Chabrol: Patio

We start with the Tartine of Cured Trout with Chervil, $15.00 CDN + tax. The tartine is presented beautifully with the bright orange hue of the trout on the bread while layers of chervil, sliced radish, and scallions adorn the trout giving it a fresh appearance and taste. While looking like one single slice of bread, it is actually served on toasted bread which has been pre-cut into 9 individual bite sized squares. This level of attention to detail does not go unnoticed. It makes the tartine much easier and much more enjoyable to eat.

 

Chabrol: Tartine of Cured Trout with Chervil
Chabrol: Tartine of Cured Trout with Chervil

Next we try the Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette, Market Price + tax. They’re incredibly meaty with full, rich flavor and fresh taste.

 

Chabrol: Oysters
Chabrol: Oysters

We then try the Albacore Tuna Niçoise with Anchovy Vinaigrette, $29.00 CDN + tax. Full, fresh slices of Albacore Tuna with a delicate taste and texture are served alongside a fresh salad tossed with anchovy vinaigrette, hard boiled eggs, potatoes, olives, and cherry tomatoes. The dish is light, yet flavorful. It’s the perfect classical French Niçoise salad.

Chabrol: Albacore Tuna Niçoise with Anchovy Vinaigrette
Chabrol: Albacore Tuna Niçoise with Anchovy Vinaigrette

We follow up the tuna niçoise with the Ttoro, $31 CDN  + tax. We are told that “Ttoro” is a local term used in the South of France to describe a bouillabaisse. The dish is served with the broth in a separate container which is then poured over the bowl containing the selection of seafood including mussels, shrimp, whitefish, and scallops. The seafood is fresh and cooked perfectly and the broth is hearty and warms the soul. Before we polish off all the broth the server tells us of the common custom in the South of France where wine is poured into the broth and then either drunk from the bowl directly or scooped up with torn pieces of fresh bread. We opt to soak up the rest of the wine-laden broth with bread and after tasting it, it makes me wish I had poured the wine into the broth at the beginning. This is a custom I could definitely get used to.

 

Chabrol: Ttoro
Chabrol: Ttoro

The final main dish we try is Galantine of Chicken with Zucchini, Socca, and Sauce Suédoise, $30.00 CDN + tax. The chicken is incredibly moist bordering on a pâté-like texture and consistency. Majority of the flavor though is derived from the Sauce Suédoise, an apple horseradish mayonnaise based sauce. The flavor is strong and very distinct. I find it a little too sharp and overpowering for the delicate tasting chicken.

 

Chabrol: Galantine of Chicken with Zucchini, Socca, and Sauce Suédoise
Chabrol: Galantine of Chicken

To end the meal we have the Apple Tarte with Calvados Sabayon, $15.00 CDN + tax. We had been giving prior warning by the server that this dessert takes 20 minutes to make given that they Sabayon sauce is made fresh to order. It’s worth the wait though as when it arrives the server pours the sabayon from a pitcher and directly on top of the puff pastry tart topped with sliced apples. In fact it is so good that it would be worth waiting an hour for. A definite must-order, not ordering it would mean not experiencing Chabrol to it’s highest and full potential.

Chabrol: Apple Tarte with Calvados Sabayon
Chabrol: Apple Tarte with Calvados Sabayon

Overall the dishes were well executed, flavorful, and presented beautifully with high quality ingredients. It was truly an experience that felt authentically European.

For anyone that has ever visited the South of France, or anyone that has ever longed to visit, Chabrol definitely delivers an experience both in atmosphere and in taste that will transport your senses to Nice or Marseille.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal/items were complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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