Summer is winding down and so are our finite number of of patio days. To make the most of it, the Mister and I went to one of our favourite patios close to home - Biff's Bistro.
Biff’s has the best classic french food without being pretentious. And their location, just off of Yonge and Front Streets, isn’t too busy, but still makes you feel like you’re on vacation in Paris. Even though you are in the middle of downtown Toronto, there is very little noise and in one of the most prettiest parts of town, Old Toronto – very close to the St. Lawrence Market.
Their patio is perfect. It faces south and always gets the perfect amount of sun. Some of their patio is also shaded, so it’s a good balance for those couples where one likes sun and the other, not so much (like me!). The location is very convenient as its located very close to Union Station and is also great for people watching too!
One of my favourite things about Biff’s is the $1 oysters on Tuesdays and Saturdays ($2 each every other day). The Mister loves oysters so we obviously started with that, and a great bottle of rosé from their extensive wine list, since we are celebrating a very late (and oddly cool) summer in Toronto.
I don’t know about you, but when the temperature rises, I don’t usually feel like eating something too heavy. So for my main, I ordered off the appetizer menu and got the octopus and chorizo salad ($18). I’m not sure why this is considered an appetizer. This is one of the most filling (and absolutely delicious!!) salads I’ve ever ordered. I don’t usually read the descriptions very well (blame it on the alcohol) so I didn’t realize that it came on kale. Usually, I hate kale. I find it very bitter and, well, quite disgusting. But not this kale. Surprisingly, it tasted very fresh and good.
The Mister can’t see steak tartar on the menu and not order it ($17 for the appetizer size and $27 for the entree size. The entree size is 6oz and also comes with fries.). So it was a given that that’s what he was getting – the entree size, of course. As usual, I tried a bit of his (I do this every single time) and stole a lot of his French fries. It’s always perfectly seasoned and delicious!
The service at Biff’s is also great! Our waiter David was very attentive. He always made sure our wine glasses were filled and gave us some great recommendations on the menu. He also mentioned that they serve Absinthe at Biff’s which I did not know! I’ve tried Absinthe before, and while we really wanted to try it again that night, I’m a light weight when it comes to alcohol and since we had to be somewhere to be later that evening, we didn’t get to try it that night.
Needless to say, we will definitely be back!
Biff’s Bistro 4 Front Street East biffsbistro.com