La Societe Bistro
La Societe Bistro
Experience the soul of Paris in the heart of Toronto as you step into La Societe, an upscale French bistro and lavish patio located on glamorous Bloor Street’s fashion strip. Surrounded by Gucci, Cartier, Escada, and Hermes, this great eatery has the ideal patio to ‘see and be seen’ this summer. With The Refined Chefs weeklong celebration of all things French, which began with Bastille Day, today we are stepping into this Parisian inspired Bistro.
Cross the threshold onto either of the perfectly appointed lower or upper patios spurs an instant sense that you have been transported to the French Riviera city of Cannes, or Paris’s Avenue des Champs-Élysées, one of the world’s most famous of streets for luxury shopping. The overwhelming feeling that you have flown across miles of ocean and have arrived is undeniable.
La Societe, owned by Charles Khabouth, is unrivaled in our city in terms of service and style. Perfectly located on busy Bloor Street, the patio is well suited for sitting back and watching the bustle and fast paced life of serious shoppers hurrying by. The lower Patio features a marble and brass, fully stocked bar, as well as an oyster bar. The upper patio is removed from the street, providing an intimate setting for a fabulous lunch or an award winning signature dinner.
Chef James Olberg, incredibly talented and known for is creative approach to traditional cuisine, leaves you satisfied no matter your menu selection. One of many fabulous lunch dishes is La Societe’s Tuna Nicoise Salade, a light, healthy way to indulge one’s self features seared tuna on a bed of lettuce, fresh green beans, cherry tomatoes, and a hard-boiled egg. For heartier fare, I recommend staring with the signature French onion soup, followed by a selection from the famous seafood display, which holds an incredible array of fresh seafood on ice, sure to entice you to do more then just ‘look’.
Chef James’s Sunday showcases 1 1/4 pounds of Atlantic Lobster, with lemon and drawn butter, for a very reasonable $24.95, is the pinnacle of the restaurant’s selection. The traditional French menu is just that, very traditional, so to expand your food experience, give it a try. On Thursdays enjoy $1 each shucked oysters with a glass of your favorite champagne, white wine, or a signature cocktail. The patios feature a diverse cocktail menu, which indicates La Societe bartenders have incredible talents.
The element, which sets La Societe apart from several dozen other French-inspired restaurants in Toronto, is its ambiance. The dining room and lounge, with polished brass rails, dark woods, marble, and incredibly detailed mosaic floor, is a decorative style direct from Paris. These rooms are true masterpieces, inviting you to relax, enjoy and of course indulge in the rich menu. If you are looking to stride into Paris for an afternoon lunch, post-work cocktail, or to celebrate a special occasion with a delectable dinner, La Societe has the stage set to welcome you.