It’s December 26, and while many of you have barely digested and recovered from your big Christmas dinners, I know there are also a lot of you looking forward to more eating for New Year’s. So with that in mind, let me recommend Cluny’s in the Distillery District. A few weeks ago, I ventured into this beautiful new restaurant on Tank House lane for a solo brunch.
Washed in natural and warm lighting, Cluny’s is like a very large European cafe, there is an intricately laid blue and white tiled floor separating the space into grouped tables and intimate spaces. Bouquets of cream and buttercup yellow flowers in large vases, showcase the bakery buffet where staff prepare your baskets of croissants and breads.
The raw bar is stocked with a daily selection of oysters, claims and shrimp. Behind the bar is the bustling kitchen, efficiently sending out orders or egg dishes, burgers and salads from the brunch menu.
My server greets me warmly and asks what my preferences for my morning pastry basket to accompany my French press coffee.
My oeufs en cocotte, eggs cooked in a vessel like a small dutch oven, arrives with a grilled tomato, greens, truffle and fries. It is a dish that feels indulgent for a sunny but cold Sunday morning. I am thrilled that the frites are still quite warm, and soak up the truffle mayonnaise very well.
I people watch from my seat at the raw bar, where the friendly staff tell me about the menu and the features with entusiasm. I also get a great view of the other dishes guests are enjoying at the bar next to me.
The dinner menu features traditional bistro fare including foie gras dishes, mussels and frogs legs as well as some continental favourites to satisfy kids and non-seafood eaters. My best part of the menu for me, is the selection of cheese dishes, which includes my favourite, Sauvagine stuffed with truffle and sauteed in wild mushroom.
A wonderful setting, lots of seats – however, it is popular, so many sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
Cluny Bistro – 35 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario