Restaurant: Jules Bistro
Location: 147 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5V 2L7
Price Range: $$
With a modest exterior, I have walked past Jules Bistro numerous times before without noticing it. Don’t be fooled though, this place is a true hidden gem in the city! Jules is as French as you can get. Upon entering, the restaurant was cozy and buzzing with people, this place whispers sweet somethings of Provence and Bordeaux. The decor was simple with big communal tables to the decorative chandeliers, this place is perfect for a date night.
Since my friend and I weren’t too hungry, C decided on a simple quiche – which was delicious by the way – and I chose the prix fixe menu of $25.
For appetizer I was given a choice of French onion soup; Chevre Chaud or Cesar salad. I decided on the Chevre Chaud but thinking back, maybe I should have gotten the soup to get my money worth. Anyhow, the salad had a simple and light vinaigrette which complimented the bold flavors of the goat cheese. I liked how the cheese just ooze out a bit and the bread wasn’t too crispy either.
For mains they offered steak; chicken; salmon and obviously I chose the steak lol. The steak came out perfectly medium rare and well-rested, the meat is really tender and deliciously seasoned. The fries were a bit similar to McDonald fries, though they are much crispier here with little to no salt. The mixture of mayo and ketchup sauce was worth dipping your fries into for a change.
There were two options for dessert: creme brulee or chocolate mousse and I chose the latter. The mousse wasn’t too sweet with a light and airy texture, and had an intense dark chocolate flavor – which is how I like it.
I must mention, service was quite slow and it can be difficult to flag down servers at times. Value-wise, I don’t think the prix-fixe menu was worth it nor it truly represent what Jules Bistro offers. In my opinion, it would be much better to order the other dishes on the menu, such as their highly rated Cote de Boeuf for 2 ($58) or the rack of lamb.