French dining is a thing in Toronto. Perhaps it’s got something to do with Toronto’s pretentious character. Maybe that’s a bit harsh but one thing is true: Torontonians like to celebrate every culture by way of eating their food. The number of French restaurants in Toronto is definitely on the high side but truly exceptional French cuisine is still hard to find.
With that said, when I visited Cluny, with a French friend none-the-less, I expected the usual: small, laughable portions and overpriced drinks written in French. To my surprise, Cluny is an absolute wonder! The interior decor is something out of a movie. The French bistro style restaurant is located in Toronto’s famous Distillery District. This neighbourhood alone will get you fantasizing about what life was like in the early 1900’s. Walking into Cluny though, you are truly taken back in time.
I’d recommend starting here with lunch or dinner. Although the restaurant does offer brunch, because of its specialty in making French dishes, it would be wise to go when they can offer you something different. In this case order Absinthe and once you’re hallucinating get yourself a dish you wouldn’t have tried otherwise, which for me was Foie Gras!