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I was invited back to A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro to try their updated brunch menu a couple of weeks ago. The dining room was rather spacious, and I loved the natural light that illuminated through the windows. The overall ambiance was modern, cozy, and bright. A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro is located on the third floor of the Gardiner Museum, and is a great spot to grab lunch or brunch. My guest, and I, were quickly seated by the hostess, and perused the menu while we waited for our server. The brunch menu featured a variety of classic brunch choices such as pancakes or waffles, grilled cheese sandwich, eggs and sausages, egg benedict, smoked salmon benny, etc ...


The restaurant is open for both brunch and lunch, and offers a Bistro inspired menu. Additional, the dining room was beautifully decorated with an elegant atmosphere. The space used to house a cafe run by Chef Jamie Kennedy until 2013 when Toronto caterer, À la Carte Kitchen, was handed control over it. Since then, they have transformed the space, and serving up delicious food. Please note that if you are a member of the Gardiner Museum, you will also receive 10% off on food items.  


 Brunch at A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro began with a plate of bread accompanied by EVOO and Za'atar spice (Lebanese spice). I have never been a fan of dipping bread in olive oil, but the Lebanese spice made such a difference in the taste, and texture. It just simply blended well with the olive oil, and bread.


The soupe du jour was the chilled cream soup with green peas ($4). 



 For my brunch item, I opted for the egg benedict - soft poached egg, English muffin, pea meal bacon, hollandaise, and home fries ($19). The execution of the egg benedict was simply done, but it was done well. The beautifully poached eggs were carefully placed on top of the English muffin, and oozed as it was pierced by my fork. The hollandaise was a great addition, and blended well with the ingredients used on the egg benedict. However, I'd have liked if they added some greens to the dish, as I thought the portion of the side salad was too much for me alone. 


Photo courtesy of Derek Genova from A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro
Photo courtesy of Derek Genova from A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro
I also got a side order of salad ($6), as I needed some greens with my meal.


 J got the daily special, which was appropriately titled The One That Couldn't Get Away - 2 pieces of crab cakes on a bed of greens ($18). Crab cakes are often composed of crab meat and various other seafood ingredients, and seasoning. The ones from A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro contained a mixture of salmon, halibut, sea bass, and lobster tail. The crab cakes were crisp and golden on the outside, while moist on the inside. Additionally, J thought that the portion was rather generous, and he had a filling meal.



The overall component of the dishes were good, and we had an enjoyable brunch at A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro. Food came out at a slower pace, but the service was amazing. Our server, Andre, was incredibly attentive, funny, and efficient. He was overall a very personable guy, and we felt comfortable around him. I'd like to thank all of the staff from A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro for their warm hospitality, as we felt very welcomed.

Photo courtesy of Derek Genova from A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro
Lastly, A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro is also participating in this summer's Summerlicious ($18 for a three course meal - lunch only). More information here.

Address: 111 Queens Park Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7 (Gardiner Museum, 3rd Floor)
 

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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 A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro announces its new Spring Lunch and Brunch Menus!
Toronto, Ontario – The A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro launches its new Spring Lunch and Brunch Menus that feature innovative new items, and reimagined favourites.



Some lighter fare includes Smoked Trout Salad in an Orange Dill Vinaigrette and the Market Salad that features watermelon and a roasted shallot vinaigrette.

For something more substantial, try the Pan-Seared Chicken Breast on whipped goat cheese sweet corn risotto and served with seasonal vegetable, or the Fish and Crisps, golden crispy strips of Atlantic Halibut, house-pickled vegetables, pommes crisps, and Gardiner tartar sauce. A reimagined favourite is the Vegetarian Curry served on Basmati Rice, and featuring cauliflower, carrot, red and green peppers, and eggplant in a coconut milk based curry.

If you’re up for sharing, try the Petit Pain Ciabatta, three sliders, one each of braised brisket in Belgian ale, roasted pork with caramelized onions, and roasted lamb with fig and walnut pesto, served with a green salad. Following that, have Mignardises for Two, featuring A La Carte Kitchen’s Executive Chef Simon Kattar’s chocolate truffles, miniature cookies, and fresh fruit.

Brunch items include Fruit Salad, and Smoked Salmon Benny, soft poached eggs on potato rosti with a hollandaise sauce and served with green salad.

A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro is open for lunch Monday to Thursday, 11am-3pm, for lunch and dinner Fridays from 11am-8pm, and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm. We can accommodate large groups, and have various prix fixe menus to offer them. Please call 416-586-8086 for reservations.

à la Carte at the Gardiner | 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7 | TEL: (416) 506-4945.
WEB: http://www.alacartebistro.com

Address: 111 Queens Park Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7 (Gardiner Museum, 3rd Floor)
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A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro is a great lunch spot perched on the third floor of the Gardiner Museum. The restaurant is open for both brunch and lunch, and offers a Bistro inspired menu. Additional, the dining room was lovely decorated with an elegant atmosphere. The space used to house a cafe run by Chef Jamie Kennedy until 2013 when Toronto caterer, À la Carte Kitchen, was handed control over it. Since then, they have transformed the space, and serving up delicious food. Please note that if you are a member of the Gardiner Museum, you will also receive 10% off on food items. 

I was invited to a private event titled "Best of Toronto" held at the Gardiner Museum a few months back. The event was attended by museum patrons and donors, members of media, and food bloggers. The evening presented a great opportunity to sample the food items catered by À la Carte Kitchen, and to see how an event at A la Carte Bistro was like. The successful event was catered by the team behind À la Carte Kitchen, and they did a fantastic job. At times, it can be a little difficult to evaluate a restaurant based on the food that they serve at an event, since the portions are sample sizes. However, I did enjoyed the food items that we got to sample that night, and it gave me an idea of what sort of food they serve at the restaurant.

The event definitely did showcases how an event held at A la Carte Bistro was like. I thought that the overall atmosphere was lovely and classy, as there was even an experienced live pianist centered in the room. The  flow of conversation emanating from the party was loud, and I could tell that guests were enjoying their night. Lastly, I have a huge sweet tooth, so I was largely impressed by their dessert table. A la Carte Bistro sure knows how to throw a successful party. I want to thank the team behind À la Carte Kitchen, and A la Carte Bistro for the invitation and warm hospitality as I had a great time!







Address: 111 Queens Park Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7 (Gardiner Museum, 3rd Floor)
 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alacartebistro 
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/alacartekitchen

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro

by on Thursday, May 07, 2015
A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro is a great lunch spot perched on the third floor of the Gardiner Museum. The restaurant is open for both ...
A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro celebrates Winterlicious with a great menu, and Valentine’s Day with two great events!

 Address: A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro, 3rd Floor, Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7


Toronto, Ontario – The A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro will be participating in Winterlicious from January 30, 2015-February 12, 2015 offering an $18.00 lunch prix fixe menu.

Some highlights of the Winterlicious Menu include Chef Jonathan Leblanc’s House-Made Butternut Squash Soup with Sage Leaf and Maple Syrup Drizzle, and Poulet Chasseur, a substantial chicken stew with mushrooms, baby potatoes, and tomato ragout. 

The Bistro is also featuring some items unique to the Winterlicious Menu: a vegetarian Mediterranean plate appetizer with warm olives and hummus served with pita bread, and Banana Bread served with Chantilly Cream and fresh strawberries for dessert.

This Winterlicious Menu is an excellent way to try some of our most popular dishes. In addition, A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro will be running its regular lunch and brunch menus during Winterlicious.

On Friday, February 13, the A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro will be hosting an Anti-Valentine’s Mixer featuring a live DJ spinning anything BUT love songs. The event will run from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, and be an excellent way to meet new people. Bring a significant or insignificant other, friends or frienemies, or join us solo to meet a potential Anti-Valentine! Drink specials and the regular dinner menu will be available.

Saturday, 14 February, A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro serves its regular brunch menu, but will feature Valentine’s Day specials, as well as the Mignardises …for Two!

A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro is open Saturday to Thursday from 11am-3pm and Fridays from 11am-8pm. Please call 416-586-8086 for reservations.

à la Carte at the Gardiner | 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7 | TEL: (416) 506-4945.

A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro

by on Tuesday, January 27, 2015
A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro celebrates Winterlicious with a great menu, and Valentine’s Day with two great events!   Address: A La...