LE PAPILLON ON FRONT
69 Front Street, St. Lawrence Market/Old Town (416) 367-0303 Closed Monday, Mon. to Thurs. 11:30 to 10:30 pm, Fri. 11:30 to 11:00 pm, Sat. 11:00 to 11:00 pm, Sun. 11:00 to 10:00 pm
After trying several times to make a reservation on Saturday evening (we usually call too late) we finally were successful.
It is a beautiful space with exposed brick, aged woods and floor and blends into the St Lawrence Market area well.
We found the wine menu and food menu very easy to follow.
Basically there are several nice appetizers, crepes and mains. Also, there are a couple of specials on a board at the entry.
We decided to start with a Bordeaux that the waiter recommended. It was an outstanding 2010 vintage red Bordeaux and not very expensive.
For appetizers my son Mark (http://www.markallen.ca/) chose the Crevettes, shrimp sauteed in a tarragon garlic butter broth. They were large and perfectly cooked and the sauce was divine. We later soaked up some of the broth with bread (that arrived late).
My wife and I chose the Escargots smothered in garlic parsley butter. The escargot seemed smaller than I remembered them from a previous location they occupied. Nevertheless, they were delicious.
My wife and I also ordered a shrimp appetizer to share and they were great.
For our mains Mark ordered the pork tenderloin from the menu with a forestiere (bacon and mushroom) sauce with potatoes and vegetables. He really enjoyed it.
My wife and I chose from one of the specials it was a pan fried ocean perch with vegetables. It was delicious. The fish was tender and sweet and perfectly cooked. The rice was a good match for this fish.
We really enjoyed our meals here and will definitely return to try some other choices on this extensive menu. The only criticism we had was the appetizers were not served hot enough and we received our bread after the appetizers. Hopefully next time we will leave enough room to try their desserts.