Saturday, October 11, 2014

A little visit to restaurant/boulangerie Cluny Bistro at The Distillery

Last week, I had lunch with girlfriends at French restaurant and bakery Cluny Bistro. "So we can celebrate George's wedding", pointed out one of us (get it?). The place was not as chichi as I expected. Great addition to The Distillery!

Their beautiful boulangerie is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. They make a very decent croissant and you can grab a coffee for take-out any time. Their fancy pastries include many traditional French creations revisited with success. 

The restaurant section is open daily, at least from 12 noon to 10 p.m. We tried their Croque-Madame (substential, made with the perfect gruyère), their crispy Dinosaur Kale salad (fresh and tasty) and their Hanger Steak with fries (their frites are ze real thing). Service was a bit on the casual side (mixed-up in order, delays, omissions, waiter with his fly open...). Ok, service was sort of bad, but balanced by a lovely attitude, and I felt it was on account of this new large restaurant still training its young staff. 

The decor is impressive. They have a headed patio. The food is great. Lunch or brunch prices relatively affordable and they make serious pastries. It's a keeper! I'll return with pleasure to try their brunch menu, followed by a leisure tour of The Distillery.

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