Downtown Toronto is about to get a French-inspired neo-bistro

Oct 18 2019, 3:18 pm

King Street West is gearing up to open Lapinou — a neo-bistro that celebrates French technique, warmth, and vibrance.

Prepare to indulge in French fare made with local ingredients, with a focus on seasonal options and sharing-style plates.

The interior design and decor of the spot, coming to 642 King Street West, will offer a sleek, minimal, and cozy feel, while the menu balances that simplicity with indulgent, deep-flavoured offerings.

Anticipate eats like Crab on Toast, made with hollandaise and green peppercorn vinaigrette; Potato Darphin, featuring smoked eel, crème fraîche, shallot, and horseradish; and Fois Gras Parfait, which includes preserved strawberry, pickled onion, and charred bread.

Hearty mains include Agnolotti, made with duck confit, rye, fig, and sunchoke; Monkfish, served with vadouvan, eggplant, white bean, preserved lemon; and Côte de Boeuf, made with a truffle comté mornay sauce accompanied by Potato Pavé with black garlic mustard, greens, and shallot vinaigrette.

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On Sundays, the new restaurant will host brunch with a menu that’s always changing, and a half-price wine and champagne offering. Shared plates will range from Brioche and Mulberries to house-made Ham and Truffle Celery Remoulade, and indulgent mains will include Smoked Eel, Duck Confit, and Mushroom Chittara.

Chef Ullrich, alongside Sommelier Lauren Hall, is the mastermind behind the flavourful goods. With experience in the kitchens at The Grove, Estia and Byblos North, you can count on meals bursting with flavour and depth.


From October 25, Lapinou will be open for dinner, Tuesday to Saturday, from 5 pm to close and for Sunday brunch from 11 am to 3 pm.

Reservations for dinner are available online now.


Address: 642 King Street West


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