Named for Canada’s only heritage breed of chicken, Chantecler’s menu is appropriately bilingual, though most dishes—gougères versus cheese puffs, for instance—do sound better in French, and the food at this narrow Parkdale bistro is decidedly Franco. The quaint dining room looks into the open kitchen, where tattooed young chefs execute the classics—duck confit, chicken ballotine—effortlessly. The best plates aren’t plucked from Larousse Gastronomique, however. Seasonal one-offs, like butter-poached Gulf shrimp with pickled persimmon in a red pepper beurre blanc, are standouts.
Subway: Dufferin, then bus 29 S to Queen St. WPhone 416/628-3586 Prices Small plates $11–$17; large sharing plates $21–$89 Cuisine Type French Web site Chantecler
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