Wednesday, June 15, 2011

La Société Bistro Opening, Toronto

Opening today is La Société, the highly anticipated French restaurant hot spot in Toronto’s Yorkville District.  The city’s high society gathered last night to ring in the arrival of Toronto’s answer to our own version of the traditional Parisian bistro a la Balthazar of NYC.  Presented by hospitality heavy-hitter Charles Khabouth’s INK Entertainment, La Société made its sophisticated grand entrance with elegant wines, chic cocktails, oysters galore and the presence of the Toronto elite.  
The showstopper of the event was the transformation of the re-designed space.  The former home of Dynasty Chinese Restaurant, La Société has turned the room into a stunning dining area with a head-turning stained glass ceiling, a stylish glowing bar room and two ‘see-and-be-seen’ patios.  This Munge Leung designed space will have no trouble filling its 400 seats as a Yorkville hotspot.  Also catching the attention of the many wandering eyes was the remarkable seafood bar, filled to the brim with fresh lobsters, oysters and langoustines – a sure sign of the luxury and opulence we will come to expect from La Société.
In every hand at the party we found La Société’s signature cocktails, featuring patio-friendly fresh fruit drinks without being shy on the booze.  The favourite of the night was the Black Pear, showcasing the luxurious Hennessey Black with fresh pear and ginger.  A favourite of the many ladies was the rosy sparkling cocktail, Moet St. Germain, featuring elderflower liqueur and fresh raspberry.   The cocktail menu livened the party with accessible and seasonal cocktail creations.
La Société is bringing in with a bang with what will (hopefully) be the return of indulgence and fine hospitality in Toronto restaurants.  With such Toronto hot spots as Ame, Spice Route and Briscola Trattoria under his belt, we have no doubt that Charles Khabouth holds all the right cards in hand to make Toronto society fall back in love with steak frites, tuna nicoise, saffron moules and cod croquettes with La Société.  Welcome Paris, Toronto loves you. 
La Société, Toronto –  - officially opens today, June 15th.
Located in Yorkville at 131 Bloor Street West, 705-888-2099
---Michelle Tham
La Société Bistro on Urbanspoon


  1. "...and the presence of the Toronto elite?" Umm... that might be a bit of a stretch.

    Otherwise, it seems like it was a nice event at a beautiful new restaurant. Can't wait to check it out myself.

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