TORONTO — Co-owners Jean-Regis Raynaud and Pascal Vernhes have opened a new modern French bistro in Toronto’s Brockton Village. Le Baratin offers genuine French food in both traditional form and with a modern twist in a casual, contemporary space.
Raynaud, Le Baratin’s executive chef, brings with him extensive experience from his previous posts at Le Paradis and The Elm Tree. Prior to that, he worked in London and Paris, hailing originally from France.
The restaurant’s interior, designed by Vernhes, is a mix of traditional and modern details, veering away from common French clichés. The 500-sq.-ft. diner seats 30 guests with room for an additional four at the bar. Pascal brings with him management and operational experience from previous restaurants, MIDI Bistro, The Pillard & Post and Monsoon.
Le Baratin features entrées ranging from $18 to $24 and appetizers from $8 to $12. Everything is made in-house and from scratch. Entrées include jarret d’agneau en tajine — five-hour braised lamb shank, tajine-style, with dry fruits, served with couscous ($22); queue de boeuf parmentier — five-hour braised oxtail shepherd’s pie ($19); and steak frites — marinated flank steak with shallots and peppercorn sauce, served with mixed greens and French fries ($20).
1600 Dundas St. West, Toronto