What’s on the menu at Recette, a fun French restaurant on Queen West with a Chef Chantecler in the kitchen
Name: recipe Contact: 1166 Queen Street West, @recipeonqueen Piece: Village of Beaconsfield Previously: Ikune by After Owner: Naveen Chakravarti (Neon Tiger, Oddseoul) Chief: Milo Beaubien-Wright (Le Phénix, Chantecler, Actinolite) Accessibility: Not fully accessible
Chef Beaubien-Wright strikes a balance between accessibility and innovation with fresh, creative plates that showcase elements of classic old cuisine translated for a modern palate. These are high-end, inventive dishes that, despite the squeezed pears and kohlrabi chips, don’t despise anyone.
In one dish, deeply caramelized scallops sit in a brilliant sauce of charred escarole and romaine – a reminder of the imaginative modernity of the Beaubien-Wright era of cooking at Actinolite, and a riff on the timeless French association of scallops with watercress sauce. A Cornish hen is served with rutabaga which has undergone a traditional vegetable-glaze treatment (a carefully sequenced procession of water, acid and butter) but with currant juice in place of the traditional lemon. For a menu that leans heavily on the chef’s technical chops, it’s refreshing and easy to taste.
Summery, sipping cocktails with playful touches — like a pink peppercorn strawberry margarita or old-fashioned syrup with a simpler-than-usual twist — dominate the cocktail menu. A tight, largely Old World wine list with an emphasis on low-intervention bottles balances light, crisp varietals with more full-bodied options.
Pops of color, like pretty fuchsia orchids on the tables, energize the room’s laid-back wood and eggshell palette. There are plenty of comfy booths and picnic table-style seating, latticework detailing on the walls, and a fun soundtrack of hip-hop and classic house music that gives the space a youthful, upbeat vibe. relaxed.
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