After he took the throne, Napoleon instituted the tradition of serving bread with every meal to put his mother’s baguette-heavy care packages to use. Indulge in French tradition with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get $60 worth of French fusion cuisine and drinks at La Maquette Restaurant.
Amid the chandeliers and cream walls of a historically designated building, La Maquette Restaurant’s ensemble of culinary wizards whips up lunch, dinner, and dessert menus replete with dishes that fuse French, Italian, and Caribbean flavours. Midday munchers can sink teeth into lunch entrees such as a Cajun seafood risotto ($21), which floods mouth caves with maritime treasures including mussels and shrimp. A dinner entree of pan-seared ostrich ($46) whisks taste buds away on a unique gustatory sojourn tempered by sides of roasted purple potato and sun-dried cranberries, and La Maquette’s vegetarian wellington ($24) snuggles a vegetable-and-rice julienne into a puff pastry gilded with leek-cream sauce. To conclude feasting, eaters can inhale a dulcet postprandial treat, such as the Deconstructive tiramisu ($12), based on the writings and postmodern recipes of Jacques Derrida.
The dining-room windows overlook the Toronto Sculpture Garden and St. James Cathedral, ensuring scenic sips of libations from La Maquette’s extensive wine list. Between bites, diners can bask in the restaurant’s romantic atmosphere conjured forth by a host of old-world furnishings, including neoclassical statues, pristine white linens, gilded mirrors, and 18th-century ghosts in powdered wigs.
Today’s deal is not valid for dining on the following dates:
- New Year’s Eve, on Saturday, December 31
- Winterlicious, from Friday, January 27, through Thursday, February 9
- Valentine’s Day, on Tuesday, February 14
- Mother’s Day, on Sunday, May 13