Taste buds can easily turn into viciously passive-aggressive taste frenemies without proper attention. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of French-inspired cuisine at The Bistro at Art Central.
The Bistro at Art Central's skilful chefs fill their menu with an eclectic variety of French-inspired offerings, including entrees made with bison and free-range chicken. Chefs braise bison short ribs with a mixture of chocolate and espresso and balance out flavours and teeter-tottering plates with helpings of roasted cauliflower purée and herb gremolata ($17). Baby mushroom foie gras sauce drizzles over free-range chicken ($22), and field berry compote complements the flavours of bison meatloaf ($16). Finally, groups can divvy up morsels of dessert poutine ($8) or hold jousting matches to determine the winner of chocolate marquise ($7). Diners can consult the menu for suggested wine pairings listed below each entree, or opt for a fixed dinner featuring the chef's nightly culinary creation, soup or salad, and dessert ($35).
Natural light shines through the bistro's large windows, illuminating a 75-seat dining area where patrons chat at tables and play musical chairs among stools at the counter. After refuelling, patrons can peruse local culture at the three levels of galleries, shops, and artists' studios that surround the bistro.