Contributed by Anita Bostok – After a soft opening last summer, L’Avenue restaurant at 583 Parliament Street is now creating quite a buzz. Taking inspiration from the chic cafes and brasseries she visited while in Paris, owner Elora’s goal was to bring a little bit of French ambiance to Toronto. Her deep appreciation for the charm and unique character of our neighbourhood’s Victorian architecture led her to choose Cabbagetown as the destination for her restaurant. With an understanding of the importance of maintaining historical value, she found the building on the corner of Parliament St. and Amelia and restored it to its former glory. Elora has always had an affinity for art and design. She created a mood board to determine the best aesthetic elements to bring to the space. The result is an elegant, contemporary salle a manger with a nod to the belle epoque. Outside, the expansive patio, complete with customary bistro chairs and tables, is the perfect spot for relaxing and watching the people who stroll by casually. The French continental menu consists of traditional fare such as Steak Tartar, Escargots, French Onion Soup, and Filet Mignon. But there is undoubtedly something that will appeal to everyone with family-friendly choices such as burgers and pizzas.
Elora, having a nut allergy herself, is sensitive to dietary restrictions. So let your server know, and the kitchen will be happy to accommodate. Nearly every night, Elora meets and greets people at the restaurant. She enjoys getting to know the customers and feels getting their feedback is essential.
Happily married for thirteen years, Elora and her husband have two young children, a boy, and a girl. When she’s away from the restaurant, everything is about the kids, taking them to various activities and volunteering at her son’s school. The family enjoys getting outdoors. Last weekend they went apple picking up north. They love packing up the kids and traveling to their favourite places in Europe or Florida when they get the opportunity.
L’Avenue is open every night, from 5:00pm-10:30pm Sunday-Thursday, and from 5:00pm-11:00pm on Friday and Saturday.