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Impressionist sights and Bistro bites

February 11th, 2019

Three plated dishes. An appetizer, main course, and dessert.
Image courtesy of the AGO

When you think of Paris, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps you think of the Eiffel Tower, or maybe the classic bistro-lined boulevards with wine-sipping patrons sharing a quick meal on the terrace? Us too. And to give you a little taste of Paris in downtown Toronto, the AGO Members’ preview for our new exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more is February 12 –15, and AGO Bistro is bringing an all-new exhibition menu of classic French cuisine.

Inspired by the charm and splendor of French cuisine, AGO Bistro is serving up mouth-watering meals for brunch, lunch, dinner and after-work drinks. Featuring classics like beef bourguignon and croque-madame, each menu highlights the delicious meals offered by the first French bistros of the late 1800s.

Take a look at this smoked, braised carrot. Prepared with a carrot-fennel purée and beluga lentils, pair it with a glass of chenin blanc for the perfect vegan meal.

A plated dish, featuring three braised carrots sitting atop a shredded carrot salad with a carrot puree sauce.
Image courtesy of the AGO

Looking for a French classic? Try this beef cheek bourguignon, slow-cooked for hours to get the perfect texture. It’s served with smoked bacon, confit shallot and a celeriac-parsnip purée. We also feature a brunch version, topped with an egg.

A plated dish, with braised beef cheek bourguignon atop a salad of mushrooms and root vegetables.
Image courtesy of AGO

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this deconstructed apple crumble. Featuring roasted apple slices topped with brandied crème fraîche, prunes and a tart plum purée. It’s the perfect way to finish your meal at AGO Bistro.  

plated dessert, with three roasted apple rings covered in a red berry sauce and crumble.
Image courtesy of the AGO

This winter the AGO is your destination to see artworks by the Impressionists and eat like them too! Book your Members’ Preview today and complete the Parisian experience with a reservation at AGO Bistro. Bon appétit!   

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