Mother’s Day is coming up – it’s Sunday, May 13, 2018. You may enjoy taking your mom out for Mother’s Day Brunch in Toronto or perhaps you plan your own special event to celebrate the day with your mom. Either way, LifeExperiences.ca gift cards make great Mother’s Day gifts because once you purchase the gift certificate, your mom can choose the experience she wants. There are a variety of experiences to choose from including spa visits, restaurant visits, brewery and winery tours, helicopter tours, archery, exotic car rentals and more. Congrats to Jonnie H. who won our giveaway of a $100 LifeExperiences.ca gift card! [Disclosure: I received a complimentary LifeExperiences.ca gift card in order to complete my review.]
In order to try LifeExperiences.ca for myself, I chose the restaurant visit to Le Papillon on Front in Toronto and decided to bring my mom and family. We reserved a time for lunch on Sunday and informed the restaurant on the phone that we were using the LifeExperiences.ca gift certificate for our visit.
Le Papillon on Front serves traditional Quebecois fare, as well as other Canadian favourites. It was the first crêperie in Toronto.
When we arrived, we were quickly seated and our server came by to inform us of the daily specials. We placed our drinks order and then had a look at the extensive menu. Our server returned a few times to take our order: A few of us ordered crepes, a few of us ordered Eggs Benedict, one of us ordered the Club Papillon while another ordered French Onion Soup and the Cheese Plate.
The ambiance at Le Papillon on Front is very welcoming. Exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and antique mirrors provide lots of warmth. Jazz classics play in the background. We noticed several large groups enjoying brunch while we were there.
Our food arrived within 15 minutes. We were impressed with the size of the portions, particularly for the Eggs Benedict, $13, which comes with salad and frites or soup. Both of the guys in our party who ordered the Eggs Benedict really enjoyed their meals – they said the eggs were perfectly poached and the black forest ham was moist – they liked that the Hollandaise sauce was served on the side as opposed to doused on top of the eggs.
One of my nieces ordered the Club Papillon, $16. This classic club sandwich included a grilled chicken breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese with a rosemary mayonnaise and was also served with salad and frites. She loved the sandwich and salad, but found the frites a bit on the salty side. I had a taste of the frites and agreed that they were a bit too salty.
My other niece loved the French Onion Soup, $11, and marveled at the amount of Gruyere cheese and crispy crostini that topped the soup. She said she would definitely order this again.
She also ordered the Assiette de Fromage (Cheese Plate), $16, which featured specialty cheeses from Quebec, identified by name by our server, as well as fresh fruit.
My mother and I enjoyed our crepes. My De La Mer crepe, $17, was delicious. The crepe itself was a bit crispy, which was great since it didn’t become soggy. It was filled with an abundance of shrimps and bay scallops and a delicious Bechamel sauce. I was definitely looking forward to having a crepe at Le Papillon and this exceeded my expectations. My mother order the Veronique crepe with chicken and seedless grapes in a white wine, orange juice, honey and brandy sauce and enjoyed it, although she thought the chicken needed a bit more sauce.
Overall, we had a great time at Le Papillon on Front. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. As the amount of our bill was a bit below the amount of our LifeExperiences.ca gift certificate, we were pleased that we received a refund for the difference as this is sometimes not the case with other gift certificates.
Our giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Jonnie H. who won a $100 Gift Certificate for LifeExperiences.ca.
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