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Every Thursday, La Société (@La_Societe) in Yorkville features $1 oysters in their bar. I love oysters and I love a good deal so it was only natural I dropped by on a Thursday.

Mike and I arrived around 7:30 and as expected, the bar was packed. We were able to find a small table for two at the back and shortly after sitting down, we were asked if we’d move to the dining room if they’d still honor the $1 oysters. We happily agreed.

La Société

La Société occupies some prime real estate on Bloor, in the location which was previously occupied by Dynasty Chinese Cuisine. The space had undergone significant renovations with a gorgeous stained glass ceiling and mosaic tile floor.

The menu features classic French bistro fare including escargot, French onion soup, duck confit and steak frites. There’s also a good selection of seafood including a seafood tower for $159 if you’re in the mood to splurge. If not, there are specials for each day of the week and a three-course prix fixe meal for $44.

The menu

To drink, I ordered a French 131 – Ketel One, Chambord, Prosecco & pineapple juice ($15). I wanted something light and refreshing so this turned out to be the perfect drink. Mike went with a Bourbon Sour – Makers Mark, Amaro, lemon, egg white and vanilla-cardamon syrup ($14).

A Bourbon Sour & French 131

Shortly after ordering we were brought some complimentary bread. Meh. I wouldn’t waste any stomach space on this.

Complimentary Bread

Like I said, we were here for the $1 oysters. We started off with a dozen which came with the usual grated horseradish and shallot vinaigrette. Today’s oysters were from Glacier Bay, New Brunswick. Sure they’re not the best oysters but for $1, I’m not complaining!

$1 oysters…round 1

To supplement our oysters, we also ordered a Duck Liver & Foie Gras Terrine – caramelized fruit and country croutons ($18). The texture of the terrine was smooth and rich but could’ve used a bit more seasoning. The fruit topping added a nice sweetness to it all. Overall, not bad but not one of the best I’ve had.

The Duck Liver & Foie Gras Terrine

We also ordered the Steak Tartare with Frites – with a quail egg, mustard and caper vinaigrette ($29). It was well-seasoned and the frites were pretty solid. My sentiments about the tartare were similar to the terrine. Good but I’ve had better. I also found the price of the tartare to be a little steep but that’s expected given the restaurant’s location.

Steak Tartare with Frites

Taking advantage of the $1 oysters, we ordered another dozen.

$1 Oysters…round 2!

Still feeling a little hungry we decided to order dessert. We chose the Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee – with classic madeleines ($10). Other options included a molten chocolate cake, lemon tart, sticky toffee pudding and a hazelnut chocolate bar.

The crème brulee satisfied my sweet tooth but wasn’t anything too memorable. It also came with three madeleines on the side which tasted a little stale.

Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee

So, I dropped by for the $1 oysters but ended up spending a lot more than planned. Be prepared to spend a pretty penny! I’d be back for the oyster deal but none of the other dishes wowed me.

At a glance:
• Located in Yorkville; prices are on the high side
• Serving up classic French bistro fare
• $1 oysters every Thursday in the bar after 5pm
• I’d be back for the oyster deal but none of the other dishes were memorable

Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 2.5 stars
• Service: 2 stars
• Atmosphere: 3 stars

La Société Bistro on Urbanspoon

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