Auberge du Pommier is by far one of our favourite restaurants in Toronto. We’ve been to this beautiful, cozy French restaurant many times over the years, and the food is always delicious!
I also personally think that it’s less pretentious than some of the other fine dining establishments we’ve been to, and the service is impeccable. There are a bunch of places with great service, but if I had to pinpoint some great experiences, I’d choose Auberge (and one memorable visit to Estiatorio VOLOS).
Here are some examples to prove it:
The Washroom Story
This happened during our very first visit to Auberge. Matt had gone to the washroom, and instead of letting me awkwardly sit alone, one of the managers came over to chat with me until Matt came back. He was genuinely friendly, and I appreciated the small but very considerate gesture!
The Mother’s Day Lemon Soufflé Story
The year Matt and I got married, my mom was in town for Mother’s Day because it was the weekend before the wedding. It was pretty special because with me being halfway around the world, I hadn’t celebrated it with her in person in years. We took her to Auberge and had a delicious meal, but when it came to dessert, we hit a slight hitch.
Before I go on, I want to preface this by saying that A) Auberge has the most amazing lemon soufflé with white chocolate ganache and B) this soufflé-related incident has never happened to us again!
Source: Oliver & Bonacini
Anyway, we were told that the soufflé we ordered had collapsed. Our server was very apologetic and made our wait an enjoyable one by bringing us multiple rounds of complimentary ice wine and petit fours. A while later, more bad news: the second one had also collapsed. This time, our server returned with the manager, who told us that they were making a third one and that because of our wait, our entire almost $300-meal would be comped by the restaurant!
They then not only brought us the 3rd perfectly made soufflé, but also the 2 collapsed ones, which were just as delicious. Needless to say, we were stuffed and happy by the end of it all—we left them a very generous tip, and they left us with a great impression of the restaurant!
The Parents’ 30th Anniversary Story
Last February, my parents celebrated their 30th anniversary, so when they came to visit us in Toronto during the summer, we took them out for a belated anniversary dinner at Auberge (my mom actually requested it!). I made reservations well in advance via OpenTable, and in the Special Requests box, I added a note indicating that we were going there to celebrate my parents’ 30th anniversary and that it’d be great if they could do something special.
Up until that point, I honestly didn’t know if restaurants actually ever read those notes—OpenTable even has a little disclaimer saying that they can’t guarantee that requests will be accommodated—so I didn’t really expect anything, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try!
By the time my parents were in town, I had long forgotten about that note, and we had another great dinner at Auberge. At the end of the meal, we ordered soufflés all around, and to our surprise, one of them came out with a chocolate-written “joyeux anniversaire 30ème de mariage” (happy 30th wedding anniversary)! Nothing extravagant by any means, but it was awesome to see my parents so pleasantly surprised and happy.
At this point, I’m starting to sound like a spokesperson for Auberge, but really, the great food and service are what make this restaurant one of our favourite places in the city! Stay tuned for future blog posts showcasing some of our other favourite spots: Joso’s, Emma’s Country Kitchen, St. Lawrence Market, and Evergreen Brick Works are some of the ones on the top of my list!