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Streetcar Scoop: November Edition

Whoever said you can’t have the full entertainment experience in the east has never been to the corner of Dundas and Carlaw. While the Leslieville neighbourhood may be known for its kid-friendly and casual eateries, top-notch establishments exist if you know where to find them.

Take for example Gare de L’est. Tucked away at 1190 Dundas Street East, the French Brasserie has made a name for itself as a premier destination for fine dining in an equally upscale atmosphere. This month, Gare de L’est is serving up a prix fixe theatre menu to compliment the shows at Streetcar Crowsnest, Toronto’s premiere East End arts facility.

Choose from two or three seasonal plates ($35 and $42 respectively) including an autumn soup with root vegetables or a beet and chard salad. If you’re hoping for something a little more hearty, opt for the escargots avec gnocchi Parisienne. This impossibly delicious dish is crispy on the outside, smooth on the inside, and topped with Bordelaise Cream—because after all, what’s a French meal without a little wine sauce?

Main dishes include a pan-seared rainbow trout or a traditional ratatouille, served with their house-made black olive fougasse. Opt for their moules or steak frites and you won’t be disappointed— the fries are cut thin and served crispy with seasoning. Mussels are steeped in a white wine sauce with garlic and fresh herbs, while the flatiron is pan-seared with a green peppercorn sauce.

Top off your meal with a chocolate or citrus dessert, then head to the theatre! This month at Streetcar Crowsnest, see the luminous Shaw Festival production of Middletown – Director, Meg Roe’s intimate, in-the-round experience of the Will Eno play that captivated critics and audiences alike – and What I call her, a new play about trauma, truth, freedom & the internet age by Elie Moon (author of 2017’s acclaimed docu-play, Asking For It). Learn more about theatre offerings on the Crow’s Theatre website, and be sure to book your table in advance at Gare de L’est here. View the full prix fixe theatre menu here.