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492 Queen W, at Port­land, 416-929-4900, la­palette.ca Like a fine wine, Shamez Am­lani’s one-time Kens­ing­ton cantina has only im­proved since re­lo­cat­ing to the old Queen West strip. Suave ser­vice, an im­pec­ca­ble carte from long-time chef Brook Ka­vanagh and a se­ri­ous beer cel­lar make this charm­ing room one of the best French bistros in town. The pedal-pow­ered rick­shaw out front? That’s how the bike ac­tivist re­turns his emp­ties!

Best: to be­gin, rus­tic duck liver pâté with cros­tini and house-pick­led cor­ni­chons; con­fit d’es­car­gots with mush­rooms, spring asparagus and baby spinach in dilled le­mon beurre blanc; en­trees like triple A Black An­gus strip loin with wild leek pesto and skinny Yukon Gold frites; for the veg­e­tar­ian, a sea­sonal stew of roasted pom­pom mush­rooms, smoked new pota­toes and pick­led green beans with shaved asparagus and miso-braised fava beans in sea buck­thorn vinai­grette; for the truly fear­less, the Quack ’n’ Track, a pair­ing of duck con­fit and horse ten­der­loin with for­aged much­rooms and oat bar­ley risotto; at lunch and brunch, Fro­mage Fon­dant of deep-fried Camem­bert crusted with beer­soaked al­monds; the Quack Of Dawn, a soft-boiled duck egg with panko-dusted duck sausage and wild red wa­ter­cress salad in a grape­fruit vinai­grette; to fin­ish, clas­sic le­mon tart. Lunch and brunch daily 11 am to 4 pm, din­ner nightly from 4 pm till close. Closed Mon­day (July 30) to Au­gust 8. Reser­va­tions ac­cepted. Av­er­age main $24 din­ner/$16 lunch or brunch. Li­censed. Ac­cess: bar­rier-free, wash­rooms in base­ment. Rat­ing:

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