Taxation means plucking the goose to get the most feathers for the least hissing. So said King Louis XIV's finance minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert. Well, Le Sélect is being plucked. And we are hissing. We're fighting for fair property taxes for Toronto’s small businesses. Click the picture to watch our short animated video and add your voice.
Toronto's booming, but our small businesses are suffering. Why? Because property taxes are shooting up by triple digits. Since we moved onto Wellington street, our municipal property taxes have increased 551%.
This is thanks to a crazy provincial system that assesses the property value based NOT on the real building that's there, but on the biggest and most profitable building that could go on that spot. MPAC told us: “...[Le Sélect’s] highest and best use is as a development site”– so Toronto loses a beloved landmark and 80 employees lose their jobs. Is this really the “best” use?
A few months ago we celebrated Anastasia Lawrence's 40 years of exceptional service. Anna's been baking desserts for our guests since 1979, and at the age of 82, she’s vowed that she’ll never retire. She feeds off the energy and enthusiasm of her younger colleagues, dishing words of advice to the newbies and enriching the team with her wisdom and experience.
Anna's job and those of all our loyal employees are at risk if we are taxed out of existence. Premier Doug Ford, please amend the provincial law which mandates MPAC to value properties for what they could be, rather than what they are.
Or come down to Le Sélect, look Anna in the eyes, and tell her that her decades of delightful dessert-making aren't worth a bulldozed parking lot.
Send a message to Anastasia. She’ll be thrilled to hear from you.
Save yourself from present-buying stress: offer a gift card from Le Sélect Bistro.
They work like a credit card with a set amount, and can be use in one or multiple visits. No expiry date. Choose the value and order it online, and we will send it straight to you or the recipient.
Or drop by and we'll have it ready in no time.
We're open for brunch every Saturday (starting at 11:00 am) and Sunday (at 10:30 am).
Eggs used in our cooking are “fresh air”, collected from “pastured” hens which roam freely on local farms.
The Brunch menu is popular. Reservations are a good idea, but since we keep a few tables open for guests walking in without reservations, there should always be room for you should you decide to make tracks to us on the spur of the moment.
We offer complimentary parking in our rear private lot at all times as well as in the rear lot of our adjacent neighbour to the East. All areas are monitored by CCTV and you don’t need to indicate to the reception that you parked there, as long as you are a patron.
On-street parking is also often plentiful but one needs to feed the meter as enforcers are on the lookout. On Sundays, street parking is free until 1:00pm. There is also a large number of hoops to lock a bicycle.
We are conveniently located downtown, at 432 Wellington St West, just west of Spadina and a block south of King, in Toronto’s historic Garment and Warehouse District. It's a spacious, tree-lined boulevard and the perfect location for our summer terrasse and our private rear jardin. No noise, but birds in the trees and Ella on the soundtrack.
The rear garden is equipped with infra red heaters, making it possible to lunch or dine longer on a cool evening. This is particularly helpful for private functions if guests wish to have a drink outside before coming in for dinner.
We only serve fish and seafood certified sustainable by a reputable third party such as OcenaWise or SeaChoice. We also privilege organic ingredients, products from tradional farming, ethical husbandry, and seasonal gathering.
The critics are unanimous: Le Sélect Bistro is the most authentic Parisian bistro this side of the Atlantic, with great Bistro food, a traditional zinc bar, jazz on the soundtrack, friendly and attentive service, and the best winelist in the city: just close your eyes and you could be in the City of Light… except that the service is more gracious.
Best of Award of Excellence
WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE
Best French Restaurant
Best French Restaurant
Downstairs in the wine cellar, there are 1,200 different labels and 95 beers from all parts of the globe. We buy our wines en primeur as soon as they've been released, and cellar them in ideal conditions. This allows us to keep our prices very fair.
If you've got a special wine of your own, then you're very welcome to bring it to Le Sélect - just let us know in advance. We charge a modest corkage fee: $18, or $25 if your wine needs to be decanted, $22 for Champagne and sparkling.
There's more pictures in our Photo Album.
If you love this activity as much as we do and enjoy working with the public, then we'd like to meet with you.