It is easy to see why Pastis is a hot spot in the high-end neighbourhood of Rosedale. You get consistent good food at reasonable prices. Service is top notch and owner Georges Gurnon is there to make sure your night is to your liking.
When you enter the soft yellow dining room, you get a look at the entire restaurant. A long bar on one side and tables snug side-by-side tightly, with just enough room for the waiters to get by without knocking a chair or two.
Either Gurnon is there is help you to your seat and jacket, or briskly one of the other servers will help you too. Service remains unflawed the rest of the night. Tables are empty in design - just a small candle and some salt and pepper
I ordered the duo fois gras ($19), one which has a rich fatty flavour, the other sautéed on duck confit. I have to say it is not as delectable as Amuse-Bouche or Splendido, but it is still good.
For my main, I ordered the casoulet ($25), their house specialty. This dish, served with fall-off-the-bone duck, sausage and beans is a dish to remember. It is dead-on, not too salty but a smooth punch of fresh spices.
To top off the night, I had the gourmand platter for dessert ($8) - a taste of their creme brulee, chocolate tarte and ice creme. This was definitely a great ending to the meal.
PS. Although there are many restaurants on the Rosedale strip, I would advise to make a reservation particularly on the weekends.