Our Anniversary Dinner : La Palette on Queen Street West


Nick and I celebrated our 17th anniversary on the weekend!

We met on a blind date one year, almost to the day, before we got married. This was before internet dating and before digital photography, so we had to describe what we looked like and what we'd be wearing in order to recognize one another when we met at Future Bakery that sunny Sunday afternoon, November 20th, 1998. Unbeknownst to us, our lives were about to change forever.

At the time, he shared a house with a bunch of people, about 5 minutes from where we live now in the Queen Street West neighbourhood, and I lived alone in the upstairs apartment of a house on Concord Avenue, near Bloor and Ossington.

A couple of weeks after we met we went to his company Christmas party together, which was held in one of the event rooms at The Rogers Centre Hotel, which was called "The Dome" back then. It was a dress up affaire so I wore my one little-black-dress and had my hair styled at a salon, into a very pretty up-do. (This was at Angel Hair Salon which is still there. I'm reminded of that early date every time I pass it, which is relatively often because it's on the way to the thrift store I go to.)

The party was lovely and as fun as a corporate gathering can be. After dinner and dancing we slipped away to go to a loft party that I'd been invited to over at College and Bathurst. While there a piece of wood hit me on the bridge of the nose, in a freak accident when one of the hosts was trying to fix the big sliding door to their bathroom. It was one of those barn-door things on rollers, and he was standing up on a chair attempting to jam the wood in there, in such a way that would make the rollers work. I happened to turn the corner just as the wood slipped out of his hands, hitting me in the face. I fell to the floor, where Nick found me after being called from the other room. It was pretty dramatic and I ended up with a couple of hospital visits, a broken nose and six weeks of very black eyes. But in the end, I came out of it fine, albeit with a small scar and a great fear of flying wood.

So, I spent our first couple of months together looking pretty bad, but feeling terrific emotionally because I was in the midst of falling in love with the man that would be the one I'd be having celebratory dinners with 18 years into the future.

We went to the French restaurant, La Palette, on Queen Street West near Portland. We decided on it after finding it near the top of the list when googling Best Romantic Restaurants in Toronto. In addition to their very high rating on Yelp, there was the added benefit that it was close enough to walk to on that balmy Sunday evening, made special by the bright light cast by the super-moon overhead.

The place is great. We really had a wonderful time, with delicious food and wine, and warm friendly service.

la palette restaurant sign queen street west toronto

anniversary dinner

nick 1

at la palette restaurant queen street west toronto

anniversary dinner la palette romantic toronto queen street west

When they heard it was our anniversary they treated us to a lovely glass of champagne.


table with champagne



↑ Fromage Fondant - Breaded fried fried triple cream camembert, concord, green and champagne grapes. ↑


↑ Les Huitres - Half-dozen fresh oysters on the half shell with accompaniments. ↑


↑ Poulet - Pan roasted chicken breast suprême, fried thigh, rapini, corn. ↑

nick with dinner

dinner two

↑ Steak/Frites - AAAA Canadian prime striploin (Alberta), smoked tomato butter, demi-glace, Yukon gold frites. ↑

lemon pie tarte au citron

↑ Tarte au Citron - Classic zesty lemon tart. ↑

creme brulee at French restaurant toronto

↑ Chocolate Crême Brulée with Pistachios. ↑

me 2


dinner at la palette restaurant queen street west toronto

sunday evening la palette restaurant queen street west toronto

straight out of the camera french restaurant in toronto

at the door

outside la pallete restaurant queen street west toronto romantic french restaurant

through the window la palette queen street west toronto

It was a good thing we had a walk to get home because we were pretty full upon departure.

We bumped into our friend Robin on the way but forgot to ask him to take a picture of the two of us together. Oh well, we'll get another chance for an anniversary picture next year!

It really was a nice time, one that we will always remember with happiness.

Thanks for reading. I hope you have a great weekend.
xo loulou

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13 Responses to Our Anniversary Dinner : La Palette on Queen Street West

  1. Lisa says:

    Happy 17th Anniversary to you both! I loved hearing the story your first blind date together – wow, now that is some bad luck with the wood falling on the bridge of your nose Louise…what a story and memory, must have been awful at the time.

    Beautiful pictures of yourselves and dinner out at La Palette. Looked so warm and romantic.

  2. Vix says:

    Happy Anniversary to both of you. Like Lisa I loved reading about how you met and the story of the catastrophic Xmas party. What a disaster.
    La Palette looks wonderful, like some of the bars we’ve been to in Paris. The food looks great and your dress is fabulous. xxx

  3. Gaia says:

    A Very Happy Anniversary !! and both of you look lovely.

  4. Norma says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    The flying wood was such a freakish accident – poor you. I’m glad you got your happy ever after though. x

  5. Girl, I’m looking at these photos of your food like they’re naughty pics of Michael Fassbender. Happy anniversary!

  6. Hena Tayeb says:

    Happy Anniversary..
    both of your meals look very good..

  7. Julie says:

    Happy anniversary to one of the best couples I know!! You guys are both such excellent individuals, it makes me so happy that you are both so happy together. And La Palette! I will have to try it, it looks very romantic.

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