From the mind of chef Raul Sojo comes the innovative and delectable Bistro '67 menu, which offers “field to fork” eats at a reasonable price.
The fine dining experience is all the swank with none of the pomp, as the restaurant is a teaching opportunity for students at Durham College in Whitby. The full-service restaurant prides itself on teaching students the most important tenets of culinary and hospitality expertise, from artful plating to perfect pours of wine.
The inspired menu changes throughout the year, reflecting the seasonal ingredients made available through the restaurant’s partnerships with local farmers. The menu often features vegetables and fruits grown by Durham College agricultural students, spinning the unassuming “DC apple” into a refined “French Canadian Beef Pâté” with apple chutney and house-made sourdough. This is just one example of the delicious meals available from Bistro '67 — and the best part is, the reasonable price point means you can try more and more menu items. The restaurant also features mindfully selected local wines, like the Niagara Peninsula pinot noir, and craft beers from the area’s many breweries, like the All or Nothing Brewhouse.
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Located inside the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which is on the Durham College Whitby campus, Bistro '67 is a destination in its own right. The restaurant is a few minutes’ drive from downtown Whitby or the waterfront. Although it’s not located in the hubbub of downtown Whitby, Bistro '67 is well worth the drive or taxi from the town centre.
While Bistro '67 is decidedly upscale, the fine dining experience is very affordable. With bottles of wine ranging from around $35 to around $60 — the most expensive menu item available — a dinner at Bistro '67 is reasonable and well worth it. Starters and desserts sit around the $10 mark and the high-end entrees cost between about $15 and $30. Make sure to book a reservation as this popular spot often fills up for dinner service.
At the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, students of the highest calibre are taught to treat all ingredients with deep respect. The philosophy of teaching through experience makes the connected restaurant, Bistro '67, a robustly creative environment, which comes through loud and clear in the menu items served each night. Although the student chefs and servers are learning, the products of their work are filtered through the lens of chef Raul Sojo’s vision, making the menu cohesive and complementary. The commitment to local agriculture and fresh ingredients means you are getting the best of the best when you eat at Bistro '67, and all the while you’re helping train the next best chefs and restaurateurs of Canada. The restaurant is innovative as well, offering a slew of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian dishes that will only enhance the chef’s skill and understanding of flavor.
When you visit Bistro '67, you are truly becoming a part of the Whitby and Ontario community — and that’s exactly what the restaurant hopes. With community services such as an affordable weekly community-supported agriculture box, the vision of Bistro '67 is to bring the region together through food and drink. The restaurant also hosts events periodically, so make sure to check its website for updates before your visit. For anyone wishing to sample this tasty food in their pajamas, the restaurant offers several takeaway options that will bring luxury to your accommodation. Cheese and wine boards, fresh loaves of bread and family-sized chicken dinners show what Bistro '67 is really about — the food.
Enjoy one of Bistro '67’s delectable menu items, or simply have a drink and watch the magic unfold in the stunningly decorated restaurant space. The view into the kitchen gives visitors a chance to see the fruits of Sojo’s teachings happen in real time, and makes for fascinating dinner entertainment. While you’re in the area, be sure to check out Whitby’s gorgeous waterfront or the nearby Lynde Shores Conservation Area.
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