Introduce your sweetheart to a hidden gem on Queen Street. Shielded from the never-ending action of downtown’s Alexandra Park, La Palette offers romantic couples a date night trifecta: sublime French cuisine, an amazing wine list, and an atmosphere that’s equal parts romantic and laid back. Take a table in the rustic dining room, where exposed brick walls and pressed-tin ceilings give off a 19th Century vibe. Start with a bottle of pinot noir and make a toast to true love before moving on to one of the most indulgent–and exotic–menus in town. La Palette’s versions of Gallic classics shine, with foie gras and pan-roasted chicken breast good enough to make a French grandmother smile. As for the “exotic” part, we’re not just talking about snails and frog legs (which are also on the menu), we’re talking about cheval, a.k.a. horse. At La Palette, it’s served rare with foraged mushroom oat risotto, fresh vegetables, and a sage-port demi glace, and it’s no joke, having drawn raves in foodie circles. No need to commit to just one meat, though, when you can order the “Quack & Track,” a four-ounce horse tenderloin and leg of duck confit. Whatever you decide on, you’ll enjoy an evening of rich flavors and lively conversation with your significant other. Who knows, you just might be looking at your new go-to date spot.