Having lived in the Davie Village area for over ten years I've become used to leaving the area for decent meals; either going to Yaletown, West 4th, Denman, Granville Island etc. but now that La Brasserie has opened I'm looking forward to more REAL restaurants opening in the area. I'm used to seeing dollar pizza joints, mediocre Greek places and greasy Chinese food joints or places like the Majestic or Oasis that try to be restaurants, dance clubs and show lounges all at once but do none of the above well; La Brasserie should prove that a restaurant that only serves food, wine and beer can make a go of it.
We arrived at 9:30 on a Saturday night and were quite prepared to go elsewhere as we knew it was a small place and that they didn't accept reservations but after waiting for a minute or two we were seated. The room is SMALL and it's hard not to hear your table neighbours but the eavesdropping can be enjoyable. The room itself is lovely, appropriate lighting, subtle decorating and an open feel. The menu is small but like any decent restaurant they've chosen to focus on a few amazing dishes rather than offering a ton of mediocre options. We started with the onion tart and onion soup which were both AMAZING, can't put it any other way. As starters they were hearty portions and some could find it to be too much along with the main course but they were well worth trying. I had the rotisserie chicken for my main and my partner had the Coq au Vin, both were delicious, the chicken was perfectly done although the portion size was a large but I'm sure most people would happily eat a half chicken. In keeping with the continental theme there weren't any vegetables served with the chicken except for the pommes frites which were perfection.
The service was attentive but not oppressive, very quick and knowledgeable. We had several servers visit our table but they all seemed to know what we were having, which wine we were drinking etc.
The only thing that I could think of to say against La Brasserie (I'm reaching here) is that the only serve wine, beer and aperitifs. We normally have a martini or two with dinner but that's a small issue that will not keep us from going back.