Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 10:06pm [Dine in]
Atmosphere is fantastic, the room is alive with all kinds of interesting people.
I went with two girlfriends, both are of German heritage, I've been to France several times.
All to say, they were dissapointed with the German fare...not as good as the real thing. As for me, the roast suckling pig (even writing that out sounds fattening) was crazy. Too much fat, not enough flavour but the one bite of crackling I did allow myself was really good. We all agreed that the onion tart was to die for.
I'll go back and have a go with the onion soup. My friends say they won't return.
Service was excellent. And price wise it wasn't over the top.
Choose wisely and trust your gut instincts with the menu.
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Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 9:52pm [Dine in]
Where to start? FINALLY! We have found wood oven bagels that aren't the usual white fluffy chemically round bread things.
We always take out, and the spinach filled warm bagels are to die for. A weekend treat for my 17 year old son and husband is the boil in a bag smoked meat. Slather a toasted bagel with butter and mustard and that crazy bag of smoked meat and trust me, you are in heaven.
Service is painfully slow though.
But the upside is, they will preslice the bagels for me. I despise the seedy mess in my kitchen that comes from slicing 2 dozen bagels for freezing. So for a little extra, the slow staff will preslice those suckers....making freezing/defrosting so much easier.
Just pick up an issue of 24 while you wait and Bob's your uncle.
Despite the one downside, this is the best place for bagels in the city bar none!
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Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 9:33pm [Dine in]
We had high hopes because there were good reviews on this site. We arrived and the restaurant was freezing, a lot of people there were wearing outside coats to stay warm. To be fair, it was also freezing outside. I'll get straight to the food. I ordered the tomatoes provencal as an appetizer and the seafood pot for a main.
The tomatoes were a pale imitation of the real mccoy - don't go there, they are dead boring. The seafood pot was ok, the broth could have been reduced first to intensify the flavor, but the fish/shellfish were perfectly cooked, it just didn't taste like much.
My husband ordered the steak tartar as a starter and it was really good, not over mustarded like a previous review. He had the steak frites for a main. Shame about that. A nice piece of tenderloin pan seared and flavorless. The sauce was really good, but there wasn't enough of it. Fries good. Everything was well presented.
Then the bill came - wine and dinner - 150 bucks. Not worth it.
We spoke with the couple beside us who are regulars. They said their meals that night were really good but they've been on previous nights when it wasn't so good, Made me wonder how, from table to table it could be that uneven.
All to say, I've now been to Le Crocodile, La Brasserie and now Bistrot Bistro and still have now found the difinitive French resto in Vancouver.
I wish I had gone to Italian Kitchen or Vig's ... both are better flavor bang for the buck
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