Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 7:54pm [Dine in]
I have eaten here recently with three different parties, for brunch, lunch, and dinnner. All three times, the service has been impeccable, and the food sublime. My son works at another French restaurant in town, and everyone at Bistro Pastis managed to impress him, from front of house to the kitchen. My parents are the most discerning restaurant-goers that we know, and they cleaned their plates (almost unheard of!) Then I brought my dear friend, and she said it was the best lunch she'd had in years. I think this may be our new favourite place in Kitsilano. We're off to France again soon, and worry that the food there might not live up to the standards of Bistro Pastis!
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Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 7:41pm [Dine in]
We ate at Pied-a-Terre last night. Our appetizers were lovely - a white asparagus soup that reminded us of a memorable meal we had one night in Laon, France, and a simple green salad with a wonderful mustard-tang vinaigrette. We both ordered the Steak Frites d'Onglet. Yes, we understood this particular cut of meat (Uncle is a butcher) and that it should be marinated and then cooked rare, then cut across the grain, and served immediately. Well, the steaks ranged from medium-rare to well-done and our steak knives had difficulty sawing through the meat. A lot of gristle and nerves - but we we both eventually managed to cut off a section to eat. We locked eyes and whispered, "How's yours? Tough?" Also - tasteless. We looked for our server, but never managed to alert her, and moved to the frites. They appeared to come from frozen ready-made potatoes and were overly salty and hard. The creamed spinach and grilled tomato were going to have to be the main part of our meal (and were quite good). We searched again for our server, made a few more attempts at the steak. No luck. Finally, the server came (after about 30 minutes) and said she was sorry about the steak, but that it wasn't meant to be tender (oh, dear!). She apologized for not asking how our meals were earlier, and offered us a gift certificate for the future (that helped, but we will go to La Buca with the certificate - a much safer bet). The desserts were enjoyable - a lovely smooth creme caramel, and a huge chocolate mousse (but more like ganache than mousse). But, what's with only offering coffee, not tea? This is Vancouver, not Paris in 1983. With the variety of wonderful, consistent restaurants in Vancouver, we will probably not return.
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