Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 1:36am [Dine in]
Went here for my birthday a couple months back with a group of friends and was pretty disappointed that this "pub" didn't even have pitchers!! The food is definetely not worth it, the portions are small (calamari, spinach dip). My friends ordered the pot pie which was soggy and disappointing. Standard greasy fare. We ended up leaving asap as I could barely hear the person next to me. I get that this is a pub and pubs are loud, but what's the point of going out with friends if it's impossible to have a conversation!!! Server was fine, and was pleased to get a shot on the house for my grand b-day occassion. Wouldn't go back. If you want a patio, go to Stella's instead.
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Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 1:26am [Dine in]
Wandering Marine, wary of which restaurants were lackluster tourist traps, we happened upon Vol au Vent with fingers crossed. We got a spot on the small yet cute patio which felt tucked away from the road by the planters. Our order was taken promptly, it was nice to see French food at reasonable prices. We ordered fish'n'chips (I know, not exactly French but this was White Rock). The meal came promply. The fish was good, the batter crispy and light. The tartar sauce was very good, a variation of the usual, with fine herbs, and served with a spinach salad with a garlic vinaigrette. The fries were not freshly cut, as I overheard the server tell the next table who asked. She told them that fresh potatoes nowadays are genetically modified and contain more sugar which makes them burn and not deep fry well. Don't really know what to think about that, but the fries were good, very thin, and thus pretty crispy. Their thinness made them a bit on the oily side but they were still ok. For dessert we had a mini apple pie a la mode and lemon pie. Both were delicious and made fresh daily. It was cute to see the desserts of the day lined up, fresh from the oven, on the counter. The lemon pie was tart and not too sweet which was great, topped with meringue and home-made whipped cream, the apple pie was in puff pastry and delicious, you could taste that everything was made from scratch. The coffee was a bit pricey at $3 but was tasty and accompanied by steamed, foamed hot milk which was a treat. You could tell that the lady serving us was probably the co-owner, along with the chef chatting in French, gave it a nice cozy vibe. Would definetley return!
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