First off, I doubt there is a French restaurant with better value in BC. I had a salad and a bouillabaisse for a short lunch. Honest food, if there's a thing such as honest French.
I thought the space was light and airy: very nice for a lively lunch. On the other hand, the airiness conducts noises very well, and when combined with the relatively small space, I just don't see a romantic French dinner in there.
Now to the service.
There was two other table. It was almost 13.30, and the 3 servers were preparing the place for the evening.
I don't usually call out for something; I just establish eye contact to get a server's attention.
It took almost 15 min. for them to come ask what I'd like to drink when I was ready to order within 5. Many eye contacts were made.
I thought, "why does the service suck," then it dawned on me that the head server may be snubbing me.
I had a few clues that suggested this French accented head server was giving me (bad) preferential treatment. She went to the other table that came in at the same time as me for a few times without coming to mine. She looked up, surprised when I pronounced (salad) nicoise correctly. After taking my order she went to the same table to talk to the ladies about shoes/shopping. She came to ask me if everything was ok once, but failed to ever refill my water (the waiter refilled my water once). The same thing happened again when I wanted my bill, and this time only Frenchy was milling around. She said thank you three different times at the end of my meal as if my nod of acknowledgement wasn't enough (I said "thank you" after the third time).
I'll assume the other 2 servers just deferred to Frenchy during the eye contact thing, and it's all her fault. When I go back because the food is that good, I hope she's not there, then we'll see what happens.