Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 1:47pm [Dine in]
My husband and I dined here the evening of October 17. We had early reservations at 5:30 and were the first ones there. The restaurant filled quite quickly and room was packed by the time our food came. Its a casual space and felt to me like an old parisian restaurant (only it was new furniture made to look retro). The food is solid and honest and classic french bistro. My starter was the chevre (goat cheese) salad (tasty, and the cheese still had the rind on it - yum), followed by the lamb sirloin - done medium rare to perfection. The only problem with this dish was that it didn't have a carb component to it so our bread basket was refilled a couple of times. I always have mousse whenever I can at french restaurants - the texture was silky and just sweet enough but could have used more chocolate. The service by our very french waiter was attentive but slow - something that this only 1 month-old restaurant will improve on I'm sure. Great addition to its neighborhood!
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Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 12:49pm [Dine in]
Hubby and I have dined here twice, once when it first opened and
again a month ago. Its a beautifully decorated room, and the bustle of people and clinking wine glasses make you forget that you are on the ghost-town retail strip of Cambie Village. Reservations are a must, as we must have witnessed 3 or 4 parties that had to be turned away. In the two times we were there, we had the steak-frites, rabbit, lamb shank and duck, all delicious and executed perfectly. Wines by the glass are lovely and inexpensive. Both times we were too full for dessert, so a must-try next time. My only negative comment is on the pomme-frites - they taste and look like frozen supermarket fries! My suspicions increased as I walked by the kitchen on the way to the ladies room and saw a huge bag of frozen fries on the counter. I mean, c'mon, this is a french bistro - they don't necessarily have to be lovingly hand cut but they shouldn't taste like McCains either!!
However all in all, along with La Buca and Parkside, arguably the best food in Vancouver. Bon Apetit!
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