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winegumNew WestSince February 7, 20072 Reviews
Average Rating
4.5 (4.5)
  • Food4.5 (4.5)
  • Service5 (5)
  • Ambiance5 (5)

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La Regalade2232 Marine Dr, #103, West Vancouver
Southern France meets Vanouver!
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 10:17am [Dine in]

If you're looking for something that truly resembles a traditional French bistro that you'd stumble across in the streets of Nice, Avignon or a quaint village in Provence - then the La Regalade is the place.

However, if you're looking for a quite evening out of dainty fine dining - AVOID!

Yes it's noisy. Yes the food is incredibly rich and yes you're crammed next to your neighbor...& YES we will definitely return because of all of these reasons. It is the first place we've been to in Vancouver that truly reminded us of a traditional rustic bistro in Southern France.

I had the beef short ribs with peppercorn sauce and my wife had the 7 hour lamb. My wife's lamb was so tender she didn't need a knife. & yes, the peppercorn sauce for my ribs was likely made with a cream resembling whip cream...but that's the way the Southern French eat! The trick is not to eat the whole plate (we took home our left overs).

CONCLUSION: If you're looking for fine French dining - go to Pastis or La Crocodile. However, if you want a true taste of Southern France and the proper ambiance to go with it - La Regalade is the place for you.

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Pearl Restaurant14955 Marine Drive, White Rock
Great Service, Wine & Food
Submitted Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

I had to post this after reading the other reviews....

I think this restaurant is great value. We had a dinner party of six and our hosts didn't miss a beat. We started with oysters with freshly shaved horsh radish followed by an excellent selection of appetizers. I chose the steak tartar with a quail egg while others had the flaming prawns and fois grois - not one complaint. I taste tested the fois grois - mmm.

The mains were excellent...I had a perfectly seared tuna dish while I opined jealously over my neighbors venison.

Regarding the wine list - outstanding. If you want a $150 bottle of wine, they have it. However, for $60 to $80 I would recommend chosing from their Australian GSM selection.

Regarding the service, the sommelier was very friendly explaining each new bottle we experimented with (we had a white & 2 different reds). Furthermore, he was very polite and non condescending when I asked for all bottles to be in the $50 to $60 range.

At the end of the evening the proprietor (Nicholas) visited our table & ensured we were satiated by providing us each with a glass of blue zambuca - nice touch! He's also done a great job with the ambiance bringing fine dining to White Rock. After chatting with him for 10 minutes or so, I got the impression that this guy was really making a go of it - I was genuinely impressed.

All in all a nice establishment with friendly service that's NOT down town (which is nice every now and then). I do intend to return with my wife during the summer so we can enjoy a pleasant walk on the beach after our dinner.

kw.

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