The menu features classic bistro fare (coq au vin or steak frites for instance) served with a contemporary touch and extensive wine lists.
Pastis is what the French bistro should be like. Courteous and professional waiters, immaculate food presentation and a great attention to details in every dish.
For example, they fry hash browns in a garlic scented oil, so the plate has this subtle whiff of incredible aroma. Their execution of fairly simple dishes (omelettes, egg bennies, croque monsieur a.k.a. the original monte-cristo sandwich) is pretty much flawless. If you can appreciate the amount of effort being put into every plate, Pastis is the place to check out. If you are looking for gigantic portion sizes or a doggy box for an onion soup leftovers, then it's not their specialty.
The menu is good and it has most of the items one would expect to find in a bistro. In any case they have a copy on a website.
That's what she said to me, the ultimate food critic sitting across from me. :)
Anyway, we got here around 6pm on a weekday, so the place barely had any other patrons, but I still recommend a reservation to avoid the fuss. We were promptly seated by the window. The decor was simple, but accented with tilted mirrors on one side to give the feel of a larger restaurant with a significant bar taking most of the space towards the front of the restaurant. The waiters were friendly without being overbearing and always came to refill our waters without being asked.
We ordered the prosciutto-wrapped scallops to start, and I ordered the duck breast and my girl ordered the swordfish special. The appetizer was a bit on the small side (hey, it's French right?), but oh so tender. The proscuitto was just perfectly seared. As for our entrees, I cannot say anything bad about them. The swordfish (generally a tough texture) was delectable and very flaky without being chewy. It was served with hand-made gnocchi which was some of the best I've ever experienced (quite filling though). My duck breast was tender, generous and served with a cherry sauce that was a perfect mixture of sweet and savoury. Really, I was quite pleased with our meal.
We finished off our evening with a baked encrusted pear dessert with maple walnut ice cream. It took a bit of time to prepare, but it was worth it. Excellent in presentation and execution. Well done, Pastis.
Went there for DOV 08. Bistro Pastis did a good job because you can't feel you are having DOV. We got treated like regular customers. Unlike other places you can tell they are puting up the sign "The owner decided to do this stupid DOV, and you are only paying $35, so what do you expect?".
ALL food were delicious and well arranged. Portion was also big for DOV. I love their apple tart for the dessert. Service was also outstanding. We were late due to unexpected traffic, but they didn't push us to order the food. We could still take it slowly, and we still got lots of smile during the whole evening. Ambiance was very comfortable. It would be a great place to bring your date for a romantic evening.
It's an overall incredible DOV experience. I would return in regular time.
Came here for a birthday dinner with the family. We ordered crab cakes, french onion soup, duck salad, cream of asparagus soup (soup du jour), mussels as an entree, halibut with mushroom and asparagus risotto, and 8oz steak. As always, food was delicious and prepared very nicely. Staff are very well-mannered, knowledgable, and attentive. Wonderful ambiance -- very warm and friendly for a fine dining restaurant. They also serve brunch and lunch, so we'll be back to try that out! This place is superb!
No kidding - this is my favourite restaurant in Vancouver. Surprised that it is not downtown? If you haven't been, give this place a try. I have been several times both on special occasions and just for a nice dinner out, and it has been fantastic every time. I love the food, the room is cosy and relaxing, the service is fast and courteous as it should be, and the food is not overly priced for what it is. Wine list is very good - they have Nota Bene 2004 so who would complain about that.
I have never heard of this particular restaurant so I went in without any expectations. But WOW, was it ever good.
The food was incredible, from the first course to the third course, everything was done perfectly. It was really nice to see a place that had EVERYTHING in a perfect balance. The flavours were balanced well, everything was seasoned nicely, the cold food was COLD and the hot food was HOT. (I know it sounds kind of silly but you would be surprised how many places just can't get that right). We were lucky enough to also sit beside a table that was having items from the regular menu (we were having the Dine Out menu) and everything they ordered looked really good as well.
I also have to agree with another reviewer, they timed the courses perfectly. We were an early table seating so by the time we were in the middle of our meals, it was prime-time dinning. Although I know they really wanted our table, we never felt like they were rushing us out the door.
Anyhow, cannot wait to go back and try out the rest of the menu. The regular menu definitely doesn't look cheap, but from what I've experienced and seen, it should be well worth the price.
The managers are more interested in packing people in and turning the table over quickly than in the quality of the food or whether you enjoy your dining experience or not.
Unfortunately, the food is just mediocre--the servers are great but often having to apologize for "pack'em in mentality" of management.
I went for brunch with three people but we were put at a tiny table for two with one person having to side on along the side. When we I asked for a proper table they said it was impossible. When the food came, I literally had to pull part of my plate off the table to accommodate it along with the the two other plates (again, all this at a tiny table for two).
My chair was in the path of guests and servers so I kept getting bumped and hit--not a fun experience. The only thing that could be done was move the table in a few inches--but the bumping and hitting continued through out the brunch. Sometimes the servers were apologetic about the constant knocking and hitting.
There are much better French restaurants in Vancouver--give this one a pass.
It was my first time eating french food. Bistro Pastis is a small restaurant but it's pretty cozy and has really nice ambiance. Me and my bf order two appetizers: escargot and french onion soup. Their french onion soup was so so so yummy and their escargot, according to my bf, was very good compared to what he had before. I was already really full after appetizer.
I thought their service time was perfect because i thought I wouldn't be able to eat my entree. It came a long time after appetizer was finished and at first I thought that their kitchen was slow considering we were the only like 2-3 couples that were there at that time. But it turns out that when the entree came, I was well digested and ready to eat. I had the salmon, and it was very good. The French food tend to have different kind of sauce and flavouring. It's very rich.
We had a pretty new waiter so he was very nice and constantly checking up on us. They all speak French which makes my experience there feel more authentic. I also love French bread, very crispy.
I thought the value was pretty good for its price. The salmon plate was ~$26 but it was so filling that I really couldn't think about dessert.
Overall I had a really good first experience at Bistro Pastis.
Have been resisting a fierce craving for French food the last couple of weeks. Finally buckled over the weekend, and, under the pretense of taking the girlfriend out for a special dinner, decided to pay a visit to Bistro Pastis in Kits. Never having dined French in Vancouver before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but hoped for the best.
The first thing we noticed, as soon as we walked through the door, was the vibe to the room. The décor, the dark wood bar, the Francophone staff, even the somewhat close quarters of the tables – it all worked to give the restaurant a very cozy intimacy that felt authentically French bistro. Since we arrived a few minutes ahead of our reservation, and because it was a busy night, we were invited to sit at the bar, where we gladly enjoyed a couple of Kir Royales while we waited for a table to open up.
Once seated, we began with the foie gras featured appy, as well as the escargots. Both were very good, although the girlfriend and I were split. She favoured the escargots (which were fine, but I prefer the traditional, simpler version in the shell), while I liked the foie gras. I’d never had foie gras before, and found it surprisingly mild and buttery smooth. The dumpling which it topped was delicious. For her main, girlfriend chose to go with the plat du jour, which was Arctic char with mashed (or crushed, as described by our server) potato and grilled vegetables. While she didn’t absolutely love it, she did enjoy the dish. I went with the grilled salmon with lemon gnocchi, which I found to be quite good. The salmon came medium rare and tasted very fresh, and the gnocchi was terrific. To finish our meal, we shared a very nice crème brulée.
After dinner, considering what and how much we ate and drank, and the overall quality of the food and service, I had a pleasant surprise when the bill came. It wasn't quite as large as I expected, and was actually very reasonable.
Ultimately, I found Bistro Pastis to be a fine restaurant and a good value. It's a good place to turn for quality French bistro fare in Vancouver.
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!
I went in here with my girlfriend for brunch a few days ago and it was great! There's a really cool atmosphere in this place you really feel like you are in a real french bistro and the service definatley matches. The staff was really friendly and attentive and really seemed to know what they were doing. We both had mimosas and I had a croque-monsieur with pomme frites while my girlfriend had a smoked salmon omlette with leeks and parmeasan, both of us agreed that it was delicious, and quite inexpensive at $12.50 each. All in all I would highly recommend this place and we wouldn't hesitate to go for brunch again or maybe try them for dinner.
My fiance and I wanted to try something a little different on the 4th ave brunch row. Joes grill, Hells kitchen and Sophies are always busy. We went to Pastis for a change. Entered the bistro and it was fairly busy, but was seated quickly. Server came by after a few minutes and took our order. Some of the menu items were Croque Monsieur with pomme frites, duck confit, several kinds of eggs benny, & tuna nicoise etc. Started with orange and champagen mimosa ($8.00 each). Moments later fresh baked bread came to the table. We watched as many dishes came out of the kitchen all look very good. The kitchen seems to have a handle on pumping out the chits as the room became very busy. Our food arrived in quick fashion I had the ham and Gruyere cheese omlete with hash browns ($12.00) and my fiance had the ham and Gruyere crepes with pomme frites ($12.50). Both plates came out hot, server recommened not to touch the plate. The flavours were great! Seasoning is spot on! The server was very attentive to our needs. But the table next to us did send back their french onion soup (to sour)?
Overall this being our first time a Pastis we were very pleased. The bill was around forty dollars. We think that it will become our new brunch hang out on the weekend. Great job!
After reading some good reviews about this place I was excited to have my 2nd DOV here. However, I know cuz we had a big group of ppl so we were sat by the door it sucked but acceptable. Anyhow, The service was not bad but could be more friendly. I had the goat cheese salad, like some ppl said it was big but I didn't mind the portion and the taste. Though I wouldn't say it's that tasty. Just OK. My entree was Coq au Vin, it was not bad but I can't say much since it was my first time trying Coq au Vin not sure how a good Coq au Vin suppose to taste like. My partner and most of my friends had the steak flank and they all didn't like it too much. It presented as a kids meal to them somehow. The best was the trout probably as the group agreed on. My dessert was pretty good, I had the vanilla ice cream with apple tart. I'd say it was the best dish of night here. Tho it was vanilla ice cream but it was GOOD! It didn't taste just vanilla it was great and the apple tart was better than I thought too. Overall I'd say I might come back but wouldn't recommend it as a "wow this is a good restaurant u should definitely go" type of place to my friends.
Me and my friend went in early December. Ambiance was nice. Service was just weird. I couldn't figure out why they were switching waiters on us continually. And odd, the restaurant was empty, and we even made resos but they sat us in the back, right beside the kitchen and next to a birthday party. We started w/kir royales, very yummy. Then amazing warm bread with mussels as our appetizers. We had duck in some sort of fruit glaze as our main course. Also very tasty. No complaints. Ended with Apple Tart Tatin, Caramel and Apple Ice Cream Cinnamon Crème Anglaise. solid, but not memorable. Though, apple ice cream was pretty unique and yummy.
Some girlfriends and I visited this restaurant during Dineout. The food was good, but not great, or exciting. I had the calamari to start, which was fine, but not great. For my main, I had trout, which was cooked perfectly. The crepes we had at dessert were bland. Overall, I was not impressed with the food. My friends had the Salad, Coq Vin and mousse. They said the mousse and salad were both great, the main, not so much.
My biggest complaint was that our appetizers arrived before we had even ordered wine. We actually had to flag down our waitress to get a drink. This was obviously very off-putting since no one wanted to eat until we had a drink. Apart from that, the service was acceptable, however it really started our meal off on the wrong foot.
Conclusion: there are better french bistros in town. I will not return.
My girlfriend and I were looking forward to trying Bistro Pastis during Dine Out but came away disappointed. After reading some of the other posts, I agree with Mocha that the service was rushed and barely acceptable for a fine restaurant. Our appetizers arrived within 1 minute of ordering and seconds after the bread. If you chose to order a bottle of wine as we did, be prepared to drink fast. The whole evening felt rushed. I can only guess that Rasputin enjoyed the wine far more than the meal as it was fettuccini served with the coq au vin, not gnocchi and crème caramel is not on the dine out menu. I do agree with graham’s comment that the mark up on the wine prices is even higher than usual. Out meal started with the onion tart and fennel salad. The tart was delicious, made with an egg base and had good rich flavor and left us wanting another. The salad had good flavour but was light on the cheese and fennel for our tastes. We had the steak and Coq au Vin for the mains which were ok. The steak was cooked perfectly and very tender but was a small portion and we have had better fries at diners. The coq au vin had decent flavour but was also a very small portion and lacked sauce which left the fettuccini plain. Desert was a tasty, rich chocolate mousse. Overall it was an ok meal but disappointing for what we were expecting and did not leave us with wanting to come back to try their regular menu.
I went Pastis Bistro during DOV and to celebrate my friend’s bday. I must say that we had the rudest waitress in Van. 1st the waitress never introduced herself and within 3 mins after we sat down she wanted to take our order 2 times. I am not exaggerating but when I asked her to give me a minute she really only gave me a minute. When she asked for our order we told her that we haven’t ordered any beverage yet and she replied that we can do that later without a reason. So within 5 mins after I sat down I felt dinner being rushed. (Oh and my reservation was at 8pm so therefore I didn’t feel there was a need to rush, and as later that night proved there were no others waiting for our table.) We insisted in ordering our beverage 1st but the waitress interrupted and suggested that she picked something for us. Then when the waitress poured a sip of the wine for tasting she walked away rather than waited to see if the wine was alright to serve. Then when one of my friend was still eating her entree with food in her mouth, the waitress asked if she was done. I replied on behalf of my friend to the waitress that when she is done she will set her utensils in the middle of her plate. Unbelievable the waitress replied that she has never heard of that and I said well that’s general etiquette and she then talked back and said she is from France and she has never heard of that and walked away mumbling angrily. Before we said anything to the manager, she chose not to serve us for the rest of the night. Wow, what an experience! I have never been to a restaurant where the server deliberately chose not to serve before a complaint was filed with the manager. Perhaps she is the owner.
If you want to know what the food was like, I’m 100% sure that there are many other better French restaurants in Vancouver and the $28 DOV was not worth what was served. I had the onion tart and coq au vin. The onion tart was a fried up tart with some onions and the coq au vin had 2 small pieces of chicken thigh on a bed of fettucini like home pasta. Nothing special… not that yummy either.
This is my destination for any special occasion!! The food is unbelievable, and the service is second to none. The food is upscale French “peasant”, food that just feels good to eat. For the quality and care in they put into every dish, I actually think the prices are reasonable. The atmosphere is intimate and cozy, great for a date night. They’re wine suggestions are always bang on, I don’t even bother to select my own wine anymore. Try it once, it will be one your favourite list too.
Let me begin by saying that I am aware that New Year's eve can often be very different from a usual night. That being said, I will still write a review of my restaurant experience.
Our reservations were made for the nine o'clock seating. We were planning on taking the bus but my wifes heels were a little to high for walking so we took a cab. That made us a little early. We were not greeted until many minutes later when we had sat ourselves at the bar. Again many minutes later we were finally aknowleged when we asked for a drink while we waited for our friends to arrive.
I'm actually not sure who our server actually was. Everyone seemed to be helping us at the same time. That is not always a bad thing. It was a five course meal. I was impressed with the food. I was not overwhelmed by the food. The cost was $165 overall inclusive of the wine pairings for each course. Each course was good in its own way. They did a great job with the wine pairings.
I did notice one thing a little strange. While having a really decent wine list the prices were just way too high. Of course a restaurant can put whatever price tag they want on their own wine. But I wouldn't feel right spending three times what it costs at the LDB.
Overall we did have a wonderful time, but we probably wont go back. There are just way too many restaurants of equal or better quality in Vancouver.
I was really disappointed in my lunch at Pastis especially as I had heard so many good things about it. I was craving the French Fries which turned out to be not even as good as I make at home in my own deep frier! Then I ordered the French Onion Soup which I remember as being a favourite from living in Montreal many years ago where it was delicious and came with very thick cheese on the top with croutons and was an absolute meal....well the soup was just very, very average but not cheap.
Then when I found I was too full from the french fries to eat the soup I was told they were not set up to doggy bag soup....this lead to a rather uncomfortable encounter with the owner's wife who told me I could not borrow the bowl and bring it back tomorrow without her consulting the kitchen staff?! Then she took down my name, phone number and address just in case I didn't return the bowl as promised...needless to say in front of my luncheon partners I was rather embarrassed but also mad at that point so stood my ground. I did as required and returned the bowl the following day, but needless to say due to the poor attitude and the not so impressive food I would not go back to eat.