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Cafe Regalade

2836 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K1R2
Tel: (604) 733-1213 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano

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Great small bistro hotspot
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 3:53am [Dine in]

I met up with a friend here for a brunch encounter before the holidays knowing he would likely enjoy the visit.

The space resembles that of a cafe, complete with display case but with tables strewn about. It is no more spacious than a typical coffee shop and the tables are cramped together. Still, the buzz in the room meant that overhearing your neighbours isn't much of a concern. I felt like we lucked out with an available table shortly after entering.

The menu is tidy with good brunch choices. Both of us opted for fairly basic fare. My friend's blueberry pancakes aren't the flapjacks you get Denny's. They're fluffy and light and teaming with fresh whole blueberries. Even though it's mostly carbs, you can easily pay far more elsewhere. My quiche was of re-heated variety as was located in the display case up front but the richness of the bacon, cheese and flakey crust made me forget about the fact that it could have sat for a couple of days. The small side salad was a nice counter balance to the savouriness as it was tossed in a light vinaigrette with croutons.

The service appears to be good with varying degrees of minor misses as you get deeper into your dining experience, which almost seems omnipresent within bistro dining. The initial service was perfectly fine up until we started waiting for our orders to arrive, which required patience - reheating a quiche, pancakes and a simple salad should easily take less than 30 minutes. Flagging a server down also requires timing however drink checkups are unusually spot on. I had to ask another server upon leaving to grab my doggy bag, which happened to be replaced as they threw out what I didn't finish.

While I have no experience with the dinner service, both brunch and dinner menus look promising so if you don't mind some minor service quibbles, it's worth coming. I will be returning myself.

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La Regalade is better
By VJB of abbotsford (153 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 12, 2012 - 10:59am [Dine in]

It’s not bad but the original restaurant Le Regalade is so much better.

It’s a very small room and the tables are very close together. Ambiance is okay but it basically has the feel of a small café. No tablecloths on the table and chairs really do not encourage you to stay and linger.

We shared the escargot as an appetizer – 6 escargot served on the typical escargot casserole dish with parsley, garlic and butter and baquette. It was tasty. We both ordered from the specials being offered that day for our main courses. My husband had the pork belly wrapped in veal loin and served with scalloped potatoes for $23.95. What I sampled of his dish was good. I ordered trout with sorel cream sauce and served with a small side salad for $21.95. The dish was very well prepared and the fish was nice and moist. For dessert we shared profiteroles - $6.95. This was also very good.

Service was very casual. It was decent but there was a certain warmth lacking. It was like they were just going through the motions. Actually when we arrived until about half way through our meal it was like they were totally disinterested. I made a comment to my husband and he said it was a French thing. I mentioned to my husband that we’ve been to numerous French restaurants and it did not seem that the service was so indifferent before.

It was an okay experience but I prefer their restaurant in West Vancouver – La Regalade. I also felt that the prices should have been $2.00 or $3.00 cheaper per entrée since it is a very casual restaurant the prices should be indicative of this.

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Upgrading my review
By 360 of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 31, 2011 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

I've eaten at Steeve's many times since I first posted a review. Since then, I've found their food to be absolutely fantastic. I am a real fan of their breakfasts now. I like how some breakfasts come in a hot skillet with a sauce depending on what ingredients are used. This is something I never cook myself at home. Although the food is a bit pricy, it's worth it considering how much work goes into the food. The seasoning is just right, food is full of flavor, breakfasts always comes out hot, and they really encourage a balanced meal with a salad included in almost all meals.

The place is a little cramped, reminiscent of Paris, but that's genuine French dining if you ask me. I think it's cool that you can see into the kitchen yet never smell of cooking afterwards. However, if you don't go at the right time/day, you often have to wait quite a while. But they ease the wait with some snacks or drinks. The place is often fully booked at night. When I'm looking for a really well made European breakfast, I go here. The servers are always really friendly & Steeve is more than gracious.

And did I mention the baguettes are perfectly crispy?

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Small French Bistro - Superb Food, Good Prices
By savvy insider of Vancouver (Fairview) (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

French bistro food is home cooking at its best.

It's food that is delicious, flavoursome and memorable.

The recipes are time-honoured, often passed down from generation to generation.

The recently-opened Cafe Regalade, a tiny French bistro in Vancouver's Kitsilano area, has all these qualities.

The decor is simple, sparse and almost has an industrial look and feel to it; non-descript to say the least.

The kitchen is innovative, creative and cooks food of stellar quality, often introducing a twist and a new element to traditional French bistro food.

Take the Quinoa salad with mango and basil. Traditional Quinoa, an ancient Peruvian grain is earthy and nutty in taste, but under chef's fine hand it is light and refreshing.

The salad contains sweet mango dices, fresh basil, pine nuts for crunch, making the salad memorable.

Likewise the red beet salad, sweet chucks of goodness in a smooth creamy dressing, coating the beets, salty Parmesan cheese shavings; the kitchen scored another hit.

The innovative zucchini tartare, little chunks of zucchini, juicy little morsels of sweet raisins, a slight hint of salty anchovies and crunchy pine nuts, is bold creative and so tasty and unlike anything you've had.

Marinated salmon, with shaved Parmesan, is another stellar dish. The salmon is Gravlax-like (a Nordic dish sliced thinly consisting of raw salmon, cured in salt, sugar, and dill), but the taste here is more subtle and lighter.

The accompanying hearty grilled slices of peasant bread were perfect for the rich, smooth, slightly sweet salmon; the salty Parmesan cheese cutting through the richness.

Beef tartare also known as steak tartare, a staple of a lot of French bistros, said to be Russian in origin, was done perfectly.

The end result of the finely-minced, high quality beef, mixed with mustard, chopped shallots, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, finely chopped capers and egg yolk, was hearty and delicious.

The accompanying French fries, super crispy on the outside, the inside creamy and smooth. A small green salad went well with the hearty beef and those great fries.

Braised short ribs in pepper sauce were superb. The meat tender and juicy, surrounded by an amazing sauce that was velvety in texture, hearty in taste, the peppers evident, sharp and pungent, but not overpowering.

A side dish of scalloped potatoes, a beautiful brown crust on top, the inside heavenly, creamy rich potatoes.

Dessert was a lemon tart. A thin crust with lemony goodness on top - perfectly smooth and velvety, that lovely taste of tart lemon. Two pools of whipping cream with fresh sliced strawberries, a nice extra touch, completed this delightful morsel of perfection.

But while the food was stellar, the servers accommodating; there were small elements missing - having to ask for butter for the bread, the table not cleared properly after the main courses were finished, servers walking by customers, waiting to be seating, without acknowledging them.

It's those little things that keep Cafe Regalade from achieving memorable status, given its terrific food.

Bottom line: Cafe Regalade serves terrific French bistro
style food, but some service elements need improvement.

Cafe Regalade
2836 West 4th. Avenue in Vancouver.
604-733-2213

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Best omelette ever! (seriously)
By AsiaPacGirl of Vancouver (downtown) (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Enjoyed a large family gathering here for brunch a few weeks ago, a large family that knows good food. Everyone really enjoyed their meals and the service was solid. But OMG, I have to admit to being completely floored by an omelette. Never thought it was possible for eggs to taste like a religious experience! The miracle-as-food was termed the "combination" omelette; a mixture of well-reduced herbed mushrooms and an assortment of trimmings from their cheese platter. Wow!

Can't wait to return...

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Worth EVERY Penny!!!!!!!!
By djoe of vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 18, 2011 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

Wow!!! Finally somewhere to restore my faith in restaurants. Of course it's from the people who have La Regalade in West Van (which is also fantastic). Six of us went to Cafe Regalade on the weekend and all 6 of us were EXTREMELY happy with our food, the service and really everything else. I can still taste my deliciously prepared breakfast. The espresso was also very good. As was the service. There was always someone around to make sure we had enough water and/or coffee or anything else we may have needed.

If you are tired of crappy food and tired of being "underwhelmed" then GO TO CAFE REGALADE - I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. In fact, it was so good that my partner and I tried to go there for dinner that same night. Unfortunately, they were fully booked but they were very apologetic and told us to try again during the week. I was glad they are busy though as it means they won't be going anywhere so that's a good thing.

We will most definitely go back for both breakfast and for dinner. Oh ya, also great that they open at 8:30 (or 9:00 am, can't remember) for breakfast which is nice for those that don't sleep in until 11 am on weekends :-)

Thanks to all the folks at Cafe Regalada and La Regalade for having high standards and for knowing how to cook and how to take care of your customers, it's much appreciated! :-)

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Good Food spoilt by dreadful server attitudes
By verily of west van (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

As regular customers of La Regalade in West Van, we decided to take a trip over the bridge to try the namesake Café's breakfast offering. Arriving for breakfast at 10.15 a.m., Sunday, at a half empty restaurant, we were surprised to see two members of our party standing outside in the cold. "They won't give us a table until all 8 of our party are here" we were told. OK, maybe when they are busy, but half full? Or maybe that should be half empty? The 4 of us went inside again to ask for a table, where grudgingly, after seemingly being required to swear our solemn oath that the other 4 members of our party were definitely en route, we were eventually granted an appropriate quota of the several empty tables. So far, so good. Enter two more of our party and a request that we be served drinks of a particularly sour faced server who had obviously made up her mind that whatever experience we had of Café Regalade would not be a good one. A little while later, another more pleasant person brought our drinks and we (yes, all 8, can we now order please?) ordered our food. After a long wait of nearly one hour and finally a frustrated request as to the whereabouts of our food, our meals at last arrived. and after a further request for drinks top-ups was eventually met with appropriate reluctance and unpleasantness from Ms. Sourpuss, we tucked into what was undoubtedly attractively presented food. Despite the dreadful staff attitude and long wait, we enjoyed the food and convivial company of our group, even added a decent tip in our $160 bill - let's hope it went to the only server who smiled at us in the 2 hours we were in the restaurant! Maybe their Vancouver misinterpretation of Gallic culture is that it is fashionably French to give sour-faced and slow service? As regular visitors to France we know that this myth no longer prevails, and in Vancouver with its myriad choice of good restaurants and bistros, I can't really see that this is good strategy. Bien sûr we certainly won't be adding this restaurant to our regular weekend brunch venues or recommending it to our friends.

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Scrumptious Brunch Service - Kitsilano Brunch Hotspot
By clau_foodie of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

The selection of terrine was creative and tasty. Terrine’s include duck hazelnut, rabbit, veal appricot and champagne (pork). We ordered the duck hazelnut and the champagne terrine. I am a big fan of duck, dishes with duck fat mmmmm… This was our fave of the two, it was moist and the hazelnut taste added an extra intense layer of flavour. The champagne terrine was a bit dry, probably because pork meat is a lot tougher.

Basque Breakfast - $13.25, 2 sunny side up eggs, piperade (onions and peppers), chorizo, aioli sauce, potatoes, salad and two pieces of the obsessively delicious aioli and saffron toast. They loved it, the portions was huge, potatoes flavourful and perfectly cooked. The piperade and chorizo went so well together.

Lyon Breakfast -$12.75, 2 poached eggs, mushrooms, bacon, pearl onions, spinach,potatoes, and red wine sauce, salad. Red wine sauce made with veal bone and bacon. The smell was so rich and the taste perfect.

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All around awesome
By jpmills of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 9:38am [Dine in]

Breakfast at this place is like none other. Usually when you decide to go out for a morning bite you expect your typical eggs, bacon and toast. This place turns that concept on its head with their skillets.

Dinner here is out of this world delicious. After trying their 7 hour braised lamb, I realized that its probably a crime to cook lamb any other way. It was absolutely fantastic. But so is everything on their menu.

Save room for dessert, or take some to go if you can't.

Oh and P.S. Awesome service to top it all off.

GREAT PLACE!

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Best French Cuisine in the City! Step aside Le Crocodile!
By jadepierce of Kitsilano BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

I've spent most of my life living in Paris. When I moved to Vancouver my husband and I set out to find our favourite French Restaurant in the city, I've dined at all the big names, Les Faux, Le Crocodile, Twisted Fork, even Cafe Regalades other restaurant La Regalade in West Van. In my personal opinion Cafe Regalade is by far superior to the rest. Its more laid back and the food seems more true to what one would find at a good restaurant in France.

The service from the moment we walked in the door was amazing, The head chef's passion for food is evident in what he dishes up. The biggest problem with the place is trying to decide what you want, everything sounds great! But not to worry, the servers employed there are some of the most delightful and helpful I've come across. The first time we went, we shared the Escargot and Prawns to start, both were delicious. I highly recommend the prawns. Then came our mains of the 7 hour Braised Lamb and Duck a L'Orange. The lamb was tender and juicy in a rich red wine sauce, the Duck was cooked perfectly and paired with buttered leeks. We finished the meal with a Le Resistance and a Lemon Tart, and it was as expected, amazing!

Most people think of this place primarily as a breakfast joint. While their breakfasts are out of this world unique and utterly delicious. The real magic happens during their dinner service.

So if you are on your way to the beach this summer make sure you stop in at Cafe Regalade, rather then the nearby Oakwood, Darby's or the Naam. You will be happy you did!

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A new favourite!!
By Carrot Cake of Vancouver (Dunbar) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

After hearing many excellent recommendations from friends and colleagues about the new French Bistro, Café Regalade, I decided it would be an excellent place to bring my husband for a birthday dinner. We were not disappointed! We were greeted promptly at the door and given a very nice table near the window. At first glance I was a little worried because I require a gluten-free diet, but when I brought this up with the server she was more than ready to help find the perfect dish for me. After describing a few of the top choices and going through what actually turned out to be a delectable list of options, I settled on the Duck Breast a L’Orange, what a treat! I have never had a better duck in my life! My husband chose the Gigot, a braised 7-hour lamb, which was also a big hit. The two dishes were flawlessly presented, showing that both care and experience were given to what can only be called an art. My duck came with a delicious side of buttered leaks that complimented the sauce perfectly; the Gigot with a scrumptious side of scalloped potatoes that are not to be missed!
From beginning to end the service was warm and genuine, ensuring that we had everything we needed and making our dining experience a memorable one. We finished with the floating island, a wonderful gluten-free desert consisting of a soft meringue in an amazing caramel custard sauce. We left the restaurant full, satisfied and in very high spirits. Café Regalade is definitely the new gem of Kistilano.

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Great food and service!
By jennifer_m of Vancouver west end (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

A few old friends and I made a reservation at Cafe Regalade in Kitsilano this last weekend. We've heard such great things about the new establishment that we needed to go see what the fuss was about. We were not disappointed.
The servers were very pleasant and helpful. Guided us seamlessly through the menu, answering our questions with detail. We also had some difficulty deciding what wine to pair our meals with, the young lady let us try the two in question, which not many places let you do.
The meals did not disappoint! The Beef Bourgiugnon is to die for and the Duck Breast leaves you speechless! The presentation of the dishes was like a work of art, full of vibrant colours and textures. The courses came sizzling hot and well timed, giving us some time to digest and enjoy ones company; it was nice not feeling rushed.
One word of advice, save some room for the Monaco tart or the Floating island (the head chef is known for his desserts and pastries) and if you can't possibly take another bite, get one to go. You will be glad you did.

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Great food and service!
By jennifer_m of Vancouver west end (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

A few old friends and I made a reservation at Cafe Regalade in Kitsilano this last weekend. We've heard such great things about the new establishment that we needed to go see what the fuss was about. We were not disappointed.
The servers were very pleasant and helpful. Guided us seamlessly through the menu, answering our questions with detail. We also had some difficulty deciding what wine to pair our meals with, the young lady let us try the two in question, which not many places let you do.
The meals did not disappoint! The Beef Bourgiugnon is to die for and the Duck Breast leaves you speechless! The presentation of the dishes was like a work of art, full of vibrant colours and textures. The courses came sizzling hot and well timed, giving us some time to digest and enjoy ones company; it was nice not feeling rushed.
One word of advice, save some room for the Monaco tart or the Floating island (the head chef is known for his desserts and pastries) and if you can't possibly take another bite, get one to go. You will be glad you did.

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Best meal I've had in a loooong time!
By pinkybo of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

I created an account just so I could tell people about this place. I use Dinehere.ca all the time but never until now have I had a meal so outstanding that I finally got motivated to get off my butt to create an account and post on here.

This is a really small restaurant. Ambiance wise I would call it cute and French. They were booked up solid the night we went. We only got seated because we arrived just as they opened and one of their reservations wasn't until an hour later. They asked if we could be out by an hour which I didn't mind given that the other option was to come back another night.

We started with the 3 combo salad. All I can say is you HAVE TO GET THE "TOMATOS CONFITS"! It's basically just a sun dried tomato salad that they make themselves but it is so delicious. I could have literally had just a giant bowl of that for dinner. The coucous mango salad was also delicious and the beet salad was fresh and yummy. For entrees I had the steamed mussels, which were excellent, and my husband had the lamb meatballs. I found the flavour of the meatballs to be a tad strong for my liking but the home made chutney that it came with was so delicious that I'm still glad he ordered it. My husband really enjoyed his dish so go figure. For dessert we had the "Floating Island" meringue. Wow, I'm still thinking about that dessert. I had no idea I loved meringue so much until I had that dish. It was perfectly sweet with just the slightest hint of salty, with a delicious vanilla custard cream and the whole thing melts in your mouth as you eat it.

The bottom line is that you absolutely must give this restaurant a try. We love food, we love to eat out and we love to eat cheap. Cafe Regalade is definitely on the pricier side of where we like to go but it was so very worth it. I've already told my hubby I want to go there again the next time we want to go somewhere special.

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Maybe we just picked the wrong Entrees
By jawa of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 11:00am [Dine in]

Yesterday we went to Cafe Regalade to celebrate our first anniversary. They had only opened a few weeks for dinner and we were excited to try.

I wish I could split the food review into 2 parts because our appetizers were very tasty (picked the choice of three salads and 4 cheese platter). The salad choices we made were the beets, quinoa-mango, and zucchini. While my husband didn't quite enjoy the zucchini one, I did. We asked the person serving us to pick the cheeses for us and we couldn't be happier. They were delicious (sorry, I can't recall what they were).

For the entrees my husband chose the braised pork (special of the day) with lentils and I the "famous" Le Regalade beef bourguignon. Both dishes were a complete miss. :(

The pork was extremely fatty and not quite "braised" as we had expected. The meat was a bit tough to chew. The lentils tasted ok, but as a food experience it kind of blended together so there was no real variety in the flavour. The beef bourguignon came with 3 pieces and was very tender and just a bit salty. While the meat was good, the sauce/gravy it came in was extremely salty. There were tiny bits of carrot and mushroom cut up inside it which I tried to eat, they too, having been in the sauce, were just too salty. I tried my best to eat it (and I'm pretty tolerant of different foods and we eat out all the time) but it bested me. My husband thinks I'm not supposed to eat the sauce - so I guess the sauce and veggie bits are just for looks and a major inconvenience as I'm trying to drain the sauce from the meat. $19 for 3 small pieces of meat is extremely poor value. Oh, there were also sliced potatoes smoothered in butter, cream and cheese. That tasted pretty good. It's heavy though, but I'm used to the pairing of heavy side dishes with entrees in French restaurants. I left with a headache and woke up at 3 am that night extremely thirsty and bloated.

While the entrees were a huge disappointment, we did enjoy our lemon tart dessert. Not too sweet and paired nicely with some whipping cream and berry compote.

I'm sure they'll do well, they were very busy. Steak frites seemed to be what most people were eating. Perhaps we ordered the wrong thing. It definitely soured our first anniversary dinner. We won't be going back any time soon.

BTW, our female waitress was really nice. We left a huge tip (> $25%) so it's not like we have any personal vendetta against the restaurant, just trying to be honest and suggest trying other dishes for hopefully a better experience.

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Dinner Was Sublime and their Brunch didn't Disappoint
By The urban foodie of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 30, 2011 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

I'm beginning to think that I should have been born a frenchman instead of my pedigree. This is my second post of Cafe Regalade in as many days. Our dinner experience was wonderful last Saturday so we wanted to know if breakfast/brunch was just as good. So we went back on Sunday and you know what...we had a wonderful experience.

Never mind the fact that they serve JJ Bean coffee there - probably one of the best coffee's in town. Forget about big box coffee houses like Starbucks or Blenz, JJ Bean is serious coffee. Okay, enough about the coffee.

About brunch. We had their Lyon and Brittany breakfasts. Both came out piping hot on iron skillets accompanied with slices of french baguette, salad, and the best herb roasted potatoes I've ever had - you know the ones with that nice cruncy caramelization with a drizzle of oil, and smattered with fresh herbs. The Lyon breakfast was nice and simply - a mix of spinach, mushrooms, bacon, and 2 poached eggs in a red wine sauce. Simply delicious.

The Brittany is a egg scramble with shrimp, fish, and mussels. Flavour heaven is all I have to say.

If this is what they eat in the french country-side, I'm moving...but only if the Raye family opens up a bistro out there! My hats off to the chefs. How about a 3rd restaurant? A mobile cart even to spread the word of food to the masses? Merci.

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Delicious food, pleasant ambiance
By annebj of Kitsilano Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

My husband and I both loved the pastries at Steeve Raye before it switched over to a cafe, so we were eager to try out the new brunch/lunch menu. We were beyond pleased. He had the "healthy breakfast", which looked amazing (beautifully presented on a wooden board with attractive white bowls full of yogurt, granola, fruit salad (with a real vanilla bean), two soft-boiled eggs, and several "buckwheat soldiers" (strips of toast) for dipping in the egg yolks. I had the Lyon breakfast (poached eggs, mushrooms and spinach), but a vegetarian version. Even without the red wine sauce (which unfortunately for me is made with veal bones...probably delicious, but certainly not vegetarian) the flavor was incredible. I think there was probably a whole stick of butter in it (certainly not the healthy breakfast my husband had) but wow was it tasty! It also came beautifully presented with some delicious roasted herbed potatoes, slices of baguette, and a green salad.

The coffee was delicious, the service was attentive and prompt, and the ambience was pleasant, clean and neat. I generally prefer a slightly more "homey" feel, but I did appreciate how clean and uncluttered everything looked. We also picked up some pastries and meringues for later (although there were a few nibbles out of them by the time we got home).

We were very pleased and will certainly be going back soon!

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Great bread and butter
By jimmycurN of UBC, Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2012 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

The bread was so great - assuming it's baked for them, I wonder who does it? It's not as dense as say a typical Terra bread. The butter was richly flavorful, despite being served ice cold.

We had a reservation but the place was packed. We were seated in what turned out to be a less-desirable corner on the way to the washrooms.

The food was explained beautifully by our waitress but it turned out to be disappointing. Something like 'barabjan', fried dough pillows stuffed with spinach and cheese, served with a kind of mayonnaise. Not bad. Endive salad, sliced with precision, but very bitter with not enough to cut the bitterness (a few grapes and candied nuts). So just a little of that was needed.

Service was pleasant but not particularly attentive.

I didn't appreciate the flavours of either main dish: pork tenderloin with a mustard sauce, the pork was cooked to perfection but I didn't enjoy the tarragon in the sauce. The chicken fricasse had a thinner liquid than I expected and it was sweet and citrusy. At first I thought it was the duck a l'orange. Weirdly, a few minutes into the meal, they brought out some stewed tomatoes in cream.

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Enjoyed For the Most Part
By Triedit of Metro Vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

This little place is a nice addition to the area of 4th and worth trying out. It was very busy this Sunday noon with a steady stream of people arriving. The service was friendly and attentive. I decided to try the omelette with cheese and a fresh squeezed orange juice.

The omelette came with fried potato, green salad and 3 slices of baguette. The cheese in the omelette appeared to be Brie (the menu did not say) a lovely creamy cheese. For my tastes there was perhaps a little too much seasoning added which overwhelmed the mild cheese-as a cheese lover it was not quite balanced enough for me-but other tasters may find it works for them. Nevertheless, it tasted good and was cooked properly. The potatoes were nicely herbed and spiced and it was a relief to have just the right amount served rather than one of those mountains of potatoes some places pile on that one person generally can't eat. The salad was fresh and lightly dressed-just right. At first I thought a little more bread would be needed but it turned out I was completely satisfied with the amount of food. The orange juice was very good too.

Just after I finished eating there was an unfortunate collision between the host and a server and several waters glasses dispersed quite a lot of water-right into my open shopping bag, all over the chair it was on, the wall and the floor. My main concern was that I had several books in there (not mine) but they turned out to be fine. The staff immediately dried off everything in the bag. Then as I was paying my bill they gave me one of their muffins as a little gift. I just tried it-it was excellent-best muffin I have had in a very long time.

So, I will return as I want to try the sandwiches and a few other items on the menu. I do recommend to others to try it out-I think you will enjoy this new little spot in Kits.

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