Jules offers a menu of hearty, unpretentious French bistro fare in a room straight from Le Marais. Kronenbourg 1664 on tap and a daily three-course table d’hôte for $26 make it as affordable as it is authentic.
Jules Bistro is a nice little jewel in Gastown. The food was good, had gaspatcho and Nicoise salad and both were very nicely made, the salad extremely fresh with top quality ingredients. We were a large party, and the service managed to be very attentive, cheerful, and quick. The bistro itself is fashionable with clean lines- very pleasant to be there. I felt 'cool.'
My only complaint is that in the online menu there is a single vegetarian option (Vegetarian Shepherds Pie), but the restaurant no longer serves it and wasn't willing to make me something without meat, so I was stuck with only appetizers. It's really important to update online info, especially if it involves the availability of meals for a restricted diet.
Had dinner here a couple of weeks ago. I had the $21 set menu (I chose steak with mushroom sauce) and it was pretty good for the price. The salad that came with the meal was fresh and nicely dressed. The bread and butter was really yummy and fresh also (the butter actually tastes like butter and not hard little lumps of lard) and the steak was cooked just the way I like it and the fries were really good as well.
My only complaint is that I substituted my dessert for the creme brulee which was a mistake as the creme brulee was not cooked properly (it was curddled). Next time, I'll probably stick with their set menu.
After seeing all nice reviews for Jules, we decided to have a try on Tuesday March 27. I really liked the decor, the owners made a good job at renovating the place and put a french flare into it. I was excited to discover what the menu will offer. After few minutes (it was 6.30pm) it was clear that the room was over heated. It was too warm and as the place started being busier it was almost unbearable. We tried almost everything. We had escargots, salade nicoise, jambon persillé and terrine de campagne. The salade nicoise was not a real salade nicoise, as there was butter lettuce included, but overall the appetizers were quite good. The place was quite busy so we had to wait for almost 45mn to get our entrees. We had the beef tenderloin, with morels, the cassoulet, the leg of lamb with spices (lots of cardamon i am afraid!). It was quite disappointing. The beans were dry, small and the toulouse sausage was very average with no taste whatsoever. My lamb was nicely cooked but too much spices and hided the taste of the lamb. The vegetables were oK but the puree was scarce (a spoon!). My friend did not like the tenderloin and said the quality of the meat was very poor. The desserts were delivered, the chocolate fondant laid flat and the fondant almost unbearable to eat because too bloody hot!. The next dessert:pineapple with champagne sabayon was a joke. it was disgusting. i am sorry but the taste of pineapple and champagne sabayon mismatched completely and the sabayon was very liquid. Overall Jules experience was like a cheap bottle of sparkling wine, bubbly at first with no taste after all. I was very disappointed by the experience. I love the decor though and frankly this is the only thing positive. For me the best "french" restaurant in town is still "La Regalade" in west van. Jules is over-rated, the decor can trick the clients but for french people looking for a "real experience" i would prefer to go somewhere else .. sorry.
Finally my wife and I were able to drop by this new Bistro after seeing the add in the Vancouver Sun. We sat at the bar as we did not had a res. We were quickly accomodated by a friendly host. The service was prompt, food excellent and the prices very reasonnable. Escargots, Cassoulet, Duck all very good. We'll be back for sure.