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La Brasserie

1091 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1M5
Tel: (604) 568-6499
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: French, German
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 11:30PM, Sat - Sun: 11AM - 3PM & 5PM - 11:30PM
  • This is a French/German brasserie, serving tasty dishes from those regions. Excellent wine and beer selection. On the small side, they've opened on the Davie strip and raised the bar for other restaurants in the area that cheap and plentiful are just not good enough.

    Tue. to Sun.: 5:00pm - 12:00am

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Just OK
By Norman of Vancouver East (80 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 7:42am [Dine in]

I agree that the music is too loud. I don't see why, it's not a pub. The food: I had the onion soup, which was rather bland. There was lots of bread and very little cheese, which tasted "Canadian". Not good value for $10.00. After that I had the bratwurst, which was tasty, but $20.00 for bratwurst, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes? The service was adequate, but not what I would call attentive. This place is a solid 3 stars, no more.

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Euro-food
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 11, 2011 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

I have been having cravings for European food as of late. When I say "European" - I mean specifically French/German type food. I know that Italy and Greece are part of Europe - but I guess I have been having Italian and Greek food a lot over the years and my palate is turning to food more akin to my own roots - which is northern European and German.

As it is - French food is the epitome of European food - in its preparation and quality.

This brings me to La Brasserie - which has French and German food.

AND IT IS GOOD!!!

I ordered the beet salad to start and the lamb cheeks as my main. I asked the waitress to pair both with an appropriate red. She brought me an Argentinian Melbac with wonderful fennel notes that paired well with both dishes. The beet salad was generously sized and very tasty with fried goat cheese, pecans and almonds along with large chunks of delicious beets and interesting lettuce greens. Mmmmmmm good.

My lamb cheeks were oh so tender and tasty. They were served with mashed potatoes, some sort of veggie puree and ample vegetables (including carrot, cauliflower and asparagus). Mmmmmmmm great!!

I finished with a creme brulee and a coffee. The coffee was served in a coffee press. I was advised to press it in a couple of minutes. I ended up with a perfectly brewed, fresh cup of coffee. The cream brulee was very tasty - although I found the burnt sugar topping just a tad thick - making for some uncomfortable shards of sugar. Other than that - it was a perfect meal.

The bill for three courses, a glass of wine and a cofee was approximately $65 including tax and generous tip. For the quality and amount received - I found this price point reasonable.

The waitress was good. I think wait staff are a little surprised when I dine solo - they aren't quite sure how to respond when I ask for a table for one. This waitress confidently gave me a choice of either the bar or a table. I chose a small table by the window so that I could see Davie Street and people watch. I also like to engage in a crossword puzzle (my date this evening was Will Shortz - editor of the New York Times Crossword LOL!!!)

Although this is a bistro rather than a formal dining room - I found the tables to be a little more reasonably spaced than other bistros. One could actually walk through them as they were spaced at least one foot or so apart. I mention this because one of my other favourite French restaurants (Les Faux Bourgious) has most of their tables spaced a few inches away - so that one is practically sitting in their neighbours lap!!! I found La Brasserie a little more reasonable in this regards.

All in all - I had a good meal and will certainly return again with my husband (Will Shortz will have to stay home!!)

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Very competent, very tasty
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 15, 2010 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

It's a pretty small, compact place that we've been itching to try for a while. Well, we finally got a chance. Luckily, we got the last empty seat in the house, so no waiting. It's a little cramped, but fits in well with the whole "theme" of the restaurant and it's nice to be able to see the kitchen at work right in front of you. You get a nice view of them at work all around due to strategically placed mirrors all around the walls.
Waitress was thoroughly competent. Clearly not 5 star material, but a perfect fit for this restaurant. Absolutely no complaints other than a forgotten ketchup request, which turned out not to be needed.

Some reviews make this place out to be a bit of a "meat fest", but this didn't seem to be true. Very nicely balanced meals all around.

We started with the soup du jour, which was a roasted tomato fennel soup. It was okay, definitely taste the quality, but my personal opinion was that it was a bit too strong, too salty and bordered on being a tomato sauce rather than soup. The mains were a lamb salad and the roast suckling pig sandwich. Let's start with the pork sandwich. It came with a light salad and fries. The salad, while simple, near perfectly done, not overwhelmed with sauce. The fries? Not mindblowing, but very good. Good enough that we didn't miss the forgotten ketchup. The centerpiece, the sandwich ... well, didn't meet our high expectations. Good sandwich? Yes. Good suckling pig sandwich? Not so much. The problems were that the pork was generally overwhelmed by the other ingredients. The pork itself was slightly on the dry side and in terms of flavour, not up to the suckling pig found at many Chinese eateries. I'm being picky here, because we enjoyed the meal.
The lamb salad? That's a bit misleading, it's really a bunch of lamb sirloin chunks (3 of them, quite reasonable size) with a side of salad. The greens were very similar to the previous dish, so no complaints. The lamb was a thorough thumbs up. Done absolutely perfectly, not too rare, dry or overcooked. Exceedingly tender and juicy. It did have a "lamb" flavour that was a bit unique and a bit stronger than normal, so if you do not like lamb in general, you'd probably hate this. If you do enjoy the unique flavour of lamb, this would be a big hit.

None of the mains hit over $14, we left feeling perfectly satiated, but not overly full. Way better deal than the main chain restaurants. Definitely recommended, I hope we'll be back sometime to try their other dishes.

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Awesome service matched with reliable food
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

My bf and I came here for snack last night after reading the review that they have awesome onion soup. So, we arrived at 11:30, unfortunately it's exactly the time that the kitchen closes. Our server however still have us seated and didn't show any kind of push and were very kind to us. We only ordered 3 dishes: onion soup, beef tartare, and poutine, as we just finished dinner less than an hour earlier. The onion soup was very thick and full flavoured, fully packed with braised onions, 2 slices of baguette, and with a generous amount of cheese to cover the whole soup. It was served oven hot and I just love it, my bf however thought that there wasn't enough soup to it, as too much onion. The Beef tartare was pretty good, it was served with 2 long slices of crispy oven dried baguetts. The tartare was mixed with a little horseradish, onion and mayo, and it totally covers the gaminess of raw beef, which was great. The poutine however, was not my favourite, although we both can definitely taste and smell the truffle oil on the fries. The cheese was not enough and it was only 2 or 3 pieces of chewy melted cheese on top of the poutine, nothing incorporated inside. The gravy was also very little compared to other poutines I had b4. In general, I believe that the food was pretty good and we would definitely come back again sometime next week to try the suckling pig, which I heard to b good.
For drinks we ordered imported beer since they hv a long list of imported beer selection at low prices.
The ambiance was very warm, having half of the restaurant seatings at the kitchen bar, which is where we ask to b seated. The chef (we only chatted with the asian chef) was very kind and interactive and that's part of the reason I give service as a 5.

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Unforgettable food - we need more of this in Vancouver
By foodiephil of Richmond (65 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 8:47am [Dine in]

We had oysters to begin, and they were some of the best I've ever had.

We moved onto onion tart and pate, which were excellent.

We also enjoyed suckling pig, rabbit, and mushroom ragout.

The portions were just right, and the flavours were outstanding.

There were little details - like they heated the plates and cups before food service - so they are paying attention.

The dining room is pretty crowded, and though we were comfortable, the table next to us was terribly crammed in, so that we felt bad and gave them one of our tables. Well, it means this place is popular.

Our server was really tired (she told us) - and she didn't crack a single smile the whole evening, and we were a bit put out by her. At the end (tip time, you see...) she apologized, saying that normally they had 3 servers, but this night, they only had 2. I find this an unacceptable reason to be icy cold - hey, this is your job. We can understand slightly bumpy or slightly slow service if you are understaffed, but unfriendly? The other server seemed friendly enough, but alas, we weren't in her 'section' I guess.

What's more, I personally *do* find the other diners can add or detract from the experience of an outing... and whereas we dressed in collared shirts, dinner jackets, proper shoes, etc., pretty much all the other diners were uber-cazh in t-shirts and flip-flops, and what have you. This level of food merits more respect by the diners in my view. Vancouver has some of the best food on Earth, but we really lack a dining culture, and it was particularly acute at this place. Appropriate dress, people!

Anyway, La Brasserie isn't cheap by any means, but it's not a rip-off either. You pay a bit, but you get what you pay for, so it's satisfying.

We will definitely go back - but we will go early again like we did this time - for on a Monday night, buy 7pm, people were standing at the door, waiting for tables.

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Have to give this place props
By madddskillz of Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 29, 2009 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

Haven't written a review on here in a while. But this place is fantastic! Great service and food. I went here twice in two weeks! And in a city with so many great eats that's lots!

Everything on their menu is very good. Try the onion tart and the steak tartare. The Charcuterie plate is also very good!

I think we've tried all of the main dishes and they're all quite tasty. I *think* on sunday they had Ribs as their plate of the day and that was very good. The chicken is great too, very moist and a decent sized serving.

And I found this wine, Hartenburger '05 Pinot Gris (Alsace), quite refreshing and sweet for a hot summers day.

It's a great addition to Davie St.

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Europe is soooo far away....
By 4Thermidor of West End (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

My friend and I just tried this place to celebrate our first year in Yawncouver... just in case we had forgotten this is not Europe, La Brasserie is an excellent reminder. We went on a Tuesday evening, there were a couple of tables available. Music was way too loud, we had to shout to hear ourselves and we could hear what the people in neighboring tables were shouting. We had a beer and a glass of wine, the latter was served in a huge glass but it contained less than 5 oz, not much for a $10 glass of cheap, dull wine. We had the onion soup, it was good. My friend was not very hungry so she had only the duck two ways appy, I had the suckling pig entree. Both were just OK. The duck was a bit tasteless and rather scarce even for an appy portion, and the pig somewhat dry and greasy at the same time. For $22 you would expect something much better, let alone the portion size. For dessert we shared a chocolate "mousse" which tasted like flour mixed with gelatin and sugar, probably the worst "mousse" we have ever had. We were served by two different waitresses, none came to ask how our food was and we just got our glasses of water filled once. We asked for the bill and we wanted to pay with credit but nobody came to pick up the card, after 10 minutes I had to go to the counter. We left a 10% tip which still was too much. We left with a huge nostalgia for even the most humble french/german bistro.... Ach!

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You Should Go!
By peachtree of Port Moody (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 1:31am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I ended up here after other plans fell through on a weekend night. I guess we lucked out because we got seated right away (a few people arrived just after us who had to wait a bit).

Food - People have been raving about the onion tart which I have yet to try, but the onion soup was AMAZING. I cannot recommend it enough. Our main courses (oh my I wish I could remember what mine was called...it was a sweet-sour meat...Darn it.) were fantastic, my boyfriend had the Coq Au Vin. The wine was fantastic and paired nicely with our meals. We had the cheesecake for dessert which was really good, as far as cheesecakes go.

Service: The service was superb. The boyfriend and I both developed a crush on our adorable and knowledgeable waitress! She knew the menu front to back and was very conversational without being intrusive. La Brasserie is lucky to have her!

Value: The wine was good value, although the bottle price seems a bit expensive (glass x 5). The appies and meals were definitely worth the money, and they weren't even that pricey.

Ambiance: It's unfortunate that they don't have a waiting area, because the unseated patrons sort of mingle around the tables. Other than that it's lively, a bit noisy (in a good way) with a welcoming atmosphere. We got the table right next to the window which was great because we got to people-watch and had a little bit more room.

We now compare all our meals out to La Brasserie, mostly for the wonderful service. We definitely have plans on going back.

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Solid option if not worried to wait
By zach_food of Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

Had a good dinner tonight with a couple of friends. The room isn't huge and there are no reservations but the staff do a decent job trying their best to manage tables and turn things around. Sat at the bar to eat, as a big group (15+) had come in prior to us and really limited the tables for the night. Food across the board impressed, with straight forward tasty fare the speciality. Starters sampled were onion tart, French onion soup, and duck confit. Tart was dense and very rich with a nice deep caramelized onion flavour, soup was solid, and confit was appropriately fatty and crispy with a nice red wine reduction. Mains of suckling pig, bangers and mash, and fish special were again well received. Pig was a favourite, with tender meat, fatty skin, nice jus, tasty dumplings and good sauerkraut. Bangers were nice (homemade) and mash was well, mash. Fish special tonight was scallops with stuffed squid – a nice contrast to the heaviness of the rest of meal and perfectly cooked. Sitting at the bar, saw a lot of the food come out and other things to consider trying would be the steak, house terrine, and coq au vin. Beer list is extensive, heavy on the German, and the servers were fairly well versed in giving advice. No desserts but six beers and six courses had the bill come in with tip just over $140. No mains over $20, so definitely a place you can get a great meal on the cheap if you can somehow avoid the beer list and the line.

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Yet Another Boutique Bistro
By artfuldodger of False Creek, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:43am [Dine in]

To recall an observation from one of my previous reviews, La Brasserie is one of the "many small, boutique restaurants" in Vancouver. They are popping up all over the place (La Buca, Grub, Crave, Jules, Bin 941), and they are doing very well. Speaking of Bin 941/942, La Brasserie has chefs and staff from these two popular tapas bars. Clearly, they have brought their passion and creativity with them to La Brasserie.

La Brasserie has a small, well-rounded menu based on southern German and classic French dishes, and an emphasis is placed upon weekly specials: Wednesday, for example, is Bouillabaisse, Thursday is pork schnitzel and Sunday the house takes a diversion to England (whathehuh?) for a traditional roast.

When I ate there last week, the place (all ten tables) was packed, so me and my peeps sat at the bar. Not only did we not mind sitting at the bar, but we would recommend it...especially if you are by yourself or a party of two. We nursed pints of draft Kronenberg 1664 while we watched the three chefs create almost every dish on the menu. I selected the schnitzel - based on what I saw coming out of that teeny, tiny kitchen - and it was amazing.

I would like to take this opportunity to comment upon the famed La Brasserie onion tart. Many reviewers from sites such as Martini Boys and Dine Here have been raving about the onion tart starter. I ordered this as an appy, and I was impressed, but it is not life altering. The $10 duck confit starter, which a member of my group ordered, seemed to be a better value and quality.

I do love this restaurant though. I would eat here again...nice and early to avoid a line-up...like a senior. Just like a senior.

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our first time, but not our last
By bteam of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

as we are regular gastro-explorers around town, we were delighted to find this davie street gem! the place was quite full when we got inside, but we didn't have to wait too long. we were seated at the bar, facing the cooks and we'd say...those were the best seats in the house. it was awesome to watch them prepare the dishes and all of the cooks were very friendly with us throughout the night.

our waitress recommended the onion tart to us for our appetizer and i must say it was amazing. for our mains, we had the fish of the day and the suckling pig. both dishes were beyond delicious! for our dessert, both the waitress and one of the cooks had recommended the carrot cake. we were very full that night and only had half of it, but the carrot cake was very original and unlike any kind of carrot cake i've had before =)

overall, the value was great! you definitely get more than what you pay for.

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One of my favourite local restaurants
By Chasiubao of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

Been here a number of times and experience has been consistently good. Classic french bistro with alsatian options and good value for quality of food. Love the duck confit and onion tarte. Have tried almost everything on the menu and so far everything has been yummy. Most recent meal was the lamb cheeks, delicious!

Great atmosphere, the place definitely captures the ambience of a parisian bistro. Service is a bit inconsistent though. Generally attentive but there have been off nights: I asked for water twice one evening and did not receive a drop!

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Excellent casual french
By luyendao of East Van, Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 10:12am [Dine in]

My wife and I went here for her birthday, we didn't want to spend too much money nor did we want to go to a too casual of a place (i.e. milestones or cactus club)

We were very pleasantly surprised, we showed up quite early around 6:30pm on Saturday and got a table, the staff were very friendly and the place was very nicely decorated. It used to be a fish and chips joint on Davie, but they've converted the small space into a cozy setting.

I ordered the steak and fries, and my wife got the german sausages w/sauwekraut and mashed potatoes, and we shared the mussels in a light cream sauce w/salad. All the dishes were affordable and were very tasty, not too rich. The fries that came with the steak were a bit too salty to my taste. Every meal comes with french and fennel bread with a chicken rillette and whipped butter.

Including a newcastle ale, our bill came out to 75$ including a tip. It's a great addition to David, and the whole time we were there, there was a line-up. The place is small, but it's not cramped.

It's a nice place to dine out without breaking the bank.

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Return to Nirvana
By mcnite of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 8:31pm [Dine in]

Ok, I don't normally return to a restaurant twice in one week; it's not like I'm a restaurant stalker or anything. And I have tons of variety as we're at Burrard and Davie.

But we had relatives in from the valley and wanted them to enjoy a great evening. Dinner and a show. After the first visit, it was an easy pick and we ended up at La Brasserie once again. It was a little more crowded with waits shortly after we arrived, but the food was still at the very high standard established earlier.

We shared two appies: the onion tart which is amazingly good and the seafood terrine, cold and delicious. For mains, we ordered the steak (mmmmmmm), the mussels (described as the best ever by those who eat mussels - sorry), sauerbraten (amazing that I thought this was sausage - NOT - it's more like shortribs) and I had to try the rotisserie chicken. You cannot find juicier more succulent chicken.

Fully sated, for the good of science we ordered the chocolate coffee pie (forget the name but awesome except I hate raspberries (allergy) and there were many touching my chocolate and the obligatory creme brule. The creme brule was easily the best I have ever tasted and there was much competition to clean the plate.

So I pretty much concur with my last review except I might just kick it up a notch. You will not be disappointed with this restaurant, from the food to the service (we had Jerah serve us again and the attentive, professional service was maintained in spite of our somewhat unruly behaviour.

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How the Mighty Have Fallen
By spdracer of surrey (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 1:58am [Dine in]

My family were regulars at this restaurant when it opened... and it was great. Crowded, small, and many times people would bump into the back of you while you were eating... but the great service, food and sense of authenticity were worth it. We dined there at least once a month. As times change our schedule took us to different neighbourhoods and we left La Brasserie for a couple of years. Tonight an unscheduled stop at St Paul's Hospital offered us an opportunity to visit an old friend.

Turns out, our old friend sold to an incompetent new proprietor. The menu was mostly the same but everything tasted like it was well past the best before date. Even the sauces tasted like they were out of a can! Actually, on a rare good note the chicken that I ordered for myself was moist and well cooked but on a bed of limp aged vegetables that with the sauce ruined the dish.

Out of 5 dishes ordered only the Duck was acceptable to my son. When we were asked how the food was I was honest.. thinking that a new chef was filling in on an odd night. During the conversation, with the waiter.. (which I think was the owner,) I learned that the restaurant was sold in August of 2013. The conversation was pleasant enough and I was assured that he would speak to the chef the next day about our experience. The thing that bothered me is that nothing other than that was offered. No opportunity to change dishes or an offer of re-plating new food. No bread or water was even offered.

The two other tables occupied should have tipped me off for a restaurant that was consistently full before.

When the bill came.. nothing was taken off and no apologies. This is the first time in 20 years that I have left without leaving a tip. I worked as a waiter for a time and know how you depend on tips to survive.. but this service was polite, but unapologetic and not attentive to our needs at all.

We left without eating the $100 worth of food that we paid for so we were hungry and went to another french restaurant that we know well. As luck would have it they screwed up a dish as well.. but they made a fresh replacement that was outstanding and refused to let me pay for it even though I insisted.

I hope that the owner of La Brasserie wakes up and learns customer service.. or hires a chef that can deliver. Gordon Ramsey was never so needed in Vancouver! Totally disappointed! Never will go back unless I see a real change in menu and attitude.

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Bland and rather uninspired food
By thill01 of North Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

After seeing how busy this place is, we thought we would give it a try. I have to say the experience was disapointing. The menu leans more to the German than the French side of things. The Suckling pig was OK, not much additional flavour, sauce was very minimal, and I found it a bit on the dry side. It was served with some spatzle and the saurcraute was served as the only vegitable. Normally I would think of that as an accompanyment rather than a main veg. I also found the portions somewhat small. My friend had the roast duck, which was cooked well, but again quite bland and the vegitables were a mere token on the plate. We shared a creme brule for desert and it was quite good, great texture and perfectly done Brule. The wine selection is small but well suited to the type of food. I didn't try any of the beers, but they appeared to have a good selection. While nothing was particulary bad, nothing was also particularly great either. All in all fairly mediocre given some of the competition out there at similar price points. I doubt I would make an effort to return.

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A winner in my books!
By k-eats of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 8:23am [Dine in]

Food: We were seated at the bar so got to see the open kitchen in action. All the dishes looked amazing. When the chef came out from the back kitchen to plate a few dishes, you could see his care & attention to detail. I ordered a few oysters to start, and the mussels & fries (definitely on the salty side, but otherwise delicious), my partner ordered a halibut special. I will definitely be coming back to try other dishes.

Services: Very friendly and attentive

Value: Pretty decent value here

Ambiance: Great vibe, love the bar seating.

Overall, a great restaurant and I'll be coming back.

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Need More Bistros Like La Brasserie Downtown!!!!
By aaronalexander of Westend (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:21am [Dine in]

Popped in there at about 9:30pm on a Tuesday and most places would be at the end of their evening, and wouldnt have given the service or food we got........not at this place.
Went really simple and ordered a stine of german beer, mussells and frites.
Beer........mmm good!
Mussells and Frites, could not have been better!
So tastey, so good, and the service is so underrated!!!

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Great Additon to the West End
By P105 of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 5, 2010 - 2:41am [Dine in]

Came here on a week day with 3 others. Waited about 10 minutes for a table. Service was personable and attentive with a good sense of humor. Our starters included; endive salad, poutine, onion tart, & pâte de campagne which were all very tasty. I had the burger and it was delicious & came with pomme frites which were a bit over salted. Good wine list. Prices were reasonable. Cozy and intimate ambiance. Highly recommended.

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French gem on Davie
By chowdawg of vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

We really are blessed in this city with an excess of fine small restaurants. The missus and I just returned from eating here and I felt compelled to submit this review.
The food, although rich, is truly French. The pomme frites, accompanied by aoili, are the real thing and the burger is house made and fresh and not mass produced and frozen ahead of time as are so many in town. My wife ordered the steak onglet which was tender and perfectly cooked medium rare. The peppercorn au jus was excellent as were the mashed potatoes with garlic and thyme ( I'm guessing here ). The wine list has a number of well priced French wines by the glass and the service was attentive and friendly and not at all pretentious.
The seating was comfortable and not cramped as can be the case with many of the small restaurants in town.
We would, without hesitation, highly recommend this restaurant and we will be returning here often.

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