La Vallee is an intimate and cozy spot offering a menu of contemporary West Coast cuisine prepared using classic French techniques.
went to La Vallee for valentines day, it offered a special 5 course menu at $48 per person, it was cheaper than a lot of restaurants, so i gave it a try. My seating was early 530pm, it was almost empty when i got there. The place slowly filled up as time went by. It was full when i left which was around 8pm.
Decor is elegant, the brick wall is the highlight of the room, the main color used is orangy brown, which mixed well with the dark brown leather chairs, the carpet is very colorful which is somewhat uncommon for restaurants, but the carpet was very clean so it was good.
Food was good, not outstanding but still good. I had the champagn baked oysters (4 of them, i only expected 2, the sauce it baked in wasnt very flavourful, but once i added a tiny bit of salt and drips of lemon juice that came with the dish, it turned out very well), pear salad which was nothing special, lemon sorbet was overly frozen but tasty and refreshing.
Main course I had the beef tenderloin + crab cake + grilled prawn, the tenderloin was marinated, it was tasty, the prawn was good as well. My bf had the rack of lamb, which wasn't marinated so it wasn't as flavourful as my tenderloin, but the taste of lamb was strong. Both main courses were tasty.
Dessert I had the pistachio parfait, it was better than expectation, it was so smooth and delicious, full of pistachio flavour but not the rough texture, this quality is better than a lot of more upscale restaurants or even dessert place!
My bf had the white and dark chocolate terrine, i think the dark chocolate was mixed with liquor, which i dont really like. The tart shell was tasty tho.
Service is where La Vallee needs to improve. The servers made several small mistakes here and there, and diff servers came to serve us, so the quality of service wasn't consistent, some servers were better some were worse.
One nice touch of the special vday menu is every lady gets a fresh red rose, it was very nice!
My girlfriend and I went there for our Valentine's Day dinner. The 5-course-dinner (baked oysters --> blue cheese roasted pear salad --> mango sorbet --> broiled marinated beef tenderloin --> dark & white chocolate terrine) was nicely done! The beef tenderloin is the best in town. The setting of the restaurant is nice and elegant. It is the perfect place to dine out with your love one!
The free valet parking is a BIG plus, especially around the neighborhood of downtown Vancouver.
The service was average (not good enough).
Our dining experience would be further enhanced if they have more choices of non-alcoholic beverage since my girlfriend and I doesn't drink wine.
All in all, the food, the value, and the ambiance are outstanding (Highly recommended). Service is average (and needs improvement).
From the reviews, I was expecting a little more. I asked the young girl serving us to serve me their WOW dish. It was good. My husband meal was also good. Will we go again, I don't think so. It is certainly a good restaurant for the hotel and worth trying once, as it may appeal to you more than it did to us.
Not sure how this place got listed as fine dining as it is more like "pub food". I decided to give them a shot after reading the reviews and checking out their website. After arriving I was not only surprised that the place seemed like a setup for a hotel's breakfast buffet, not fine dining.
Their actual menu is nothing like their online menu and all the really good stuff listed online is not available when you get there. We were the only people there ALL night and there was only one guy working the place - he did everything from answer the phones to wait the table, which created poor service since despite being the only table there, the phone was constatly ringing (most likely from hotel food orders) and he was rarely available to serve the table drinks or generally provide service. In addition, he obviously had no real training and seemed like he was just trying to help, no knowing the correct serving methods one would expect in a fine dining situation.
The food was okay, but considering the limited menu they had, some of the people at our table ordered off the pub menu.
This place should be listed as casual dining at the highest. Do not go here if you are looking for a fine dining experience.
Was there for DOV 2009 and was nicely surprised, the food was very good for $38 and the service was good too. Nice decor too
Nothing bad to say except for the wine list (very small with no old world wines whatsoever).
I will be back to check out the regular menu and recommand this restaurant to everybody
Went there for DOV 08 last week. For $25, I got both great food and excellent service.
I had game hen for my main course. It was tender but not over seasoned. My friend said his salmon was well done. DOV portion could be small for guys, but for $25, we got more than what we paid for. I saw people next to us got bigger dishes and their food weren't from DOV menu. So the portion from the regular menu is probably bigger.
For service, from the person at the front desk doing valent parking to all servers in the dining room, they were all extremely friendly. Lots of smile and I wanted to tip them more.
We were kind of facing the hallway of the hotel, so the ambiance was just ok. But I think they have a patio. So I am planning to return in summer.
It would be a place to bring your date for a nice weekend dining.