Le Parisien is a casual French bistro serving morning coffee and pastries, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Executive Chef, Tobias Grignon, has come up with the bistro menu featuring items like roast chicken for two, cote de boeuf, croquet monsieur, moules et frites, and omelettes.
Came here for my final dineout for 2012.
I ordered the $28 menu dineout at this place, being not particularly impressed with the $38 selection (plus I don't eat lamb).
It's a small restaurant where seating is a bit awkward because some tables are at strange angles and so my table cut into the booth of another table, etc.
Ambience was OK. What I did appreciate was the chef coming out to greet people and serving his dishes, asking what we thought.
Portions were very small. I ordered the calamari to start, and while it tasted OK, slightly too soft for my liking, there was probably 12 nickel-sized pieces in the bowl.I guess it almost served more as an amuse bouche. I ordered the Duck Confit as the main course. It was good, but I wasn't blown away. I remember liking Mistral's a lot more (too bad MIstral is nevermore). The sauce was not memorable, the duck was tender enough, but not very flavourful, and the side dishes were quite lacking. The dessert I had was the lemon tart. It was good, but not fantastic.
Service was mediocre. Our lady server seemed slightly short with us from time to time. The chef was pleasant though.
Overall, for $28, I preferred other French restaurants I visited in the past (Fleuri, Fauxbo, Salade, Mistral) over Le Parisien.
I wouldn't warn people against it, but it's not a place I'd particularly want to revisit in the future. Just average on all counts.