Le Faux Bourgeois is a causal, cozy French bistro located just off the little park at Fraser and Kingsway.
We arrived a little late for our reservations, but the restaurant held our table and seated us immediately (was a full house).
My dinner companion ordered a glass of wine (sauvignon blanc) which was delivered promptly.
We ordered the salade de chevre chaud, and the season spot sprawns provencal. The salad was crisp, fresh with crunch toasted walnuts, sweet roasted beets, and tangy raspberry viniagrette. The prawns were fabulous, seared tender and sweet, prepared with lemon butter, tomatoes and capers.
Our entrees were the saumon poele (pan roasted salmon) and the cabillaud (ling cod). Both were very good, prepared just right with a light charred crust.
Did not stay for dessert, as we were out of time and had other commitments.
Our server was attentive, without being intrusive, and very helpful with explaining the menu choices.
Room was simple, clean, lots of wood tones... room is a little compact, but acceptable.
Ate here with my wife last weekend. The place is cool, small, unique, authentic. We sat in a very tight corner that wasn't very comfortable, kind of reminded me of sitting on a plane and not having any room to move or you will bump the person beside you.
Appetizer - I had the french onion soup for $8 and it was very good! The broth was one of the best I've had.
She had the pate for $10 and thought it was just ok.
Entree - I had their special, pork cheeks with white beans for $18. Was a good rustic kind of dish. Reminded me of a good home cooked meal.
She had the Duck Confit with lentils for $17. It was a little bit dry.
Dessert - I had the chocolate mousse for $7 and it was good but I've had better.
She had the Creme Brulee for $6 and loved it.
Service was great here.
Overall I thought it was a nice place, food was good-great depending on what we ordered. Prices are good as well. I will return but I'm in no hurry.
Food should have 3.5 stars. We started with the escargos and pate and for mains, followed by the salmon for me and the steak for my bf. All of the food was cooked perfectly, and the flavour was classic French. While the food wasn't very innovative, it was all very well done and well presented.
Our server was experienced so no complaints there.
Definitely good value for the quality of food served, as some fine dining places can't even cook meat as well as Les Faux Bourgeois.
With the closing of my beloved Corner Suite restaurant, I will definitely be frequenting Les Faux Bourgeois a lot more often.
Went later on a weeknight and reservations are recommended but not necessary. There are seats along the bar if desired. Started with the escargots - very good and tender and onion soup - very tasty with a good layer of cheese. Tried a salad with goat cheese and was very nice. Had the lamb shank for the main and it was very tender and the sauce paired well with the lamb. Tried a bite of the chocolate cake, and it was more of a dense mousse than a flour type of cake, very good. Service was great and nice atmosphere. A good value for the portions and quality of the food.
Food: i had the frisee aux lardons which was a warm vinegarette salad with a poached egg on top. ive never had a warm salad but this was sooo good!! my b/f had the beet salad. im not a beet lover but this dish was very tasty! for the entree i had the organic chicken pot au feu. it was a fairly large size with lots of fresh vegetables! this was sooo delicious and so non-greasy. my b/f had the grilled beef tenderloin. the beef was cooked perfectly, the sauce and sides tasty. we wished we had room to try some desserts!!
Service: very busy. definitely make reservations or you will be waiting disappointingly! we had reservations but still had to wait about 15min. the ppl at our table was taking their sweet time...no other table freed up the entire time so we understood. altho the place was packed our server was still very attentive, polite, informed us of specials, food came in a timely manner, and we were checked up on.
Value: beet salad was $8, warm salad $9, chicken $16, and the grilled beef $19. the beef was the most expensive item on the menu. prices are comparable to say cactus club or earls...for the same price i'd rather come here! eat healthier and better!
Ambiance: packed and busy!! dont be surprised to be seated very close to your neighbors. a majority of tables was drinking wine. everyone appears to be fairly relaxed enjoying their food and drink. interior is very warm and tasteful.
Overall: i will definitely be returning and have recommended this place to my friends. do give it a try but make sure you make reservations and dont wait till the last minute to do so...cuz if you do, they might tell you they're not taking any more reservations for the night!
After hearing about and reading reviews at DineHere.ca, I wanted to try this East side restaurant. It was my birthday, so I asked dear hubby to bring me here and we got the grandparents to watch our two children at home.
We had reservations for 5:30 and we arrived right on time. This is my only quibble with the evening, the restaurant was still closed and the staff were still finishing off setting up. It was a mild evening (even for January) and we didn't mind waiting outside this time. However, if it was raining or very cold, I would not have been impressed with showing up on time and meeting a locked door. The wait was only five minutes and, when the door was opened, we were greeted warmly.
Now, onto the actual review criteria:
Food - OMG - it was so good. Everything was cooked perfectly. Hubby had the scallops - they were divine. I had the onion tart - perfect. We also had a cheese platter - all served at the right temperature!! The mains were also perfectly done. Hubby had the beef tenderloin - cooked exactly to medium as requested. The veggies were the perfect balance between firmness and tenderness. My salmon was excellent - flaky and wonderful without being either over or undercooked. The potatoes were perfect. Even the kale was cooked just enough to be enjoyed without eating raw or overcooked. The flavours were subtle and enjoyable. The food itself was allowed to shine without overzelous seasoning. However, it was just the right amount. I noted that there was no salt/pepper on the table - it was not needed. A skilled chef prepared the food perfectly so that extra seasoning was not required.
The service by our waiter was great. The young man knew the menu, actually discouraged us from ordering too much food (he let us know that the portions were generous). He also was willing to ask a colleague for a wine recommendation when requested by me (I respect that wine knowledge is a specialized thing that takes time to acquire - good on him for approaching a fellow staff member for this information rather than just shrugging or, worse, making something up.
The value was outstanding. Between hubby and myself, we had two glasses of bubbly, three glasses of regular wine, three appies, two entrees, one dessert and two coffees. The quality was fantastic, the portions generous and the service great. The final bill (with tax and 20% tip) was $166. We would have paid at least $50 - $75 more at any other restaurant.
The ambiance was solid - it was not "fine dining" in the form of table cloths and linen napkins, the staff were dressed casual, but clean. The room was simple, with just the right lighting. The washrooms were clean.
I am so glad that I had a chance to try this place. We are already planning on returning for hubby's birthday!!
I was taken for my birthday, so I wasn't paying the bill, but I will go back when I am paying. The meal was excellent, the service was very good and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. You must bear in mind that it is relatively small and crowded and somewhat noisy, but it is a bistro. It is hard to believe that it is so busy on any weeknight. It goes to show that Vancouverites do appreciate good food at a fair price.
I came here last night with my bf after hearing so much good feedbacks for this restaurant. The place was a little dark for us but I guess that's the style of French bistro. We arrived a little past 10:30 pm and the place was about half full, I would say that it's pretty crowded for a Thursday late night. Since, I wasn't that hungry we just ordered 3 appies and an entree. We started off with: Onion Soup which flavour was great, not too heavy yet not too light either. My bf thought there wasn't enough onion in it though although I thought it was fine. The other one was escargoes which was a too bland for the both of us, though the bread underneath it was perfect after soaking all the garlic and oil. Next, we had the quail salad which was awesome, there was tonnes of beets, which is my fav. The whole quail was halved and it was cooked perfectly, so tender, the sauce was a little too sweet for me though. As for the lamb cheek, it was pretty good, very tender and tasty. We also ordered a bottle of my fav, Dr. Loosen's Reisling. The best part was the the price for the dinner cuz after tax & tips it only came out to $110. I would definitely come back again for more!!!
So my SO was craving French food and mentioned this new place she'd heard of, so I decided to take her here on a night out. I tried calling to make a rez, but guy answering phone was quite rude. Couldn't get in until 9pm which was too late for us. Decided to just walk in. There was an empty table when we arrived, but they'd only offer the bar to us. Btw, that table remained empty the whole time we were there.
Once we were seated, the service was good since the bartender was our waiter and it was easy to get his attention. He never asked if we wanted another round of drinks, but made sure our water glasses were filled. Food was served in timely fashion, not rushed in between courses. He also was thoughtful enough to ask if I wanted to switch my fries in my entree to a salad instead, since our appy already had plenty of fries.
Our meal was fantastic. Had 2 appies, french onion soup (delicious & not too salty like most other places make it), and moules mariniere. Mussels were good but a little bland, came w/ generous serving of freshly made frites. Entrees included duck confit (melt-in-your-mouth) and steak frites (well-made and seasoned). Just a small complaint about the steak: my serving had a string of tendon in it that was difficult to cut out or chew through. Dessert was the creme brulee (creamy and tasty, but nothing extraordinary) to share. Would have tried another but were too full.
Ambiance was that of a typical French bistro. Lively and crowded, but LFB was quite dimly-lit. Would've preferred it to be just slightly brighter. "Specials" board was difficult to read if you're in back half of resto. Clean washrooms.
Value gets a solid rating. $100 for 2 appies, 2 entrees, 1 dessert & 2 drinks is quite doable, IMO. We'll probably go back to try more of the menu when we can get a reservation w/o having to book several days in advance.
My husband and I came here to celebrate our milestone anniversary. And it was a terrific choice! The food was unbelievable!!
My husband (MH) started with the French Onion Soup. This has got to be the BEST onion soup ever!!! Not too salty and just enough cheese and bread!! I had the Alsacienne Tart or caramelized onion tart! So flavourful!!
For the main course, MH had the Bouillabaise. He couldn't believe how much seafood was in the dish. He loved everything about it!! This dish came with a large slice of cheese bread to sop up the broth. I had the Ruby trout and I am so glad I did! It was so tender, mouth melting, so flavourful . . . so delicious!!!! I savoured every bite! My fish came with fingerling potatoes . . . perfectly roasted and tender young green beans!! I was very surprised what a large portion I got for the price I paid!!
With our mains, we ordered a side salad each. I wish the waiter told us to order one instead of two. One would have been plenty!!!
And of course, we had to have dessert. MH had the Milk Chocolate Mousse which was very light and very delicious. I had the Passion Fruit Tart . . . and again I was so impressed by the flavour!
We had tea with our dessert. I expected a higher quality of tea and not Twining . . . so was very,very disappointed with that. My tea had no flavour even though it was Earl Grey. And believe it or not, it almost ruined everything. If everything was such high quality, why can they not serve a better brand of tea, and even charge more.
The service was ok. Our waiter was not very attentive. I watched him with the other tables and he was the same to them as well. There was absolute no interaction. He was a bit more pleasant at the end of the meal, and I would assume it was because of the tipping. The hostess was not overly friendly, kept us waiting at the door for a good five minutes.
I am not into noisy ambiance . . . and close tables. I like my space, and I like my privacy when eating and talking. I would have preferred to have sat at the bar as the service there seemed to be excellent. And I would have been able to talk more with my husband and hear what he was saying.
Total cost was $115, including tip . . . with a Caesar so more if MH had wine. I would probably go back as the value is excellent but would sit at the bar instead of at a table.
Thanks to the folks that brought us Go Fish and Jules for bringing this french gem to the Eastside. We sat at the bar during our first visit and enjoyed very friendly service from our bartender. Had great conversation with our bar stool mates while we savoured our pate.
Food: well made country french fare like cassoulet or duck confit.
Service: attentive, non pretentious hosts/hostesses and servers. they warmly welcome you and give ample time to enjoy your meal.
Value: incredible value for entrees, most items within the $15-$20 range. Good portion sizes but don't expect any take-homes.
Ambiance: this is where LFB takes the cake. The vibe is an authentic mix of Parisian chic meets casual west coast. Great place for friends and family.
I have heard of this place for eons especially via friends...say you gotta eat here!! With little preparation, I had to book this joint 3 weeks in advance and still only the 7pm slot was opened.
After 3 weeks of waiting, myself and my buddy and his wife entered into another world...actually reminds of Paris at nite. I do have to mention...parking is a bit weird as the restaurant is located in a odd cross section of Kingsway and Fraser. I was luck enough to get a parking spot in front of a store next to the restaurant.
Back to the inside, just love the low light ambiance...would be great for dates but not this time. We got seated right away and the place was pretty full. Starts off with a complimentary french bread of course!! I decided to play it safe..I ordered the appt of salad de chevre chaud ( goat cheese crustini, greens and raspberry viniagrette) and the main of steak frites ( hanger steak med.rare with peppercorn sauce and a mountain of french fries). My buddy got the traditional onion soup and pork tenderloin with potato gratin. His wife got the escargot and the moules mariniere ( mussels w white wine with french fries). The verdict...pretty nice to look at..in fact some people took pictures of their meals including my buddy and his wife. Taste....awesome..my salad was a nice start..sweet, salty, nutty....and my steak was like butter...the fries were crispy and not greasy.I skipped dessert as I was stuffed but they had classic creme brulee. I asked the two birds how were their meals...all superb.
My tab was about 50 bucks with glass of red, tax and tip. All in all , excellent meal and good company. Will definitely be back.
I love this place! I have been here on numerous occasions and it constantly blows me away. It's location is slightly odd, but as soon as you step inside you're transported to another world.
The female staff (even on the phone) are curt to the extreme but efficient, the servers are fab and knowledgeable on their wines. The food is consistently delicious and hot.
Reserve early, this place is packed no matter what time of day you go.
My partner and I went here over the weekend to have a lovely dinner for two. We had an awesome time!
It looks like a true French bistro where things are worn and have lots of character. Restaurant is super clean, as are the washrooms.
Service was attentive and very helpful. There was always someone walking by to refill water, wine, get bread, see if we needed anything, etc. They had run out of our chosen wine, so they suggested another at the same price point, and brought out a generous sampler to see if we liked it. That alone qualifies for excellent service.
Food was awesome. Bread was soft and chewy and the butter was sweet and rich. I had the goat cheese salad with beets and my partner had the french onion tart for appetizers; followed by lamb and beef for mains; and creme brulee and the lemon tart for dessert. All the food was fresh, expertly prepared, and delicious. I was delighted that my lamb came with lots of vegetables.
Bill with tax and tip came to about $130. For the quality and quantity of the food, wine and cocktails we had, I consider this exceptional value. If I lived in the area, I would be back every week for moules frites and wine at the bar.
I hesitate to write a negative restaurant review because one rule I really believe in is you don't mess with someone's livelihood. So, I will try to balance the negatives here with some positives...that's the best I can do. I think it's important to let people know what not to order so maybe their experience will be better than my friend's was. Negatives - My friend ordered the halibut, and it was not cheap. It was also not fresh. This is inexcusable if you're going to charge a fine-dining price, and in Vancouver to boot, a fresh-seafood mecca. Were they trying to save money at the market by not buying top-quality halibut? Shame on you guys. The server handled my friend's displeasure with great savoir faire, took away the fish, and brought her her second choice, the only veggie main-course option on the menu. It was mediocre at best, and my friend didn't finish it. Positives - 1) The server was very professional. 2) They spiked my French coffee with a whole lot of cognac, possibly to atone for the bad halibut. It was delicious, and appreciated. 3) The bread was good 4) The cheese plate was good and reasonably-priced. 5) The chocolate mousse was good. 6) The escargots were good.
I should also point out that the place was packed with happy people. So, why not give Les Faux Bourgeois a shot, but be wary of the fresh fish and the veggie main-course options.
After my visit to Paris a few months ago, I wanted to try a french restaurant in Vancouver. I started with the tarte alsacienne which was excellent, my companion had the onion soup which she rated as good but not great. For the main course I had the beef tenderloin with a green peppercorn sauce which was very good.
My companion had the lamb which she said was excellent (she knows her lamb). The service was excellent.
After trying several times to get reservations here, we managed last night to snag a table for 8pm. When we arrived the restaurant was 90% full of what looked to be locals (young people 20-35, Main Street boho types). The room was fairly dark and simply decorated, no need to dress up here. We were seated and shortly after our server came to ask if we wanted drinks and ran through the specials. We ordered pâté, escargots, goat cheese and frisée salad for starters and two steak frites, filet de boeuf and special snapper for mains. We were served a basket of very good baguette and butter. The wine list is short but very well-priced with some unusual items. Starters came after about ten minutes. The escargots are six pieces served on crunchy pieces of baguette in a garlicky parsley butter, exactly what you would expect and delicious with the bread from the bread basket to sop up the extra sauce. The pâté also was delicious and nicely textured. Mains were served within ten minutes of the starters being cleared away. The steak frites were both perfectly cooked, one medium, one medium rare, with a crust. The flavour of the meat was excellent. The frites were served with a garlicky mayonnaise. The fries are of the frozen variety but were perfectly cooked. We had lemon tart and milk chocolate mousse for dessert. Overall, this is perfectly executed bistro food served by friendly, competent staff in a simple setting, at a good price. No wonder they are so busy. Other bistros take note!
Just went there on a Tues night and we could not get reservations until 7:30 pm. Even when we finished at 9:30 there were still people coming in.
Food was very tasty, I had the french onion soup (skip the bacon, it made it not very traditional), the onion tart and the frisee salad (too much bacon) but the poached egg was nice for a warm salad. My friends ordered the beet salad, escargots, lamb stew and the steak.
Service was only okay. I think our waiter was tired and he definitely had "French" attitude, didn't want to engage in any conversation about the menu items. Maybe he was overworked, looked to only be 3 servers for a very packed restaurant.
It was good to try this place out but I will probably not go back, too busy and noisy. Not much room between the tables. One lady nearly knocked over my friends glass of wine as she tried to get out of her bench seat and you can hear your neighbour's conversation real easily.
Dined here with a friend on tuesday night at 630pm. When we arrived, the restaurant was already pretty much at full capacity except for the bar. Our server was nice enough to explain some of the menu items. We decided on escargot as an appy. I thought the portion was very generous, it had a nice seasoning but was just OK b/c it didnt taste too fresh. I ordered the stewed lamb for my main which came with mashed potatoes. I was blown away by the lamb stew! It was flavorful, tender, and just plain delicious! The mash potatoes were also very very good. My dining companion had the steak frites. I tried a piece of his steak and it was soooo good. Cooked just right. We ended with the creme brulee which was also delicious. Overall, I thought the food was delicious, definitely can't beat the value, and would definitely go back to try the duck confit. Make sure to make reservations!!
I came to Les Faux Bourgeois with not a lot of expectations, because while I love French cuisine, restaurants usually don't live up to their reputation (ahem Le Crocodile).
LFB surprised me with their pricing and the quality that accompanies the low pricing. All the entrees (all of the food items actually) are under $20! Obviously wine is an exception. The decor was very nice, not the most chic; and the ambiance was somewhat upscale, though not pretentious. Which I appreciate.
The food: I went with a few friends, so we had the cheese platter to share. I forget which combinations, but the platter came with pear slices, honey jam and dry figs! Yum! I ordered the duck confit, which was somewhat of a fail IMHO. The duck was too dry, even though it was supposed to be cooked in its own fat. We also ordered all of the desserts of the night to taste. I highly recommend their creme brulee and lemon tart. Tres délicieux.
Overall, I recommend this restaurant if you want good food in a nice setting that wouldn't empty your wallet.