Le Faux Bourgeois is a causal, cozy French bistro located just off the little park at Fraser and Kingsway.
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.
Visited Les Faux Bourgoise last night. Arrived at 7pm, did not have a reservation but were seated at a nice table near the back of the restaurant. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. We orderded some drinks, they have a decent wine list and a nice beer selection (Kronenbourg and Boris, my favorites). My date ordered the Chevre salad and the Fish of the day ( salmon with pui lentils, carrot and some other veg) both of which she said were excellent. I especially liked the presentation of the slamon, skin on and perfectly cooked. I ordered the Nicoise salad and steak frites with green peppercorn sauce. The salad was very good, well dressed with capers, olives, baby white and purple potatoes, beautiful tomatoes and greens with a piece of seared tuna (albacore?) and a anchovey fillet. The steak frites was no suprise; very nice french fries, perfectly cooked steak (hanger?) and a well balenced sauce.
The only complaint (albiet small) was that our server forgot my second beer and I didn't recieve it until after I had finished my meal. No big deal, The waiter apologized and we were happy to enjoy the atmosphere.
With two drinks each the bill came to $82. Pretty good for an excellent meal in a relaxing and comfortable setting. I will be back for sure!
This is a solid addition to the post economic collapse market, value dining scene. The food was generally very good (the appetitzer alsacienne tart, which was lovely, if a little subtle). The bread was adequate, if less than fresh by 9pm on a Sunday night but the beef filet in red wine shallot jus is worth the effort. The veggies were simple but not overdone, the potatoes gratinwere nicely and thinly sliced and layered and the jus itself was excellent, with just enough peppercorn to highlight the perfectly cooked steak, all for $19.
The wine list occasionally has some extraordinarily low markups (if applied unevenly) but needs to reflect its restaurant name more seriously. Still, a decent, complementary French red for $55, once decanted, speaks to a good effort.
Desserts were a little disappointing and smallish, as was the americano afterward.
Mediocre service was masked by the waiter's outstanding French accent but the noisy restaurant, with uneven lighting needs upgrading in straddling the line between fine/casual dining. It might be different on another night.
This is a crowded marketnow, thankfully...I look forward to a repeat visit and an evolution...
We called on Friday evening and were lucky enough to book a dinner reservation at our preferred time on Saturday (9PM). We arrived right on time but had to wait for about 15 minutes at the bar since the table before us was lingering. No matter, as we ended up with a nicer table in the end, sitting next to the window as opposed to a spot in the middle of the floor. Service was great, attentive but not intrusive, though we did notice it slowed down somewhat as it grew later in the evening. By far, the most impressive thing about this place was the food. To begin, I ordered the florentine tart with a small tomato salad while my husband had the warm chevre salad. Both were unbelievably good with just the right flavours, textures, and portions. For mains, I had the chicken with mashed potatoes and greens and my husband had the tenderloin with the red wine jus which was highly recommended by our hostess. My husband raved about his meal and as for me, I can only say it was one of the finest chicken dishes I can recall eating at a restaurant in quite some time. For dessert, we shared a creme brulee accompanied by two strong americanos. My husband had a shot of frangelico on the side but I was fine sipping the rest of my wine, which was a delicious malbec. The wine list has a great selection and is very reasonably priced. All in all, our first experience eating at this restaurant was incredible. It will definitely be one that we put on our list for frequent visits. We can't wait to go back!
What more can you ask for? I've been here before, but this time around we had more people, which means more food variety! Our server was really nice and competent. The last time we were there, we had a really good French wine. We didn't remember the name and just explained the wine to the waiter and he came back with the exact wine. For appetizers, we had the scallops, pork pate and french onion soups. The scallops (only two) were a bit pricey for $11, but the dish was done very well. Reminded me of oyster motoyaki. I wasn't a big fan of the pork pate only because I don't really like pork. I don't have too much experience with pate so I can't comment on this dish. I like the Vietnamese pork pate a bit better. The french onion soup is to-die-for. This is the BEST french onion soup I've ever had. You get "stuff" in every bite (bread, cheese, bacon bits, onions). The filet of beef is really good, as with the steak and fries. We also had the ling cod. I didn't try any of that. My friend said it was good though. So, after 4 appetizers, 4 entrees, 2 bottles of wine, and a dessert, the total bill was $200-something. What a great deal, considering I paid $200-something for only 2 people at Le Crocodile...
Atmosphere here is great. It's not pretentious at all. Highly recommended.
It's amazing how many these French bistros popped up in Vancouver in the last couple years.
Anyway, my friend and I went there for a early Friday dinner with no reservation (we got there before 6pm and was allowed a table for until 7pm). And the restaurant was packed by 6:30pm, so definitely make reservation.
Service was good, very friendly staff, although I think they should have a f/t host person. The room is rustic, got a lot of original architectural details that are quite charming (the tile floors, the exposed wood beam ceiling).
The food is the basic French bistro fare. We ordered the onion tart and onion soup for starters. And they are both good. For main, we both had the duck confit. I liked the crispy style duck, but my friend said it could be crispier. However, we both agreed the complementary sides (green salad and roasted potato) did not go well with the duck. The dish lacks the flavors that usually come with this traditional comfort food.
At the end, we both feel that maybe the expectation was a bit high before coming, so I am not sure I would be rushing back. However, I can see that in this economy, a lot of people who want to have a nice night out for dinner, but don't want to break their budget to choose a restaurant like this one.
I had heard a lot about Faux Bourgeouis, and yes, there's a bit of hype. Do reserve your table, as it was busy the whole night and I don't think I saw a table empty for more than the time it took to clear and clean it off. We talked for 10 minutes after the bill came and went, as we digested, but the waitress came by to let us know our table was reserved for another group, and we quickly left. We weren't surprised, and certainly not offended. The ambiance was decent, and unpretentious, from the non-table-clothed tables to simple bar and walls. Our food was very good. We did wait a while for our entrees, but we could tell the kitchen was going to be busy. Our appetizers however, arrived promptly and I enjoyed my french onion soup while my friend had a salad. The soup was very very generously topped with cheese, and much better than the french onion soup offered at Mistral's, as this one was based on a delicious complex brown stock, and changed my mind on french onion soup. Throughout the meal the waitresses came by several times to fill our water, and we kept ourselves entertained until our mains arrived. When it did, I was not dissapointed. The canard confit arrived and was decent, although I would've preferred mine a little crispier (Here's where Mistral's would take the blue ribbon), but the dish itself was not bad. It came on a bed of frisee, along with green beans and perfectly crispy roasted potatoe halves, with a vinaigrette sauce. My friend had a sausage and mash which wasn't presented as well as the confit, but the slightly spicy sausage was quite good (couldn't taste the cinnamon, but could find the trace of nutmeg in it), and reminescent of a fancier lean pepperoni. We finished by sharing a creme brulee, which was a just a little too sweet for my taste, but still smooth and enjoyable. Total: $63.
A great addition to the neighborhood and to the vancouver restaurant scene. Ambiance is great, feels and looks like a real french bistro. Service was a bit lacking (and very slightly snooty) but the place is also very busy.
The mussels were really good and surprisingly fresh for their big size. The fries on the side were crispy and the perfect thickness. The mains, however, need a bit of work. We ordered the duck and the another lamb or beef dish, but they tasted exactly the same, except for the meat - they both came surrounded with the same or similar slightly-too-salty brown sauce that french dishes often come with.
The wine list interesting though, as it has a few wines that you don't see too often on Vancouver wine lists. Would go back for appies and wine, but probably not for dinner
I went here tonight and thought it was great! My friend made a reservation a week before & all we could get was 8:30 though I asked her for 7pm. They called & asked her to change it to 8:45 which was fine. They thanked us very much when coming in. The place was packed solid! I had the escargot to start, she had the vegetarian french onion soup...both really good! I loved our cute french waiter! :-) Big smile! For entrees, I had the steak frites - yummy!!! She had portobello mushroom something...(She did go at great lengths to explain how good it was to me knowing I'd write, but I was to into my steak frites to listen! The fries & peppercorn sauce were excellent.) I had a couple of glasses of champagne, she had creme brulee - real tasty - wish I would have had another bite!!! Bill was only $70. They don't take Amex & don't have interac so I did have to run across the street to an ATM. Great dinner! Pleasant surprise! I highly recommend it!!!
we ate there recently. we made reservations two weeks in advance and were told that we could only have a table for two hours maximum. they then called just to make sure we remembered that we could only stay for two hours...seems this is two hour max is standard.
we arrived on time a little early and stood in line until we could be seated at a very small table in a row of small tables running down the centre of the room. one side of the room has a padded bench seating running along the wall with chairs on the other of the tables. i generally don't like to be seated in the centre of a restaurant but these tables are definitely better than being crammed along the wall. the food was good but the restaurant was very noisy and it's hard to have a conversation. the service was so so-not very friendly and the server lost interest in us after she realized that we were going to have a glass of wine each and not a bottle.
it looked like the folks crammed in along the wall were having an even worse time talking then we were. we actually left before our 2 hours were up and escaped to a quiet coffee bar to have our lattes.
i have related my experience at les faux bourgeois to several other people who wanted to try it- they are now not interested in going, as one put it' "this is vancouver, there are lots of places that have great food", she also likes to have conversation at dinner. anyways we won't be back-just not worth sitting there amid the noise and crowding.
French classics. Simple dishes but perfectly done. Service en français that knows its wines and food. Great simple decor and a lively but not overwhelming atmosphere. French food at these prices doesn't get any better.
Only downer is the four-beer tap. In a city-- and province-- with this many excellent microbreweries, there should be more-- and different-- brews on tap.
Dined here on a Sunday night with 4 other friends. Reservations are recommended. Service was friendly and attentive. The ambiance is cozy. I really enjoyed my french onion soup, mussels and fries, creme brulee & americano. My friends had fausse nicoise, escargot, mussels & fries, lamb sirloin, snapper, beef tenderloin, side mash potatoes, side green beans. My friends were also very impressed. Portions were decent and prices were very reasonable. I highly recommend this restaurant.
I've been on a bit of a French cuisine run these days, so after a great experience at Salade Des Fruits, I decided to try Les Faux Bourgeois upon a recommendation from a friend.
I shared an appy with my friend, which was a florentine pastry. It was good, but not amazing.
I thought that set the tone for the rest of my meal, but luckily, it didn't. It only went up from here.
My friend ordered the Moules et Frites because she loved it at Salade so much that she just had to compare the two. And I ordered the Canard Confit because I've been deprived of well-cooked duck dishes.
I was pleasantly surprised with my duck. I got an entire leg/drumstick part. It looked like it would be dry, but when I tasted it, the skin was lightly crispy, and the meat was moist. The sauce was delicious. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. The vegetables also tasted really nice, and did not taste overly heavy.
I tried a mussel from my friend's platter. It was tasty! You can taste the freshness of the mussels because the sauce is a lot more mild than the one found at Salade. I liked it a lot, although because I'm not a shellfish fan in general, I would never order it myself. The fries, hands down were way better than any fries at any restaurant. So crunchy, even after they cooled down, but it still had moist potato on the inside. The mayonnaise complemented the texture so well.
I ended my meal with a Chocolate Silk Cake (I was told this was a must-have), and was it ever delicious! It's like a Chocolate Ganacha with a pecan crust, essentially. Very rich, very smooth, and melt-in-your-mouth good.
The atmosphere was a bit louder than I would prefer (you can barely hear yourself talk), but it did look nicer than just a cafe. Seating was cozy, but not overly squishly.
Hard to public transit to because it's in an odd intersection.
Overall, loved it. I would recommend Fauxbo to anyone and everyone :)
For starters I had the Coquille St. Jacques which I found was rather plain and somewhat dull: good scallops; uninteresting sauce. My dinner partner had the Escargots de Bourgogne, which were very good: succulent, with a complex interesting sauce.
For wine with starters we had the Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc 08, which was fine.
For mains I had the Bourguignon d'Agneau which was nothing short of superb: rich, filling, very satisfying. My partner had the Filet de Boeuf Grille, which was very, very good.
An earlier review complained about the steaks being tough. I suspect they ordered the Le Steak Frites, which is a hanger steak, a cut of meat that is neither known as nor intended to be a tender cut of meat.
For wine with mains we had a Chateauneuf du Pape 06, which was actually a bit of a disappointment -- I should have ordered the Chateau Gigondas, which would have been a much better match with the lamb and the steak.
And that brings me to my only real niggle about the restaurant. The wine menu is poorly constructed in that it frequently confuses a wine type, sometimes its locale, with the wine's vintner or the winery. For example, under the column listing the vinter or winery it listed Chateauneuf du Pape, which is a locale, not a vintner. There were several instances of this error. This is a lazy trend I've come across in several restaurants recently, wherein the restauranter, or perhaps the individual in charge of designing the menu, appears to not always understand the difference between a wine type or locale and the wine's vintner or winery. This adds unnecessary time and effort having the waiter bring several bottles of wine to the table so I could find out who the vintner is.
Some of the wine prices are amazingly reasonable. Tip: try the Chateau Gigondas.
All in all, I highly recommend this restaurant for a fine french meal in a charming atmosphere. Comfortable and delicious.
We waited a long time to get our main course.. maybe an hour. We were in the restaurant a total of two hours. By the time the fourth basket of bread was brought around I was too full to eat the salad that they forgot to bring out earlier (I think they comped it though), let alone the main course. Our two tables were very wobbly and kept sliding around on the floor. And the generic techno music was very repetitive and burned a hole in my skull! Even the waiter couldn't hear our order; he mentioned the music was too loud himself! Plus it was hot as a sauna inside due to all the bodies jam packed in there.
On the plus side, my lamb cheek was very very tender. Ridiculously tender. All the food was great, no complaints there. I was just too full from bread to enjoy it but the leftovers in the fridge are sounding appealing right now as a 2 am snack. I hope to go back sometime and try more stuff on the menu.
Having moved from Ottawa where I am spoiled with amazing French cuisine, I've been thoroughly disappointed with most "French" restaurants in Vancouver. Have been looking forward to eat at Les Faux as it's always fully booked and many excellent reviews.
The food in general is decent. Had the French Onion soup which is ok for Vancouver standard. Not enough flavour though. For main course, I had the duck breast and confit risotto. I thought the duck was somewhat overdone and the dish was too salty to my liking. My other friends had beef filet and snapper which apparently was ok but not spectacular.
Overall, this is a decent bistro, but I don't see how it should have 4-5 star rating. The menu items are quite standard bistro fair. I am still waiting for someone to open a REAL good french restaurant in town.
after three attempts with full bookings, we finally got in this evening.
had french onion soup, tenderloin, and the creme brulee.
the tenderloin was cooked perfectly as requested. lovely presentation.
my sis had the mussels.
we shared the creme brulee. it was wonderful. tried to make it last, by each sharing, each taking our turns, taking small scoops.
this is definitely the type of restaurant that i can see would draw people from all over the city, because there aren't too many french restaurants of this quality.
when we left, there were many groups of people waiting outside for their table.
a suggestion, though, would be to have, maybe, hanging planters at this time of year, because my seat faced out, and i could see the street sign 'kingsway'. but, hey, this place has made this east-side location work by word-of-mouth. lower rent, than if, say, they were on thriving main street.
cute male waiters, too. :)
Have been here quite a few times and have always had great food. The service is great at the restaurant; however, sometimes when calling for a reservation, the person on the end isn't super friendly or accommodating. In terms of food, everything we have tried has been very good - salmon, steak frites, tenderloin, lemon tarts, etc. Good atmosphere. Will go back.
I had read the reviews here and was so excited to try this place!
I wanted to love it!
We arrived about 7:15 on a busy Wednesday night and managed to get a table for 2 straight away. We were promptly offered water and had our orders taken by a friendly French waiter. We sat for about 40 minutes waiting for our appetizer, and were then brought a basket of bread. 15 minutes later, another basket of bread and an offer of a free glass of wine which was a nice touch... but man, we were getting hungry for more than white bread! When our appetizer arrived (the onion tart) it was slightly burned and not as yummy as we'd hoped. Our entrees arrived another 25 minutes later. My bf's lamb was great, but my salmon special's potatoes weren't fully cooked (a woman at the next table had the same complaint and sent hers back!) and it was very salty. Good value for the money - but the incredibly long wait was just too much. We left the restaurant 2 hours after arriving!
Our lovely waiter was telling us other diners how backed up the kitchen was, and thanking us for our patience (after our meals had arrived) We would have appreciated being warned and given the choice of staying or not, as we hadn't planned on a long dinner. I understand this place is new and I hope they manage to iron out the glitches that might have led to the time thing. It's such a nice spot, the ambiance is great and the service was friendly - but the food wasn't phenomenal and the wait was just too long.
I have been here two times since it opened just over a month ago. I thought maybe I was a bit lucky to have it so good the first time I went.
The food each time that I have been has been fantastic! I had the french onion soup for my starter....it was so rich and hearty and not too, too salty. The steak and fries are some of the I have had in Vancouver, and cooked exactly how I asked for it. The duck confit was moist and flavourful. I have had the lemon tart and the choclate mousse for desert. Both were good, but the crust on the tart was just slightly tough. It was still very nice tasting though.
I am interested to see what else the restaurant will offer as specials as the place 'matures'.
The service for me has alsways been fast and friendly. The staff are knowledgable about the wines and the food. It seems as if the like to work there as they are always laughing and quick with a smile.
What I truly love about this place is the room itself. I love the warmth of the wood...and the classic lighting. Everything seems so cozy and well thought out. The bar is great.
I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anybody I know. I believe the quality of food is among the highest in the city. I look forward to going again and again.