Le Faux Bourgeois is a causal, cozy French bistro located just off the little park at Fraser and Kingsway.
Had a 6:00 rezo and was seated right away, but the restaurant was also empty. Had 3 starters-the onion soup, a special of tongue and duck terrine, and tarte flambe. Onion soup was good, the tongue was bland and fell apart soon as I tried to cut it and also contained parsnips and carrots that were too al dente for a terrine. The tarte flambe would have been good but was just barely warm. Our mains were much better. I had the sweetbreads-great! My guest had the steak frites. Frites were to die for and the steak was tasty but because of the cut was a bit chewy and sinewy. Quite undercooked to almost a blue rare as MR was requested. Still good and in my mind I'd rather have it undercooked than overcooked. Dessert looked uninteresting. All in all good except when there was a wait at the bar and I had a few "asses" in my face! I will definetely go back to try other things.
A friend raved about the restaurant and we decided to check it out on a Thursday evening. It's surprising how many people had rez for between 5:30 and 6:30. The atmosphere is warm and cozy (albeit it's a bit cool in temperature and very dimly lit. The waiter was friendly - nice service. The beet salad was delicious, a combination of red and honey sweet golden beets. The duck confit was moist and the skin nicely crisp and was accompanied by roast potatoes, beans, and salad - all on top of what seemed to be a red wine reduction. The portions were generous but the salad would have tasted better if it wasn't also on top of the reduction. Hubby had steak and frites. The steak was a bit on the chewy side and frites were slightly over done - beyond the golden stage but not burnt. Our friend's husband had the same the previous evening and the steak was tender. We're definitely trying this place again - you can't beat the quantity in coparison to other bistros but we want see if the quality is there before adding it to regular mix.
This place was definitely more than expected. Although we`d gone on valentine`s day, the service was exceptional and the food was ready in no time. The ambience was perfect for the night and I really enjoyed the food and people there. I was a little reluctant to try out French food when my boyfriend suggested this little place, hoping it wouldn`t be too crowded, but it turned out to be very affordable and the dishes we both had: lamb sirloin and mushroom veggie dish, were scrumptious. Even though their menu is short, it just gives me reason to go back and try everything out. Very excited to go back!
I went to this restaurant for my birthday after hearing some buzz around town. I was amazed by the prices. The wine list and food menu were actually priced in the range where I may visit more often.
We had pate, a beat salad and lamb. Each was fantastic. The portions were perfect in size. Enough to fill the hunger gap while not taking any home. The wine list was pretty cheap. I thought maybe, since it is a French restaurant, there could be more quality French wine. I'm sure there could sell tonnes of good Bordeaux and Burgundy. But alas, we drank a $80 bottle of 2000 St. Emilion. That is a fantastic value!
The service was solid. Our server seemd mostly happy and confident. Maybe the managers could do a little wine training to brush up server's knowledge. But that's not really a big deal.
Overall we enjoyed ourselves and will be back. Can you ask more any more than that?
Keep it up.
What a fanastic restaurant. The food is absolutely amazing. The prices are even more amazing. I think the most expensive thing on the menu was $18.00
The chicken casserole was to die for. Amazing.
There are not enough positive words to describe this great fine. I think the only complaint would be that they only take limited reservations to keep the walk by traffic so it is difficult to get into.
This is a real jewel and well worth the time of waiting in a line.
Highly Highly recommended.
Recently went for my second visit and had a great dinner.The layout is very nice,quite cozy.Although the staff are dressed casually the service was very professional and effiecient.Not a big wine connoiseur but they have a good selection of wines and drinks.
Both times had the beef,the steak et frites are good but the grille boeuf was delicious.It came with au gratin potatoes and vegetables,all of which were nicely done.We also got the creme brulee and lemon tart for dessert,very nice indeed! My only complaints are that unless you want to eat at the bar,it can be tough to get a table without a few days notice.Also,some idiot had tossed a bunch of paper towels in the toilet and flooded it.The staff were on it pretty quick once told of this though. Definitely going back!
Everything about my experience at this restaurant was genuinely wonderful. Upon stepping into the restaurant for the first time, I was welcomed by a warm, candle-lit room, and the lovely French accent of the host. The seating arrangement was cozy but not claustrophobic. I had not made reservations, but being before 6pm, I was lucky to get a stool at the bar. The wine and food came quickly, and the bartender who served me was busy yet still very attentive. The chicken fois gras appetizer was distinctly homemade with its course, ground texture. It blended perfectly with the grainy mustards. My main of sliced lamb on a bed of cauliflower and beans was more than satisfying, and I was impressed by the substantial amount of meat. The sauce in particular was so tasty, I wished I could of licked the plate. For a dinner made with skill and quality ingredients, combined with an elegant and comfy atmosphere, it was great value. The only regrettable thing about the experience was that there was no room left for dessert. The creme brule looked delicieux.
My friends and I went there for dinner last night. I was so impressive by the place, I had to register here and tell everyone about it.
For starters, all of us shared the pate and escargot. At first, we weren't sure about the food. The escargot could've used a bit more salt. The pate is fresh and mildly sweet.
For the main course, I had the duck confit. My other friends had the daily special (lamb shoulder and line caught ling cod). My bf had the tenderloin with shallot red wine jus. All of the dishes were outstanding! The duck just melt in your mouth. My bf's tenderloin was very flavourful. The sauces that accompany our dishes were just to die for! I love every bite of it. The ling cod was cooked to the right amount, not dry and not over-cooked. The lamb was spicy and what my friend would call a "man's dish". Very hearty. The servings were just in the right amount that I can stuff my face with desert at the end!
For that, we all shared a creme brulee and a chocolate mousse. I have to say, that is the BEST creme brulee I've ever had!!
The decor was very cosy. I would've prefer it to be a bit brighter. I couldn't see what I was eating. But my friend thought that was perfect for her (esp. for her first try at escargot). Overall, I thought it was solid. I hope this restaurant is here to stay 'cos I'll be back for sure.
Oh! And DO make reservation. They were packed, even at the bar.
Managed to get a last minute reservation for Saturday night and although it was much earlier than we would normally like, I am so glad we went - what a gem of a restaurant. Location is nothing to speak of, and neither is the restaurant itself, but the food was fabulous - especially when considering the price!
Started by splitting a cheese and charcuterie plate. Nothing special but simple and done well. Next I moved on to a fabulous "alsacienne" tart with caramelized onions, lardon (mmmm) and ricotta over a super light puff pastry. Despite the onion and lardon it actually not heavy at all. I could have eaten two of them - and that's not a complaint about the portion which was substantial, it was just that good. My wife had a cured/smoked salmon dish that was on special that she also quite liked.
The main courses were equally impressive. Mine was a veal chop, simply grilled and wonderful. Full of flavour, cooked perfectly medium-rare. Side of simple vegetables that complimented the veal. My wife's main was the duck confit, which I tried, and another winner. Super flavour.
We both had desserts - mine was a lemon tart that was great, simple and light. Hers was an incredible chocolate cake that was worth every calorie. We actually debated also ordering a Creme Brulee to split but figured that would just be going too far!
Wine list was good - not huge but lots of decent choices by the glass. The service was good, no complaints about speed of service.
The only negative I'd have to say is in the restaurant itself. The middle row of two-tops are not very relaxing with people running past every second ... at several times I thought my wife would be bonked in the head by someone carrying a dish. Didn't happen, I suppose next time we'd just reserve earlier and ask for a table to the side. Oh and of course the lack of online reservations ... it's 2010, this should be standard by now!
Overall was VERY impressed and we will certainly be back!
This must be in the top 5 restaurants in Vancouver! If you haven't tried it, get there a.s.a.p.!
My party and I arrived to a bustling, almost full, quaint little scene - very authentic french bistro, understated and sexy. We were seated in a very comfortable booth and given quick, informative, and personable service! While our waiter was great - not outstanding - in terms of service, his good looks are definitely worth a special mention.
Aside from the fantastic atmosphere - relaxed, yet chic - the food is what really shines at this restaurant! We ordered 4 appetizers and 4 mains. To start, the pate de campagne, escargots de bourgogne, cheese plate, and tarte alsacienne. The pate was phenomenal as were the cheeses and the tarte. I would highly recommend all three. The pate was very generous and full of flavour. The tarte, caramelized onion and goat cheese on puff pastry, was divine! The escargots were a little flavourless, although well cooked and delicious nonetheless, but I wouldn't order them again.
As for mains, two of us had the filet de boeuf, one with red wine shallot jus and the other with peppercorn sauce. They were both absolutely amazing - sauces to die for! I prefer the jus, but both were excellent. The steaks were tender, melt in your mouth, so savoury and delicious. Another ordered the chicken which was marinated in a tasty lemon herb sauce - also excellent! The only dish that didn't surpass expectations was the lamb with ratatouille. Something about lamb demands a rich side dish and the ratatouille was anything but. A little unsatisfying if you're looking to really indulge in rich french food.
I highly recommend this place - bring a date, a friend, or your whole family!
The food is authentic, but I wouldn't say it was properly prepared. On two separate occasions, the food was overcooked: sweetbreads were cold and tough, steak was overcooked, mussels on the rubbery side from being cooked too long. Yet, my friends -- whose taste I trust in food -- went on another occasion and enjoyed the salad with lardons. This leads to me to believe that if you play it safe and order small plates and avoid seafood, you should be okay. Either that, or it's just a case of it being very hit and miss, a problem that I don't have with other French bistros in Vancouver.
One thing I'd like to add: I made a reservation there for my friend's birthday, and even called back to change the number of diners to 2 and confirm the time. My friend arrived to find there was a reso for 4, for an hour later. They sat us at the bar, as they had no table for us, and claimed that I had made the change myself. Turns out, they had called the person above me in the reso book and that person had made these changes, and it had been written over my name. After all this, I would have expected that the next table coming up should be ours, or complimentary drinks while we waited, or SOMETHING. But there was nothing, not even an apology from the manager. And the server did not speak to me the entire evening, which made ordering awkward.
This little bistro tucked away in East Vancouver was pretty busy on a Friday night. Upon arrival on an early Friday evening (5:30pm), I must have seen two or more cop cars cruising by, but don't let that deter you from frequenting this place...The ambiance is warm, and casual, the waiter was friendly and laid back. He was also very patient with our orders, and answered our question. We started with the Scallops ($11) upon our waiter's recommendation. They were cooked perfectly and very tasty, and rich, the delicious cheesy mayonnaise sauce complemented our baguette pieces well. For entrees, I had the Duck Confit ($16), and my companion had the special of the day-a duck breast cooked in a grainy mustard sauce.($19?) It was done very well, and about comparable to real Bordeaux fare in my opinion. We ended the evening by sharing a Pear Tartlet ($7) (also very delicious too). It's a great restaurant, if you can get in. Well worth the effort. Go early (for line ups or resos...)
Food is great and cheap.
Staff is friendly.
Must try the Pate serves 2-3 people for an appy. The Portebello mushroom is very savoury. Wine is a good deal.
Location is great, lots of street parking. But must book 3 days in advance for a table, its always packed even on a weekday. Only open for dinner.
Finally got a chance to go here. The food was amazing and good value. The wine list is very reasonable and the atmosphere is lively. It is a very busy place indeed. The salad chevre chaud was beautiful, the cheese plate was delicious and the entrees were divine. I will definitely go back. They offer a vegetarian option for french onion soup as well which is amazing.
Our server seemed a tad overwhelmed by the volume but all in all it didn't matter because the food was outstanding.
The wait is definitely worth it. I'm happy there's a place like this in the neighbourhood, its about time! A different take on what I usually know of French cuisine, it a little bit more rustic and home-style, which i love. I enjoyed our cheese place and the chocolate mousse is something I would come back for. I had the duck for my main and it was mouth watering. The only dish i was disappointed in was the mussels. I did not like the sauce, it was a bit bland. Besides the food, the best part was the bill at the end. Great value. The portions were generous and it was very flavourful.The service was quite fast for me and very attentive. I love the room, it was casual yet a great place to take a date. Can't wait to go back again.
We have been to this place way too many times now and I can't beleive we have not written about it yet.
So here we go.
It has been consistently great since our first visit over a year ago. Every dish they make is perfectly done and decent portions. From a solid Fremch Onion soup - better than what I make - and salads and pates that take you back to a small town in France this is a awesome experience. Moules Frites are to die for - the best fries in town. The mains are solid from lamb to the steak and even the portebello mushroom dish. Wine list is decent and nothing in this place is over priced like so many other places in this category all very reasonable and the service - especially at the bar is great. Food and atmosphere is unpretentious..if you closed your eyes opened them again not thinkign you where in Vancouver you might think your in a small bistro in France.
Come early if you do not have a reservation as you will want to get to the open seating at the bar to get a spot - first come first serve ..oh ...and you definelty will want to try the creme brulee
Les Faux Borgeois is a great restaurant. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is just like it says in its name. The onion soup is delicious and the steak frites are also wonderful. My only complaint is that it is rather difficult to get into so make sure you make a reservation. One of the best places in town.
My friend and I both had steaks and they were so tough we couldn't eat them. Since this is supposed to be one of their specialties, we were disappointed they would serve such inferior cuts of meat. The ambience was great but it didn't make up for the poor meal.
Tried this place for the first time this week and I absolutely LOVED it! It's right up there with one of the best French restaurants in Vancouver. Had the halibut and could not believe how amazing it tasted. The portions are on the tiny side but oh so tasty and reasonably priced. The bread was free and tasty... excellent service and they cater to your every whim to ensure your experience is most pleasant.
FOOD: The quality and the flavour of all the dishes were amazing! The portions were large...especially for a french restaurant. Two people could share a salad or some of the appetizers. We just could not get over how FLAVOURFUL everything was! We sampled eachother's meals and appetizers and loved every one of them. For appetizers, I would recommend the "Salade de chevre chaud", "pate de campagne"," tarte flambee alsacienne". For main course I would recommend the "fille de beouf grille" or "portobello mushroom parmentier" (best mashed potatoes you'll EVER have!) For dessert, I had the lemon tarte which was a little to lemony for my liking, though still good. The creme brulee was apparently amazing, although I did not try it. The milk chocolate mousse was amazing...not too heavy, nice and light!
SERVICE: Good service, attentitive staff, they didn't leave us waiting forever for our food. No pretentious waiters here!
VALUE: Best value I've seen! No food item is over $19 and the portions are much larger than you would find in another french restaurant!
AMBIANCE: Nice ambiance, casual but still has a sense of formality. Not noisy.
OVERALL: We loved it and would go back again and again!