Le Faux Bourgeois is a causal, cozy French bistro located just off the little park at Fraser and Kingsway.
A decent place, offering good wholesome food, traditional recipes, typical bistro ambiance - a nice slice of French life in Vancouver, but it's not Paris.
It was a busy Friday night but we had reservations and were seated promptly, despite confusion when calling to make them. Hint - don't let just anybody pick up the phone to accept reservations at your restaurant. Our friends were delayed a few minutes in the snow outside, and while we got an aperitif quickly, they had to wait more than half an hour for theirs. But at last our orders were in, bread arrived (**my pet peeve - we've made the effort to get here, and you're making yours - just slug a roll or two down on the table while you tell us you'll be a few minutes before you can take our orders. Don't make us wait in silence until we've ordered and our tummies are grumbling from all the other delicious food we see being served around us**) and the kitchen worked quickly to get them out amid a sea of other diners. Meanwhile, the bistro buzz took over the room, made conversation a bit difficult, and so too would the lounge/new jack/acid jazz music when it got a bit too loud, but the decor is really quite exotic and practical, all in one go, so one doesn't mind waiting.
Service from that point on was prompt and professional. A Fausse Nicoise was pronounced tasty, a cluster of escargot were tender and garlicky as expected, the cheese platter was not commented upon. Possibly a better choice for sitting at the bar with a glass of wine. Mains arrived - the duck confit lacked the crispness and the full flavour of a week's basting in fat followed by a really hot oven just before serving, though the accompaniments were up to standard. The cassoulet was hearty but lacked flavour, possibly from fewer than the usual extravagant number of ingredients found in the recipes of other pricier establishments around. The portobello mushroom main was pronounced tastier than one might expect and nicely sized. No comment on the steak frites, although that would be my try next time. Wine accompanying was well chosen - no deals here, but no ripoffs either. An exotic list.
Dessert shines - a few simple recipes and all light and well done, simple coffees are well brewed, and properly handled specialties. and we got out on time as promised to make our concert - good work to the wait staff after the late start.
Dinner for 4 with wine and dessert for less than $200 - this is a good deal. In sum, there are enough staff around to make this place work really well, and the knowledge is good. Love the ambiance, but the kitchen needs a little work to make sure it's turning out dishes fit for the advertising. We'll try it again on a less-crowded day.
All I can say is this place is like a Parisian brasserie. Lively but not raucous. Jeans and tuxes can happily co-exist. Staff is very friendly, casual yet professional. Food is very good value. Wine list just right.
What a juxtaposition in this neighbourhood. Talk about going from "pho" to "faux" [wink]
Their downfall ..... long waits if you don't have a reservation. Then it's off to either Pied-a-Terre or Salade de Fruits !
My husband and I dined here the evening of October 17. We had early reservations at 5:30 and were the first ones there. The restaurant filled quite quickly and room was packed by the time our food came. Its a casual space and felt to me like an old parisian restaurant (only it was new furniture made to look retro). The food is solid and honest and classic french bistro. My starter was the chevre (goat cheese) salad (tasty, and the cheese still had the rind on it - yum), followed by the lamb sirloin - done medium rare to perfection. The only problem with this dish was that it didn't have a carb component to it so our bread basket was refilled a couple of times. I always have mousse whenever I can at french restaurants - the texture was silky and just sweet enough but could have used more chocolate. The service by our very french waiter was attentive but slow - something that this only 1 month-old restaurant will improve on I'm sure. Great addition to its neighborhood!
Went with the wife for an anniversary dinner. Food was delicious, service impeccable, and portions generous. We went because of all the wonderful reviews. I'm not a big fan of French food, but it was very tasty. Definitely recommend it. The garlic mayo dipping sauce for the frites was delicious. We were able to secure an early reservation and managed to finish before the allotted time allowance.
For a restaurant that's lined up almost every night i was expecting something extraordinary...maybe my expectations were too high?
food: the flavours were complimentary, the portions reasonable - good food, good price. the standouts were the tart and the steak frites...duck was served luke warm & the skin was rubbery - not crispy like it should be.
service: not a fan of the incredible informality. If it weren't for the tray, i wouldn't be able to tell the servers from the clientelle. Frayed low-rider jeans? really? they didn't know much about their product - where beer or meats were from, etc. Or what they were out of until *after* we ordered it.
Ambiance: packed, loud - two things i love. i'd appreciate it if their banquette tables (normally deuces) would lock together when used for larger parties. we spent tonnes of time re-aligning & holding our tables together whenever someone moved.
Overall - I'm sure I'll be back at some point. I don't think it'll replace Trafalgars Bistro for food & professional service; or Bistro Bistrot for location/scene.
Have been there a few times, and each time fantastic. Most recently, I had the best birthday party reservation there ever. Saturday night, and 13 of my closest friends...all of whom I've raved about the restaurant to for months - only to deliver above and beyond the great review and recommendation I continue to give this restaurant.
The food size is portioned perfectly. One can have an appetizer, main, and dessert and not feel like bloated hog, but still feel healthily satisified...and you will be satisified. The appetizer special was two large scallops in a light cream sauce served on a sea schell ($8). The Canard Confit ($15) was suckling, presented on some mixed greens. My dessert, Crème Brulée, had been set and chilled perfectly, while the top was hot, carmalized, and crunchy as it should be when served.
My Parisian French server was friendly and sassy, a quality I admire, and recommended a bottle of Pinot Grigio ($28 - pretty good price) we could not pass up. All in all, the food and service was great, and the low light candle-lit atmosphere paired with the mirrors on the wall, makes for a romantic evening if one desires.
Check it out, and then you know why I rave to my friends about it.
I only have 1 thing to say really.....one of the best eating experiences at a restaurant that I've ever had. From the moment I walked in until the moment I left, it was fantastic. The service was great, the food was amazing and I was with great company. What more could you ask for. There were 6 of us and we each had something different. No one spoke for about 20 minutes and all you could hear was mmmmmmmm....
What a grand little spot in the heart of Mount Pleasant! We unfortunately had no reservation (the wait for a table was 2 hours!!!!!!), but scored a couple of seats at the bar which turned out to be a great way to savour a sampling of tres, tres tasty wine at very reasonable prices, well concieved, delicious appetizers (the mussels, pate, and onion tart) and some good conversation with other bar stool mates. Service was friendly, prompt and knowledgeable. Congratulations to the owners for taking a gamble on the area - We will definitely be back with a reservation in tow!
After hearing the buzz about a new French restaurant opening in my neighbourhod I had high expectations. I'd heard they intended to provide great quality food for reasonable prices. I was not disappointed.
The food was delicious: the organic chicken pot au feu was perfect, the vegetables & various sorts of mushrooms with it perfectly cooked & tender. I enjoyed the broth so much that I asked for more bread to mop it up... The lingcod seafood special also had clams & a good variety of mushrooms. The fish was melt-in-your mouth & delicate in taste. The portions were big enough to satiate, but don't go in expecting heaps of food like at Red Robin or something.
We also had a glass of wine each, both BC wines, which I was impressed to see were not completely underrepresented on the wine list. The lemon cream tart was exaclty that: lemony, creamy & tart, not too sweet. My husband's creme brulee was simple & tasty. The presentation was a little austere, however, with not a snip of garnish or accompaniment whatsoever.
I loved the ambiance of the place. Lots of polished wood, warm enough, not too noisy even though the place was packed. The layout was intimate but still left us space for privacy. We didn't feel crammed in next to another table.
The service was friendly & efficient enough without being annoyingly attentive. Our waitress was new, but she didn't make any mistakes & our food wasn't slow in arriving.
For two entrees, two desserts & two glasses of wine, our bill came to about $60. Well priced for the quality!
My only complaint with the place was that the prices on the menu & special board were a dollar or 50c lower than the bill. The discrepancy only came to $2 or so, but they need to fix that...
To sum up a wordy review: make a reservation (this place was packed on a TUESDAY) & GO!