At Pied-à-Terre, classic French dishes are anything but rustic. Enjoy a traditional pre fix bistro lunch or linger late into the evening over Coquilles St. Jaques and a Campari. This bijou restaurant is your new home away from home.
A delightful neighbourhood bistro, Pied-à-Terre seats just 30 people. Free of formalities, classic French cuisine has all the room it needs to shine
Had a fantastic dinner the other night. Ordered the table d'hote (limited 3 course menu): mushroom soup du jour w/ truffle oil, fillet of trout ala grenobloise (lemon/caper sauce) and chocolate mousse. It was all wonderful and delicious; perfectly prepared. The creamy soup was possibly the best mushroom soup ever. The trout was fresh (not fishy at all); served with baby potatoes, asparagus and green beans. The chocolate mousse most likely was prepared earlier in the day but it arrived slightly cool just right temp ... velvety texture and all of it way too rich! I will be back for lunch where the table d'hote is a third cheaper!!!
I was blown away by the transformation of the space from what it used to be. Now it has an elegant, posh, warm and very cosmopolitan ambiance (more London/NYC than Paris but it works). The curtain at the front door covers only half of the whole entry way & every time the door opened a cold draft blew in (it defeats the purpose of having one there).
To top it off the service was first class! All three servers were courteous, friendly and unassuming. They worked so well together - I was MOST impressed.
Just a perfect addition to Cambie Street!
First impression. We arrived shortly after our arrival time but still had to wait. But, that's a good thing as it tells us that this place is popular. The wait wasn't overly long, and the waitress made a mental note that we were a couple and explained that a window table is available if we wait just another couple of minutes. We gladly said we'll wait.
Let's jump to the food. EXCELLEEEENT. Everything from the French bread in the beginning to the dessert in the end was really, really good. I do confess that I don't know much about French cuisine but I often simply ask whether I like it, and this time, I liked them all.
The seared scallop tasted fresh. For entree we had the duck breast with duck confit, and veal medallions. Both were very tasty and not salty at all, which is important because we could then taste the wine in the sauce. The portions were generous, and the warm salads that were part of the entree were superb.
We finished with a creme brulee with candied pecan nuts on top, and cognac soaked prunes in the bottom. Apparently it won an award for best dessert, and we could see why. And again, the portion was good enough for two. Even the French dark roast coffee was good.
Prices were very reasonable at mid to high 20s for entrees. The only advice we have is make reservations. There are only 30 seats and it's not hard to fill up the place. The only bummer is that they open for lunch only on Fridays. But the interesting part about that is that they don't have a set menu for lunch, because that depends on what is fresh and available on that day!
Pied-à-terre is a small restaurant serving simple French bistro-type food. The menu is limited but does offer a range of classic bistro food from steak-frites, to poulet rôti etc. One dinner companion chose the three course prix fixe menu while I and my other dinner companion chose à la carte. We stated with Alsatian onion tarte. What arrived was more like a quiche, rather than the classic tarte à l'oignon alsacienne one would expect in Alsace, but it was quite flavorful and was accompanied by a small green salad. The soup of the day was reported to be very good as well. Two of us ordered the beef short rib bourguignon which was very rich and very good. Portions were quite large and for me, at least, would have been two meals. My dinner companion found the steak frite very good but found the roquefort-mustard sauce he had chosen a bit too salty for his taste. The main course was accompanied by glasses of very good French wine. We were all too full to order dessert and so shared my companionès prix fixe dessert of crème caramel renversée, which was good.
As one reviewer noted, the wine list (all French) is limited, but I found it adequate and appropriate for the menu. I did agree with one reviewer that the wine prices are a slightly pricey, but given that all the wines are French, this is probably to be expected.
Unlike some reviewers we had no problems with the service which was pleasant and efficient. The wine may be slightly pricey but we found the price for the food to be quite reasonable, particularly in relation to the quality. We will return.
My friends and I decided to give Pied-a-terre a try; we'd been a huge fan of Parkside and spent a lot of time staring at the menu onlline. We called to make a reso for 8pm and strangely we were told that if there was a late rush, we may need to leave at 10pm (which we found odd because their website said they closed at 10:30... how quickly would they need to eat ?!).
The room was very small but nicely decorated (very modern bistro feel). Music was playing but it was barely audible (not that I'm suggesting that it be all you can hear but I would've liked to drown out everyone else's conversation).
The food was phenomenal - better than I expected (although I don't know why - Parkside has been my favourite restaurant for years).
We ordered the french onion soup, onion tart and foie gras parfait for appetizers (the parfait was so light and rich - just as I remembered it). For entrees, we had a beef bourgignon, the poulet roti and I chose the veal chop feature - the best veal chop I've ever had - perfectly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth tender. The only downside was that it was overly drowned in a delicious shallot sauce/gravy. Desserts included the chocolate mousse, the pot de creme (which turned out to be my favourite) and a half order of the cheese plate.
The service was incredible - all 3 on the floor looked after us and their knowledge, suggestions and overall service didn't miss a beat. One more suggestion though - they should get an espresso machine. It would satisfy those of us who aren't fans of drip coffee and would likely minimize the number of patrons who stick around for free refills (and make the needed turnover an easy one).
We will definitely be back (already looking forward to it!).
My wife and I went out for dinner.
From the outside it looks great: Small, great menu.
Starters were good but main were less than ok - dry and boring.
Desserts were no more than ok.
Not a cheap restaurant - seems like owners believe Vancouverites will settle for anything with a French name regardless of the quality.
Huge minus - no bar, limited wine selection, forget about coffee at the end.
Waiter was rude and abnoxious.
Also - restaurant very noisy and crowded.
We won't be back.
This place appears to have hit a home run and has been packed since the day it opened. Their success is deserved. It offers a lovely, fairly quiet bistro atmosphere, with a good, simple French-inspired menu. It's the kind of place that's nice enough for a special occasion dinner, but casual and inexpensive enough to treat yourself to on a regular evening out. We had green salads, steak frites, crispy chicken (that night's special), chocolate mousse and a lemon tart brulee -- all were excellent and delicious. Including a half litre of wine, which was $25, the meal came out to about $100, pretty reasonable for the quality of food and ambience. It's a tiny restaurant so reservations are recommended or you may be in for a very long wait. It's also not the place to go if you want to have a long, social dinner where you linger -- they remind you that it's a two-hour turnover for tables, and you will be asked to leave if you exceed the time by too much. But we found two hours was plenty for a relaxing dinner that included appetizers and dessert. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place, and look forward to going back soon.
My brothers and I decided treated my dad and his girlfriend to a nice Father's Day dinner. We were a party of 5. Upon entering the restaurant, the ambiance was quite intimate and streamlined. We were greeted cordially, and were seated promptly.
The server that helped us had a cheerful and pleasant disposition and was quite patient with us as I had to translate for my father. They took care to make sure our wine and water glasses were filled, and that we had plenty of bread (presented on bill spikes). However, one of the loaves had a long piece of auburn/brown hair baked right into it.
1 onion soup
2 foie gras parfaits
1 steamed mussels
1 frog legs
2 lambs, medium rare
1 organic sirloin avec pommes frites with onion wine sauce, medium rare
1 prime rib eye avec pommes frites with blue cheese & mustard sauce, medium rare
Lemon and berries
The onion soup and mussels were properly executed. The foie gras parfait was over-whipped, and lacked depth of flavour. The terrine had nice colouration and texture, but the flavour was also quite one-dimensional and seemed under-seasoned. The frog legs were over battered and over sauced, thus almost completely overpowering the delicate sweet temperament characteristic of the flesh. It tasted more of batter rather than meat.
The lambs and accompaniments were cooked properly and well-seasoned. The rabbit was braised a little too long, resulting in toughness and loss of flavour of the meat. It actually tasted like really gamey chicken. The sirloin was cooked properly, the sauce was rich but slightly over-salted. The rib eye was a very thin cut, and was cooked to medium instead of medium rare. The blue cheese and mustard sauce accompaniment was WAY too salty. The pommes frites that came with both beef dishes was over-fried and rested too long (resulting in cold, hard fries), and seemed like it was from the bottom of the container, as there were many end pieces.
The lemon custard was way too sweet, but the tartness of the blueberries cut the sweetness.
We also ordered a half bottle of red and a glass of white. The total bill came to around $245 after tax. Throughout our 2-hour dining experience, the smoke from the kitchen wafted into the front of house at least 3 times, causing sub-par visibility and air quality. When the server took away our entrée plates, she did not inquire about the quality of the half-eaten rib eye.
I had heard many good reviews about the restaurant, but my opinion is that they do not live up to their reputation. No one in our party would opt to go back to that establishment.
Pros: great service, classic French comfort food, fresh quality ingredients, nice cosy decor.
Cons: location (drove past 3 times before I found the place), quite noisy inside, food lacks wow factors.
Will go again, but only when I crave for the classic French cuisine. Also, I'd actually put this place in the price range of $30 and up, not $20-$30.
This is going to be a very brief account of my evening at Pied-à-Terre, and as you continue reading, you’ll find out why. Upon arrival, I was immediately impressed. This was reminiscent of the bistros and street-side cafés I dined at in Paris.
Pied-à-Terre, the newest restaurant to join the Parkside and La Buca family in Vancouver. This was a “bistro typique” in the sense of simple decor, simple classic bistro menu, good lighting, great noise - everyone so close together, tables blending with each other’s conversations, etc.
The menu immediately made me feel at home; my favourite comfort or “soul food” is that of classic French bistro - duck leg in a bowl of juicy cassoulet beans; steak frites with herbed compound butter dripping down the sides of the meat; foie gras parfait - perfectly seasoned - served terrine style with stewed figs and a micro-green salad.
We place our order for a bottle of 2003 Crozes-Hermitage with the steak tartare ($10.5)and foie gras parfait ($12.5) to start. Both of these starters were recommended by a friend, so we were excited to savour the delights. The food is said to be so delicious here, and great price point. It was the truth so far.
Here is the problem: the manager comes over before the wine or appetizers arrive. The hood exhaust has shut down in the kitchen. Health laws state the if smoke during cooking cannot be sucked up an exhaust hood, one must cease cooking immediately. We change our wine to a half litre of Domaine de l'Auster Faugères 2003, Languedoc, and anxiously await the arrival of our cold appetizers. Let me tell you this; despite the lack of hot plates, the appetizers were incredible. Hands down the best terrine style foie gras I have ever consumed, and the most velvety steak tartare; perfect. The wine was amazingly paired.
I look forward to going back to Pied-à-Terre and sampling the other items I was unable to savour during the faulty exhaust hood incident!
First time here for me and the missus and as with their other small restaurant ( la Buca ) we were duly impressed. The food is sublime, the service friendly and informed and the ambience cozy. Nothing is perfect in life however. My wife ordered a glass of wine and we were both shocked at how small a pour it was! If it was 3 ozs that would be pushing it. We are accustomed to this in Yaletown and refer to it as the "Yaletown pour" You folks need to offer better value in this end of things and then my review would be 5 stars all the way
This is my fourth time at Pied-à-Terre over two years, and each time it gets better and better. We were quickly greeted in a friendly manner, and this set the tone for a wonderful meal. I started with the lamb tart special which smelled and tasted delicious. This was followed by the rabbit which was rolled and wrapped in ham. Very tasty and and a hearty serving to boot. My dining companion started with the onion tart followed by the duck breast. The duck was accompanied by a very tasty melange of vegetables. Service was quick and friendly. My only regret is I had no room left for dessert. Can't wait for next time!
I don't know why I would write about this deal because it'll just make this join busier and harder to get reservos. But honestly, for $25, this steak is the best bang for your buck in this city. Extremely tastey and perfect portions. Great timing and execution by kitchen staff and served to paying customers with perfect temperature.
This was our first time at this bistro. My wife and I have been searching for that "special" bistro since our favorite restaurant on Thurlow closed down. As a professionally trained chef (x chef), all I can say is "WOW!" The food was awesome with that classic french country flair which we love so. For an appetizer, we shared a piece of "tarte onion Alsacienne" which was yummy. We did get the recipe from our waiter, and will try it at home.
For the main, I had the best duck confit ever - accompanied with a duck stock reduction/balsamic cream sauce on a bed of plump home baked beans, and a half grilled peach, which I thought was quite unique. The sauce was so flavorful, and matched the duck perfectly. My wife had the chicken gallantine with red wine reduction, which she also loved. Again - full of flavour.
For the dessert we shared a very custardy "like creme brulee" with plums on the bottom and home made praline on top - again - so rich and delicious.
We also had a couple of glasses of red wine with our meal. The selection isn't huge, but it is well thought out (thank heavens they don't serve Yellow Tail). As a french wine lover, it was pleasant to see a good selection of french wines at decent prices. The Chateau Haut Vigneau (Bordeaux) was perfect with our mains. Although the wine was served too warm, they did chill it for us when requested. Why is it that restaurants serve red wine too warm and not at "cellar" temperature (17-18C, 60-65F) like they should? The wine prices were reasonable compared to other restaurants, where they way overcharge for wines!!
The service was excellent also. Our only complaint was that our server would sneak out for a smoke now and then, and come to our table smelling like a chimney - PU - not a good thing when you are eating. Work on that one guys.
We left with full tummies, and, all in all, we will definitely go back there again soon, and would recommend it at the drop of a hat.
Well done Pied-a-Terre!!
We ate at Pied-a-Terre last night. Our appetizers were lovely - a white asparagus soup that reminded us of a memorable meal we had one night in Laon, France, and a simple green salad with a wonderful mustard-tang vinaigrette. We both ordered the Steak Frites d'Onglet. Yes, we understood this particular cut of meat (Uncle is a butcher) and that it should be marinated and then cooked rare, then cut across the grain, and served immediately. Well, the steaks ranged from medium-rare to well-done and our steak knives had difficulty sawing through the meat. A lot of gristle and nerves - but we we both eventually managed to cut off a section to eat. We locked eyes and whispered, "How's yours? Tough?" Also - tasteless. We looked for our server, but never managed to alert her, and moved to the frites. They appeared to come from frozen ready-made potatoes and were overly salty and hard. The creamed spinach and grilled tomato were going to have to be the main part of our meal (and were quite good). We searched again for our server, made a few more attempts at the steak. No luck. Finally, the server came (after about 30 minutes) and said she was sorry about the steak, but that it wasn't meant to be tender (oh, dear!). She apologized for not asking how our meals were earlier, and offered us a gift certificate for the future (that helped, but we will go to La Buca with the certificate - a much safer bet). The desserts were enjoyable - a lovely smooth creme caramel, and a huge chocolate mousse (but more like ganache than mousse). But, what's with only offering coffee, not tea? This is Vancouver, not Paris in 1983. With the variety of wonderful, consistent restaurants in Vancouver, we will probably not return.
We were given a warm and courteous welcome, a good place to sit (we had booked) and excellent service; the food was fresh, properly cooked and beautifully presented. We had no sense of being rushed even though the restaurant became quite busy; in fact the whole experience was relaxing and pleasurable, just as such an occasion should be.
This is my favourite french restaurant other than Le crocodile. A little cheaper than le crocodile where their main courses are around $40, at Pied a terre, they're around $25-$30. I had the filet mignon which was amazing and my girlfriend had the duck which she had never tried before and said it's now going to be her usual. With the construction in that area being completely finished this place is bumping. Only fits 30 people so reservations are a must for dinner. Our waiter was very good, knew everything about the menu and was able to recommend stuff for us. We had the chocolate mousse and creme caramel but I recommend getting the cot du creme for dessert. It is to die for. Can't wait to go back
The menu to Pied a Terre is not all that French. Basically a short menu of meats namely steaks. I ordered the hangar steak and it was beyond blue with lots of blood oozing out of it. When I mentioned this, was told that's how they do it. The french fries were greazy and tired. In fairness, I was offered another cut of steak but then my dining partner would have had to wait. It was a beautiful evening out yet the blinds were drawn down. I left most of my steak on my plate. I really looked forward to this restaurant but I really don't think I will come back in quite some time.
I would also add that room is beyond intimate to claustrophobic.
The room and seating is so tight it feels claustrophobic. Why they draw down the blinds at the front of the room when the sun is not even in view, I have no idea. Menu is really variations of beef with a couple of bizarrely altered classics such as duck pot au feu. (Pot au Feu is a winter dish, besides, and it was hot out). The hangar steak I had was mostly raw. When I mentioned this to the server, the excuse was that this is the way they do it. I ate very little of it. Besides this, they put a terribly thick brown jus over it. The fries were wilty and very salty. I like French food but not sure what this places serves up.
Our dinner group got caught up in the buzz about this restaurant and we decided to give it a try. Food, wine and service were all good (as we expected) and lived up to the buzz. Unfortunately, what was about to be a memorable and enjoyable evening was completely ruined when we were hurried out the door because our 2-hr time limit for dinner had elapsed and the next group of patrons were waiting for our table. It's too bad that they can't find a more customer-friendly manner in which to turn the table other than to bring the bill and to start clearing the table. Unfortunately, we're not the only ones to have had this experience. Check out the article (The Dish) in the Jan 3, 2008 Globe and Mail. If the restaurant could increase the time limit or give patrons a little bit of a warning, I'm sure the experience would have been more positive and memorable. Needless to say, we're not going back any time soon.
With only 30 seats, reservations are essential. We reserved for 8:30, were pretty lucky and found parking very near by, which meant we arrived at 8:20 to a packed restaurant. We were seated almost immediately. Started with the Terrine maison which was made with wild game, totally luscious, moist and generously portioned. The Endive à la maison salad with blue cheese and walnuts was delicious. We split the Coq au vin entree which was fall off the bone tender with a scrumptious, perfectly seasoned red wine sauce, served with creamy, rich mashed potatoes, peas and pearl onions. Wine list is well thought out, loaded with French, I would like to see more BC. Staff was friendly, knowledgable, and prompt. The room is simple and elegant, if a little loud. This place is classy without any hint of attitude. Who says the Cambie Corridor is dead? Not I, with a vibrant place like Pied-à-Terre added to the fabric this neighbourhood is soon to flourish again.