Provence Mediterranean Grill combines French and Italian cuisine in a relaxed, family friendly setting. Menu features southern French antipastos, bouillabaisse and rack of lamb.
I have to say, this year's DOV menu at Provence was spectacular! Definitely a good value considering the portion sizes!
The complimentary olive tapenade at the beginning of the meal was an excellent amuse bouche and worked well to get your mouth salivating. House bread was also delicious!
Our entire party of 5 was drawn to the tasty tomato and goat cheese tartlett. My daube de beouf was nice a tender and slow cooked to perfection. The flavors were so concentrated. And to finish the meal, we had the lemon curd and lavendar tart - divine!
Like I mentioned earlier about portion sizes, they were huge. Tartlett was a 4"x4" piece served with salad, I couldn't even finish my daube de beouf, and the dessert was quite large also. We felt the meal was a great deal and worth every penny.
The server throughout the evening was very nice, friendly and talkative. We arrived at 8pm and were the last ones to leave at 11pm - we never once felt rushed through our meal.
During dinner, Rob Feenie walked in to the restaurant to pick up some take out. It's comforting to know that we made the same decision as a well known chef to dine here that evening.
Went for dinner last night at Provence Mediterranean Grill, ON WEST 10TH...NOT Yaletown....think maybe the two are being confused with the reviews here.
At the West 10th location, service was prompt and friendly. We ordered champagne/brut by the glass, and had our choice of antipasti (olives, tomatoes and bocconcini, grilled squid). My dining partner had the daily special veal steak (fabulous), and I had the prawns provenxal (also fabulous). Starch sides were creative, and the grilled veggies were fresh and generous. We also ordered an organic Cotes-du-rhone red in a half litre, which was quite acceptible!
We did not get to dessert, since we had to head out to a concert, but we would definately go back again.
Have yet to try their dinner menu. Maybe for larger parties (of 7), it's "normal" to have most of the eggs served cold? Cold omelettes, cold benedicts, and at best, luke warm. The potato frites were served nice and toasty hot. The service was courteous, pleasant, and varying depending on the server. One was just disinterested, aloof, and quite brisk. It was amusing to overhear the servers discussing over the cash register about how undertipped they felt they were by a table of few that had wine with their brunch. :) I don't usually witness such discussions unless it's on waiterblog or some such. All in all, I did like the atmosphere, just that my party was disappointed by the cold eggs they were served.
I have been to both the Provence on 10th near UBC and Provence Marinaside a couple times each. Always great food well prepared, five star service, this is like a fussy restaurant without the fuss -- just great food, great service, and interesting dishes for a fair price. The portion size is larger than in most upscale restaurants. We hemmed and hawed about where to go for a recent birthday dinner and ended up deciding to come here. My vegetarian bf found plenty of delicious choices, and on the Thursday night we celebrated the restaurant was filled with a bunch of classy senior citizens- that's how I knew for sure this place is a good value, and it was true! Don't go to overpriced fussy places with not great food like Hermitage, come here instead!
Preamble: quiet Saturday lunch for three people
Food: smoked salmon eggs benedict delicately balanced. potatoes not oily at all and generally delightful compared to other places. I noticed that the pineapple slice in one of the other plates was beginning to go bad but otherwise they had no complaints about their crab cakes or special omelette.
Service: attentive and courteous, multiple refills of water
Value: one of those places that walks a bit of a tightrope in that if the quality of their food slips even a little, then many people may not want to fork over $15-20 for a lunch dish
Ambiance: quiet 10th avenue spot. perfect for those wanting a little privacy
First visited the Provence Mediterranean Grill a little over a year ago. Don’t remember very much about that evening, but I do remember having a good time and leaving the restaurant satisfied. Finally had a chance to pay a second visit recently, and am glad to say it was a pleasant experience once again.
Arrived around 8:30 on Friday night with a friend, without benefit of reservations. Fortunately, it wasn’t overly busy so we were able to take a table straight away. Our server, Teya, came over promptly bearing crostini and tapenade. My friend, a first-timer to the restaurant, devoured it. Fortunately, bread and butter came shortly after, or else I wouldn’t have had anything for myself.
After a little indecision, we each chose to go with the Chef’s tasting menu. The friend went with shellfish à la nage to start, and lamb sirloin for her main. She really liked both, and I have to say that the juicy lamb looked especially tempting. I decided to try the soup and poisson du jour. The soup was purée of wild mushroom – earthy and mild, the kind of comfort food you’d really enjoy on a rainy day, and the poisson was mahi-mahi – a generous hunk of perfectly cooked fish on a bed of something similar to barley (can’t remember the name, even though I twice asked Teya what it was). We capped off dinner with cheesecake for her, and a refreshing sorbet trio for me. All in all, the meal was very good. And considering the generous portions, an excellent value for the money.
Service from Teya, as well as another server whose name I didn’t catch, was attentive, friendly and helpful. We ended up closing the restaurant, and didn’t feel rushed to leave. And as for the decor, the restaurant is comfortable and inviting, with warm colours and flowy fabric on the ceiling. The only exception was the display case near the back – a glaring bit of utilitarianism in an otherwise romantic room. Odd, but not a turn-off.
I’d easily recommend the Provence Mediterranean Grill to anyone looking for a quality bistro meal in the Point Grey area. It definitely won’t be another year before I make a return visit.
I had brunch with a few friends this past weekend. The food here was excellent, very fresh and quite tasty. I had eggs benedict (croque monsieur), others had salmon eggs benedict and waffles. Portion size was reasonable and everyone enjoyed their food. Prices are a bit high but worth it. Service was prompt and excellent (no attitude at all). All eggs and meat were cooked perfectly as requested.
Everyone at this restaurant seemed to be well dressed and most were above the age of 50. Unfortunately I would feel uncomfortable wearing sweats for a truly relaxed weekend brunch.
Unlike the Provence in Yaletown, the service here is a bit slow. On a recent trip here, my wife and I had to wait at the front entrance for a few minutes while the host ignored us because he was having a friendly un-business-related conversation with a waitress. The bouillabaise was a disappointment; the staff, unattentive. Also, there's barely room to breathe in this place, they've packed tables and chairs in like sardines.
Friends told us of this place, so we decided that the 4 of us should take it in. Made reservations just to be sure, but no problem getting in, although if we had tried later would probably have had to wait as it got quite busy. Waiter was amazing, he is what service is all about. Great wine list. I had the Ahi Tuna, and it was cooked and served with perfection. Everyone else s enjoyed their meals also, we were almost too full to enjoy dessert, but managed to force it down. Excellent! Would definitely go back again without hesitation. great recommendation for any occasion!
I have eaten at Provence a few times, so signed up for their online club. This gives you occasional emails and a secret password for insider deals. I love their food, but have had service problems every time.
We live near Provence and have eaten there three times. Each time the food has been good enough that we are willing to overlook the service issues and give them another chance.
On our last visit, three of us went for dinner, one being an out of town business guest. The first bottle of wine I ordered was out of stock. The server apologized and went for my second choice. Also out of stock. The server muttered something about the manager re-doing the wine list and not telling anyone and went for my third choice. Guess what? So I suggested that the server bring us a good red in the $60 range. He went away and presented a bottle that looked fine to me. As he was about to open it,I realized that it was on the wine list in the $100 range. I said to just skip the wine. The server went away and was unapologetic for the switch. At this point, a watchful manager would have stepped in and offered a free bottle or the $100 wine for $60.
Dinner was good, a hearty Provence winter meal with root vegetables. At the end of the meal I asked for the bill and mentioned that I was on the email list and the password of the evening was X. The bill came and there was no discount. I had to ask again.
So, my complaint has nothing to do with the food. It's good, represents the regional cuisine we have enjoyed in the south of France, and I find it to be a decent value as far as quality. However, we repeatedly have service issues at this restaurant. The waiters seem to think that they are above serving in a bistro setting. The owners need to tighten up control.
So disappointed, the experience truly ruined my morning.
1- Coffee was watered down, tasted like yesterdays coffee, and was honestly barely drinkable.
2- Service was infrequent, and when she came around it was rushed and abrupt. Suprising because they weren’t even busy.
3- Food looked good and was decent, but my omelet was a little soggy, and there was liquid left in my plate after. So overall it was quite mediocre.
4- Value, brunch is quite inexpensive, but for such a poor experience I would have had a better time at Dennys…
5- Ambiance was nice, i couldnt really hear the background music, but it looks nice inside.
This is my second time at Provence and my second disappointment, don’t waste your time or money.
I've been here twice for work luncheons, and the food has been fabulous both times! I had the Provence Panini with goat cheese, pesto, sundried tomatoe & proscuitto and it was amazing! I sampled my co-workers wild mushroom ravioli and it was to DIE for!!! I (along with 2 other co-workers) ordered the mushroom ravioli the 2nd time we visited Provence and we savoured each bite...it was the BEST pasta, and possibly one of the best dishes I've ever had at a restaurant! The food was great, the service was great, it's quiet so you can talk without yelling across the table. I'm definitely a frugal person, but I would go back to Provence and pay the $16.00 for the mushroom ravioli in a heartbeat!
Decided to go for a pleasant french dinner mid-Dec., but we were forced to order Italian. Like the pate, all of their french dishes are gone and the antipasto runs the place. We have been to this restaurant many times, and unlike the marina location, always left happy. Don't get me wrong, we love Italian food, but not when the place is called Provance. Maybe they should change the name to Portobello.
1st time to try it out during the DOV 2009 and the black bean paste (spread) was a suprise as i couldn't imagine that would be made into a spread in a Mediterranean style restaurant. It is a decent place overall, BUT not something I would recommend (since the location is by UBC and food aren't SUPER good)
Had dinner here recently and overall, I enjoyed it.
Fish Soup is excellent with the saffron aioli and gruyere cheese on the side with croutons.
Heads up though, this place doesn't take Interac. Kind of annoyng but....yeah, kind of annoying.
An excellent place to go for a quiet meal in a quaint location. Small restaurant, but excellent service from staff that make you feel right at home. A real "family" restaurant, in a great neighborhood - where you can get out and walk around afterwards.
My partner and I went to Provence for Sunday brunch...granted our clothes were not as upscale as the rest of the clients but after a long walk we thought we would try it, and my credit cards are just as good as anyone else's.
Indifferent service while waiting to be seated, we finally got our table, viewed the menu and ordered. After a snotty glare because we ordered bloody caesars early in the afternoon the meals arrived. Both were different of what we had wanted, told the waiter the meals were not what we had ordered, returned to the kitchen and then came back with the food saying, yes this is what we had ordered. Having a large martini headache I couldnt be bothered to get into a discussion (!) and must admit I was still pissed off a couple of hours later. As for the waiter, honey, it's not Chartwell, its an average bistro on the Westside, so save the attitude.
Great restaurant for an excellent meal at lunch or dinner. There is a varied menu, good ambiance, good service and an all round classy place. The food is fresh, creative and reliable. The location is good, on West 10th Ave, parking accessible and you don't have to travel downtown for a great dining experience.