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Salade de Fruits Cafe

1551 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J1S1
Tel: (604) 714-5987
Fax: (604) 714-5938
Neighbourhood: West Side

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Real French food that won't rob your wallet but don't expect to be fancy
By Ashlee_dine_here of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 17, 2011 - 2:18am [Dine in]

Go on their website and see what's their new "Table d'Hote"! They have new special three-course set every 2-3 weeks. I tried the Rouleau du Printemps (spring roll with some kind of wild pig meat) ,Lapin confit aux olives (slowly-cooked rabbit) and they were amazing! Every time I want to eat duck I will come here as well because they are probably the cheapest real French duck meal you could get in Vancouver! The portion is amazing because they serve a lot of vegetable on the side, including delicious banana squash.

The menu is in French only so please ask the waiter for suggestions or explanations instead of ordering the only ones in the menu you could understand!

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Homestyle French Cuisine
By Bon Apetit of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

The most authentic aspect of Salade de Fruits is that it proves French food does not have to be pretentious and ridiculously expensive, and can still be delicious, copious and satisfying. This is the best value French cuisine in Vancouver, and with an ever changing menu and super-fresh ingredients.
I've been there several times now, and it's always amazing from start to finish - great service, team-like effort of bonafide Frenchies, fresh and delicious food and great bang for the buck.

On my first visit I had the mussels, which are a large serving and come in a delicious cream sauce and with an enormous side of homemade fries. The next time I had the halibut, fish of the day, which was exceptionally tender and covered in a creamy butter sauce. Even the vinaigrette on the salad is to die for. The duck pate is more of an appetizer, but is great for sharing and does not taste over processed, and has actual bits of shredded duck throughout.

The service is great, and the servers work in a team to make sure everyone is satisfied and gets what they need. They're fast, friendly and 100% french!

This is a hidden gem that you probably wouldn't notice from walking by, but is a definite must-try. Highly recommended to all ages and tastes!

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Good Restaurant experience.
By FLOWER9 of VANCOUVER (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

I've dine at this restaurant many times for lunch and for snack, the service is good and the food is fresh. I like the way the manager knows all the question about there food, and can change some food because our friend has allergies. The place is very chic and modern feel, I enjoy my visit to this restaurant and many more to come!

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Amazing Food and Service
By Techeat of Richmond (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

This is probably the best French restaurant in Vancouver! Excellent food, service and price! Great value for the amazing food that it offers! The portions are generous and the food is just so yummy! Unlike some restaurants, they don't charge you for the hot water which helps wash down the delicious decadent deserts... this place is a must try! I come here almost every other weekend! Thank you for existing! Merci beaucoup!

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Top Quality Food in Casual Atmosphere
By Matt_in_Cloverdale of Cloverdale (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

My wife and I came here on a Friday for a date night. The only trouble we had with the whole experience was finding the entrance, but that's part of the quirky charm. Very friendly staff in a very relaxed setting.

We started with the escargots, and they were surprisingly (good way) tender. The garlic sauce was unbelievable. Before I could ask for some bread, the waitress came with a fresh loaf for sopping up the leftover sauce. Completely cleaned the dish.

My wife had the filet, and it was cooked to perfection. I had the duck confit, and it was similarly delicious. The vegetable medley featured some nice choices (beets, podded peas).

We commented to our server that the quality of the food was right up there with Le Crocodile. We will definitely be back!

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Good french food in the most unusual place
By sh0n of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

Was introduced to this little gem by a friend of mine and am I ever glad. Its located in the french community center on granville and 6th.

Go for lunch, brunch or even dinner.

The moules and frites are awesome - more so the eggs benny for brunch.

Can't wait for my next trip to try out the steak and frites, their quiches and daily fresh fish specials.

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Real French food at a decent price
By jeanrenee of Richmond, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 10:39am [Dine in]

This restaurant is certainly one of our favorites in Vancouver. The food is excellent, the service is friendly and the setting is not the best in the world. Les moules frites and le steak frites are the best around. La table d’hôte varies every week. I always take my Anglophone friends for dinner there. Everyone loves it. Two big inconvenients:: the setting and bring cash only.

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Solid choice
By jkira of Kitsilano, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

I love eating here. Moules frites is my favourite dish and I've never been disappointed with anything that I've ordered in the past. Yes, you can even get a decent steak for under $20.00 which is becoming quite rare in this city. Portion sizes are just right - even for a hungry lad like myself. This is one restaurant in Vancouver that offers great value and excellent food. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that likes honest French food.

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Great Food well priced
By jimbovan of South Granville, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 11:40am [Dine in]

I live about a block from this restaurant and have frequented it several times, generally for brunch on Saturdays. The eggs benny are consistently amongst the best I have ever had. I have brought many friends and never has anyone left disappointed. I have never had a bad meal there.

I can understand how some people may not 'get' this restaurant as it is a little quirky. Frequently busy, so at times you may get the impression of aloofness, but to me its all part of the ambiance of this traditional french cafe. The staff and chefs are friendly and the place is very comfortable. Just take it all in and enjoy the experience, because the food is amazing and well priced for the quality and quantity.

Reservations definitely needed for dinner as the place is always busy at night, which is a shame.

Highly recommended.

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My little taste of Paris
By PinkTink of Richmond (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

I love it here! I've been here numerous times now after a very wonderful first experience and must say that they never cease to amaze me. The food is always perfectly cooked with generous portions. Flavours are equisite and I love the atmostphere. It's a little noisy but everyone who works there speaks French and it's very interesting to hear them converse amongst each other. Just like being in Paris! I'd highly recommend this restaurant to everyone as I think that it's a truely magnificent place. Great food for great value!

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love it. love it. love it.
By fetishforfood of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

been here a million times, and probably will be back for another million.
food is great for the money you pay.
the service is fabulous.
i love this place so much, i almost don't want others to find out about it!!!

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Is this the same bistro?
By Connor of Kitsilano (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

Based on the reviews, I was expecting good food, good service, good value. The maitre de was unsmiling throughout; I sat at a table, hoping for menus and a glass of wine, finally got up and asked for menus. On my third attempt to find out what was on the prix fixe beyond lambchops, I learned the full menu was written on the board outside the the restaurant. Not a great start to the evening. The first course, fish, was good, the lambchops might have been better in a stew - tough, and bony. Sweet course was better, a small dessert crepe. But for the two of us with1/2 litre of very average wine the bill came to $80. There are a number of places where we could have had a better meal at the price. Two further gripes: the tables are close together and it is really noisy. And it would have been nice if the waiter had remembered to light the candle on our table as he was doing the rounds. Not a place we'd go back to.

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I don't understand...
By dolci of Oakridge, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 11:02am [Dine in]

I had the warm goat cheese salad, mussels with fries and the steak. The food came out pretty late. The mussels also weren't fresh and tasted pretty bad and bland to me. Fries were crisp and pretty good. The staek was also just okay. I guess the best part of the meal was the dessert, profiteroles. Very crisp shell and good ice cream and chocolate sauce. But I don't get why this cafe has a four star rating when in my opinion should only get about three. I wouldn't go back there.

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It is what it is. And they do it very well.
By NigelL of South Granville (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I have read a multitude of reviews that complain about ambiance and this and that. But you walk into a french bistro and everyone, from customers to the service staff are speaking french. That is usually a good indication, since the french are elitists about food to say the least.

I eat there Every Saturday for breakfast with friends, we are all industry and have yet to have a good meal. At times it is not as GOOD as others, but it is always very good by Vancouver lunch standards.

Service is attentive, friendly, and always willing to chat if you are regulars. Fries are the best in town. The meal is top value for dollar. I will continue to go there every week without fail.

Yet to have dinner because I can never plan far enough in advance to make a reservation. It's almost impossible to just walkin to this restaurant at 7:30.

Best of luck. Keep up the stellar work.

Nigel

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Good french bistro food
By terrie of Vancouver, BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 13, 2007 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

Good french bistro food without having to pay an arm and a leg. Staff are friendly and efficient. The menu is all in French but you can ask for help if you do not know how to read it. The steak, lamb and fish of the day are all wonderful dishes to try. When I'm craving steak, this is one of the places I like to go to. Moules et frites (mussels & fries) is always a good sharing dish - a lot of mussels. Rillette de canard is a nice starter if you like duck pate. They are cash only so don't forget to go to the bank before you go.

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A gem!
By lokie of East Van (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

My friend and I had a lovely dinner here this evening. I had been here a couple of time previously for brunch. My sister had told me how great the food was for dinner.....and we were not disappointed.

We were seated in the "corridor" as we did not have reservations. The host was personable and welcoming. A lovely french baguette was given to nosh on while we viewed the menu. The wine list consisted of "red or white", which takes the guess work out of ordering!

The appetizers were lovely (carrot soup and warm goat cheese salad). The main courses were even better (salmon in a butter/cream sauce and rack of lamb). We shared a desert (ganache cake) with our coffee. The tab came to about $70 (including tip) for appys, main courses, two glasses of wine, coffee and desert.

We will definately come again to this little gem. Bon Appetit!

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Best Kept Secret
By Viviyan of Burnaby (27 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 12:56am [Dine in]

Not a lot of people know about this place snuggled in La Maison de Francophone. Our French class did a little excursion to the bistro and had an amazing time. The food was super fresh - you could taste it from the homemade soups to the perfect salad dressing. The waiters were really friendly as we tried to converse with them in French (bonus!) and get our orders straight.

Most of us had sandwich, quiche and salad items. The poutine wasn't spectacular. But everything else was top knotch. The decor of the place is really cute as well. Try to get a table near the kitchen, it feels more authentic like you're sitting in a real French bistro.

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Really liked!
By leeau of Burnaby (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 1:44am [Dine in]

A tiny little spot (more like a corner of the lobby) at Vancouver Francophone Cultural Center. No 'Salade de Fruits' sign outside.. felt more like a pseudo-restaurant, but what can I say- I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the food.
I think if you make a reservation for a smaller group, like us two on Wednesday 7pm - you can get a cozy little spot within the 'restaurant' (or you might get to sit where it looked more like a hallway...if I did, I probably gave Ambiance 3) The deco felt authentic, rough but with lovely and whimsical details. High ceiling was definitely an important plus for this small place. A chalkboard wall menu, old tables with miniature street signs of Paris, candlelights, a 'parking for French only' sign, menu on a little wooden board with only French.. :)
Our server was absolutely delightful with his heavy French accent, prompt service, and cheerful manner. We had
- soup of the day (4.99) : Minestrone-like. solid good.
- escargot (6.99 for 'round 10?): fist time so can't say if it was good or not, but we really liked it :) the texture.. and the olive oil-garlic-herbs mix was delicious
- veggie lasagna (14.99): Very cheesy and delish but maybe little mushy and light in flavour for my taste.
- duck confit (14.99 for 1 leg): comes with mashed potato and a colourful variety of steamed veggies. Very good!
- creme brulee (5.99): yummy
- sorbet (5.99): very nice and different..
Overall, I can't say the food was amazing, but all the dishes were very satisfying. Both the food and ambiance had such comforting, homey feel to them. I'd say the VALUE is amazing.. I definitely will come back, probably for many more times :)

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Eggs Benny!
By foodmonkey of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2007 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

My first time here. Ride my bike past it every day and still never knew where it was until I went in the front door! Had eggs benedict for the first time ever and it was really good! Better half had moules frites and enjoyed it. Great food! Going back for sure!

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What a find!
By winnie_epooh of West End, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

We almost missed this place which is not easily noticeable. As far as we can tell, there was no "signboard", and it was located in the same entrance as the French Cultural Center. Maybe it is their intention to remain obscure and be like a hidden 'treasure' :)

We ordered
- Onion soup
- Crepe with spinach and brie
- Mussels and fries
- Creme Brulee
- Caramel pudding
- Coffee
........and the bill came to CAD40 excluding tips.
This was very reasonable, especially considering that we enjoyed the quality food. We will definitely be returning, and this time, we will go for their dinner.

When we arrived at 13, there were still a few tables available. They do not take reservations for lunch, but the crowd disappeared quickly after 1330. (Note: They close at 1430)

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