The French Table Bistro offers a menu of traditional French bistro fare prepared using local and seasonal ingredients.
Went on a weekend night and it was very busy with 2 seatings fully booked. Went for the 7:30pm seating. The place looks a bit dated even though its only been there for 1-2 years, small restaurant with average decor, nothing fancy or even professional about it. Tried some starters - Duck Terrine - very good and nice portion, escargots - dissappointing - very small and tasteless, sweat breads - not very good, small diced up pieces. Had the Duck Confit - very one note and heavy as it was on some beans. One colour and looked boring, didn't finish it. The desserts were just average as we tried the Creme Brule and the lemon tart. Prices for the appies were in the $10 range with the mains in the $20 range. Service was a hit and miss, some very long periods of no attention. Spilled water on glass table with no wiping, just not professional. Many other french bistros around to spend your money at.
Dined alone on a week night. Very busy. Service was old school French. Had the Onion soup bland and served lukewarm , Cassoulet duck leg had odd taste, sausage was okay, beans were cooked properly.Just wasn't very flavourful. The topper was the waiter recommended Tarte Tatin as their special dessert. Instead of a caramelized upside down apple tart, I received under cooked pastry, large chunks of firm apples drizzled with a caramel sauce. Any true French Chef would stab himself before serving such a horrible dish. I was sitting by the kitchen and noticed that the Chef was off. Prices were not expensive but the value was not there. Nice room just do not understand why they were so busy serving this second class French cuisine.
For starters, they messed up the reservation. We had a Friday night booking @ 6:30pm and they phoned on Thursday night after 6:30pm asking if we were running late. When we told them we had Friday booked they asked if we could come immediately. When we said no and wished to keep our Friday booking they said they were full on Friday so we cancelled. No more than 10 minutes later they called back and asked if we could make it for Friday at 5:30pm instead; we accepted. No apologies were offered. We arrived a little early on Friday just in case and found the place empty; it appears we were their first customers for the evening and you wouldn't believe this,...they did not have our reservations. In the end, the place was empty so they sat us. Again, no apologies. So far so good!!
The menu did not strike me as overly French, I would say it was more Continental. We started with the onion soup followed by orders of Coq au Vin and the grilled pork chop. The food arrived within a reasonable time. The soup was hot and compared to others I've had was about middle of the road. My pork chop was just a plain pork chop, no different than pork chops I've had at other non-French restaurants. The Coq au Vin looked and apparently tasted like boiled chicken that had sauce poured over it.
I don't think we'll be returning any time soon.
We agree with most of the reviews on this new place…
The food is OK, but the value is not there…the quantities are small.
We will not go back,,, Too many better restaurants in Vancouver and on Main Street to waste our money and time at this place…
Too bad, we were looking forward to see what the owner of l’Hermitage could do….
I believe that the owner is leveraging his clientele from L’Hermitage.
The food is OK for Bistro food…but the portions are minimum and the price is too high for Main street (and I also understand that Julia Child makes a better Coq-au-vin!)
The good thing for me is that I was on a diet (yes I know…going to a French Bistro on a diet…) so my choice was appropriate…I had a Bouillabaisse (normally a hearty fish soup from the south of France – Provence) with 5 mussels, few clams and maybe 3 cubic centimeters of fish in a light broth…oh, .and I forget a thin slice of toasted bread…and all of these for $24.00…maybe 250 calories in all…
My companions mostly enjoyed the taste of the food, but this is Bistro food and it is supposed to be simple French cooking…
My main concern is the value. The taste is OK, the ambiance is so-so, the service is so-so, but the price is too high for the quantity…especially for Main street.
Bouillabaisse saying from Julia Child: “"to me the telling flavor of bouillabaisse comes from two things: the Provençal soup base - garlic, onions, tomatoes, olive oil, fennel, saffron, thyme, bay, and usually a bit of dried orange peel - and, of course, the fish - lean (non-oily), firm-fleshed, soft-fleshed, gelatinous, and shellfish….” These flavours did not exist in the fish soup from The French Table…
$20 coq au vin - 2 pieces of chicken thigh - not really HOT in the middle, spatzle was nice - and sauce was OK, but not the rich, rich, sauce that comes with a long simmer for coq au vin.
garlic prawns - $12 for 4 prawns a nice sauce, and 2 inch thinly sliced piece of baguette (not enough to get all the sauce) these are also the cheap frozen prawns that taste watery - not the nice prawns that are local and sweet and meaty - ridiculous!
throw in a couple of glasses of wine and this meal cost over $40 each per person (no dessert) - upon reaching home, I made a sandwhich.
this restaurant has nice decor and ambiance, I would love to frequent a french bistro in the neighbourhood - but I would have needed 2 plates to satisfy me - not a large person, and will not go there again cause I would have to order 2 entrees just to feel somewhat satisfied!
Guys you got the restaurant decor down - heap up the portions, or your business will dwindle, you simply are not offering good enough food and absolutely no value!!
very disappointed and hungry...
We just had a rather sad meal by Vancouver French bistro standards. Neither bread nor water was offered, and when bread was asked for it did arrive - but without butter. Coq au Vin was dry and tasteless and accompanied with overcooked broad noodles. Duck Confit was likewise dry and overcooked and in a bed or bland beans masquerading as the promised cassoulet. The 'Special' dessert was a flavourless mess with a tough pastry base, under-ripe strawberries and over-whipped cream, all unworthy of a so-called French bistro.
The service was polite and old world professional - the only good part of the evening. All in all, most disappointing.
5 of us went to the FT last night.
The starters were superb flavor but most dishes were very small in size.
For main course my linguini had somehow got spaghetti mixed in, but still tasted good.
Not so the 'special'. Calamari in a tomato sauce with rice. Blandness on a plate.
More flavor in a tin of Heinz Ravioli.
I recommended my friend return it but she didn't want to make a fuss.
So was it worth it? After tip, $400 for 5 people, not really.
Fabulous Flavours- we shared 4 items, every dish was perfection- the menu is small but clearly the chef pays attention to each dish and delivers fresh delicious plates. The scallops are a must try appy.
The fresh berry desserts were summer on a fork- highly recommend!!
The service was attentive without being intrusive, professional wait staff
My wife and I passed by this place quite often after moving into the neighbourhood and we finally decided to try it for dinner.
I was glad we eventually made it here. It reminded me of the bistros we went to during our trip to France 3 years ago. The large mirrors, the classic wood bar with traditional chairs, the little cabinets and wall plaques, to the rustic painted plates all made us feel so nostalgic.
We started with the onion soup and the fried sweetbread. Both the items were delicious. The soup was thick and rich with a nice topping of stretchy cheese and crispy croutons. The sweetbreads were nicely breaded and seasoned and not over cooked like I typically find.
After that nice start, we had coque au vin and the Bouillabaisse. The chicken was tender and rich with a real taste of chicken, probably because they use free range. Some places I've tried don't use free range and I can always taste the difference because they are usually blander. Whenever I make my own coq au vin I always spend the extra money at Windsor meats and get free range. The spatzle was a nice touch as I am always a sucker for spatzle with my courses.
The bouillabaisse had a very complex flavour and came with the right proportion of shellfish to fish, not overloaded in any direction. I am not sure what the fish was but it was firm and not overcooked. I would say the dish is well balanced and what I consider a good bouillabaisse should be.
We asked the server for wine recommendations and her choice of the Pinot Noir from the owner's family vineyard was very nice indeed.
We shared the espresso creme brule for dessert with a couple of coffees and that was the end of a very fine dining experience. I'll also add the server (girl with dark hair, I forgot her name) was attentive and very friendly.
Overall, I think the French Table is a fine addition to the neighbourhood of ever growing collection of excellent restaurants.
Been driving for the past year while it was renovated, and must say that it's going to be another great place to eat instead of the LFB. Much more spacious, I was actually impressed by the interior, definitely had the DT/high-class feel to it, but of course, without the pricing. Still, when one comes to eat at these establishments, expect to spend some good coin...
Started off with a tomato soup, which was a bit sour for my liking but the scallops were just absolutely delightful...succulent, juicy, not too hard.
For the main, ordered the pork tenderloin, which was just scrumptous and tender, with a flavourful apple-brandy sauce--just right, not too salty like one would expect. Served on top of mash pototoes, nice and creamy.
Definitely worth visiting again, it's nice to have one in this neighbourhood!
We've dined here twice in a month. Enjoyed both experiences. The pork was excellent, well enhanced for flavour and texture. Salmon, delicate and moist. Loved the spatzle with the coq au vin. The presentation was most attractive and pleasing. Service was attentive and accommodating. A little slow and hard to catch staffs' eye during our second dine in. We felt the value for food and service was very reasonable and fair. Although I would have like a couple more of the deliciously fat and juicy mussles for my appetizer. The ambiance is pleasing to eye and ear. No need to shout to be heard! It was very nice to have soft background 'dining' music and be able to enjoy our conversations!
Very comfortable room with reasonable prices on great food. Most main courses are $16-$24. I went in for dinner with 3 girlfriends last week and we enjoyed a fantastic meal at a reasonable price. We split many of the appy's. Charcuterie Plate was fantastic (although could of used a few more slices of bread). Smoked duck was so tasty. Sweat breads and boccini salad was great. All 4 of us liked it and promised to return. Great food, good value, cozy room. Highly recommended. One of the best new spots Main Street has to offer.
I've now been here twice in the last 2 weeks because the first expereince was so good. Perfect place to go for a "high end" quality meal. Two people can dine and enjoy an appy, an entree each and a decent bottle of wine for under $100. I've now tried over 10 of the items on the list and enjoyed each one. Favourites to date include the Scallops and Pork, the Charcuterie plate and the Steak with Pomme Frites. I dine out alot, at least twice a week, and I give this place a solid overall 9 out of 10 for quality and value.