Le Vol Au Vent serves French home style cuisine.
We had a wonderful evening at Le Vol au Vent. We made reservations and requested a table on the patio as they do not have air conditioning and BC is exceptionally hot this year. We arrived early and were greeted warmed by both the chef and his wife – I believe her name is Dana. She said that our table on the patio was ready but if we wanted to move inside there would be no problem. The patio is great for people watching and the ocean is right across the street.
As others have mentioned the service is slow since the wife was serving all the tables and it was a very busy evening. We never felt like we were ignored though and she was very pleasant and helpful the whole evening. She explained the various wines that they had available and also told us about the specials. At the end of the evening she gave us a small glass of a different wine for us to sample.
We started off with morel mushrooms vol au vent in a lovely cream sauce. For entrees my husband had the rack of lamb medium rare. It was very tasty and was a decent size. I had the filet mignon with a cognac sauce that was just heavenly. The entrees were served with vegetables and pommes frites. The pommes frites were really good dipped in the cognac sauce from the steak. The entrees also came with what I think were gnocchi. They were not very interesting but this is really a minor quibble.
It was a lovely evening on the patio with great food served in a leisurely fashion. If you’re looking for a quick meal this is not the restaurant for you but if you want to just relax and enjoy yourself this is a great spot.
The three of us went there last night, Thursday 4th Aug. for the first time. My son has been there before however. We were the first ones to arrive so we had our choice of tables. Took the best table on the patio which allowed us to people watch and see all the happenings on the street. Charming hostess greeted us warmly. The menu was what I expected it to be for a good restaurant varied but not too extensive. Each one of us ordered something different to sample the overall flavourings of the chef. Had a chance to sample the chefs duck spread. Mmm mmm good.
For starters we had the Crab Cake, Coquilles Saint-Jacques (Scallops) and Calamari. The Crab Cake is to die for. Great texture and one of the best I've tasted. Scallops were superb, not over done with an excellent cream sauce. The Calamari was simply done, seems on a skillet. Had the the right flavour to pair favourably with the French white Bordeaux that we were drinking.
For Mains we had the Rabbit, the Lamb and the Bouillabaisse. I personally didn't get a chance to try the Rabbit due to my 16 yr old son was relishing in it so much that I didn't want to diminish his experience with a Wabbit. The taste of my Bouillabaisse was outstanding and had the presentation to match. My wife's lamb was cooked spot on to her request of medium well and had a good presentation as well. Accompaniments/garnishes to each meal seemed to be to exacting standards. Very good sweet cabbage and grilled pepper. The shoe string french fries for the table were tasty as well.
For Dessert and Coffee we had the Upside down Apple Tart, Chocolate Cake and Friut Tart. I only tried the Apple Tart and the Choc Cake. Both were very well done. Coffee was perfectly pressed, I think. Rich flavour that required nothing to be added.
We've travelled to various regions of France on many occasions with the latest being in April this year. On many levels it's difficult to replicate the total experience of restaurant themes from one country to another. Other than being hungry the major reason one goes to a particular restaurant is for the taste. This chef on this occasion has exemplified his skill in attention to taste marvelously. Flavours were balanced and understated with no flavour over powering another. All flavours came through as they should. You could taste the richness of the foods without it being greasy and heavy. My spasmatic gall bladder had no issue.
In summation this restaurant would not be out of place in France where how the food tastes is the golden rule. An indication of a restaurants food quality can not be judged by it's location, atmosphere or paper napkins etc. Pricing is what it is. It may not be for the every day but two to three times a month should not be an issue for most people. We left very satisfied and I'll be back.
I went here with a friend and felt that I had walked into a small French cafe. My friend has been here before and we were greeted warmly by both of the owners (hostess/waitress and the chef). We sat down and menus were brought promptly, including the Daily Specials sheet. After a few minutes our orders were taken and our selected wine was brought. The wine was a French red, which I found to be delicious. I had decided not to have an appetizer since the daily dessert specials were displayed on the front counter and I wanted to save room for dessert. I had the Croque Normand with pomme frites and a fresh salad and my friend had an omelet (with goat cheese in it) with pommes frites and a fresh salad. The food was delivered very quickly and I found that my Croque Normand was sublime. The ham and cheese inside the homemade bread was warmed nicely and the camembert on top was melted and wonderful. The salad had a homemade dressing which I found to be delicious. The pommes frites were shoestring-size, crisp and fresh. My friend gave me a taste of his omelet (which had been cooked to order - with the eggs soft in the middle) and I felt that next time I come to this restaurant that I will have one of their omelets. Once our meals were finished our dishes were cleared and the rest of our wine was poured. The hostess/waitress informed us that she would return when we were ready for coffee and our dessert. After approximately 30 minutes we were ready for dessert and we both had the Upsidedown Apple Tarte. The tarte was warmed and served with vanilla ice cream and fresh whipped cream. I found that this was a perfect finish for a wonderful French luncheon. This was a first time visit for me, but definitely not a last visit.
I'll tell you why I don'd like Mondays, and it has nothing to do with Sir Geldof.. it is because Le Vol Au Vent is closed on Mondays.
To be honest if this restaurant were in france it would be a 4 star.. but also a Bib Gourmand for excellent value! But for the limited French offerings in the Vancouver area this restaurant is really a five star place.
I have eaten at all the top rated french restaurants in the Vancouver area and as long as you go in with the idea that this is a very quaint, personable, and small bistro you will not be disappointed. If you are looking for a $million dollar wine list with Chateau Petrus available by the glass.. and service with attitude... this is not your restaurant. This has the feel of a nice countryside bistro in a small town in the loire valley.
The owner is the cook and his wife is the server. It is a two person show. So things can take some time here.. but it is worth it! They are both very pleasant and will take the time to get to know you and discuss life.
I have had the Duck and the lamb and both have been done to perfection... and surprisingly large portions. The sauces that are created are not typical bistro fare however and give the impression that this chef was a saucier in france before opening this restaurant. His sauces are superb!
Again... attitude is everything... and if you go in with lots of time, an open mind and an empty stomach you will be blown away by this little gem. If Gordon Ramsey were to redo this place the effort would be spent on expanding the wine list and freshening up the ambiance... but then it just may loose the intimate charm that has been created here. The one thing that he wouldn't change is the menu as it is about as perfect as it gets without cashing in Air France frequent flyer points.
We ate at Le Vol Au Vent with family a few weeks ago; While I am not one for the classic French snobbery; the good people at our subject restaurant seemed as distant to that snobbery as we actually are to The Riviera. The owners, a chef and server tandem (husband and wife) were great; the food while not as good as promised by our hosts, was excellent. It was good honest food, created and served by good honest (as far as I know) people. Well worth the trip.
My boyfriend and I have been here several times. The food, service and feel of the restaurant reminds me of when I go back to France to visit my family. I love the home-style feel and the fact that there are basics that are always available but then there are different options each visit depending on what is in season and what the chef feels like making. Always a pleasant surprise! If you want to practice your French you can do that here too :)
It was my birthday when my partner took me to Le Vol Au Vent. He had long been talking about the lamb, and the desserts, particularly the Chocolate Mousse. On this evening, we were graciously greeted by Nana, wife of the Chef Michel! The first thing I gazed at were a variety of desserts freshly prepared on the Chef's counter.....I love Desserts...European Quality Desserts...and these appealed to my taste buds!
The restaurant provides an intimate setting, joyful, quaint, a warm atmosphere and color decor, and the Husband and wife team is very sweet and accommodating. The other point I would like to mention is that this restaurant setting offers you a sense of peace and calm for there is no loud music you need to deal with. Hence, it is easy to relax and enjoy who you are with. That is a very big bonus for those who prefer a quieter setting.
The Food Was Incredible, Delicious! I enjoyed the flavors of every bite of the lamb dish we ate. My partner was so right in suggesting this choice. We took our time savoring each morsel of this good size plate. I found my eyes gazing at the other dishes that were being served, the delivery, the presentation, the size of the dish.
I love flavors, and a choice of different ones complementing each other. I was in seventh heaven....cooing.
Then onto dessert......oh boy, so many choices to choose from....well this time we choose the cheesecake with strawberries, chocolate and whipped cream.
This experience was Fabulous, Personal, Delicious, Relaxing, and Joyful. It is the restaurant that I am attracted to going back to on the strip in White Rock in the future. I will be recommending my clients to go and enjoy even an appetizer, a dessert, a soup and will return myself soon again with dear friends.
My friend took me there for lunch two Saturdays ago. It was my first visit. We sat out on a small patio that was surrounded by plants and which made it very private and with a light airy feel, I felt like I was in the south of France. The server was very friendly and pleasant, and helpful. I ordered the seafood crepes. I was concerned that the dish would be too heavy, especially as it came along with string french fries and salad. The crepe was stuffed with seafood in a light creamy sauce, and it was delicious. The crepe itself was light and tasty, and the fries were crispy and light. When I told the server I didn't care for dressing on the salad, she very thoughtfully brought me some olive oil and lemon instead. I enjoyed every moment of my visit, and I will definitely come back.
Was looking for some fish and chips for the wife while walking around White Rock and stumbled across this place. Ordered the Fish and Chips to go, and was waiting at the counter, and was very impressed with what the chef was turning out. I wasn't even hungry at the time, but decided I didn't want to get short changed and ordered this Chicken/Mushroom crepe dish (sorry name was in french). It was awesome, along with the fish and chips, which both came with fries and a salad which I thought was nice. I was ordering to go and my bill was $29, so I laid down $35 and the server (chef's wife/owner I am guessing) insisted on not taking a tip as my food was to go and they didnt provide any customer service. I've never ran across that before in ordering takeout foods, great husband/wife combo, and will definately return.
Wandering Marine, wary of which restaurants were lackluster tourist traps, we happened upon Vol au Vent with fingers crossed. We got a spot on the small yet cute patio which felt tucked away from the road by the planters. Our order was taken promptly, it was nice to see French food at reasonable prices. We ordered fish'n'chips (I know, not exactly French but this was White Rock). The meal came promply. The fish was good, the batter crispy and light. The tartar sauce was very good, a variation of the usual, with fine herbs, and served with a spinach salad with a garlic vinaigrette. The fries were not freshly cut, as I overheard the server tell the next table who asked. She told them that fresh potatoes nowadays are genetically modified and contain more sugar which makes them burn and not deep fry well. Don't really know what to think about that, but the fries were good, very thin, and thus pretty crispy. Their thinness made them a bit on the oily side but they were still ok. For dessert we had a mini apple pie a la mode and lemon pie. Both were delicious and made fresh daily. It was cute to see the desserts of the day lined up, fresh from the oven, on the counter. The lemon pie was tart and not too sweet which was great, topped with meringue and home-made whipped cream, the apple pie was in puff pastry and delicious, you could taste that everything was made from scratch. The coffee was a bit pricey at $3 but was tasty and accompanied by steamed, foamed hot milk which was a treat. You could tell that the lady serving us was probably the co-owner, along with the chef chatting in French, gave it a nice cozy vibe. Would definetley return!
Having lived in Vancouver and eating authentic French cuisine at Vol au Vent then moving to Calgary had made us go through withdrawal. Now we are back (thank God) and the food is as good if not better. We recently had the best Soupe de poisson outside of Nice, a great cassoulet( so hearty, and what a portion) all washed down with a most reasonable red wine. Michel, the chef also is an accomplished pastry chef and his tarte tatin is as good as any be have tasted in Montreal or France. Very decadent. And at a reasonable price. When my wife and I want french comfort food we think of one place. Le Vol au Vent. C'est sublime.
This is the second time we have been to this restaurant. What are the chances of a party of 5 all thoroughly enjoying their food? Well we did. Not only the best calamari I have ever tasted, but the moral mushrooms fresh in from the Queen Charlotte's were excellent. The beef bourignon was melt in your mouth delicious. If you are lucky enough to have room for dessert, there is an array of fresh made delicacies to choose from. Unfortunately none of us had room for dessert this time. If you are looking for a restaurant with excellent food & a relaxing atmosphere, this is the place to go.
As soon as this restaurant opened it's doors it was an incredible addition to the culinary arts in this community.
I have lived for 14 years in France and Belgium and find that all the dishes I have tasted at Vol au Vent are very true to what they are meant to be; top notch ingredients, attention to detail.
The wine list is not long but contains some very good wines to accompany a fine meal.
I highly recommend it !
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Normally I don't bother writing about negative experiences but this was over the top. Our evening started with being told to sit at a dirty table and and that she would be right with us. 10 minutes later she cleaned the table, 5 minutes after that we finally got menu's. They were out of almost everything and the restaurant was not even that busy. The pricing is on par with white table cloth dining. Theirs are yellow and purple??? Paper I think!
Decided to just order starters as the only two choices they had left for mains were not appealing. The soup was burn't and the escargot was oversalted. I saw the Chef use the microwave at least eight times in the hour that we were there. What was he cooking in the microwave? We will never know because we are never going back.
After moving to White Rock we have been trying many of the restaurants along Marine Drive. It has been an experience, as my wife is gluten free. The owners of Le Vol Au Vent have catered very well for her gulten allergy, adjusting sauces to suit, plus advising on each and every item on the menu.
We enjoy bringing friends to this restaurant. While it doesn't have the polish of many of the name chain restaurants (Boathouse, Keg, Earls, etc.), it does provide an excellent level of food. It feels like we are sitting in the kitchen watching the chef prepare our meal and the wife serve us and make coffee and chat. A very relaxed atmosphere. Nice limited variety of wines, daily menu and lovely desserts, fresh baked - made sitting out so we can drool over each one.
Food is not inexpensive, limited but tasty wine menu, ambience is low key, but every meal has been wonderful. Chatted with some friends we haven't seen for a long time and they said they wanted to take us to their favorite restaurant in White Rock... Guess which one? Vol Au Vent!
Went there today with my friends. I had fish that was raw!!! Also had mussels that were strong tasting suggesting they were "off". Pointed this out to waitress who said they would check with the the supplier but did nothing about my food! My friend who asked what was in the salad dressing because she has alergies was brushed of with the comment "the chef will not even tell me"! Incredible in this day and age.
Overall not good or safe food hence a poor value with a large douse of bad service and attitude.
Pretty much a place to avoid as there are much better coices along the beach.
I had the misfortune of choosing this restaurant for dinner Sunday, February 13, 2011. It was the worst meal I have ever attempted to eat. I had read reviews and, although it was considered an expensive restaurant at four dollar signs ($$$$), I thought it worthwhile based on what I had read. I came away feeling mislead and extremely disappointment.
Firstly, the expense had absolutely no justification. My meal choice of casoulette was bland, though I had been told it took three days to make. Beyond the amount of time it took to soak the beans, I can not comprehend why it would. There was no flavour aside from the bay leaves I plucked out. My partner chose the lamb and found it so saturated in sodium and garlic, there was no lamb flavour remaining. He had requested it served “medium rare” and what he got was a range from very rare to well done. There was no consistency. The meal did not come with accompaniments per se, but for your $27 and $32 respectively, you did get a bowl of french fries. How nice. Even the wine was disappointing being bottled too young, though, I admit this was not the restuarant's fault.
The decor is appalling, and not at all in keeping with a french bistro. It appeared to have been a former donair or Lebanese deli that the owners had done nothing in their six years since opening to alter. My first impression upon entering the door was a bin full of dirty dishes and, as the restaurant price is high, I expected more than paper placemats on the tables, the kind you might find at IHop or Denny's. Revolting.
The only pleasant thing in this evening of disappointment was the hostess, the chef's wife, who appeared to be making up for her husband's shortcomings in the kitchen. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw him drop a knife on the floor, then pick it up and use it again! (The owners are obviously not aware that the horrid blue reflective ceiling makes a wonderful mirror to watch what goes on behind the counter.)
My partner described this meal as "grandma's cooking long after grandma should be cooking". If you want to spend your money, walk a few doors down the street. There is much better food available along marine drive. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone; nor will I ever return.
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