Last week a few food bloggers were planning on getting together again for another nice dinner out, but after Sherman fell ill, and Kim had a last minute withdrawal, it was only Darina (Gratinée) and I that made it to Les Faux Bourgeois French Bistro in East Vancouver.
Although we had just had quite the extravagant meal together a couple of nights prior at DB Bistro Moderne, we were ready to get down to business and order a substantial dinner yet again. After one somewhat sleepless night from the last chow down, I was prepared for another one to come. In preparation, we both decided to try a Kir Royal cocktail (sparkling wine and creme de cassis) – something I’ve never had before. The cocktail was nice and light, but I decided to move on to a glass of pinot gris for the remainder of the meal.
When our bread arrived, we decided to share an appetizer to start. And what better way to eat it than with some pâté.
So even though we’d just had plenty of this earlier in the week, we went with the Pâté de Campagne. The finely ground pork was smooth and delicious, and was served with a hot mustard and gherkins. We managed to get through every last bite easily.
After so much meat over the past few days, I decided on some seafood for my main course instead. I ordered Le Cabillaud, which was Ling Cod (fresh and tender) with mushrooms, cabbage, cod croquettes (which were perfectly cooked and crisp), and manila clam pan jus. This was delicious!
Darina went with the more hearty Steak Frites, done medium rare in a Red Wine Shallot Jus (herb butter or a green peppercorn sauce were the other two options). I found the Hangar Steak to be a bit too charred for my liking, but she found them well done to her preference. The fries were salty, crisp, and so delicious, and I enjoyed snapping up quite a few of them, dipped in mayo.
We then decided to go for dessert (surprise, surprise), and I chose the delicious Lemon Cream Tart. The crust on this was spectacular, and the filling was beautifully rich and smooth. I was more than content with this ending to my meal.
Darina decided to give the Milk Chocolate Mousse a try, and although it was great because it wasn’t too rich, I found that it was almost a bit too bland and could’ve had a stronger, more chocolate taste. This may seem a bit strange, since I’m not big on chocolate after a meal most days, but it really stood out that this dessert could have had a bit more bite.
Overall, I loved the bustling French bistro atmosphere of Les Faux Bourgeois. Also, the prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food and the service was great. I will definitely head back to this restaurant again to try out more of their menu options in future.