Les Faux Bourgeois

by Victoria on April 19, 2010

Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro

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.

Kir Royal Rating: 3.5Rating: 3.5Rating: 3.5Rating: 3.5Rating: 3.5

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.

Pâté de Campagne Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

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!

Le Cabillaud Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4

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.

Steak Frites Rating: 3.5Rating: 3.5Rating: 3.5Rating: 3.5Rating: 3.5

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.

Lemon Cream Tart Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5Rating: 4.5

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.

Milk Chocolate Mousse Rating: 3Rating: 3Rating: 3Rating: 3Rating: 3

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.

Les Faux Bourgeois
663 E 15th Ave
Vancouver, BC, V5T 2R6
604.873.9733
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Overall: Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4
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Price: $$$

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

thao April 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm

You didn’t find the crust on that lemon tart too hard? It felt like the tart was going to go flying off my plate.

Victoria April 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Not at all! It was light and crisp on mine. Perfectly cooked to my liking. Hmm, maybe they have a different pastry chef or recipe for it now?

Sherman April 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Damn, I was so wanting to go. Sorry for that… Maybe when we you get back, we’ll go eat somewhere else! Again, LFB is definitely a great place to grab French eats at a reasonable price. The Duck Confit is awesome!

KimHo April 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Sorry I had to cancel at last moment, I was really looking forward to go there… >_<

Teresa April 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I like Les Faux too…but so busy! You need to book like a week ahead of time for a weekend seating. I don’t like escargoes at all but the dish at Les Faux was pretty tasty. And I must try that lemon meringue dessert…my fave type of sweets 🙂

Les Gaspar May 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Les Faux prices and portions are excellent, next time try the creme brule for dessert. This truly is a gem of a restaurant.

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