I know I’m getting behind on posts when I start writing one only to realize that I can’t remember some of the names of the daily specials that we ate since my notes were on my iPhone – and my iPhone probably got taken by a cabbie over 3 weeks ago!
Anyway, quite a few weeks back now, a girlfriend and I decided to hit up Le Crocodile, a high end French restaurant located in downtown Vancouver, on Smithe near Burrard Street. I had never been before, but my friend really loves the place and she hadn’t been back for quite some time either.
We went for lunch to break up the day a bit, and settled in at our table by the window. I looked around, and loved the bright yellow curtains surrounding the walls, and the pretty fresh orchids on every table. Each space was lit up by a small table lamp, that added to the elegant and cheery atmosphere in the restaurant.
To start things off, the staff provided us with a complimentary amuse bouche, which was a small cheese tart of some sort. Again, I have to apologize as I don’t know what this was called exactly, or even what type of cheese it contained (I can only blame myself for drinking too much the night I left my phone in the cab – although I did remember once I got out of my elevator a minute later. Alas, it was too late).
After a short while, our server came back to give us some water and recite the daily specials, which we mulled over while eating two types of soft, warm bread. It was actually quite difficult to make a decision in the end, as there were so many different options, and they all sounded so delicious! As a result, this meal ended up being quite large, as we both decided to order a starter, along with our mains.
We both began immediately salivating when we heard there was a Seared Foie Gras with Scallop available. This was served with scoops of cantaloupe (which I’d have to say was a bit strange and didn’t really do it for me), greens, and had some sort of red wine jus. The scallop was cooked just the right amount, and the duck liver was excellent.
At this point in our meal, our server brought us over a couple of servings of Pear Sorbet, with some sort of liquor and a mint leaf on the side, to cleanse our palates. The icy treat was nice and subtle on it’s own, but I’m not one for alcohol in my desserts at the best of times, so I sort of avoided the pool of it at the bottom of the plate. I’m sure for those that are fans of alcohol in items other than beverages, they would have enjoyed it.
We then moved on to our seafood mains. I ordered the daily special of Halibut (which is now in season) served with asparagus, yellow squash and mascarpone potatoes, all in a tomato based sauce (I really wish I could remember exactly what it was made from, but unfortunately, it is not to be). I found the fish to be cooked quite well, and was very content with my choice.
My girlfriend went with the Sea Bass daily special, served over linguine pasta with a lemon sauce, cherry tomatoes, and topped with two deep fried prawns. I quite enjoyed this fish as well, but the sauce was quite tart and strong in terms of it’s lemon flavour. I didn’t try the prawns, but I did prefer my dish in the end, and so did my dining partner.
They served both of these dishes with some shoestring fries to add some carbs to the mix. These were just fun to eat on their own, although we didn’t end up having too many.
Once we had reached this part of the lunch, both of us decided we didn’t have any room for dessert. When we got our bill, they also brought us a couple of cute crocodile chocolates which ended up finishing the meal quite nicely.
Le Crocodile is definitely a fine dining restaurant, so not something that most would go to very often. It would be great for a date or special occasion, and I quite enjoyed the French food that I selected that day. The service was also fantastic, and that definitely adds to the likelihood that I will return one day.