Address: 216 Abbott Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2
Jules Bistro is tucked in the heart of Gastown in Vancouver. Among many fancy establishments, it was nice to see a casual French restaurant.
The decor decor had rustic charm, and the staff was overall friendly and professional.
For dinner, we decided to go with the value option – two course meal for $29.
First course – Tomato gazpacho
If I recall correctly, Gazpacho is a classic Spanish dish. This was essentially a chilled tomato soup that tasted very similar to salsa (obviously due to ingredients like tomatoes and garlic). Unlike salsa, the gazpacho wasn’t spicy because it had no chili peppers. Furthermore, we tasted a hint of celery which gave the soup added freshness and lightness. This was a perfect starter on a hot summer evening.
Address: 13483 72 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 2N7 5V9
Old Surrey Restaurant is situated in a charming little house near the heart of Surrey. The establishment has been around for more than forty years. It’s bit old on the inside, but the vintage decor gives off a warm vibe; like going to grandparents’ house. From the moment we stepped in, to the end of dinner service, we were served by one of the friendliest and most courteous staff.
For dinner, we decided to go with Spring Special. It was a four-course special that showcased some of the locally sourced ingredients. Price was $58 per person.
Amuse bouche – seared beef with vegetables in vinaigrette (complimentary)
Tender beef (perfectly seared) with tangy veggies. Delicious.
Appetizer A. Wild mushroom & Abbostford duck confit risotto
This was a heavy appetizer. The earthy flavours of the mushrooms matched well with the salty and succulent duck. The rice had been infused with parmesan cheese as well as truffle oil.
Appetizer B. Mussels & fries
A generous pot of mussels cooked in white wine sauce. We were pleasantly surprised to see this served as an appetizer. The shoestring fries made it less filling (in a good way).
Second Course – Caesar Salad
Caesar salad prepared live by our table! Crisp romaine lettuce, fresh croutons, parmesan cheese tossed in a dressing consisting of mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar, raw egg, anchovies, and crushed garlic. It doesn’t get any more classic than this! This had got to be one of the most satisfying and biggest salads we’ve ever had. We were about 65% full at this point.
Main Course A. Chilliwak-Ryder Farm’s spring lamb combo
Roasted rack and leg of lamb served with red wine sauce and mint jelly. Meat was cooked medium-well, but was still tender and flavourful. Side veggies were roasted zuchinni, green beans, and red pepper; simple but healthy contrast to the red meat. Potatoes were a bit more unique. They seemed to be mashed and lightly fried. The end result was very fluffy and creamy.
Location: 663 E 15th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6
French cuisine for those on a budget! Les Faux Bourgeois is the place to go for authentic french food without the posh ambiance and prices.
The restaurant is easy to find; just a bit north of Kingsway & Fraser. Though there isn’t much going on in the surrounding neighbourhood, inside Les Faux Bourgeois is very vibrant and welcoming.
Our server (he sounded French, so that added authenticity I suppose) was very attentive during throughout our dinner. He kept a friendly smile, refilled our water promptly, and offered loaves of bread (we loved their bread). He even fixed our wobbly table without us asking!
For our dinner, we ordered four dishes. Every one of them was under $30 :O
Soupe à l’oignon gratinée ($10)
A classic French onion soup. Beneath the layer of baked gruyère and mozzarella were large chunks of French bread drenched in soup. There were also caramelized onions and smoked bacon. Even with all the heavy ingredients, the soup wasn’t overly salty. Continue reading