Had a delicious dinner at Cassis Bistro on Pender Street in Vancouver a few weeks ago. We began at the bar, as the message I had left on their answering machine re a reservation had not been received and they didn't have a table ready.
This was fine, as it gave us a chance to kibbutz with one of the owners who was working the bar that night. I ordered a glass of house red (Bastide?) and my companions ordered the Red Devil Ale, and we shared the Dungeness Crab starter which came with homemade corn chips. The starter was rich and creamy, and the most expensive item we ordered all evening. It had been described as chipotle-crab, but didn't have quite enough of the smoky-thing happening for me, as chipotle is a flavour I especially enjoy during the cold months. Nonetheless it was tasty and excellent quality.
This restaurant does French country-peasant food very well. We ordered three vegetable dishes to share--forest mushrooms, beets and winter pears, and a stand-out yukon potato pave--that worked well with our main dishes.
My husband and I were both eyeing the choucroute, but I gave in and ordered the coq au vin. He liked the choucroute and I loved the coq au vin to the point of committing the faux pas of mopping up the sauce with the excellent house bread. Our friend ordered the daily soup, borscht, and a cassoulet. The food was so good we shared several bites of each others' dishes. The choucroute was a bit dense, even for a winter dish, but good. The cassoulet was very good as well, but the borscht had a smoky thing going on that was a knock out for me. I hope when I go back they have that soup.
There was no room for a dessert; each of us was very happy and satisfied at the end of the meal. Although it was busy and a lot was going on, we were able to talk to each other without shouting, which is always a plus for me.
Prices were very reasonable. Our bill came to $78 before the tip.