My wife and I have been on a for new (to us) places to try in Vancouver and over the last week made our first visits to Jules (apparently open since 2007) and Amici Mei (open just a year).
We were tired of the French bistros that comprise our regular list (Tableau, La Brasserie, etc.) and stumbled on Jules in Gastown. We liked everything about our first meal there: food, service, wine list and atmosphere. As to the food, our sense was that the kitchen is in very capable hands. I had two specials: A chicken liver mouse (creamy, rich, generously portioned) and a roasted halibut with a parsley sauce and a warm fingerling potato salad (the fist very carefully cooked and obviously fresh, the accompaniments exactly right). My wife had the well priced table d'hote ($33), consisting of a fresh, summer salad, a petite ribeye (tender and cooked exactly right) served with garlic butter and excellent frites. We shared a solid crème caramel (one of many, good looking desserts.
Our dinner at Amici Mei was more mixed. The service unfortunately was disjointed (the staff apologized repeatedly, so perhaps it was just a glitch). But the food was excellent. We shared a nice mixed salad and an order of mozzarella in carroza (not quite traditional but good nonetheless). The two pastas: A superb, classic lasagna and a pappardelle with sausage and mushrooms (great homemade pasta, well sauced). As noted, the service seems to need work, as does the wine list, but we look forward to returning.