Went to Les Faux Bourgeois last night, a new French Bistro in East Vancouver (Kingsway and Fraser).
The room is stunning. Dark wood, soft lights.... very French... but not cheesy like some (Jules in Gastown, for instance I find very cheesy). A long bar stretching the length of the room is somewhere I can see myself.
The service was young but enthusiastic. It will come together. The food was all good/very good, with only a couple of hiccups. I'm sorry that my memory isn't great on the prices and some of the dishes.
We started with a simple goat cheese salad ($8) and an Alsatian Onion Pie ($12). The salad had walnuts, beets and radishes to go along with the greens and cheese. Simple, good quality and refreshing. The pie was delicious, although I prefer Pied a Terre's. It seems more substantial.
We then, by accident, shared a French Onion soup ($8). We ordered two, but for some reason they thought we only ordered one. Oh well. The soup seemed abnormally hearty for FOS. It said that it is cooked with veal and beef stock, so maybe that makes it so heavy (I don't know how the stock is usually cooked).... but, although it was good, it tasted more like Chili then FOS. Also, not very salty at all.
I went with the Lamb cooked with caramelized cauliflower and blue cheese in some kind of dark sauce ($17). The flavours were wonderful and the lamb cooked perfectly, but the temperature was way too cold.
My dining companion had the duck confit ($14). I don't remember exactly what it was cooked with, but I had a bite, perfectly good and smoking hot (obviously the lamb was waiting on this).
We finished with dessert. Creme Brule ($6) and chocolate mousse ($6). Both were good, with the mousse being phenomenal.
Their wine list is very affordable but has no real target to it: a smattering of wines from pretty much every major wine producing country. I would prefer to concentrate on french wines, or even just old world wines... but, i'm being picky. We asked for a bottle (2003 St. Emillion from Christian Mouriex. $48) but they were out... they brought out something else and said, "this is very good Bordeaux". It's my fault, I shouldn't have agreed to have it. It was a 2007 from some producer i'd never heard of. Wasn't really good at all and it was the same price. Oh well, it was my fault.
In the end, I really like LFB. The room is stunning, the prices very affordable, and there's nothing like it in the hood. This was also there second night open, so all/most of the pretty minor problems will hopefully work themselves out.
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