Les Faux Bourgeois
663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Price: Fair (actually close to cheap end)
Les Faux Fourgeois has been on my wishlist for at least 6 month now. I actually attempted once before, but made the reservation too late (2 days prior). They were booked solid until 10pm. So this time I made sure to call 5 days ahead of time, and even then, they told me 7pm reservation is not available, so I settled on a 7:30pm reservation.
R started his meal with the Escargots De Bourgogne ($8), essentially escargots in garlic butter. The escargot was okay, but I loved their garlic butter infused baguette, as there were tons of garlic in the butter.I went for the Coquilles St. Jacques ($11). This is baked scallop in mornay gratinee. Although the scallop were good, but it wasn't the tender enough (compare with Market). The grantinee was very creamy, but it had slight yogurt taste(sourness) to it.
For my main I went with the one of the "special of the day". This is grilled pork striploin with mustard demi cream ($18). The first bite was kinda disappointing, as I thought the pork was too hard/chewy. However when I cut into the 2nd piece, which had some fatty parts, it was delicious. Majority of the pork striploin was really tender, but I think the real highlight was the sauce (yum). Their garlic potato salad was really good as well. There was this very flavor taste that I couldn't distinguish. Finally more than half way through, I finally realized it was chive. All I got to say is I really did enjoy this dish.
R had the Le Cabillaud ($18), which is Ling Cod with mushrooms, savoy cabbage, cod croquettes and manila clam pan jus. R thought the cod was very well done, the meat was juicy and tender. I on the other hand thought it was a bit dry around the edges, but the middle was really good. The cod croquettes were crunchy and soft/hot in the inside. The clam jus was really good, very rich and flavorful.
Although I was really full at this point, but I just can't miss out on dessert, and I am so glad I didn't. The above is the best creme brulee (only $6) I have ever tried. The caramel sugar on top was nice and smooth (someplace have gritty burnt sugar, instead of a nice hard caramelized top).The custard underneath was soft and creamy without being overly sweet. Although the custard is solid, but it almost seems like a liquid. There was also a very rich vanilla taste, and I think they use real vanilla bean in this dessert because I notice some some small black specks.
R's lemon tart ($6) was also really good. The filling was smooth and rich with the right balance of sourness and sweetness. The shell it was sitting in was excellent, it was almost like a shortbread cookie crust.
The service here was good, and it seems all the servers were French, as many had a French accent. Although the meal was very good, I have to comment on a smell that was around our table. I can't put my finger on it, maybe it was some kind of cleaning detergent they used, but it was not a pleasant smell.
Overall the food here are definitely very delicious, and price is right. In fact I think it's actually pretty cheap for the quality you receive. All I have to say is definitely make your reservation early in the week if you plan to go on the weekend.