|Alsacienne Tarte Flambe|
Faux Bourgeois has been on our list for a while and we had decided we were probably spending too much time in Kits. It had been receiving consistently strong reviews in publications and from friends. Yet it's in a most unexpected location in the Kingsway area of town where the few restaurants peppered in the somewhat tumbleweed suburban area are normally Asian. Actually, if you are heading Eastbound and you are not paying attention, you will miss it. It is offset from Kingsway so if you hit Fraser, you have gone too far.
Once we'd managed to find our way there, we arrived to find it packed. It was a Wednesday and it had two full seatings. Amazing. I was a bit worried at first when I strode up carrying my bicycle helmet in evening casual to find two couples in cocktail dresses and suits. I needn't be. It was kitsch and homey enough that it did not matter.
|Monmousseau Cufee Touraine|
|Escargot in Garlic Butter with Croutons|
|Florentine Tarte Flambe|
I quite liked my Escargots. I will as a default order them if they are on a menu because they are so difficult to find. Well, that is if there isn't bacon on them. It was served out of the Shell with three Croutons. I am not sure how I felt about the fact that the Escargot had been extricated for me. I will admit that my history with Escargot have not been incident free but there is something to be said for having mastered the little twisting wrist motion to get the critter out of their shell. It did make eating alot less complicated and I did have several more Escargot that normally come on a plate when you are served the shelled ones. The Garlicy Butter was wonderful though the croutons a bit too crisp for sopping up but we still had some lovely fresh bread on the table. I like to spear one Escargot with a piece of bread. MMMM
The Tartes were equally popular. I will admit that I thought the square cut puff pastry made them look somewhat like toaster pastries. We have had Tartes Flambees at DB a bit more free form though more scarcely dressed. Geometry aside, the toppings were abundant. If you like bacon, I would recommend the Alsacienne. The nom-nom's from my friends told me that I need to try the Tarts next time if I can tear myself away from call of the Caracols. The Florenine was heaping with Spinach and drizzled with a nice Tapinade dressing.
|Roasted Lamb Sirloin|
The portions were homey and just on the edge of too generous so you would eat it all and feel only a bit too full or you would leave only a tad behind and not feel you wasted. We cleaned our plates but I felt compelled to leave 1 potato. I don't know why. My broth was a tad on the salty side but not distastrously so. The Seafood was gently cooked and none of the components over cooked. At home, that's really hard to do. I have seen on television where a chef may cook each component separately and bring them together. That always seemed over the top to me for what is meant to be a comfort food. But when it is well done like this, you see why. I still would not do that at home though :^P
We shared 1 dessert of a Silk Chocolate flourless cake. I was a bit trepidatious after my poor experience at Matisse in Victoria. I am fully recovered. This cake was indeed Silk! It was the complete polar opposite of that sandy mess I had at Matisse, Victoria. I would have almost had a whole one to myself. It had a lovely praline like crust. MMMMM
Overall, I was quite pleased with the overall experience. I'd like to see more French wines at different price points to help on that difficult decision when red and white meats are on the same table. Given the area, it is a destination and it is worth the visit. A definite Gem on the East 'sayeed'.
Service: Friendly and attentive enough though someone with wine knowledge would add to the French experience
Ambience: modern Parisien bistro, low lit. Can be romantic or fun for friends.
Les Faux Bourgeois
663 E 15th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5T2R6