Le Crocodile is a bit of an institution for uncompromising French cuisine in Vancouver. Whilst all it's peers have meandered carefully into fusion or lighter offerings, le Crocodile would never make such concessions. All sauces are full fat, full butter, full on. It's not enough to say, come hungry. Rather I would say, come skinny.
The setting is a tranquil and chic, yet possibly becoming dated, iconic French restaurant setting. It's a minor thing but I like the fact that the majority of the staff are French or Quebecois. The one thing that bothered D more than I, surprisingly was the enormous floral arrangement which dominates the centre of the dining area. He found the aroma a bit suffocating. Grandma's bathroom floral, he put it.
|Le Crocodile Pommes Frites|
|Escargots in Pastry|
|Salad with Lobster Tempura|
|Halibut on Pasta in a Saffron Beurre Blanc|
D ordered the Roasted Chicken. His sauce as well as a bit heavy but not overly so. The bird was roasted very well and the accompaniements were lovely as well as generous. The risotto was on the 'soft side'. D had wanted to order a lighter fish dish. He ordered the Sea Breem since the only other fish dish was the Chilean Sea Bass. We were both taken aback to see this on the menu since it is on the endangered, do not fish list by Oceanwise. We even verified with the chef that it was indeed Chilean. Alas it was so D ordered the Sea Breem. Our waiter came back, regrettably, to tell us that Sea Breem was not available and actually had not been available for over a month. We found it odd that 1. He would admit that too us. 2 That they hadn't re-printed the paper inserts in the menus.
We ordered an absolutely wonderful Chardonnay four our meal. Nice body without the heavy woody punch. Sophisticated, delicate yet present on the palate. Yumm! Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay
|Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2008|
|Crodiles with your bill|
Ambiance: Classic warm French
Service: Attentive and courteous
909 Burrard St
Vancouver, BC V6Z