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Nov 30, 2010 01:09 PM

Fauborg Bakery - French bakery/bistro inKerisdale

Just opened on 41st Ave. Tried a croissant and a pane au chocolat. Both very decent. It was busy when I was there around lunch time today. Everthing looked clean, sterile, commercial production like. Good addition to the neighbourhood. Hear the owners are in the hospitality management industry. Believe they own a children clothing store on Dunbar. Wouldn't consider it a foodie destination but would choose to spend my dollars here than other casual franchised hang out spots.

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  1. Cool.

    BTB, so they are a bistro too (as per your title) ?

    Being a bakery, I presume they'd be open pretty early in the mornings ? Are they a boulangerie or more a patisserie (or both) ?

    Seating capacity ?

    What was at their location before ?

    Sorry for all the questions.

    17 Replies
    1. re: LotusRapper

      LR, they advertise as a bistro. but from what i saw it was more cafe, sandwiches and pastries. perhaps there are plans for a fuller menu in the future. the website menu is very basic. not a parisienne bistro unfortunately.
      there was a limited selection of products probably due to being just newly opened.
      they had some baguttes, bread for sandwiches, about 6-7 baked items and some cakes on display.
      there was approximately 30 seats.
      they are brand new in the city. i have heard that the name is similar to a brand overseas but i dont think they are related.

      1. re: betterthanbourdain

        Skip it, and make a quick drive down to Steeve Raye (on 4th and Macdonald) instead: it's less busy but much better. The Faubourg reference is to the famous street in Paris. The confusion with the name is that it's relatively similar to Fauchon.

        1. re: clutterer

          Thanks cluterer!
          I have steeve raye on my radar. Can you offer a suggestion on what I should try at sr?

          1. re: betterthanbourdain

            The croissant is a good place to start. They do a good brioche as well. Really, it's all good, though I haven't ventured too far into their desserts. Steeve Raye's folks own Le Regalade out in West Van.

            1. re: clutterer

              I'll have to go back and try them again. Wasn't blown away by any of the pastries I tried there in November.

              1. re: clutterer

                Ah ! I saw the name Raye and knew it was familiar, but didn't realize he's Alain Raye's son.

                Poked my head into Steeve Raye last Sat on way home after a long blistery walk on Spanish Banks beach. There was a lineup :-( so I impatiently left and later planted myself at The Wicked Cafe.

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  If it helps with the line-ups, it seems that Steeve Raye is supplying La Ghianda with croissants and pain au chocolat.

                  1. re: clutterer

                    Good to know -- when I called La G on Sat they said they weren't going to have any breakfasty stuff.

              2. re: betterthanbourdain

                I finally tried SR yesterday-nearly empty which was good as my husband couldn't find parking and was just going to drive around until I picked up my pastry. I had the pain pistache which was so amazingly good, I will have to say it was the best pastry I have ever had in Vancouver. I wished I had bought 2 but we had already driven away! I asked the girl at the front counter if they ever made french style onion tarts (quiche like ones) and they said yes! And that I could special order one anytime. I had been looking around and couldn't find them so this was good news.

                1. re: selena03

                  I also tried Steeve Raye last week and loved it. We had the Pain au Chocolat, Croissant des Amandes and the Hazelnut Chocolate Croissant. My PaC was so flaky and buttery yet light. My wife devoured the other two, but I think she liked the almond croissant the most. Fair price for the quality you get. Recommended!

                  1. re: flowbee

                    Steeds Raye was closed today at 4pm. No sign or indication on the closure and I seem to recall someone saying it was closed on Monday too.

                    1. re: farman

                      They've shut down the pastry concept from what I understand. Soon to be a bistro with help from his folks who own Bistro Bistro.

                        1. re: clutterer

                          Sorry about that, you know those French bistros all look alike to me ; )

                      1. re: farman

                        I stopped by today also in hopes of trying their pastries for the first time. Guess I missed it... Can't complain about having a new bistro in the neighbourhood, though! Any ideas when it might be ready?

                        1. re: twinkienic

                          From what I hear, they're still waiting for permits/licenses/etc.

              3. re: betterthanbourdain

                LF website appears to have been added to -- full brunch and lunch menus now available.

            2. Yet another place for high tea in Kerrisdale! I sure hope they have better desserts than Secret Garden and Adonia Tea House, because I find desserts in high tea places are not as great as their savoury items!