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I understand from their website that La Brasserie on Davie does not take reservations. We are thinking of going there for dinner on Saturday night. The restaurant opens at 5:00 PM, but, due to another commitment, we cannot arrive much before 5:30 PM. Is this a restaurant (like Vij's where we go occasionally) where you really have to be in line before it opens to be part of the first sitting, or will a 5:30 PM arrival probably be OK (on a Saturday)? Tx.

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  1. I've never seen anything like the lineups at Vij's but La B is relatively small so I have seen people waiting but always later on. I've never gone at 5:30 on a Saturday but my suspicion is you'll be fine. You could give them a quick buzz to see if my spidey senses are correct ;-).

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    1. re: grayelf

      In late January we arrived before 5:30 on a Saturday night and the place was full by 6 p.m. We've gone on a weeknight and on a Saturday and the restaurant has been full by 6 p.m. both times. If you arrive around 5:30 you should be OK.

      1. re: doughhead

        We went there on a weeknight last week because every time we try to go on the weekend there is a line up, and no real place to wait. Definitely worth going, husband had the burger and I had the daily fish special. Creme brulee for dessert. YUM :)

    2. Thank you all for responding. We did go last night. We were there before 5:30PM and left just after 6:30 PM. At no time was there a line-up and, in fact, there were a few empty tables when we left. I think that this was probably due to it being a nice evening and many people not having yet turned their thoughts to eating. (We saw lots of people on the sidewalk outside purposefully heading somewhere.) I suspect that situation would have been quite different had it been dark and rainy. The meal was excellent, by the way.

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      1. re: ifid

        What did you eat? Need to hear what was excellent... :-)

        1. re: ck1234

          Blimey! I've really let myself in for it now, haven't I - using the word "excellent" on Chowhound!. You have to understand that we are not "foodies", and perhaps our standards are somewhat lower than the regulars on Chowhound (actually, no "perhaps" about it). So, please be aware of that in reading further (i.e., that we are more easily pleased).

          They started out with a small bread platter. The baguette was good, although the crust (best part for me) was not as "crusty" as others I have had. However, H really liked the herbed bread.

          Then, I had the beet, goat cheese, etc. salad. I liked the dressing (rather tart) and I really liked the fact that the salad was not drenched in it. There was just enough for flavour.

          H. had the halibut special and found the halibut to be tender and moist. I had the chicken and frites. The chicken was also tender and moist and I really liked the frites. Perhaps they were "double-cooked" (is that what they do with frites?). I didn't much care for the cabbage underneath, but that's OK.

          For dessert, we had the apple/raisin crumble. It was quite sweet, and just enough to satisfy.

          On the whole, it was a very simply dinner, but we really enjoyed it. Service was also very good, without being obtrusive.

          Going to La Brasserie is part of a search on our part for French restaurants to remind us of our trip to Paris a little while ago. We tried the crepe place on Jervis a couple of months ago and, for a variey of reasons, were disappointed (think they've changed hands). We tried Les Faux Bourgeois last month and would go back. Now we've been to La Brasserie and enjoyed our meal there. If anyone has any other favourites (mid-range, not like Le Crocodile, for example), we'd be happy to hear about them.

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          La Brasserie
          1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

          Le Crocodile Restaurant
          909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

          1. re: ifid

            salade des fruits would be a good mid range option for you to try.

            1. re: ifid

              Thank you! I hate the word "foodie". I never call myself that. I do call myself a food nerd though. :-)

              Sounds yummy! I've only been for the burger and was not thrilled though it might have been the most beautifully presented burger I've ever seen. I am planning to return.

              I love Le Crocodile! I think it's worth a trip definitely!!! Keep it mind for a splurge dinner some time! I still dream of that lobster poutine and their frites, and their bernaise sauce...etc...

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              Le Crocodile Restaurant
              909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

              1. re: ifid

                Pied-à-Terre
                Jules Bistro
                Provence Marinaside

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                Jules Bistro
                216 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC V6B2K8, CA

                1. re: el_lobo_solo

                  I love the bowl of poutine at Salade de fruits, selena. It's near my office so we toddle over for lunch now and again.

                  Good call on Pied a Terre ELS, I haven't been for a while and it's time to go back. I liked the atmosphere at Jules more than the food but if the OPs are trying to bring back the Parisien feel it might do the trick. I haven't loved my meals at Provence Marinaside but it has a ton of fans. I've never tried the Provence out by UBC but I have friends who enjoy it very much. We are getting some good less expensive French options here. I also think Bistro Bistrot might be worth a look for the OPs, especially if they like chocolate mousse.

                2. re: ifid

                  I haven't been myself but I've heard very good things about La Regalade in North Van

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                  La Regalade Restaurant
                  2232 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V1K4, CA

                  1. re: islandgirl

                    I think that new La Regalade cafe (where the Steeve Raye used to be) is open now on the west side but not positive. I saw people inside and the sign up when we drove by last week.

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                    La Regalade Restaurant
                    2232 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V1K4, CA

                  2. re: ifid

                    A couple of other suggestions for mid range French restaurants. Bistrot Bistro; La Regalade; Bistro Pastis and Mistral. These are all very good but may not meet your criteria of "mid range" in terms of price. They are all, however, considerably less than Le Crocodile

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                    Bistro Pastis
                    2153 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7, CA

                    Le Crocodile Restaurant
                    909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

                    La Regalade Restaurant
                    2232 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V1K4, CA

              2. Thank you all very much for all the great suggestions. We now have a list to work with over the next several months.

                We have had brunch at both the Provences and I really like their French toast. Must go back for dinner. And, chocolate mouse, grayelf - that in itself would be reason to try Bistro Bistrot.

                Thanks again.

                1. just heard from twitter that La Brasserie Street food truck at corner of W Georgia as of April 11th

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                  La Brasserie
                  1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

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                  1. re: vandan

                    I read that too...I don't know what they will be selling yet. Perhaps it is porchetta sandwiches - a la Meat and Bread. (There is a connection - I don't know if this is still the case, but the same cook who made the porchetta sandwiches at LB now makes it for M&B).

                    1. re: fmed

                      for one thing "the brass chicken" beer-brined rotisserie chicken in gravy on a buttermilk bun,topped with crispy onions

                      1. re: vandan

                        They updated their bio: "Bio The Brass does FOOD TRUCK now! We serve Brass Chicken Sandwich --- Beer brined rotisserie chicken in gravy, on a buttermilk bun, topped with crispy onions."

                    2. re: vandan

                      Did they take over the license from the Japanese Crepes cart or is this one of the new licenses?

                      The chicken sounds good, wonder what the price will be?

                      1. re: moyenchow

                        I couldn't help myself and walked over today to check it out.

                        It's a tasty sandwich! On my top 5 list of $10 Gourmet Downtown Sandwiches.

                        Sandwich costs $7 tax included.

                        -Chicken is shredded and mixed with the gravy.

                        -Both Dark and white meat, very tender as expected with it being brined

                        -Good gravy

                        -Not sure about the bun being a Buttermilk bun .... It could be but I though it was a portuguese bun

                        The pics don't do the sandwich justice as I squished it, getting it back to my office.

                        This will definately help drive people to La Brasserie.

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                        La Brasserie
                        1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

                         
                         
                        1. re: moyenchow

                          Tried it today and whole-heartedly concur. That is one tasty sandwich. Everything made back at the restaurant in the morning, and then re-heated in the cart.

                          1. re: clutterer

                            And here is another photo to add to the mix.

                             
                      2. re: vandan

                        Thank you so much for mentioning this. I'm heading to the VAG, and was hoping to find a decent food truck from which to purchase lunch. I've always enjoyed the food at La Barsserie, so I'll give their sandwich a try.

                        1. re: KGill

                          We split some discussion about sandwiches into a new thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/783935

                      3. How busy is La Brasserie on a weekday for lunch?

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                        La Brasserie
                        1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

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                        1. re: islandgirl

                          I've been a couple times for weekday lunch and had no problem. I find most places here if you go at 11:50 you beat the lunch bunch :-).