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vegan73 Feb 13, 2013 10:28 AM

Meeting friends in Vancouver for a French dinner. Anwhere is fine as we have a car and don't mind driving. I've heard good things about The District Social and L'Abbatoir, anything else?

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    jmil Feb 13, 2013 10:51 AM

    A couple options I like ...
    - La Regalade
    - Pied a Terre
    Both are quite good.

    1. waylman Feb 13, 2013 11:47 AM

      You looking for casual or fine dining?
      Le Crocodile is excellent on the fine dining side.

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        vegan73 Feb 13, 2013 01:36 PM

        Casual or fine dining.

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          LotusRapper Feb 14, 2013 07:34 AM

          Les Faux Bourgeois
          Pied-a-Terre
          La Regalade
          Tableau

          Are my preferences.

          Le Crocodile and Bacchus are there too if you want to spend a bit more.

          I don't like Cafe Salade de Fruits anymore. Won't discuss details.

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            1newyorkguy Mar 8, 2013 02:44 AM

            discuss...discuss..

        2. grayelf Feb 13, 2013 04:54 PM

          Neither the District nor L'abbatoir strike me as particularly French, though the latter is so influenced I guess.

          I like Pied a terre, though it can be a bit cramped if full. Les Faux Bourgeois should be on your radar too, though alas I still haven't made it in (always too late for resos).

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            fmed Feb 13, 2013 08:27 PM

            Yes - LFB, Le Croc, and I am quite liking Absinthe on Commercial Drive.

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              grayelf Feb 14, 2013 09:15 AM

              Deets on Absinthe please :-)

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                fmed Feb 14, 2013 07:28 PM

                It's a small family run joint where Theresa's used to be. Have been a couple of times now. Small, focused menu. Pork cheeks and duck confit are both good.
                http://www.bistroabsinthe.com

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                  grayelf Feb 14, 2013 07:50 PM

                  Woot, another decent place on the Drive. Thanks for the intel.

                  ETA just noticed they're planning a brunch service soon -- French brunch sounds intriguing.

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                    LotusRapper Feb 14, 2013 11:19 PM

                    No one mentioned Chez Meme Baguette Bistro in Burnaby ......

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            figgycrave Mar 6, 2013 06:33 PM

            my top picks are:

            - les faux bourgeois
            - cafe regalade (for brunch)
            - la brassarie (franco-german)

            i was underwhelmed with pied a terre.

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              vegan73 Mar 6, 2013 07:03 PM

              Thanks! I just called and got reservations at Les Faux Bourgeois and I can't wait!

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                grayelf Mar 7, 2013 10:49 AM

                Does anyone know if La Brasserie sold? It was listed back in Nov 2012.

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                  Peter Rodgers Mar 7, 2013 11:52 AM

                  Not as far as one can tell -- the original staff all appear to be there (based upon two visits over the last ten days). I asked at Christmas what was going on and the reaction was that the listing was a flyer to test the market. Makes sense, given that they seem to be doing a very good business.

                  And, for what its worth, the food on my two visits was as good as ever. Great oysters (at two bucks a piece, a real bargain); wiener schnitzel (the Tuesday night special); a great, moist roast chicken; and on both occasions, superb pomme puree.

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                    grayelf Mar 7, 2013 06:18 PM

                    Good to know they are staying put. I've enjoyed brunch there the most but haven't been in for a while.

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                kinnickinnik Mar 7, 2013 08:04 PM

                I've had consistently good meals at Bistro Pastis. Good comfortable bistro food.

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                  ukjason Mar 12, 2013 03:45 PM

                  La Regalade in west vancouver for sure hands down the best in the city, well worth the drive depending where you live.

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                    vegan73 Mar 20, 2013 09:55 AM

                    UPDATE: I made reservations at Les Faux Bourgeois and we are greatly looking forward to it :)

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