After we enjoyed afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, we managed to secure an early reservation for dinner at Les Faux Bourgeois in Mount Pleasant. Les Faux Bourgeois is a highly-hyped casual French restaurant located East 15th Avenue, near the non-foodie intersection of Kingsway & Fraser Street.
We were seated at the bar and presented with a generous portion of freshly baked bread, served to us before our appetizers and main courses. The bread was delicious and I had to stop myself from eating it all so that I wouldn’t spoil my dinner. We started with an appy of Escargots De Bourgogne ($9.00) – Classically-executed, traditional Burgundy land snails cooked with parsley and garlic butter, resting on slices of French bread. The escargots were soft and tender – without being chewy at all – and nicely seasoned.
Even though beets are an acquired taste, I love them. So of course when I saw a beet salad listed on the menu I just had to order the dish: Warm Beet Salad ($9.00) – This was a huge portion and a fantastic salad! Chopped warm purple and yellow beets, resting on a bed of seasonal greens; all tossed in a sweet and tangy raspberry vinaigrette. For our main courses, we ordered Canard Confit ($17.00) – Another generous portion consisting of crispy duck leg confit, du Puy lentils, green beans and grain mustard jus. The succulent duck meat wasn’t overly fatty and was very juicy.
Baked Salmon ($18.00) – A moist piece of wild BC salmon, warm potato salad, and steamed asparagus. Every item on my plate was cooked to perfection, except for the potatoes – they were a little undercooked for my liking.
Overall, Les Faux Bourgeois is a reasonably priced casual French bistro that serves generous portions of tasty French dishes. Service was average, probably because we were seated at the bar. It was a little annoying at times having random waitstaff reaching over us to grab items from behind the bar. The restaurant itself is quite small, very loud and crowded. We wouldn’t recommend Les Faux Bourgeois for a quiet romantic evening, but do go for the food. We would suggest making reservations ahead of time for table seating and avoid sitting at the counter, if possible. You’re in for solid French cuisine, but don’t expect much in terms of fine dining service or a relaxing atmosphere.