La Brasserie

November 15th, 2011

Location: 1091 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC  View Google Map
Website: Click Here

My father is always saying he doesn’t like French food and I’m sure it’s just because he hasn’t tried the right kind. Anticipating heavy cream sauces, strange organ meats and fussily prepared dishes, he has proclaimed his disdain loudly, while seated in French restaurants, in France. I think he would feel differently if he tried La Brasserie, a Franco-German neighbourhood restaurant that prepares classic comfort foods in an upscale but relaxed setting. With dishes like Steak Onglet & Frites, Rotisserie Chicken and a Brasserie Burger, its focus is on traditional dishes, prepared well and with care. I like that La Brasserie is confident enough to make straightforward, tasty food – they don’t try too hard to be clever or cool. The Brasserie Burger is piled high with crispy onion bits and while I never think to order chicken for dinner when I’m out, the piece I saw at the table next to me looked so succulent I think I will start here. Their mussels are steamed in a white wine, garlic and cream bath full of flavour and accompanied by some of the best French fries in town – a perfectly crisp exterior cedes to a fluffy, soft centre. I’m also a fan of their French onion soup, which has obviously been prepared from scratch over days; the depth of the flavour contained in the brown broth betrays the hours spent concocting this fragrant soup. It’s also nice to see so many French and German wines and beers on the menu. La Brasserie hits the right note when you want to eat somewhere grown-up but completely unpretentious. (EL)


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