a little bit of French...a little bit of German...
and a whole lot of value!
La Brasserie has been on my list of restaurants-to-try for quite some time now. One, being that it is a "Franco-German" restaurant (you don't have very many of these in Vancouver) and two, I have come across an abundant number of food bloggers who have visited this restaurant and have got nothing but good things to say. Thirdly, I've also read that they have a Truffle Poutine on their menu and with a sudden poutine craze -reading, seeing and craving nothing but poutines - it was very fitting to finally pay this little "gem" a visit...
On this night, my dining companion and I started off this lovely evening with a nice glass of Villa Wolf Riesling ($8) each. For our appetizer, I suggested the Mussels and Frites in a Lemon Parsley Cream but asked to substitute the frites for a Truffle Poutine (of course) and pay a little more ($4). While reading and 'prepping' (lol!) for this visit, I was also aware that they served Lamb Cheeks here. Yes, the idea of eating cheeks from any type of animal may be a little daunting, to say the least, but knowing me - I love the tripe, tongue, liver, stomach, tendon, ear, feet etc. etc. (obviously, I have a limit so don't even think of going on a hypothetical question rampage - e.g, Would you ever eat a ______ of a ______?) Point being is, my friend once had Veal Cheeks from Le Faux Bourgeois Bistro once and said that they were amazing. Thus, this evening allowed for a great opportunity to pop my cheek-eating cherry (boy, does that ever sound wrong!)
|Mussels in a Lemon Parsley Cream|
|Braised Lamb Cheeks with a Carrot Puree|
Ok - not super friendly nor over-the-top and worthy of praise
Quite relatively reasonable - $20 and $22 for our entrees
Nice, romantic, dim-lighted ambience - perfect for a romantic date or a small group dinner outing
Yay: Come here for the truffle poutine! Generously-size portions of generally well-executed Franco-German fare, perfect dining destination for a romantic date
Nay: Not the right place for huge group outings, no reservations taken - first come first served!
Posted by: J