One of the restaurants that was consistently on my foodar was Les Faux Bourgeois. Serving up simple and rustic French fare at rock bottom prices, Les Faux Bourgeois was consistently rated as one of the top restaurant in Vancouver and I get constant recommendations among my friends. I love French food, and I already have my standards before starting this blog, so it goes without saying that I’ve had high hopes for this restaurant. Without further adieu, allons-y!
We started off with the Escargots De Bourgogne. Classic, parsley and garlic butter. The escargots were cooked well: it was tender and was only slightly chewy. It was drenched and seasoned with the oily garlic butter which made the dish quite flavorful.
We also had the Pate de Campagne. It reminded me of Spam, or some kind of meatloaf – kind of a salty meat taste, but more refined. It came with 3 dollop of mustard. I generally don’t like mustard but having them on the pate worked.
Le Steak Frites was recommended by a friend and by a certain magazine. It was hanger steak served with frites with a choice of red wine shallot jus, herb butter, or green peppercorn cream sauce. I did what a sensible person would do and requested medium rare. It was good. There were some pink in the meat, and sure enough, it was tender and flavorful. The seasoned frites were also cooked perfectly, and I preferred to soak them with the green peppercorn cream sauce rather than the aioli that it came with. My friend couldn’t stop stealing the frites!
My friend had the Filet De Porc. Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with carrot puree, kale, mushrooms and juniper jus. She was kind enough to offer me a piece because she was already stuffed with the appetizers. (Ha! The plan worked!) Soaking the pork with the sauce and puree was delicious. The pork itself was a bit pink in the middle, tender and dry, but it was counterbalanced by the wet sauce which also bought the taste right out.
It was time for dessert, and I of course had the classic creme brulee. I loved the carmelized sugar layer. The custard itself was rich and thick with just the right amount of sweetness.
My friend had the lemon cake (?) which was the special for that day. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to taste nor remember the proper menu name.
Overall, the food was good, but it didn’t blow me away. But given that the price of the menu where almost everything is under $20, you just can’t argue about the quality and the generous portions that it comes with. This was also probably the first time I walked out of a French restaurant without foie gras. Cheap and cheerful, I do appreciate and respect the no-frills, unpretentious, and simply executed dishes. The question is just this: would you be overwhelm or underwhelm by the simplicity of it all?
The restaurant was always busy from the moment we arrived and when we left. I myself failed to secure a table a few days ahead, so reservations several days or even a week or two beforehand is recommended.