April 25th, 2012. La Brasserie
So, not only is my Cali friend Brent in town, so is my highschool friends Kam and his new girlfriend! Figured I’d kill 2 birds with 2 stones by arranging a dinner meet up with both parties together 🙂 For 2 people from out of town where could we go for a good impresson of Vancouver cuisine? Why not La Brasserie!
The restaurant is in the trendy Davie section of downtown Van and of course people have been talking this place up since it started along with the very famous La Brasserie food cart. I’ve always wanted to try the place, but had never had the opportunity, so this was perfect!
La Brasserie is well known in Vancouver for it’s delicious Franco-German down-home menu items with fine dining sensibilities and the reasonable pricing definitely sweetens the deal for Vancouver visitors nearing the end of their visit 😉 It’s small space is their way of not taking reservations and they have an open kitchen for us foodies who can’t get enough of watching Food Network 24/7 😉
I arrived a bit early, so I ordered a French Press Coffee with a side of sweetened Condensed Milk. I’ve never had coffee served to me like this (Vietnamese coffee comes with condensed milk in the cup) and I quite enjoyed it. The coffee was strong, the milk sweet, just the thing to get my blood pumping 🙂
What’s really a unique touch here at La Brasserie is the complimentary baguette and rye bread served on a wooden board with smooth butter and a savory chicken
rillette. Who gives rillette with free bread nowadays? This was awesome!
Okay, so here was my dinner from top left corner clockwise: Smoked Duck Breast served with Grainy Mustard, thinly sliced Spinach Stuffed Pheasant, Chicken Pate, Potato Salad, Chutney, and Pork Terrine. Don’t let the presentation fool you; everything was very rich and filling and extremely flavorful! Gamey, rich flavors, tart dijon mustard, sweet chutney, all served with delicious crostini. I loved the variety and how fulfilling it was!
Kam’s girlfriend had the ever popular and very French Alsation Onion Tart (caramelized onion, bacon and gruyere tart with a dollop of creme fraiche) served with a side salad. Sweet, savory and deliate with some bold flavors! It was pretty delish and I can see why people keep writing about it 🙂
Kam had the special of the day which was the house Mussles & Frites with Merguez Sausage in Saffron Broth. So deicious! The creamy broth was enriched from the flavor of the mussles and the spiciness of the merguez and made for a hearty and seriously yummy dish!
Brent went all out with the famous Brasserie Burger and Frites. As you can see it’s a burger tower piled high with crispy onions, aged white cheddar, bacon and a served with their own in-house truffle aioli and ketchup. It’s exactly what you’d think from looking at the picture: big, meaty, juicy, messy and complety satisfying! Total home run! Brent was a very happy guy with an extremely full tummy 😉
I think my friends enjoyed a nice meal that didn’t break the bank, was a punch of flavor, and unique to our diverse city!