Les Faux Bourgeois-Affordable French Cuisine

Les Faux Bourgeois is an unassuming restaurant situated on the corner of Fraser and Kingsway. Since they are only open at night, you might miss it during the day.

Les Faux BourgeoisStarted off with some complimentary bread! They gave us a lot given that we only had 2 people.

Les Faux Bourgeois

For our appy, we had the Escargots de Bourgogne served with crostini. This is the first time I’ve had escargots not counting the time I had it at my uncle’s house in high school. The escargot was swimming in a rich concoction of garlic and parsley. We could taste a bit of spice in it too. The texture of the escargots was slightly rubbery and toothsome yet still soft. We used the rest of our complimentary bread to soak up the sauce since there wasn’t enough crostini.

Les Faux Bourgeois

This was the Bouillabaise with an assortment of seafood including snapper, prawns, clams and mussels with fennel and rouille in a saffron tomato broth. There were also a piece of garlic bread resting on top. I found that the broth had a strong saffron flavour and it was not that tomato-y despite the color. The prawns I tried were very snappy and delicious! They really picked up the flavours of the broth.

Les Faux Bourgeois

I had the Canard Confit which I had already set my mind on prior to my visit. I love duck! The duck was served on a warm salad of Sarladaise potatoes (potatoes cooked in duck fat), goat cheese, arugula and port jus. This was a great entree choice! The salad was addictively good! The Sarladaise potatoes further reinforced the flavours of the duck since they were cooked in duck fat. The duck itself was moist and tender and the meat came off the bone very easily. It may have been a tad salty near the end though and I wish the skin could’ve been a tad crispier but otherwise it was perfect!

Les Faux Bourgeois

Despite feeling rather full, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get dessert since the rest of the meal was going so well. I decided on the Lemon Tart  and the slice that arrived was quite large! However, despite my love for lemons and tart things in general, I found this to be much too tart. Even for me. It just needed a lot more sugar.

Overall I had a satisfying meal here and the prices are very reasonable! I can’t wait to come back! What’s your favourite French restaurant?

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HK BBQ Master

After seeing pictures of juicy succulent meat from Sean (Sean’s Adventures in Flavortown), I decided I really had to pay HK BBQ Master a visit! Located in the Superstore parking lot in Richmond (the opposite end of The BBT Shop), HK BBQ Master just never really stood out to me.

You can choose to have a combination of 1, 2 or 3 items on rice. They have the usual BBQ meats such as duck, BBQ pork, roast pork, and soya chicken.

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Nu Chinese Bistro-15 Course Dinner

Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own

I was invited to another Chinese Bites dinner and this time it was at Nu Chinese Bistro. It’s located at Cosmo Plaza on Garden City and McKim Way. It’s on the second floor and the plaza was a bit difficult to find since there are so many there and I wasn’t sure which one it was. The restaurant looks pretty new and since they are located on the second floor they get lots of lighting.

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Strike-Aberdeen Food Court

Strike has taken over the spot where Vera’s used to be (in the corner by the washrooms). So far no one has really been successful in this sport but hopefully Strike will be here to stay. Strike is a Taiwanese restaurant and they have a location on Garden City and one on Broadway. This location in particular specializes in Taiwanese sandwiches.

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T2A3 East Restaurant

T2A3 East has replaced Beefy Beef Noodle  but they still serve Taiwanese food. Does anyone know what T2A3 is suppose to mean? Everything inside looks the same but the menu is a quarter of the original size. In fact, it’s just one sheet now. Maybe they are focusing on things they can do well now. Personally I miss having options though.

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Chewy Junior’s-Chewy Cream Puffs

Chewy Junior’s  is a cream puff chain store from Singapore. They have made their home now across from Waterfront station on the corner of Cordova and Richards street.

Their cream puffs either have a vanilla filling or a chocolate filling. The only difference is in the toppings on top of the cream puff. In the case of the Matcha, it had a matcha filling.

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Hakkasan Bistro-10 Course Dinner

Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own

Time for another Chinese Bites dinner! This time it was a 10 course meal at Hakkasan Bistro. The location is pretty obscure on No. 5 road just past Vulcan way. I would have never noticed this restaurant since I’m not in the area often. Unlike your typical Chinese restaurant, the decor inside is very modern and French? You wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s a Chinese restaurant if it wasn’t for the food. I noticed they also play pop songs lightly in the background.

Hakkasan Bistro

The menu

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Sue’s Jerky

When I was at EAT! Vancouver this year, I discovered the Sue’s Jerky stall and boy was it amazing! I tried every flavour… multiple times. But I did end up buying one! They’re also locally made in Richmond!

Sue's JerkyI got the Slow Roasted Pulled Pork flavour and it was slightly sweet and not too chewy. The pulled pork is quite shredded too and I find that their jerky is softer? I wish the packs were bigger! I could’ve had two of these packs. They’re about 40g each. All the flavours were good and I hope to see them around somewhere. It’s just different from the jerky I usually see around (like BKH or the kind at the checkout counter in grocery stores).

I’m not sure where you can buy them except online through their website?