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.
Started off with some complimentary bread! They gave us a lot given that we only had 2 people. Read more
My co worker had heard about the Brown Paper Packages ice cream sandwiches available at Pazzo Chow so we decided to pick up some take out for lunch along with an ice cream sandwich. It’s on the corner of Quebec and Keefer street on the side of the big parking lot for Floata Seafood restaurant if you know what I’m talking about…They had really nice looking pictures on Instagram so we were excited to try it out.
Their menu changes daily so you’ll have to go there and check what they have. This was the menu on the day we went and it was all vegetarian food.
I’ve heard that Pronto Cafe also makes a porchetta sandwich similar to the one at Meat and Bread. Pronto is a small Italian cafe with limited seating but they have a nice outdoor patio at the back of the restaurant. They serve pasta, sandwiches and paninis .
So on my lunch visit to Pronto, I ended up not ordering the porchetta since I wasn’t thaaat hungry and the Proscuitto Panini also sounded appetizing so I settled for that instead.
This is made with sundried tomato mayo, sweet Fabri cherries, arugula and provolone cheese. I thought the panini was a bit on the small size since it was $8.50 but I guess the price is similar to Meat and Bread except I feel like Meat and Bread would be more worth it but I’m just biased. The panini was good with nice stringy cheese but I wish the proscuitto was more spread out in the sandwich rather than just being on one side of the panini. It was so packed in that when I bit into it I ended up pulling a lot of it out in one bite. The only other thing was that I had no idea what sweet Fabri cherries were before ordering. I thought it might be dried fruit? However, it had this really weird flavour like cherry medicine and I didn’t like it…
My friend had the Gnocchi with Pesto and Pancetta. The gnocchi had a nice chewy texture that contrasted with the crisp pancetta. The creamy pesto sauce with the cheese brought everything together. They also have daily specials written on a chalkboard.
While the food was not bad, I’m not in a hurry to return anytime soon. Maaaaybe for the porchetta?
Ask For Luigi has been one of the most talked about restaurants in town for a while and it was high time that I tried it out. They only take reservations for time slots between 5:30-6pm so we did not end up getting one. I got there around 6:20pm and was told that the wait would be about an hour and they were pretty spot on with that. The interior is pretty small I think there were only 12 tables that seat 2 or 4 people.
We shared an appetizer which was the Crispy Polenta with Taleggio Cheese on some marinara/tomato sauce. The outside looked a bit like fried tofu covered with cheese. The outside was crispy and the inside was soft with some mild flavour from the cheese.
The special of the day was Gnocchi with Rabbit. The gnocchi was pillowy soft and slightly chewy and while the rabbit meat was tender and had that pulled meat texture.
I had orgininally planned on visiting Haezuk, a pirate themed Korean Japanese fusion restaurant but it turns out they were closed for renovations even though it seemed like they had opened recently. Anyway, Stepho’s was conveniently located around the corner and there wasn’t much of a line up for lunch so we went there instead.
We decided to all share a Calamari as an appetizer. It was presented with a small size of Greek salad, banana pepper and a lemon wedge. The appetizer portion wasn’t that big compared to the entrees. For another extra $3, you can get the rice, Greek salad, potatoes and a larger portion of calamari for the entree version. Taste wise it was not bad.
This was the Small Lamb Souvlaki platter. A small just means you get one skewer while a large means you get two. It came with the usual rice pilaf, roasted potatoes and Greek salad. My co worker seemed satisfied with everything. My other co worker also ordered this and she got a piece of pita bread to go with it but that was after all our food arrived and hers didn’t…
My friend came back from Toronto and we had a get together at Basil Pasta Bar. You can customize your own pasta and choose the type of noodles, meat, vegetables, sauce and toppings! Or you can choose some of their house specials too. The interior is quite small though but kinda cozy?
My friend had fettucine with carbonara sauce, bacon, chorizo, broccoli, mozzarella cheese and parsley.
This had fussili, bolognese sauce, chorizo, some vegetables I’m not sure of, no cheese and parsley.
Mine had penne, pesto cream, parsley, spinach, corn, zucchini, red onions, mozzarella cheese and parsley. The pasta was al dente and there was a good amount of sauce and ingredients. Yum! All of the DIY pastas are only $7.95!!! That’s a super great deal! The portions were pretty big and filling and you can make anything you want! I’m definitely coming back again. All my carb and pasta cravings were satisfied and there must be something you like here! It’s nothing fancy but there’s a lot of variety! Apparently you can also order online.
My friend and I were originally going to try Ask for Luigi to catch up but we realized they were closed on Tuesdays when we tried to make a reservation. Then I suggested Twisted Fork since I haven’t tried it yet and when we got there we realized it was Mussel Tuesdays! 1lb of mussels and fries for $8! That’s a great deal since it’s usually $16.
We received some complimentary bread with our meal and this was brought at the same time as our entrees. They gave us a generous portion for two people.
We shared the Cured BC Duck Breast with potato puree, green beans, cherry chutney and duck jus. The duck was not too salty but maybe it would be if I ate the whole plate. The potato tasted quite plain though even with the duck jus since the duck jus wasn’t that heavy. The beans were also rather bland so the duck was really the star of the show. It helped balance the flavours more.
Here are the Mussels and Fries! This was actually my first time trying mussels and fries. My family just doesn’t eat mussels much so it just never appealed to me that much. I’m really glad we ordered it though! The mussels were served with a delicious cream sauce mixed with herbs and small pieces of tomato. The sauce was the best part! The fries were also delicious and tasted really good with the sauce too. In fact the sauce was so good we used it to give the potato puree from the duck entree some flavour! I’m definitely coming back for Mussel Tuesdays! Since this is the first time I’ve had mussels and fries I don’t have anything to compare it to but it was good for my first time!
Moving on to dessert now! We also shared the Ricotta Cheesecake. It’s topped with strawberry rhubarb compote and mint and garnished with some raspberries. I love how they have the twisted fork design in the powdered sugar on the plate. Super cute. The cheesecake was quite light and the base was really soft too. The strawberry rhubarb blended in really nicely with the cheesecake.
We also shared another dessert, the Chocolate Terrine. This is a frozen dark chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet and almond tuile. I have no idea what almond tuile is and I did not really notice it in the dessert. The chocolate was cold but not really hard and it was very smooth and dark. The tangy raspberry sorbet was needed to provide some contrast to the dessert. I can’t decide which dessert I like better! Both were good choices. Ok maybe I’m slightly biased to the chocolate terrine since it has chocolate =P
I was not disappointed with my visit! I’m going to introduce my friends to Mussel Tuesdays! Also please note if your whole party has not arrived yet they won’t seat you. We got this comfy corner at the very back and there were cushions and it was super cozy!