Little Bird Bistro – Mouthwatering French Comfort Food

Little Bird Bistro – Portland Downtown – French Cuisine

Food Persuasion Rating: 4/5
Cuisine Type: French
Location: Portland, OR

Little Bird Bistro
Little Bird Bistro

This restaurant received so much hype, it’s Portland’s hotspot restaurant. We went on a Saturday night, it was a packed house, reservations recommended. The atmosphere was charming and cozy and service was friendly and warm.

Now the Food..

Starting with the charcuterie plate Features changes daily. Pork rillettte and pickled onions, pistachio truffle sausage and potato salad, foie gras brulee and apricot jam, oxtail terrine and onion jam, duck terrine and pickled cherries. The foie gras brulee was amazing! I could eat a soup bowl of it. 4.5/5

charcuterie plate
charcuterie plate

Duck confit, creamed corn, roasted mushroom, very good. It’s a filling and heavy dish so be warned 4/5

duck confit
duck confit

Roasted lamb ribs, grilled cucumber salad herbed yogurt appetizer. Although the portion size was of an entree 3.5/5 for the food but, for the value 4/5.

Roasted Lamb
Roasted Lamb

Smoked trout with almond purée. We were not a fan of the deep fried smoked trout balls. The fish itself was mashed. 2/5

Potato bacon fromage side 4/5. nice smokey flavor. everything was balanced

potato bacon fromage
potato bacon fromage

Roasted short rib, bordelaise, horse radish- sliced once and the whole
thing just fell apart. it was so tender. This was by far our favourite dish throughout our entire trip. 5/5

short ribs
short ribs

Spinach & cream & almond, this was reordered, the first batch had an overload of sodium to the point that it tasted bitter. The second order came out perfectly, it was smooth creamy and all together very good.  3.5/5

spinach and cream and almonds
spinach and cream and almonds

Steak, the flavour was there but the cut of the meat was too chewy.  2/5

Steak
Steak

Stump grounds coffee, a local Portland coffee brand. It was too watered down. 2/5

Sorbet & ice-cream samplers. this was amazing. i would definitely order this again  4.5/5

sorbet & icecream

Complimentary pistachio madelines, who can complain, this was good.

madellines

 

 

 

 

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Diva at the Met – Steal of a Lunch Deal

Diva at the Met – Metropolitan Hotel

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=4]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=3]
Price: $$
Cuisine: Cafe / Bakery
Location: Kerrisdale, Vancouver
www.metropolitan.com/diva

As we walked through the grand Metropolitan Hotel lobby into the Diva at the Met we were met with soaring ceilings and an impeccable mannered greeting. Hello, Ms Lau, how are you this afternoon? Your table of 12 is ready, I can take your jacket for you.” First off, how did she know my name??

Most of us ordered the 3 course prix fixe lunch menu -$28

Amuse bouche- parsnip pancetta with a little bit of maple syrup. This received mixed reviews, some like the parsnip flavor some don’t, I frankly, thought it was too sweet.

parsnip pancetta - Diva at the met
parsnip pancetta - Diva at the met

We received a nice assortment of breads, crackers.

Assorted Bread
Assorted Bread

Smoked Salmon Sausage with pea and risotto croquette drizzled with caviar dressing. We all loved the salmon sausage. It was so flavorful and it was so soft it just dissolved in my mouth.

Smoked Salmon Sausage - Diva at the met
Smoked Salmon Sausage - Diva at the met

Pan roasted duck with trumpet mushrooms, butternut squash pea and onion croquettes, butternut squash purée and hazelnut brown butter sauce. Overall, this was a decent dish but, nothing really stood out. I expected a lot more from the Diva, the highly rated fine dining restaurant.

pan roasted duck - Diva at the met
pan roasted duck - Diva at the met

Yes, it was one my birthday celebrations. The espresso creme brûlée was heaven, I finished it less than 3 bites. Oh, it was so velvety smooth and rich.

espresso creme brulee
espresso creme brulee

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Twisted Fork Bistro – Popular Brunch Fare

Very popular brunch spot Downtown Vancouver on Granville serving benedicts to frittata’s

Food Persuasion Level: [rating=3]
Value: [rating=4]
Service: [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=3]
Price: $
Cuisine: Brunch
Location: Downtown Vancouver
Twisted Fork Menu

Get there early, we got there by 10:30AM on a sunny Saturday and there were only a few seats left. By 11AM there was a small crowd forming outside, so get there early.

Every plate on their brunch menu “entree” size is $12.
We decided on their benny’s: Eggs Benny with toasted brioche, poached eggs, hollandaise and served with sautéed spinach, rosti and baked beans
choose your filler ~ chorizo, ham, bacon, roasted chicken, smoked salmon, avocado or roasted tomato.

Eggs Benny with Smoked Salmon, the brioche was a bit soggy from the sauce. The hollandaise sauce tasted like it was made in house the smoked salmon, wasn’t really up to par. It tasted like it was bought from Costco. Not a fan of the beans, but my friend liked it. All in all it’s not a bad dish if you love smoked salmon but not something I would reorder.

Eggs Benny with Smoked Salmon

Chorizo Eggs Benny was far better, that was delicious. The Chorizo sausages gave it a nice spicy kick. Again, the brioche was a bit soggy.

Chorizo Eggs Benny

It is a nice spot, a little cramped. I would return for their French toast and their frittata, which seemed very popular that morning but, would I wait for 45 minutes for a table? No.

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Cafe Regalade – Brunch Hotspot

Cafe Regalade, a neighborhood brunch hotspot. Serving delicious casual french brunch. Very busy during the weekends.
Food Persuasion Level : [rating=4]
Value: [rating=4]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $
Cuisine: French Cafe/ Brunch
Location: Kitsilano BC
Website:www.caferegalade.com

Cafe Regalade

Brunch is THE  favourite meal on the weekends and, everyone is in the hunt for a great brunch spot, where the food is delicious and the line-ups are a minimum. Cafe Regalade servers up an amazing brunch and is destined to be a popular local hotspot.

Recently opened casual french restaurant, sister restaurant of La Regalade is now open for business. If you ever been to La Regalade you’ll see some familar faces in the kitchen. La Regalade’s owners Alain and Brigitte were on hand for their first full service day. All the dishes are under $20 that includes the dinner menu.

Busy Kitchen of Cafe Regalade
Busy Kitchen of Cafe Regalade

Had the opportunity to try out Cafe Regalade’s amazing brunch service with two former industry cooks.

Up at the pastry counter there was an assortment of mouth watering goodies, for the sweet tooth they offer muffins to meringue. For savory goods they offer a selection of loaves to terrine.

meringue

The selection of terrine was creative and tasty. Terrine’s include duck hazelnut, rabbit, veal appricot and champagne (pork). We ordered the duck hazelnut and the champagne terrine.

I am a big fan of duck, dishes with duck fat mmmmm… This was our fave of the two, it was moist and the hazelnut taste added an extra intense layer of flavour. The champagne terrine was a bit dry, probably because pork meat is a lot tougher.

Duck & champagne terrine

Brunch….

Basque Breakfast – $13.25, 2 sunny side up eggs, piperade (onions and peppers), chorizo, aioli sauce, potatoes, salad and two pieces of the obsessively delicious aioli and saffron toast. They loved it, the portions was huge, potatoes flavourful and perfectly cooked. The piperade and chorizo went so well together.

Basque Breakfast

The Aioli and Saffron toast was so amazing we ordered a side plate of it.

Safron Aioli toast

Expert Tip: from my chef friends, quality saffron is very expensive and usually when you ordered it is diluted. To know the difference, saffron usually has a distinctive coppery, metal taste. In this particular dish the distinctive safron taste lingers in the end.

Lyon Breakfast-$12.75, 2 poached eggs, mushrooms, bacon, pearl onions, spinach,potatoes, and red wine sauce, salad. Red wine sauce made with veal bone and bacon. The smell was so rich and the taste perfect.

Lyon Breakfast

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Fraiche – French Fine Dining at It’s Best

Fraiche – French Fine Dining, Top French Restaurant

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=4]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=5]
Ambiance: [rating=5]
Price: $$
Cuisine: French Fine Dining
Location: West Vancouver
Fraiche Restaurant
Tel (604) 925-7595

Amazing fine French restaurant overlooking scenic city views. Almost everything about our experience at Fraiche was impeccable. From the warm and personalized service to the amazing food and the spectacular views.

Now the Food..

Starters

Seared Albacore Tuna Tataki – cucumber & micro green salad, spicy asian black bean vinaigrette. Light and refreshing and tuna cooked very well, too bad it was a size of a quarter.

Albacore Tuna Tataki - Food Persuasion
Albacore Tuna Tataki

Duck Liver Parfait – country bread toasts, seasonal chutney. Very flavourful and liver was not too overpowering as found in some.

Duck Liver Parfait - Food Persuasion Image
Duck Liver Parfait

Mains

Pan seared Steelhead Salmon – turned potatoes, provencal garnish, sautéed shellfish, rich aromatic tomato saffron emulsion. Amazing! The tang from the apricot and lemon sauce highlights the the sweetness of the perfectly cooked salmon. Explosion of flavor

Steelhead Salmon - Food Persuasion
Steelhead Salmon

House-made Turkey Boudin – spiced with caramelized onion, winter fruits & herbs, apricot chutney, pomme purée, haricot vert. I expected more flavor in the turkey, a bit bland for me. The mash was very creamy not overly salty.

Turkey Boudin - Food Persuasion
Turkey Boudin

Desserts

Pear & Almond Tart – chantilly cream, spiced caramel sauce. It was above par however the Coconut Brulée – toasted coconut tuille, chocolate sorbet is the clear winner. It was lovely not too sweet, the texture was smooth and creamy. The sugar layer was crispy without being burnt.

Pear & Almond Tart - Food Persuasion
Pear & Almond Tart
Coconut Brulée - Food Persuasion
Coconut Brulée

Fraiche gets Food Persuasion of Date Restaurant Approval. A bit of a warning if you are not familiar with West Vancouver this place is quite hidden and off of the busy major streets, bring your GPS.

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La Regalade – Delectable Comfort French Food

La Regalade – Delectable Comfort French in West Vancouver

Make Reservations La Regalade

West Vancouver’s best French restaurant offers delectable traditional French dishes in a charming rustic setting. They work on a rotating daily menu, a few items may not be available depending on the day of the week you go. This place gets packed very quickly even during weekdays

The mood was charming and inviting and, the service was attentive without being intrusive. So comfortable and warm it was as if I was eating dinner at my Gram’s house and, just as delicious.

Appies..
We started with the soup of the day, Duck Soup with Foie Gras – $9.50. A semi clear broth soup with a duck infused essence, with bits of foie gras and mushrooms and a dollop of cream. It was so intense as if drinking juices from directly from a duck.

Entrees..
Lamb shanks with apricot glaze and spices – $18.85 on a mixed with sweet carrots on a bed of cous cous. This was above average the sweetness from the carrots and the tanginess from the apricot was good. It was good but by far not the best lamb I’ve had.

Our comfort French dish of the night was the Beef bourguignon $24.50 with a side of potato gratin. The beef was very tender, the sauce mixed with mushrooms was perfect.

The potato gratin was creamy and flaky. I would go back just for this side dish.

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La Buca – Rustic Italian Fare

La Buca Restaurant – Affordable and Casual Italian Fare in Kitsilano. It’s become a neighborhood staple.
Food Persuasion Level: [rating=3]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=3]
Price: $$
Cuisine: Italian Restaurant
Location: Kitsilano Vancouver
La Buca Restaurant Menu

On a Friday night admist a packed room of hungry patrons, I sat sipping on wine while my friend refreshed me on his colorful and let’s say  “pg-13” update of his past affairs. While he continued to ramble I took a closer look at the space, cozy and unpretentious and, judging by the wait at the door was a hit with the locals.

One nagging issue stood out immediately when we sat down, the tables are so close together that whenever a server comes around and squeezed between the tables the distance from your face to their ass was too close for comfort.  You are forced to sit-up and lean back or it’ll look like you are whispering an intimate perverted secret to his butt while stuffing food in your mouth. Not a pretty picture.

Appies
Started out with the Porcini Mushroom Risotto, this was amazing. The stock they used was so flavourful and rich, an absolute recommend. I apologize for the poor picture quality, I took it with my iphone.

mushroom rissoto

Entrees
The tuna although was fresh and cooked perfectly was overdosed in salt. The steak was tender but, was swimming in salty sauce.

Tuna

I would go back  not for the entrees but, the amazing rissoto.

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