My girlfriends decided to venture out to the West End for some good eats, and we ended up at the door of Le Parisien. Given my positive experience during Dine Out Vancouver, they were convinced to try its regular menu.
Then I realized some menu items were previously on the DOV menu – which is a good thing because I have tried some of them and know they are good and whether they are worth re-ordering or recommending to the girls.
For appetizer I ordered one of my favourite French appies, Escargots. They were not in the typical garlic butter sauce. Instead, each snail sat in a fresh parsley sauce along with a slice of garlic. In fact, I think the garlic was uncooked, or barely cooked, so were the parsley leaves. There was a really earthy, leafy tone to the sauce. It’s definitely missing the rich, buttery flavours from a typical escargot plate, and I think I prefer that over this parsley sauce.
Because I was off beef during DOV, I didn’t get to try Mr.‘s Grilled Flank Steak, so I decided to order it this time around. The portion size was similar to the DOV plate (translation: good value during Dine Out), only with even more fries. The steak was well seasoned, nicely flavoured, and the meat was so tender despite flank isn’t the best cut of meat. And it was cooked to exactly the temperature I wanted – a nice medium rare. I think the fries were first blanched then fried, so they were crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. The peppercorn sauce wasn’t overly rich and brought everything together.
LW’s Bouillabaisse, on the other hand, was a bit small in portion. I was expecting to see a bowl full of various kinds of seafood, but it was looking a bit bare and sad (picture below was of the plate when it first arrived at the table, untouched). The broth was thinner than usual and not tomatoey. It tasted pretty good but it wasn’t very filling.
The servers were all very nice and friendly. You can feel the warmth in your interactions with them. When I didn’t know what the green sauce was in my escargots and asked about it, the server went the extra mile and asked around for me. (But then, you can argue that they should know what’s in it and shouldn’t need to ask.)
While the food quality is consistently good, the portion size varies depending on the dish you order. Therefore not all dishes are necessarily worth the price you pay for. That being said, it’s an affordable French bistro on the West End with good quality of food and service, and it’s definitely worth the re-visit.
751 Denman Street, Vancouver