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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.

Food

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.

Escargots

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. (more…)

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While we’re continuing our Dine Out Vancouver coverage this week, I’m pleased to let you know that some restaurants have decided to extend their menu offering for a few more days. Here are their end dates and menus:

Until Feb 7

Until Feb 9

Until Feb 11

Until Feb 12

Until Feb 13

Until Feb 28

This year’s Dine Out has been my recent favourite. Overall, I think the restaurants have raised the bar and put out a much more interesting and tastier menu, and the service quality has also seen improvement. We have 2 more reviews coming up this week so be sure to follow them!

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My next DOV dinner was a date with Mr. (finally his turn!) We went to Le Parisien for my favourite food, French cuisine. I went there once for a birthday celebration and I thought the food was pretty good. Since the menu was pretty decent, I decided to take Mr. there to give it a try.

Le Parisien

Food

Before I start, I should let you know that Le Parisien actually offers a $38 menu on-site. The appetizers and entrees were different from the promoted $28 menu with dishes such as Chicken Liver Pate, Tuna Tartare, Pan Seared Ling Cod and Beef Bourguignon. We decided to stick with the $28 menu because we’re more interested in that menu.

By the way, this is the only place so far that offers bread free of charge. Restaurants these days tend not to offer free bread during Dine Out in order to save on costs, so this is very much appreciated. And I like that it’s warm with a jaw-friendly crust. It’s not rock hard like traditional French baguette.

Bread & Butter

I had the Butternut Squash Soup to start and it wasn’t quite what I had expected. It’s usually creamy and thick, but this one was rather thin. It tasted like a broth flavoured with some butternut squash, instead of pureed butternut squash thinned out with broth. Even the creme fraiche was foamy and airy so didn’t add any creaminess to the soup. It tasted pretty good but it’s lacking the richness that I was looking for in a butternut squash soup.

Butternut Squash Soup

Mr. ordered the Crispy Calamari, which I thought was quite good. (more…)

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