Chef/owner Brad Miller’s inviting bistro feels grounded in local history rather than the illusion of Paris so many French restaurants attempt. The kitchen executes a menu anchored in blue-collar classics.
Chef Luc Bissonnette injects lively French cooking into an accessible but informed menu with excellent sides that often include miniature vegetable timbales, terrines, scalloped potatoes or very good frites. Lusty.
Emmanuel Joinville’s remarkable little spot in Gastown hits all the right notes, conjuring hearty, unpretentious French bistro fare in a room transported straight from Le Marais. Start with the sizeable.