110-6888 River Road, Richmond
Tel: (604) 285-8889
Advice: Reservations suggested, closed Mondays.
With it’s focus on French cuisine and French wines this beautiful new restaurant does it all so well. It’s fine dining, sophisticated and welcoming, there is the dining room, along with an art gallery space and a couple smaller rooms for enjoying a more private experience.
I have enjoyed a couple of dining experiences for dinner along with a day time visit for coffee and weekend Afternoon Tea, they have the top of the line Mod system for coffee and I have enjoyed a few brews. Coffee is serious here and they feature a selection of local roasters coffees, the Single origin Ethiopian Kerrecha espresso was a beauty before dinner.
House-made breads started off the dinner followed by the delicious Salade d’Été frisée salad, heirloom baby tomatoes, apricots and nectarines, bufala mozzarella, hazelnuts, pine nuts, granola; and the tasty Scallops with raisins and cauliflower; paired up with the 2017 Liac, don de la Mordoree ‘Cuvie de la Reine de Boris Blanc‘ Rhine.
Next was the Moules et Coquillages a dish with mussels and clams, tomato, with an outstanding garlic & chili sauce; which was matched by the 2011 Cote du Jura, chateau d’arlay, lura; this also paired well with the Morue Charbonnière shoyu-glazed sablefish, sea asparagus, seasonal vegetables, fish consommé, fried leeks; and the outstanding Faux-filet de Boeuf 45 days dry-aged ribeye steak, miso demi-glace, forest mushrooms, cipollini, smoked corn purée, and truffle fries. The Pâtes Pappardelle à la Truffe was a very rich dish of house-made pappardelle, morels, truffle mornay sauce, comté, truffle zest.
For dessert a selection of desserts that included the outstanding Matcha, white chocolate, mochi, sea salt, dulce de leche puff; along with the delicious Le flan au fromage blanc. The selection of desserts and pastries here are divine, make sure to save some room to indulge.
Review by: Richard Wolak