Must Try: Le Parisien

Notable newcomers to Vancouver’s West End dining scene: Le Parisien (formerly Cafe de Paris) is on our radar when it comes to finding quality French fare at a price that won’t break the bank.

After recently undergoing extensive renovations, Le Parisien opened its doors on Denman, now operated by John Blakeley, owner of Kitsilano hot spot Bistro Pastis. Long gone is the shabby-chic decor that went relatively unchanged for decades. Now visitors will find a bright, open-concept space punctuated by bold hits of colour, clean lines and just the right ‘aire’ of casual sophistication –  Le Parisien’s found a welcoming bistro-style balance suited to this bustling downtown neighbourhood. 

This sense of balance has also been thoughtfully extended to the menu as well, one fuelled by the cuisine of France but with a dash of comfort food guaranteed to please (hello, fish and chips). Led by the culinary tutelage of Chef Tobias Grignon, Le Parisien offers authentic French cuisine tempered by a coastal twist. Whether you’re looking for popular Parisien dishes such as savoury Cassoulet, Steak Frites, Escargot or Salade Lyonnaise, this spot has it, and plenty more. Our noteworthy suggestions: try the Moules Frites (offered three ways), Poulet Roti (perfect for two) or tuck into a bowl of Bouillabaisse. Looking to go big or go home? Why not opt for an order of their Foie Gras parfait for a starter and then move on to the Boeuf Bordelaise? Perfectly suited for sharing and a well-chosen wine list and curated cocktail selection will help wash it all down.

If you’re in search of a quick lunch time bite, Le Parisien offers up a bargain-priced bistro express selection of soup, salad and sandwiches (we’re currently craving their Croque Monsieur on this rain-soaked Vancouver day).

Intent on creating a more laid-back bistro that’ll entice locals to return again and again (as they do at neighbouring Nook), we think the newly minted Le Parisien is in the running to do just that. Don’t take our word for it – book yourself a table today.