I met up with Leah to eat at her cousin’s new restaurant, Pied a Terre. It’s a cozy French bistro with great service and luxurious but unthreatening decor.
Leah had the table d’hote, composed of
(1) celeriac soup with chives and toasted almonds, nice and flavourful
(2) trout with beurre meuniere, a giant portion served with veg
(3) chocolate mousse, with a nice bitter finish and served with a crumbly shortbread cookie. The mousse was well done but not spectacular, but I really liked the texture of the cookie.
I opted for two hors d’oeuvres, plus dessert:
(1) alsatian onion tart, delightfully sweet and tender
(2) chanterelles on brioche with a poached egg – really meaty and full of flavour
(3) lemon tart brulee, the best of both worlds: a nice tart lemon tart with a brulee’d top. Why didn’t I think of it?
The restaurant is small but cozy, with the emphasis on the small. It’s not really the place for super-secret conversations, because you’re elbow to elbow with the people sitting next to you. But service is good, the waitstaff know their stuff, and the food is lovely. Wines are available by the bottle, carafe and glass.
Pied A Terre
3369 Cambie Street